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Fire and Rescue Service - Operational Guidance Aircraft Incidents

This new British document has been developed to assist Municipal Fire Services with information relevant to aircraft accidents and
incidents that occur off-airport.


NFPA AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING TECHNICAL COMMITTEE  ISSUES SECOND 'CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS' (1/13/2012)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting is seeking members in all interest categories, except manufacturers.

This Committee is responsible for NFPA 402, Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations; NFPA 403, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at Airports; NFPA 405, Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters; NFPA 408, Standard for Aircraft Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers; NFPA 412, Standard for Evaluating Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Foam Equipment; NFPA 414, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Vehicles; NFPA 422, Guide for Aircraft Accident/Incident Response Assessment and NFPA 424, Guide for Airport/Community Emergency Planning.

NFPA membership is not required to be a member of the committee.

For a committee member application in MS WORD format CLICK HERE
For a printable committee member application in PDF format CLICK HERE


FAA RELEASES NEW ADVISORY CIRCULAR 150/5220-10E 
"Guide Specification for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles"
 (6/12/2011)


FAA FIRST RESPONDER AT A SMALL AIRCRAFT / HELICOPTER ACCIDENT RESCUE COURSE


AIRCRAFT TIRE SAFETY AREA CHART


EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE MILITARY AIRCRAFT INCIDENTS


proposed draft AC 150-5200 -XX document (Dated 06/05/09)
"Addendum 4 (and 5) - Purchase Description Class 4 (and 5) Aircraft rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle"
 


LETTER TO SENATE MAJORITY LEADER BY AAAE PrESIDENT REGARDING REJECTION
OF ARFF STANDARDS IMPROVEMENTS IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL - CLICK HERE


How Proposed ARFF Standards Would Impact Airports


TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 7: How Proposed ARFF Standards Would Impact Airports explores the potential cost implications for airports of implementing proposed airport rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) regulations that would be more closely aligned with voluntary consensus standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the National Fire Protection Association.  Section 311 of H.R. 915 EH, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, calls for more closely aligning ARFF regulations under part 139 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Certification of Airports, with voluntary consensus standards.

 

Risk Assessment Of Proposed ARFF Standards  TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 12: Risk Assessment Of Proposed ARFF Standards

 


 - Boeing Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Charts

 - Airbus Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Charts


PIONEERS WITH INTENT - MEMOIRS OF AN AIR FORCE FIRE FIGHTER - By Douglas E. Courchane
(5.75 MB - Takes A Few Minutes To Download)


AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS THAT CAUSED MAJOR CHANGES TO EMERGENCY
RESPONSE EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES - By Mark Conroy


USAF AIRCRAFT EMERGENCY RESPONSE DOCUMENT MOVES TO NEW WEB SITE (UPDATED 01/15/2008)

The U.S. Air Force technical document TO 00-105E-9, “Aerospace Emergency Rescue and Mishap Response Information (Emergency Services),” has been relocated to a new web site. 

Aimed at fire protection and support organizations, both military and civilian, the document provides general information about hazardous materials found in air- and spacecraft, as well as specific information about military, Civil Reserve Air Fleet, NATO and NASA aircraft. More than 300 aircraft are covered, including information about entry and exit facilities, forcible entry, prevention of suffocation, removing people from seats, and ejection seats.

All users with “dot mil” and “dot gov” addresses can self-register in less than five minutes at using this link: http://www.dodffcert.com/00-105E-9/index.cfm   This also includes other non-military emergency personnel.

 


CAP 168: Licensing of Aerodromes


AIRPORT RESCUE & FIRE FIGHTING STANDARDS: DO THE BENEFITS JUSTIFY THE COST?
Kay Lethonsa Richardson


THE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN OF A PROTOTYPE ULTRA HIGH PRESSURE P-19 FIREFIGHTING VEHICLE


EVALUATION AND MITIGATION OF AIRCRAFT SLIDE EVACUATION INJURIES


NTSB has released the recommendation letter (.pdf) stemming from the investigation into the Feb. 7, 2006 UPS DC-8 accident at PHL.


USAF Fire Station Design Guide (Acrobat Reader Required)


FAA AC 150/5210/15 - Airport Rescue Firefighting Station Building Design


Air Accidents Investigation Branch (UK)
Aircraft Accidents - Guidance for Police and Emergency Services 2008


FIRST RESPONDERS’ RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROTECTING EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE OF AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT/INCIDENT
Furnishes general guidance for airport employees, airport management, and other personnel responsible for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) operations at the scene of an aircraft accident on the proper preservation of evidence. It explains the need for preservation of evidence and details operational actions which may be permitted if performed in the interest of preserving life.


PROGRAMS FOR TRAINING OF AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL
Provides information on courses and reference materials for training of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) personnel.


Pandemic Influenza: What First Responders Need To Know (An On-Line Training Course)


Senator Lautenberg's Special Report: "An Accident Waiting to Happen: Over Half of American's Airports Have Runways that Fail to Meet FAA Standards"
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data, 325 major U.S. airports have at least one runway that fails to meet the agency's standards for aircraft overrun protection. This represents over half of the country's 573 major commercial airports.


Check out SEAT GURU for U.S. airline aircraft seat configurations, a great resource for ARFF.  Be sure to check it out before you book any seat on any U.S. airline aircraft. You can save yourself some unexpected surprises.


F.A.A. FEDERAL AIR REGULATION PART 139 UPDATE OF ARFF REQUIREMENTS  INFORMATION

NTSB AIR ACCIDENT REPORT - FedEx MD-10, Memphis Tennessee - December 18, 2003


AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR®) - First-Responder Reference Guide 


FAA POSITION ON 2-IN / 2-OUT

Following recent FAA proposed changes in ARFF regulations and guidelines, the FAA has summarized comments received from the public at large, as well as industry stakeholders. Most notable is the FAA response to comments focused on 29 CFR 1901.134 respiratory protection compliance requirements.

Comment Received: Several commenters note that the FAA and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have different standards for the number of personnel required for ARFF. Specifically, commenters questioned the applicability of the "two-in/two-out" policy contained in the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) to aircraft fire fighting scenarios. This standard requires that fire fighters engaged in fighting interior structural fires work in a buddy system with at least two workers outside in case a rescue of the fire fighters inside is needed. Commenters state that this standard would require them to hire additional personnel.

FAA Response: The FAA disagrees. The OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard does not require certificate holders to hire more ARFF personnel than normally would be required to comply with part 139. In a legal memorandum developed jointly by the FAA and OSHA (dated July 7,1999) and placed in the docket, it was determined that the respiratory standard is applicable only to personnel fighting a fire within a structure and not an outside aircraft fire. As the primary purpose of ARFF personnel is to suppress the external aircraft fire and to establish an escape route for the aircraft crew and passengers, the "two-in/two-out" rule does not apply to ARFF."

While the FAA and OSHA have provided this joint response to the “two-in/two-out” issue, the IAFF maintains that any fire fighters who are expected to work in a hazardous atmosphere should do so following 29 CFR 1910.134 requirements. Should fire fighters be forced into a situation where they must approach an aircraft to affect rescue in any kind of hazardous atmosphere, there should be adequate resources available to rescue those personnel should an emergency occur.

As many ARFF responders also provide structural fire suppression and rescue services, they would, in those cases, be required to follow any and all applicable hazardous atmosphere safety operations regulations. The bottom line: if you are operating with SCBA equipment, you should have personnel standing by to assist you in the event of an emergency.


Airbus A380 Crash Rescue Information


Mishap Risk Control Guidelines For Advanced Aerospace Materials - Environmental, Safety, And Health Concerns                                    
For Advanced Composites



Mishap Response Checklist For Advanced Aerospace Materials/Composites
These two "pdf" documents are provided by the USAF ADVANCED COMPOSITES PROGRAM OFFICE for information and guidance on the various hazards of Composite Materials. Along with it is a MISHAP CHECKLIST of various steps to take when dealing with these materials. These documents are a great resource for information and planning.


Post Crash Hazards From Burning Aircraft Composites
The release of toxic combustion products from advanced composite materials in aircraft fires presents an unusual health risk to the various emergency response personnel. There is concern among the aviation fire fighting, rescue, and recovery and investigation groups that a health hazard is posed by the combination of various combustion products. This paper provides a review of the current scientific literature on the potential hazards from inhalation exposure to airborne carbon fibers and the combusted resin residues which are released when there is a crash impact, fire, and explosion involving advanced composites materials.

Coalition for Airport & Airplane Passenger Safety "SURVIVING THE CRASH"
The Need To Improve Lifesaving Measures At Our Nations Airports
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Response from the Asia-Pacific Cabin Safety Working Group to the Review of "Airport Firefighting Services in Australia" by Russell V. Smith for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Aircraft Rescue And Firefighting Communications Advisory Circular
Date: July 1, 1999 AC - No: 150/5210-7C READ IT HERE

High-Reach Extendible Turrets With Skin Penetrating Nozzle
DOT/FAA/AR-05/53
November 2005


Comparative Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a High-Performance, Multi-position, Bumper-mounted 
Turret to the Performance of a P-19 Roof-mounted Turret

DOT/FAA/AR-TN05/18 
June 2005


Test and Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Small Airport Firefighting System (SAFS) in 
Extinguishing Two and Three Dimensional Hydrocarbon Fuel Fires

DOT/FAA/AR-TN03/45
May 2003


Evaluation of Retrofit ARFF Vehicle Suspension Enhancement to Reduce Vehicle Rollovers
DOT/FAA/AR-TN02/14


Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Fuel Comparative Evaluation
DOT/FAA/AR-TN01/4


Developing The Air Show Emergency Plan


UK ARFF Vehicle Rollover Working Group Report


Evaluation of Conductivity Meters for Firefighting Foams
DOT/FAA/AR-02/115



The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have issued a safety advisory to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services (ARFF) pertaining to ballistic parachute systems in use by general aviation and experimental aircraft across the country.  Ballistic parachute systems are typically installed in smaller aircraft to be used in an emergency situation.  During an emergency, the parachute deploys and the aircraft drifts slowly to the ground.  The product is gaining in use for general aviation and recently the company manufacturing the product announced the saving of its 165th life.


This information should receive the widest dissemination possible in an effort to prevent first responder injuries should an aircraft with one of these systems installed in it crash or become involved in fire without the system activated.

NTSB Recommendation For HRET Training and Cargo Aircraft Familiarization Training after UPS Philadelphia Cargo Aircraft Fire

The NTSB has released the recommendation letter (.pdf) stemming from the investigation into the Feb. 7, 2006 UPS DC-8 accident at PHL. Of special interest to the airport community are these two:

- Provide guidance to aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel on the best training methods to obtain and maintain proficiency with the high-reach extendable turret with skin-penetrating nozzle. (A-07-100)

- Require airport inspectors to ensure that Part 139 airports with cargo operations include cargo aircraft in their aircraft rescue and firefighting aircraft familiarization training programs. (A-07-101)


 

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