Category: Articles

Helicopter Training and the Fire Service By Instructor Kevin Murphy – Chicago Fire Department

Often neglected, Helicopter Emergency response and training is vital to first responders and Airport Firefighters.  Many times training with Rotary Wing aircraft is overshadowed by their fixed wing counterparts. That is something we as the ARFFWG and Airport professionals need to enlighten our members and departments on. Look around your airports; you almost forget they […]

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When is Training Not the Answer: Human Performance Initiatives to Increase Organizational Capacity

Training, as a remedy for poor personal performance, is often the first choice for leadership.  There are several contributing factors that can lead to this decision, especially in industries such as aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF).  Performance challenges that occur during ARFF operations can lead to accidents, injury, or death.  In these situations, organizational leadership […]

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New Technologies, New Questions Cutting into a composite fuselage

With new technologies comes new questions especially in the firefighting world.  In 2011 Boeing delivered the first 787 to ANA (ALL Nippon Airways) introducing to the world the first commercial aircraft in which major structural elements are made of composite materials rather than aluminum alloys.  787s are flying into international and U.S. airports frequently now, […]

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ARFF WORLDWIDE FAMILY William R. Hutfilz, ARFF Training Officer

The Aircraft Rescue Firefighters are not only just in the United States; but, at all airports worldwide.  We all do the same job and have basically the same requirements. Our focus is to respond to aircraft emergencies as well as medical calls and structure fires on airport property. We are the frontline and create the […]

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Decision making for incident commanders. Part 1 By Lars Andersen

How can we strengthen our incident commander’s decision making in complex and chaotic situations? That was the question that we wanted to look into. We launched a project aimed that subject in relation to airport fire and security services. The updates on this  project have been posted on the FaceBook Group for Section 14 during […]

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MODERN AIRPORT ARFF FIRE FIGHTING APPARATUS By M. A. Nolan Sr.

This is not going to be a long article. However, this article will cover a subject that is all too familiar to the Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. Those of us who have been around Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting at airports, including those of us who are retired, but can’t seem to stay away, have seen a […]

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Boeing 787 – Doors and Brakes By John McLoughlin

Presently, I am in training on the B-787. There are a number of features on this aircraft that are unique improvements. A few of these are worth mentioning, elaborating on their function, and discussing their significance as they relate to ARFF crews. The B-787 uses electrical systems more than any other transport category aircraft I […]

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Elmira Corning Regional Airport Conducts Exercise By Andrew Stamp, A.M.F. & Ryan Wheeler, A.M.F.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 0815 hours, Airport Truck 10 established command and staged for an Alert 2. The nature of emergency was a CRJ 700 with landing gear issues. While mutual aid fire companies assembled, the aircraft worked through their procedures for inflight emergencies. Mutual aid fire companies were staged off airport and responded […]

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My Journey from Structural Firefighting to ARFF Firefighting…Part 1

After 20 years working in Salt Lake City’s busy downtown station houses, dealing with back-to-back calls every other night, trudging through bedbug-infested flophouses, phantom fire alarms, endless medical calls, some ripping fires, extrications, and handling some dicey hazmat scenes; an opportunity to bid the Red 1 ARFF Captain spot at the Salt Lake City International […]

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