Tag: Aircraft Familiarization

As The Pilot

Question: For emergencies due to cargo smoke detector activation, will the flight crew always activate the fire suppression system in the cargo hold? Will the flight crew advise ARFF that the system has been activated? Answer:...

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As The Pilot

Question: When declaring an emergency for a hydraulic system failure, what type of issues should be under consideration by the ARFF crews standing by? Is there a way to pass on to ATCT/ARFF what your major concerns might be upon...

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Ask the Pilot?

Question: Can you tell me where to find the Brake Status indicators on the Boeing -787? Answer: 1) The front of the nose gear of a B-787 has three lights that are helpful to ARFF crews near the aircraft. The panel on the front...

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

Helicopter Training and the Fire Service. 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 […]

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New Technologies, New Questions Cutting into a composite fuselage

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 […]

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Boeing 787 – Doors and Brakes By John McLoughlin

Boeing 787 – Doors and Brakes. 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 […]

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Throttles, Bottles, and Batteries… By: David Brinton, ARFF, AMF and Paul Harding, Captain, ARFF, AMF

Throttles, Bottles, Batteries. Pressurized or not pressurized? What type of fuel, how much? Is there a way to extinguish an auxiliary power unit (APU) fire easily? How do we access different sections of the aircraft? Friendly doors, unfriendly doors, how do the over wing exits work? Is there a slide involved that will knock me […]

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