The ARFF Working Group… Who are We?   Unfortunately, far too many people don’t even realize there are hundreds of thousands of specialized firefighting professionals protecting all of the airports around the world. These men and women work to protect the millions of passengers utilizing air travel daily to move across the globe. They are willing to lay their lives on the line to answer the call to duty for an aviation disaster.  The ARFF Working Group is dedicated to ensure they are prepared to safely and effectively complete their mission.

Established 25 years ago, the ARFF Working Group was organized to create an active network of information sharing among airport fire rescue professionals. These professionals had been working hard to develop training materials and standard operating guidelines.  Without an avenue to bring these departments together, they were essentially working in a vacuum and duplicating efforts. Today our membership has grown to almost 1000 active members, representing over 30 countries. We continue to develop and deliver comprehensive education programs on a wide variety of ARFF topics. We are also involved with providing guidance to aviation related organizations with ARFF related issues.  Our members serve on active committees involving the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, International Civil Aviation Organization and the National Fire Protection Association, just to name a few.  Here are some additional benefits members of the ARFF Working Group receive: 

ARFF News:  The largest bi-monthly periodical published dealing exclusively with ARFF Issues.

Annual Meeting—Participation in the world’s largest ARFF conference held in the U.S. each year at a discounted rate.

Section Seminars—Smaller training venues held throughout the country with minimal registration fees and maximum training opportunities           










Expert Assistance— So what’s one of the most valuable resources the airport firefighter can have?  How about a network to thousands of other airport firefighters that face the same challenges?

The ARFF Working Group is a resource that is not just valuable to the airport firefighters, but also airport management, operational personnel and other entities who must work together to mitigate the wide variety of emergencies that occur in the airport environment. We need your help to continue promoting the science and improving the methods of aviation fire protection and prevention, so please use this LINK to become a member of our team!

Members Only Section on Website—As a Member you have access to the educational presentations that have been recently presented at conferences and seminars.     With one click on the “News” button receive all the “Daily News” in the world of aviation and also access to the most current issues of ARFF News downloadable at the touch of a button.

Hot Topics – The addition of the “Hot Topics” area gives access to up-to-date information on issues affecting the ARFF industry in a timely manner

Multi -Year Discount – With a two (2) or three (3) year paid membership, you are entitled to either a $15 or $25 discount.

Incentives – Individual members that recruit additional Individual members will receive incentives from ARFF Working Group merchandise to free conference registrations and hotel accommodations.  Check the Membership Application for details on this program.

So take the next step to becoming part of the largest professional aviation firefighter organization in the world and join today!