ARFF Considerations Working Around Ballistic Recovery Parachutes

chrism By William Greenwood Airport and structural firefighters working around small aircraft today have myriad hazards they must contend with. Technology is constantly evolving in the aircraft industry, and so must the knowledge base of our first responders. Maintaining a high level of training and situational awareness is critical for firefighter safety. This month we […]

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ARFF Emergency Response to Composite Materials—Fiber Dispersion Concerns

chrism By William Greenwood Aircraft composite materials (ACM) are widely used in the aircraft industry and have allowed engineers the ability to create shapes and smoothness that affords greater aerodynamics while maintaining strength. There are a few concerns with these materials when ARFF stations respond to crashes and/or fire. The first is the rapid burn […]

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TIC Talk for ARFF Applications

chrism By William Greenwood With the advent of the thermal imaging camera (TIC), technology has given us the ability to see again. That alone is an amazing feat and provides an increased level of safety. But as with any technology, it also comes with challenges that some operators might not know about. We all know […]

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The Rig: It’s the Little Things

chrism [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”173″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_pro_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ display_type_view=”imagebrowser-dark-template.php” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] By Ricky Riley When trying to come up with ideas for this month’s Rig article, I spent a lot of time looking at our new delivery of engines. We were fortunate enough to purchase six engines over the last year and just took delivery […]

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Southwest 1380 Pilot-to-Airport Audio

chrism On April 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines 1380 en route to Texas made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after departing LaGuardia Airport. There were 144 passengers on board and five crew. The plane landed safely, and Philadelphia Fire Department units responded with its ARFF rigs, and medic units transported several injured passengers. One passenger died […]

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FAA Airport Technology R&D Branch Researching New Technologies to Benefit ARFF Firefighters

chrism The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology Research and Development Branch is involved in a wide variety of research program areas at its Technical Center, including those dealing with aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) technologies, composite material firefighting, and new large aircraft firefighting. And, it’s the new technologies area that has been getting a […]

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Mt. Pleasant (TN) to House New Fire Trailer

chrism Photo: Columbiadailyherald Maury County’s emergency departments have decided to house a new firefighting vehicle in Mt. Pleasant.The newly acquired firefighting foam trailer will be housed at the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department’s station adjacent to the airport and will respond to all major flammable liquid fires across Maury County.Representatives of Mt. Read more at Columbiadailyherald […]

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