Where ARFF Meets Tech Rescue

chrism By Carl J. Haddon Hypothetically speaking: It’s a stormy summer night when commercial passenger Flight OU812 comes in for a landing. As it touches down, a rogue gust of crosswind pushes it off the port edge of the runway. In the blink of an eye, this aircraft slides through the grass and through the […]

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ARFF’s Role in Airport Events

chrism By Wesley Long How many of you have had the pleasure of working with “The Beast?” Chances are quite a few, although you may not have realized it! “The Beast” is the presidential limousine, and it spends a good deal of its time on a military cargo plane or on an airport as part […]

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The Emergency Response Guidebook for ARFF Responders

chrism  By William Greenwood The 2016 US DOT (Emergency Response Guide) ERG is a guidebook that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for all first responders. The commonly found orange paperback book is designed to be used during the initial phase (first 30 minutes) of a dangerous goods or hazardous materials incident. It […]

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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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Ambulance Designs Evolving to Meet Specific Customer Needs

chrism Standardized lines of ambulance models continue to see strong customer support, but most manufacturers also are altering their designs to accommodate specific requests from end users. Ambulance designs are changing to reflect not only safety concerns from customers but also specific requirements for equipment placement. Steve Rowland, regional sales manager for USA South at Demers […]

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Industrial Apparatus Sizes Run from Large to Huge

chrism By Alan M. Petrillo The design of industrial fire apparatus usually centers around one main attribute, that of putting maximum amounts of water through the rig to protect industrial facilities such as refineries, chemical plants, and other large manufacturing structures. Depending on the fire department or industrial fire brigade and their water flow needs […]

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ARFF Vehicles Having Greater Knockdown Power, Carrying Bigger Payloads

chrism By Alan M. Petrillo Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles are putting on muscle, often carrying bigger payloads than ever before; having more compartment storage space; and sporting larger, more powerful pumps and engines. ARFF manufacturers have changed their rigs to help operators get to an incident quicker, have greater visibility at the scene, […]

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