Welcome to a very important part of any airport worldwide. Doesn’t matter if you’re a new airport in North Dakota, Us or in Beijing Airport, China. Whether it’s a medical or a real fire there is always need for immediate coverage and response. Minutes matter in any emergency as we all know. ARFF stands for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. No matter what other countries may call it regardless these services are required. We invite airports to share their stories and other aspects of coverage.
Beginning in November 2019 we will start on this sector of where Fire and Aviation come together. From manufacturers to companies that offer other services it is an integral part of any airport operation no matter what size. We have witnessed over the years many calls with a broad spectrum of emergencies.
We give you an example of a situation that occurred in August 2019. An Air China plane caught fire at Beijing airport, forcing the crew to evacuate while at the gate in between flights. The crew of the Airbus A330 were in the process of boarding passengers when the plane started to smoke from the cargo hold in front of the aircraft. Flight CA183 from Beijing the Chinese capital to fly to Tokyo in Japan. This is a minute by minute situation that without the services available could have been much worse.
There are many companies that manufacture the ARFF vehicles for which must be ready at an instance. Foam carrying is essential with airport jet fuel. Kerosene type jet fuel highly flammable burning at a much higher degree. There are two common types Jet A and JetA-1 fuel used commonly at airports to fuel the planes. With that said flash point temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 38 degrees Celsius. Many times, around the world airport aprons are baking in high heat with temperatures in an around that before ignition by fire. Training is essential at any location and mandatory. All departments and all airports.
We cover all aspects in the fire service and share those major manufacturers that provided the apparatus to manage and serve all airports around the world. One of the Four trucks that the FAA acquired in 2016 was the newest A 6×6 Rosenbauer Panther. The FAA has four different fire trucks that are utilized for testing in a variety of scenarios at an offsite location in the US. The Rosenbauer Panther is used specifically to test compressed air foam system (CAFS) for functionality and performance. Below is a picture we were fortunate to see a Rosenbauer Panther at the FDIC in 2018. There are many other manufacturers that build and provide for purchase to serve and protect its airport and district.
Courtesy Fire and Aviation TV