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ACAA Sponsors Training Class for Airport Fire Fighters from Across the Country


EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: As part of the week long class, we’d like to invite the media to attend the training on Tuesday, September 25th. During the day, there will be photographic and film opportunities of the training sessions. The preferred media times will run from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There is also a night training session scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 PM. This session will present some very dramatic photographic opportunities. For further information, or to coordinate the times that best suit your scheduling, please contact JoAnn Jenny at 412-472-3517, cell 412-953-3663, or

Pittsburgh, PA – How do Airport Fire Fighters prepare to respond in an emergency? The answer is rigorous training both in the classroom and on the training ground. It is the practical hands-on training that is difficult to accommodate.

From Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28, the ARFF Training Facility at Pittsburgh International Airport will host the Northeast Chapter/AAAE Advanced and Basic Aircraft Rescue and fire training for airport Fire Fighters from across the country. Structural Fire Fighters (the Fire Fighters that respond to building fires) can use either a fixed training building, like the one at the Allegheny County Fire Academy in North Park, or even an old building in their response area to train to fight fires. However, most Airport Fire Fighters do not have access to abandoned aircraft to use to master their skills.

In a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Facility at Pittsburgh International Airport was opened in 1999. Since then, over 2,000 ARFF Fire Fighters from around the world have attended training sessions at the facility to get hands on practice with aircraft emergencies.

The ARFF Fire Training Facility features a 135-foot diameter propane fueled burn area with a simulated aircraft fuselage in its center. Besides being able to fight fuel spill fires, the Fire Fighters are also challenged with scenarios like engine fires, wheel brake fires, and can even do interior evolutions such as cabin fires, lavatory fires, and galley fires. Even without fires, the Fire Fighters can practice their search and rescue skills inside the fuselage.

The Facility is staffed by ACAA Fire Fighters that are not only certified as Suppression Level Instructors by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, but who also undergo hundreds of additional hours of training in various aspects of aircraft rescue, fire fighting, construction, and systems.

The American Association of Airline Executives (AAAE) is an internationally recognized organization that not only keeps airport personnel abreast of the latest aviation news and training available, but also certifies airport staff members at both basic and advanced levels.

Sep 20, 2007