Best Practices for Building and Improving an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Program

Airports and city firefighting leadership need guidance on building effective airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) programs that include strong procedures, processes, equipment, staffing, structure, facilities, and training. Airports of all sizes follow regulations set by appropriate agencies, but there is limited guidance on how to design and implement a successful cohesive ARFF program. Instead, ARFF teams follow the knowledge and experience that is passed from leader to leader and firefighter to firefighter. Current regulations and guidance is often limited to operating procedures and training and equipment requirements; they do not provide adequate guidelines on how to build and maintain an ARFF program. Research is needed to develop guidelines for airport and firefighting leaders on how to develop a new ARFF program or enhance an existing one. The objective of this research is to develop holistic guidelines for creating an ARFF program and managing it for success. The guidelines should consider what an ARFF does and how it benefits the airport, its tenants and stakeholders, and identify best practices and tools necessary for effective leadership, staffing, training, and meeting regulatory requirements.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 04-34

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Start Date: 20220815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01854716
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 04-34
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2022 2:21PM