Basic ARFF Course

Basic ARFF Course

Effective aircraft rescue and firefighting accident response requires well-trained and highly motivated firefighters who are able to perform various tasks effectively during aircraft rescue and firefighting operations. An airport firefighter must be knowledgeable in all fields of aircraft rescue and firefighting tactics. In addition to traditional basic firefighter knowledge, airport firefighters must be able to perform specific techniques and use special equipment in order to mitigate airport emergencies. This training programme consists of theoretical instruction in the classroom, which will be enhanced by practical “hands-on” training. The course curriculum has been developed based on the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP’s) published by the International Civil Aviation Organization, as well as on internationally recognized fire protection standards developed and published by EASA Regulation 139 and the National Fire Protection Association. The course is additionally based on the following standards and regulations:

- NFPA 402, Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Operations,
- NFPA 403, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Services at Airports,
- NFPA 422, Guide for Aircraft Accident Response,
- IFSTA, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting.

What will participants learn?

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

- explain typical airport infrastructure, airfield operations and airport communication systems;
- understand aircraft construction and design;
- identify the hazards associated with commercial and military aircrafts;
- understand the concepts, principles and theory of aircraft fire fighting and rescue tactics;
- explain the extinguishing effects and application of foam extinguishing agents;
- define the level of protection required at airports based on their airport classification as defined by ICAO;
- understand the concepts of incident management to include mass casualty management and triage;
- understand the concepts and components of an airport emergency plan;
- explain the role and responsibility of airport firefighters in aircraft accident investigation;
- identify local, state, federal and international laws governing commercial aviation;
- implement tactics and strategies, including tactical approach, initial attack, and the selection, application, and management of
   ARFF extinguishing agents required for aircraft fire suppression and rescue operations;
- perform search and rescue operations.

Participants, working together as a team, are challenged by a variety of typical aircraft fire scenarios. They will combat and extinguish:

- wing engine fires,
- wheel and brake assembly fires,
- cargo compartment fires,
- fuel spill fires,
- cockpit fires,
- galley fires,
- cabin fires.

Who should attend?

This training course is beneficial to airport firefighters who would like to improve their Fire Fighter I and II knowledge to be better prepared for the demanding challenges of aircraft rescue and firefighting operations. 


Course participants must:

- possess basic technical skills (be certified in the use of respiratory protective equipment); 
- be physically capable of performing strenuous work during the performance of the practical training sessions and therefore meet the
  medical requirements of their Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ);
- be proficient in English, German or Slovenian.


Andrej Markun
Boris Omejc
Dejan Gantar
Gorazd Zupančič
Milan Dubravac
Rok Gradišek
Stephan Syring

Further Training

ARFF Refresher Course
Critical Incident Stress Management Course
Disaster Management Course

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Three weeks or customized

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English, German, Slovenian

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Courses can be arranged at any time on different locations. Send us an enquiry and let us know about your wishes.