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a lot of the implementation concerns as firefighters
and maintenance personnel will be more familiar
with a specific vehicle's operations," Bermingham
said. "Airports should also consider the long-term
history of their selected manufacturer as the costs of
operating an ARFF vehicle is not just the upfront
investment but also the total cost of ownership
through the entire service of the vehicle."
"One of the biggest challenges with AIP and
PFC funded ARFF vehicles is the fact that each
time a truck is bid, they have a potential to have a
different manufacturer win that bid process," Kann
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's ARFF trucks.
said. "One of the things we hear is that airports
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and firefighters want to try to maintain the same
brand of vehicle whenever they can. There's a lot of importance
fire in the cockpit, cabin, gallery, overhead compartment, APU
there because in an emergency situation, the firefighters need
and any combinations. The new facility will also allow us to train
to have their abilities be second nature. They can't take long
students wheel and engine fire techniques. Students will be able
to think, they just have to be able to react. It has to be muscle
to experience fire scenarios with actual liquid fuel. With the
memory. And, those types of things are difficult to have when
facility upgrade the Airport will be acquiring a new Oshkosh
you have three different types of trucks where their turrets work
Striker 3000 with a High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET).
differently and a lot of things about each truck is different."
The facility will have a HRET prop allowing the Airport to
To avoid this, Bermingham said airports are increasingly
train departments that have HRET operations," said Aaron
using their own funds to purchase ARFF vehicles, rather than
Buck, the Airport's Deputy Director, Operations & Public Safety.
seeking grants to purchase their vehicles.
"This trend stems from airports wanting and needing to
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commonize their fleets to ensure operators and maintenance
personnel can leverage the commonality to reduce training on
multiple platforms and ultimately optimize efficiency," he said.

More to It Than a Truck
Staying well trained and staying fresh for incidents that might be a
once in a lifetime event is a daily priority, Larry Lippel, battalion
chief for the Charlotte County, Fla., Fire Department, said.
"The biggest thing with ARFF is to, I think, keep our
firefighters engaged, because you're constantly doing training
and you may not have an incident," he said. "Keep it fresh,
but still emphasize the priority you need to get out there, you
need to maintain the familiarization, you need to go out there
and drive the hangers, see the aircraft, understand what your
apparatus will do."
Lippel's crews are able to rotate off of the airport for fire
duties, keeping their firefighting skills sharp as the combat fires
and respond to emergencies off the airfield so their ready for
when an accident occurs on it.
Gary/Chicago International Airport has taken other steps to
ensure their ARFF optimization, having recently transitioned
city firefighters with their own staffed crew.
"Since the official transfer, we are now training personnel
under our own operational jurisdiction. We have developed an
enhanced curriculum that encompasses both firefighting and
operations, and we have been recruiting college graduates with
educational background in aviation and airport management to
ensure we have the most effective personnel available to meet
our needs," Gypalo said.
In Wyoming, Casper/Natrona County International Airport
is in the process of constructing a new ARFF training facility.
"Right now, our facility doesn't offer any training for interior
fires or wheel fires. The new facility will allow us to simulate a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business - June-July 2020

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Keep Your Troubles Outside the Fence
Airport Guru
Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
Put Out Fires
Projects of the Year
Product Focus
Fueling Directory
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Industry Update
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Airport Guru
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
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