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The old ARFF unit was one of
E-One's original Titan units, Grow said.
The maintenance costs began to balloon,
so they knew it was time to look for a
new piece of equipment.
"The parts it needed were literally like
Unobtainium," he said. "E-One couldn't
even fix their own truck anymore, even
though their manufacturing facility is
located right across the street from the
Ocala airport."

Know your needs
Randal Rhodes, assistant fire chief
with Dallas Fort Worth International
Airport's Department of Public Safety,
said airports and the fire services that
support commercial airports should
look at ARFF technology needs from
the standpoint of several key elements:
business performance (will this keep
the airport in regulatory compliance);
operational excellence (will the
technology have a continued positive
impact of emergency operations); and
safe and secure (does it work and does
it function well).
"[T]he agency/airport 'should' review
the FAA FAR regulations, Aviation
Circulars and review adopted standards
under the National Fire Protection
Agency (NFPA) for guidance on required
technology requirements and current
standards for use of such technology," he
said. "Additionally, airports and agencies
need to look at the need for technology
based upon various response conditions.
One example is certain visual aid
technology an airport in San Francisco
might need due to the famous foggy
weather versus an airport in the desert.
"Ask the question, 'Does the
technology need to be fixed to the
vehicle, or can it be operated by the
operator like heat detection systems?'"
For establishing a time frame to
make new purchases, there are a couple
of different approaches an airport/fire
department can use as a guideline. One
way is to make purchases on a rotational
basis. Rhodes said some departments
will use an operational period, such as
every 10 years, to replace old equipment
with new. The benefits allow an airport/
department to plan accordingly for
budgets, knowing the replacement
schedule is pre-determined. The
downside to this model is the potential

As with the introduction of new technology, incorporating the
users into the evaluation and analysis process could provide a
positive impact on the acceptance of the technology used by other
fire fighters into the fire service. Some considerations airports
/ agencies need to include in the process is the impact to the
daily routine, dependability, time-to-train, how will it work in an
emergency, and effective listening to the end users.

significant capital expenditure over
a given budget year to purchase and
integrate the new equipment.
Another approach is to track
maintenance and downtime versus
residual value as the equipment
ages. Once the ARFF equipment's
maintenance cost of increasing downtime
exceeds its overall value, the equipment
is replaced.
"The benefit to this model is the
capital expenses are distributed over a
multi-year budget process, decreasing the
'shock' to the bottom line. The downside
is continued tracking of maintenance,
downtime and equipment failures,"
Rhodes said. "From a equipment
operator's perspective, the expectation
of the airport or department is to consider
replacement or new equipment before
safety is potentially compromised. If
an add-on, new piece of technology
comes along, a collaboration between the
operators, airport decision makers, and
the fire department is formed to perform
a cost-benefit analysis to determine the
effectiveness and efficiently of the new
Rhodes said manufacturers are
looking at medical embedded f ire
fighting gear so incident safety officers
and incident commanders can monitor


the health of each responder in various
response roles. The ability to monitor
the heart, blood pressure, temperatures
and location can be very important
to the safety of the fire fighter. Other
technologies can enhance the response
safety of drivers, vehicles and survivors.
"Airports and ARFF fire departments
can work closely with technology
and equipment manufacturers and
with regulatory agencies to ensure a
collaborative effort is present when
opportunities exist for integration of
new equipment and technology for
first responders," he said. "From a first
responder's perspective, if the equipment
or technology isn't reliable or has a short
lifespan, they may be hesitant to use it
when needed.
Grow recommended air ports
consider the long-term cost of equipment.
"M a ke su re whomever t he
manufacturer or supplier is, make sure
they have a good maintenance agreement
in place that will cover the airport and
make sure it's from a reputable company
that can follow through with their
promises," he said. "It's always the longterm costs that get you in the end. 

Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Parking, Profitability & Pinatas
Security by Design - New Security Technology and the Future of Airport Security Checkpoint Design
Washington Watch
A Vision for the Next Generation of Passenger Needs
Digital Signage Provides New Opportunities for Airport Retail
Totally Boggus
Executive Search Part 1: An Education on a Widely Used but Misinterpreted Topic
Know Your Needs for ARFF Equipment
American Aero's Journey to IS-BAH Stage III
Product Profile
Grounded in Safety...or Safety, Grounded?
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Airport Business - 2
Airport Business - 3
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Airport Business - 5
Airport Business - Inside the Fence
Airport Business - 7
Airport Business - Industry Update
Airport Business - 9
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Airport Business - Parking, Profitability & Pinatas
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Airport Business - Security by Design - New Security Technology and the Future of Airport Security Checkpoint Design
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Airport Business - Washington Watch
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Airport Business - A Vision for the Next Generation of Passenger Needs
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Airport Business - Digital Signage Provides New Opportunities for Airport Retail
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Airport Business - Totally Boggus
Airport Business - 35
Airport Business - Executive Search Part 1: An Education on a Widely Used but Misinterpreted Topic
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Airport Business - Know Your Needs for ARFF Equipment
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Airport Business - American Aero's Journey to IS-BAH Stage III
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Airport Business - Product Profile
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Airport Business - Grounded in Safety...or Safety, Grounded?
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