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Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF)

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Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Training Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Training

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Training

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Training at ATW ARFF Training Center | PSTC
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ARFF Specialized Training

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Specialized Training at ATW ARFF Training Center | PSTC
ARFF Training | Striker ARFF Training | Striker

ARFF Training | Striker

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Training at ATW ARFF Training Center | PSTC
ARFF Specialized Training ARFF Specialized Training

ARFF Specialized Training

Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Specialized Training at ATW ARFF Training Center | PSTC

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) training offered by Fox Valley Technical College is a specialized category of firefighting involving airport ground emergencies. Training may include: 

        • Emergency response
        • Hazard mitigation
        • Evacuation and rescue
        • Emergency medical treatment of passengers and crew

The ATW ARFF Training Center provides multiple hands-on training scenarios on a one-of-a-kind Boeing 777 with a broken wing and a Cessna training prop. Training options range from the 40-hour airport firefighter course and FAA live burn recertification to custom-designed courses for the municipal firefighter. Any scenario encountered on an airfield can be re-created and tailored to produce the most realistic training available. Facility and training prop details can be found below.

Several courses are eligible for IFSAC certification.

Courses are pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to meet specific Federal Aviation Requirements (FAR).

ATW ARFF TRAINING CENTER FEATURES:

Building and Wet Deck Features

Building (8,975 sq. ft.):

  • 2 training rooms – one in the office area and one in the garage area
  • Garage with 2 large bay areas
  • Parking with 39 standard stalls and 2 handicap stalls

Drive-on wet deck (19,140 sq. ft.):

  • 96 burn zones (grids)
  • Controlled drainage to detention ponds
  • Infrared cameras for wet deck flame control and monitoring
  • 360 degree access to SAFT

The Control Room is on the second floor of the ARFF training center. It overlooks the wet deck and B777 SAFT. One large monitor provides a graphical representation of the wet deck burn area, as well as the exterior and interior burn areas of the SAFT. Various fire simulation scenarios and burn zones can be selected and controlled from the monitor with system software, which includes a log-on security system and provides daily readiness checks. The emergency shut-down is also located in the control room. A hand-controlled, manual override system is available for instructors to control the fire systems, as well as the longevity and re-ignition of various fires. The software can also run diagnostic programs to check computer system operation and peripheral equipment. It also provides training reports and logs of: 

  • Trainer activity
  • Each training session (including date and time) 
  • Burn time
  • Agent application time
  • Smoke duration time (if applicable)
  • Crews trained per session

For more information, contact: Dana Schmidt at 920-560-1418 or schmidan@fvtc.edu

ARFF Vehicle(s)

ARFF Striker:

  • 2019 Oshkosh Global Striker
  • High-rise extendable turret with piercing nozzle
  • High-volume, low-attack bumper turret
  • 3000 gallons of water

For more information, contact: Dana Schmidt at 920-560-1418 or schmidan@fvtc.edu

Specialized Aircraft Fire Trainer - Boeing 777 SAFT

B777 SAFT internal fires:

  • Cockpit console fire
  • Forward, mid and rear cabin seat fire with flashover capability
  • Forward and mid cabin galley fire
  • Forward lavatory fire
  • Forward and rear overhead bin fire and cargo fire

B777 SAFT external fires:

  • Landing gear fires
  • Wing engine fires 

Other B777 features:

  • Piercing panels at various locations and heights 
  • Actual B777 doors
  • Airbus A380 door
  • Broken wing on one side
  • Smoke generation equipment inside 

For more information, contact: Dana Schmidt at 920-560-1418 or schmidan@fvtc.edu

Specialized Aircraft Fire Trainer - Cessna Skyhawk

The Cessna Skyhawk Specialized Aircraft Fire Trainer (SAFT) has four fixed seats in the cabin (two in the front row and two in a back row). The cockpit has a pilot’s control console similar in appearance to the Cessna control console.

Cessna SAFT fire simulations available:

  • Landing Gear Fire
  • Engine/Propeller Fire
  • Cockpit/Cabin Fire

The live fire training system is designed to provide safe and effective training of piston plane fires. The Cessna SAFT includes a piston engine Cessna Skyhawk mock-up with separately controlled fires in the engine, cockpit, and landing gear. All equipment for operation utilizes vapor propane for pilot flames and main flames.

  • The engine fire represents a fire in the engine compartment of the Cessna mockup such as caused by a fuel leak around the engine block. The hood is designed to remain safely in the open position.
  • The landing gear fire provides fire resulting from overheating of brakes and represents burning material in the landing gear. The fire engulfs the wheels.  

For more information, contact: Dana Schmidt at 920-560-1418 or schmidan@fvtc.edu

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