Verification of Class and Index of airport, prior to arrival, in the 5010, current copy of the ACM on file and information previously entered in CCMIS: Review CCMIS material, check 5010 data.
Vehicles at the airport ARFF match vehicles listed in ACM and CCMIS: Verify with 139.317 the vehicle and agent requirements for the Index associated with the airport. Verify vehicles meet Index.
ACM only lists what is required by Index. Additional capabilities can be put in the 5010 data if the airport wants to list more fire support than what is required for their Index.
Remission factor (315c)
What aircraft actually use the airport? Does it match the listed Index of the Airport?
Discussion about aircraft the airport is currently receiving and any expected aircraft that could cause them to increase their Index. The aircraft must be scheduled service. Verify they have the correct vehicles to meet index.
Equipment meets the increase in index. If the airport is getting aircraft of larger Index that will bump them up an Index, check provisions on increased capabilities.
ACM includes provisions to increase staffing for air carrier operations. Does the airport have a back-up vehicle in the event there is an increase in index?
ACM includes provisions to reduce staffing for air carrier operations.
ACM identifies who has the authority to reduce the index requirement.
ACM includes recall procedures for the full aircraft rescue and firefighting capability.
ACM explains an Index reduction must not be implemented unless: Notification to air carriers is provided in the Airport/Facility Directory or Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) and Local air carriers are notified directly.
Vehicle communication capability.
Radios work. Mobile base station. Portable radio
Vehicles have contact with the following: ARFF drivers are familiar with all of the radio frequencies, All other required emergency vehicles, The air traffic control tower, The common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) when an air traffic control tower is not in operation or there is no air traffic control tower, and Fire stations, as specified in the airport emergency plan.
Vehicles have a flashing or rotating beacon.
Vehicle colors enhance contrast with the background environment optimize daytime and nighttime visibility and identification. AIP-funded ARFF vehicles must be painted in accordance with current Advisory Circular 150/5210-5.
Vehicles markings and paint contrasts with background and optimizes nighttime visibility.
Review of daily and monthly ARFF vehicle checklists shows ARFF vehicles are fixed in a timely manner
If the airport is located in a geographical area subject to prolonged temperatures below 33 degrees Fahrenheit, vehicles have cover or other means to ensure equipment operation and discharge under freezing conditions.
All required vehicle(s) designed systems work as designed to the day it showed up. All components: turret(s), Drivers Enhanced Vision System (DEVS), Forward Looking Infra-Red System (FLIRS), Dry Chemical system. A demonstration of the discharge of the agents not used in the response drill (except Halon) must be conducted for the required index response vehicle(s) before the conclusion of the inspection to ensure the adequate capability.
If vehicle becomes inoperative, it is replaced immediately with one of equal capabilities.
If another ARFF vehicle is not available\and Index is not restored within 48 hours: Was ADO notified in accordance with §139.339? Was each air carrier notified in accordance with §139.339?
Index capability restored within 48 hours
If not, was the Index reduced in accordance with available ARFF vehicle capabilities?
Verification of Index of the airport.
ACM indicates number of vehicles used to meet Index for response.
Vehicle(s) responding meet Index requirements.
Within 3 minutes from the time of the alarm, at least one required aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle reaches the midpoint of the farthest runway serving air carrier aircraft from its assigned post or reaches any other specified point of comparable distance on the movement area that is available to air carriers, and begins application of extinguishing agent. The drill may be conducted during daylight or darkness.
Within 4 minutes from the time of alarm, all other required vehicles reach the midpoint of the farthest runway serving air carrier aircraft from their assigned posts and begin application of an extinguishing agent.
Index-required vehicle(s) discharges, at minimum, water during drill. A demonstration of the discharge of the agents not used in the response drill (except Halon) must be conducted for the required Index response vehicle(s) before the conclusion of the inspection to ensure the adequate capability.
Review of training plan and comparison to 139.319 (i)(2). Refer to AC 150/5210-17. Smaller airports might not have a detailed training program. Should include all 11 subjects from 139.319. Airport should use a training schedule that tracks what to teach and when it is due. Check 100% of training records.
Airport keeps a training record. Paper or electronic. Is there a copy of the sign-in sheet? If so, spot check.
Ensure the curriculum for initial and recurrent training includes at least the following areas:
Airport familiarization, including airport signs, marking, and lighting, Aircraft Familiarization - This should include not only passenger aircraft, but also cargo and GA aircraft, Rescue and Firefighting Personnel Safety, Emergency Communications Systems on the Airport, Use of the Fire Hoses, Nozzles, Turrets, and other appliances required for compliance, Application of the Types of Extinguishing Agents required for compliance, Emergency Aircraft Evacuation Assistance, Firefighting Operations, Adapting and Using Structural Rescue and Firefighting Equipment for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Aircraft Cargo Hazards, Familiarization with Firefighters' Duties under the Airport Emergency Plan.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Ensemble:
Jacket & Trouser with lining, Gloves, Nomex Hood, Helmet w/ Face Shield, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Personal Alert Safety System (PASS).
May differ from airport to airport.
Common items may include:
One ground ladder that meets the requirements of NFPA 1931, One section of Hose (21⁄2 in.) diameter for tank fill, Spanner Wrenches, One Hydrant Wrench, Spare SCBA bottle, Skin Penetrator/Agent Applicator, Appropriate Wheel Chocks, 100 ft. of utility rope, Two Axes, Fire-Resistant Blanket, Bolt Cutters, Forcible Entry Tool, Intrinsically Safe Hand Light, Two Harness Cutting Tools, Hook, Grab, or Salvage Tool, First Aid Kit, 4 lb. Hammer, Rescue Power Saw, Hydraulic Rescue Tools ,Air Chisel, Prying Tools.
Live-fire training for all required personnel within 12 CCM.
An acceptable live-fire drill consists of fighting a fire from the position in which the firefighter would be expected to perform. For the driver/operator who normally operates the turrets of the ARFF vehicle, it would be preferable that the firefighter meet the annual requirement utilizing the vehicle turrets.
Many training programs have all participants working the handlines, and it would be acceptable for the driver/operator to meet the annual requirement by training on the handline.
Recommended each individual fight the following fires at a minimum:
An interior fire,
An engine fire,
An APU fire,
A wheel well fire,
Ground pool fire.
At least one individual, who has been trained and is current in basic emergency medical services, is available during air carrier operations. This individual must be trained prior to initial performance of emergency medical services.
Training at least 40 hours in length and covering the following topics: Bleeding, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Shock, Primary patient survey, Injuries to the skull, spine, chest, and extremities, Internal injuries, Moving patients, Burns, Triage.
Training described in the ACM
It does not have to be an ARFF person. Check individuals certification and expiration date. Are they trained to EMT or higher? Is there a recurrent training program in place for the ARFF personnel.
ACM identifies names of personnel trained and current in basic emergency medical care.
ACM identifies means of contacting personnel trained and current in basic emergency medical care.
ACM explains how personnel trained and current in basic emergency medical care are responding and where they are responding from?
Backup is identified in the event the first call is busy?
Personnel trained and current in basic emergency medical care responds in a reasonable amount of time.
Records maintained for all firefighters, whether currently working at the airport or no longer with the airport fire department, for 24 CCM. Records can be electronic or paper. Review ALL training records.
Required training has been completed in 12 CCM. Example of training sheet, Student name, Date of training, Subject and methodology (synopsis of what was covered), Duration of class, Instructor’s comments, Tools or equipment used in the class, Performance and evaluation, Instructor’s name, Instructor’s signature.
Sufficient rescue and firefighting personnel are available during all air carrier operations to operate the vehicles, meet the response times, and meet the minimum agent discharge rates required by 139.317. There should be enough firefighters to drive and operate the vehicle as it was designed. Confirm through training records review that firefighter was qualified prior to being assigned to the shift.
Procedures for alerting ARFF personnel in the event of an accident or incident
Are they accurate and valid?
Towered airports use– Siren, alarm, direct ring down phone, or radio (secondary means of communication)?
Non-towered provides of means of notification (911, siren, etc.) and has a procedure in place to notify the ARFF of the incident.
Check for unnecessary links in the alerting process that could delay a response test. In these situations, the ACSI should consider conducting the response test while on the phone with the ATCT controller so the ACSI will know the exact time the alert is initiated from the ATCT.
Each aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle responding to an emergency on the airport is equipped with, or has available through a direct communications link, the “North American Emergency Response Guidebook” (ERG). Do the firefighters know how the ERG will be accessed?
ACM identifies road(s) designated as emergency access roads. If no emergency access roads are designated, then the airport has none.
Emergency access roads are part of the Snow and Ice Plan and listed as a Priority 1.
Procedures for Hazardous Substances and Materials (321a)
Acceptables Fire Safety Standards Established (321b)
Compliance to Fire Safety Standards (321c)
Inspection of Fuel Facilities every 3 CCM (321d)
Check that each Stationary Airport Fueling System Was Checked Quarterly, and maintain a record of that inspection for at least 12 consecutive calendar months.
Record of Inspection for 12 CCM (321d)
Check that each Aircraft Mobile Fueling Servicing Vehicle Was Checked Quarterly, and maintain a record of that inspection for at least 12 consecutive calendar months.
Fueling Agent Supervisor Training Every 24 CCM (321e1)
Check at least one supervisor with each fueling agent must have completed an aviation fuel training course in ﬁre safety that is authorized by the FAA.
Fuel Agent On-the-Job Training Every 24 CCM (321e2)
Training of fueling personnel in ﬁre safety must be completed within 12 consecutive calendar months.
Written Conﬁrmation Every 12 CCM that Training has been accomplished (321f)
Check that certiﬁcate holder have obtain a written conﬁrmation once every 12 consecutive calendar months from each airport tenant fueling agent that the training required has been accomplished.
Required immediate Corrective Action / Notify FAA of Non-Compliance (321g)
Check to ensure certiﬁcate holder have required each tenant fueling agent to take immediate corrective action whenever the certiﬁcate holder becomes aware of noncompliance, and ensure corrective actions are accomplished within a reasonable period of time.