NFPA 1003-2019 Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Function. The primary function of the Airport Fire Fighter shall be to execute fire suppression and rescue activi‐ ties.* General Knowledge Requirements. Fundamental aircraft fire-fighting techniques, including the approach, posi‐ tioning, initial attack, and selection, application, and manage‐ ment of the extinguishing agents; limitations of various sized hand lines; use of personal protective equipment (PPE); fire behavior; fire-fighting techniques in oxygen-enriched atmos‐ pheres; reaction of aircraft materials to heat and flame; critical components and hazards of civil aircraft construction and systems related to ARFF operations; special hazards associated with military aircraft systems; a national defense area and limi‐ tations within that area; characteristics of different aircraft fuels; hazardous areas in and around aircraft; aircraft fueling systems (hydrant/vehicle); aircraft egress/ingress (hatches, doors, and evacuation chutes); hazards associated with aircraft cargo, including dangerous goods; hazardous areas, including entry control points, crash scene perimeters, and requirements for operations within the hot, warm, and cold zones; and criti‐ cal stress management policies and procedures.
(A) Requisite Knowledge. Techniques for accessing the aircraft interior according to the aircraft type, methods for advancing hand lines from a fire-fighting vehicle, precautions to be followed when advancing hose lines to a fire, observable results that a fire stream has been applied, dangerous structural conditions created by fire, principles of exposure protection, potential long-term consequences of exposure to products of combustion, physical states of matter in which fuels are found, common types of accidents or injuries and their causes, the role of the backup team in fire attack situations, attack and control techniques, and techniques for exposing hidden fires. Δ (B) Requisite Skills. Deploy fire-fighting vehicle hand line on an interior aircraft fire; gain access to aircraft interior; open, close, and adjust nozzle flow and patterns; apply agent using direct, indirect, and combination attacks; advance charged and uncharged hose lines up ladders and up and down interior and exterior stairways; and locate and suppress interior fires.
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