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    Doe any one know the FAA requirements for staffing at mid-size to large airports? I looked on the FAA website and could not find the info I needed. Any info about ARFF employment would be helpful.

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    Try the ARFF Working Group (www.arffwg.org) or www.Arff.info. NFPA 403 is the applicable document for NFPA, but it exceeds the FAA requirements.

    I couldn't find the CFR 139 on line, but here is a portion of it:

    FAR PART 139:319 (j)Personnel(5)-----"Sufficient rescue and firefighting personnel are available during all air carrier operations to meet the response times, and meet MINIMUM AGENT DISCHARGE rates required by this part;"----
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    In other words, there is NO manpower requirement, only agent discharge. So if your airport requires 1000gpm/3000 gals of Agent, then 1 3000 gal ARFF rig with a roof turret and a driver meets the standard.
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    From the above :
    "(6) 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 this part. "

    So, in a nutshell:
    1 driver per vehicle X # of vehicles required for index=FAA required staffing.

    BS!!!!

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    Thanks for the info. Do you work ARFF? Doing research. There was an article in the USAToday last year but did not give too many specifics. The point of the article was that many airports are not adequately equiped or staffed.

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    I'm a civilian municipal firefighter and do military ARFF in the Reserves. Military is much better for minimum manning, although we still never get what we want.

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    Cool Airport ratings........

    The ARFF coverage required by the FAA is dependant upon the indexing of the airport.......
    I am trying to recall the FAA documentation/book that breaks them all down..... crap, embarrassing for an ARFF Engineer......
    I have a copy at the Fire Station, I go to work on Friday. I will bring it home with me and do my best to answer your question on Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyboy
    The ARFF coverage required by the FAA is dependant upon the indexing of the airport.......
    I am trying to recall the FAA documentation/book that breaks them all down..... crap, embarrassing for an ARFF Engineer......
    I have a copy at the Fire Station, I go to work on Friday. I will bring it home with me and do my best to answer your question on Sunday.

    It is FAR 139, which is linked above
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