With thousands of people from different places and countries roaming around it every day, an airport holds the reputation of the city or even the country where it is located. If something bad happens there, that reputation will be at stake. The safety and security of an airport must always be maintained and all personnel responsible for such maintenance should be properly trained and educated.
Of all mishaps that might happen in an airport, fire is considered among the most devastating ones. With tens to hundreds of fuel-carrying aircrafts arriving and departing in an airport, fire is always considered a looming risk. Personnel responsible for preventing and handling fire hazards, namely the airport rescue and firefighting personnel, must participate in comprehensive and extensive ARFF (airport rescue and firefighting) trainings in order to optimize their skills in handling fire.
To make sure that the training can yield the expected result, it must be able to simulate the fire disaster in as realistic as possible environment. This means the training organizer must be able to create a real airport environment with real aircraft fuselage and real disaster situation. All potential sources of fire risk must be considered so that the fire risks that the training participants will deal with are the real risks which are likely to happen in an aircraft and airport environment. This way, airport firefighters are expected to be able to take the right measures in the event of passenger compartment fires, gallery fires, cargo fires, and other fire disasters that might happen in the aircraft fuselage.
Airport rescue and firefighting personnel’s skill in preventing and handling fire risks is essential in preventing major damage and loss of life. It is also essential in maintaining the reputation we have mentioned above. For this reason, a training program that involves real simulation is also considered essential as it is the only way to maintain and improve such skill.