NFPA 405: Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters

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The 2015 NFPA 405 helps you prepare ARFF personnel for the full range of airport emergencies.

ARFF firefighter proficiency is paramount to the safety of the firefighters and to a safe and effective service. That's why airport managers, fire chiefs, and anyone responsible for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) personnel training or staffing needs the latest edition of NFPA 405: Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters.

This Standard addresses everything airport authorities need to know about ARFF personnel proficiency and readiness. Chapters encompass airport familiarization, ARFF personnel safety, PPE, aircraft cargo hazards, emergency communication systems, ARFF vehicles and equipment, extinguishing agents, live fire fighting, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), and more.

Changes in the 2015 edition help you make sure your team is knowledgeable and prepared:

  • The skills evaluation timeframe is revised from an 18-month interval to a 12-month interval. This shorter interval will increase the proficiency of firefighters and improve consistency across the Standard.
  • A new section addresses the potential environmental risks posed by certain extinguishing agents.
  • Expanded and clarified text on live spill and live fire training provides a description of requirements particular to the size of the airport.

For airport fire chiefs and airport managers who need to keep ARFF personnel trained, equipped, and ready for action, NFPA 405 establishes vital criteria that can be used by airports around the world. (Softbound, 15 pp., 2015)

NFPA® 405 Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 General Requirements
4.1 General
4.2 Evaluation Criteria
4.3 Record Keeping
Chapter 5 Airport Familiarization
5.1 Scope
5.2 Competency
5.3 Maps
5.4 Scenarios
5.5 Airport Markings
5.6 Lighting
5.7 Signage
5.8 Airport Traffic
Chapter 6 Aircraft Familiarization
6.1 Scope
6.2 Competency
6.3 Criteria
Chapter 7 ARFF Personnel Safety and Safety Management
7.1 Scope
7.2 Competency
7.3 Criteria
Chapter 8 Personal Protective Equipment
8.1 Scope
8.2 Competency
8.3 Protective Clothing and Equipment
8.4 Breathing Apparatus
Chapter 9 Aircraft Cargo Hazards
9.1 Scope
9.2 Competency
9.3 Criteria
9.4 Decontamination
Chapter 10 Emergency Communications Systems
10.1 Scope
10.2 Competency
10.3 Criteria
Chapter 11 ARFF Vehicles and Equipment
11.1 Scope
11.2 Tools and Equipment
11.3 Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
11.4 Operation of Equipment and Devices
11.5 ARFF Vehicle Operation
Chapter 12 Extinguishing Agents
12.1 Scope
12.2 Selection and Application
12.3 Descriptions of Effects
12.4 Description of Environmental Effects
Chapter 13 Emergency Aircraft Evacuation Assistance
13.1 Scope
13.2 Criteria
Chapter 14 Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations
14.1 Scope
14.2 Criteria
14.3 Emergency Alerts
14.4 Vehicle Routes
14.5 Size-Up Procedures
14.6 Factors Affecting Fire Attack
14.7 Response Considerations
14.8 Tactical Considerations
14.9 ARFF Vehicle Positioning
14.10 Agent Application
14.11 Ventilation Considerations
14.12 Structural Apparatus
14.13 Extinguishing Agent Resupply
14.14 Fire Department Supply and Resupply
14.15 Other Aircraft Accident Considerations
Chapter 15 Recurrent Live Fire Training
15.1 Live Spill Fire Training
15.2 Live Fire Training
Chapter 16 Airport Emergency Plan
16.1 General
16.2 Fire Department Response
16.3 Incident Command
Chapter 17 Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
17.1 Scope
Chapter 18 Administration and Standards
18.1 Scope
18.2 Criteria
Chapter 19 Water Rescue Operations
19.1 Scope
19.2 Competency
19.3 Criteria
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References