NFPA 402: Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Operations

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Handle aircraft incidents and save lives with NFPA 402's state-of-the-art guidance for aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) operations.

NFPA 402: Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations describes operational procedures for both airport and structural fire departments faced with rescue and fire fighting responsibilities for non-military aircraft.

The updated 2013 edition reflects the many changes in the aviation industry including new technology in the manufacturing of aircraft and the materials they are made of, such as composite materials which are lighter and burn differently than traditional materials....larger aircraft being introduced into the market that can transport many more people than existing aircraft...and the need for changes in the types of foams being applied based on new materials that aircraft are being made of.

Among major 2013 changes:

  • Updated photos reflect newer and larger aircraft that are now being used
  • Updates to information regarding safety concerns with Engineered Material Arresting Systems (EMAS) provides ARFF crews with critical limitations of EMAS
  • Updates to the use and application of foam in the presence of a fuel spill and fuel vapors
  • Annex G: Hazardous Materials was deleted to address the international audience for this document as the content was not applicable worldwide.
  • Use of the term "foaming agents" vs. "protein and fluroprotein" to better reflect what is currently used and also to broaden the types of agents that can be used for fire control and extinguishment. Also, clarification of when and how long foam should be reapplied.
  • Added reference to thermal imaging cameras based on technological advancements and enhanced equipment that can assist ARFF personnel.
  • New text added to reflect that newer materials have varying burn through times as compared to older materials and the use of GLARE (glass reinforced fiber metal laminate) in fuselage construction in modern aircraft.

Departments providing ARFF services at airports need the 2013 NFPA 402 to support their efforts to preserve public safety in communities and municipalities. (Softbound, 56 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 402 Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 General
1.4 Units and Formulas
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Pre-Incident Planning for Aircraft Emergencies
4.1 General
4.2 Emergency Response Preplanning
4.3 Airport Fire Fighter Basic Knowledge
4.4 Communications
4.5 Mutual Aid Considerations
Chapter 5 Flight Deck Crew and ARFF Personnel Responsibilities
5.1 Areas of Responsibility
5.2 Communications
Chapter 6 Emergency Response
6.1 General
6.2 Low-Visibility Operations
6.3 Considerations for Airports Adjacent to Water
Chapter 7 Factors Common to Airport Emergencies
7.1 General
7.2 Types of Alerts
7.3 Vehicle Response to Aircraft Accidents
7.4 Positioning of ARFF Vehicles
7.5 Hazards to ARFF Personnel
Chapter 8 Aircraft Construction and Materials
8.1 Aircraft Construction
8.2 Aircraft Materials
8.3 Aircraft Fuel Tanks
8.4 Aircraft Exits and Doors
Chapter 9 Evacuation and Rescue
9.1 Aircraft Evacuation
9.2 Evacuation Slides
9.3 Evacuation Assistance by ARFF Personnel
9.4 Aircraft Forcible Entry
9.5 Extrication and Rescue
Chapter 10 Fire Control and Extinguishment
10.1 General
10.2 Extinguishing Agents for Aircraft Fires
10.3 Water and Agent Resupply and Conservation
10.4 Rescue Operations
10.5 Size-Up (Risk Assessment)
10.6 Aircraft Accident - Fire Involvement
10.7 Extinguishment Techniques
10.8 Turret Operations
10.9 AFFF and FFFP for Turret Application
10.10 Foam Turret Application
10.11 Handline Foam Application
10.12 Aircraft Accident - No Fire Involvement
10.13 Exposure Protection
Chapter 11 Interior Aircraft Fires
11.1 General
11.2 Aircraft Interior Fires Occurring in Flight
11.3 Interior Fires in Unoccupied Aircraft
11.4 Penetrating Nozzles
11.5 Interior Aircraft Fire Overhaul
Chapter 12 Miscellaneous Aircraft Incidents
12.1 General
12.2 Engine Fires
12.3 Aircraft Fuel Servicing Incidents
12.4 Hot Brakes
12.5 Wheel Fires
12.6 Combustible Metal Fires
12.7 Broken Flammable Liquid Lines
12.8 Heater Fires
12.9 Bomb Threats/Security
12.10 Incidents Where Aircraft Fire Warnings Occur
12.11 Emergency Landings
12.12 Aircraft Accidents in the Water
Chapter 13 Post-Aircraft Accident Procedures
13.1 General
13.2 Preservation of Evidence
13.3 Fatalities
13.4 Preservation of Mail, Baggage, and Cargo
13.5 Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders.
13.6 Defueling Accident Aircraft
13.7 Post-Accident Fuel Leaks
13.8 Aircraft Systems Hazards
Chapter 14 Structural Fire Department Operations at ARFF Incidents
14.1 General
14.2 Pre-Incident Planning and Training
14.3 Aircraft Accident Operations
14.4 Basic Fire Control
14.5 Accidents Without Fire
14.6 Accidents with Fire
14.7 Fire Fighting with Water
14.8 Fire-Fighting Foam
14.9 Vehicles
14.10 Post-Accident Procedures
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Air Transport of Dangerous Goods (Hazardous Materials and Restricted Articles) and Nuclear Weapons
Annex C Specialized Vehicles and Equipment
Annex D Driver's Enhanced Vision System (DEVS): A Technical Approach for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services
Annex E Civil Aircraft Accident Investigation
Annex F Sample Format for Agreement for Mutual Aid in Fire Protection and Hazardous Materials Incident Response (U.S.)
Annex G Informational References