NFPA 424: Guide for Airport/Community Emergency Planning

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Reduce risks to public safety with this essential document that provides proven recommendations on how to plan for emergencies using personnel from all concerned agencies, and how to establish adequate emergency training programs.

NFPA 424: Guide for Airport/Community Emergency Planning describes elements that require consideration before, during, and after an emergency has occurred, including command, communication, and coordination functions. It is important to note that the close proximity of an airport to surrounding communities and the possibility of an off-airport aircraft incident give rise to the need for mutual aid emergency agreements as part of the emergency plan.

2013 changes that bring the document up to date with commonly used practices in the airport rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) community today include:

  • Incorporation of NIMS terminology and NIMS positions
  • Updating photos, tables, charts, and artwork to reflect what is commonly used in the ARFF industry
  • Incident Command establishing and using a joint information center (JIC)
  • Establishing and ensuring there is a locally adopted emergency management system in place to handle aircraft accidents
  • Clearly defining what credentials are needed for scene access
  • The promotion, inclusion, and use of incident management systems at aircraft accidents/incidents
  • Identifying the need to include as many available resources that are at the disposal of the incident commander and to ensure the coordination with local medical facilities

The 2013 NFPA 424 is a valuable tool for those departments that provide ARFF Services at airports as well as fire departments that might be used as a mutual aid department in the event of an aircraft accident/incident. (Softbound, 53 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 424 Guide for Airport/Community Emergency Planning 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
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 Elements of Emergency Planning
4.1 General
4.2 Types of Emergencies and Emergency Alerts
4.3 Essential Elements of the AEP
Chapter 5 Agencies Involved
5.1 Agencies
5.2 ATC Services
5.3 ARFF Services (Departments).
5.4 Police/Security Services
5.5 Airport Operator
5.6 On-Scene Medical Services
5.7 Hospitals
5.8 Aircraft Operators
5.9 Government Agencies
5.10 Communication Services
5.11 Airport Tenants
5.12 Transportation Authorities (Land, Sea, Air)
5.13 Rescue Coordination Center
5.14 Civil Defense
5.15 Mutual Aid Agencies
5.16 Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard
5.17 Military
5.18 Clergy
5.19 Public Information Officer (PIO)
5.20 Mental Health Agencies
5.21 Customs
5.22 Public Utilities
5.23 Post Office
5.24 Veterinary Service
5.25 Coroner
5.26 Volunteer Organizations
5.27 Additional Support Services
Chapter 6 Functions of Each Agency for an Aircraft Accident On-Airport
6.1 General
6.2 Action by ATC Services
6.3 Action by Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services.
6.4 Action by Police/Security Services
6.5 Action by Airport Operator
6.6 Action by Medical Services.
6.7 Action by Hospitals
6.8 Action by Aircraft Operators
6.9 Action by Government Agencies.
6.10 Action by the PIO
6.11 Organization Charts
Chapter 7 Functions of Each Agency for an Aircraft Accident Off-Airport
7.1 General
7.2 Action by ATC Services
7.3 Action by ARFF Services.
7.4 Action by Police/Security Services
7.5 Action by Emergency Medical Services.
7.6 Action by Hospitals
7.7 Action by Airport Operator
7.8 Action by Aircraft Operators
7.9 Action by Government Agencies
7.10 Action by the PIO
Chapter 8 Airborne Emergencies
8.1 Full Emergency Incident ? Aircraft in Flight
8.2 Local Standby
Chapter 9 Other Emergencies
9.1 General.
9.2 Sample Notification Charts
Chapter 10 Emergency Operations Center and Mobile Command Post
10.1 General
10.2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
10.3 Mobile Command Post.
Chapter 11 Communications
11.1 Communications Network
11.2 Communications Equipment
11.3 Testing and Verification
Chapter 12 Command and Coordination for the AEP
12.1 General
12.2 ICS
Chapter 13 Emergency Medical Care
13.1 Basis of Recommendations
13.2 Emergency Medical Training of Airport Personnel
13.3 Airport Emergency Medical Supplies and Equipment
13.4 Airport Medical Service
13.5 Airports Without a Medical Care Facility
13.6 Immediate Need for Care of Injured in Aircraft Accidents
13.7 Care Principles
13.8 Control of the Flow of the Injured
13.9 Standardized Casualty ID Tags
13.10 Medical Care of Ambulatory Survivors
Chapter 14 Care of Fatalities
14.1 Basis for Recommendations
14.2 Care Prior to Site Investigation
14.3 Care after Site Examination
Chapter 15 AEP Exercise
15.1 Emergency Plan Exercise
15.2 Need for and Types of AEP Drills
15.3 Planning for Full-Scale Emergency Exercises.
15.4 Review of the Airport Emergency Plan Drill
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Table for International Aircraft Markings
Annex C Outline of an AEP
Annex D Types of Alerts
Annex E Responsibilities of Aircraft Operations Personnel Following an Aircraft Accident
Annex F Aircraft Accidents in the Water
Annex G Airport Medical Services
Annex H Informational References