NFPA 403: Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at Airports

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When fire strikes an airliner, the situation can be extraordinarily sensitive. With so many flight systems, propellants, and moving parts involved, adhering to a set of established rules and regulations is imperative. NFPA 403: Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at Airports covers essential requirements for the proper management of accidents and incidents involving any fire on airport property.

Aircraft fire-fighting is a technically complex task, and NFPA 403 includes detailed standards for many important aspects of the process, including aircraft fire emergencies and fire-fighting services and equipment. Further regulations in the standard govern:

  • Response times for aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) apparatus
  • Minimum ARFF personnel staffing levels
  • Minimum number of ARFF vehicles based on airport category
  • Minimum amounts of extinguishing agents and discharge and response capabilities

Of these points, the response times represent the most substantial change in this edition, as they have been edited to bring the document in closer line with the FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Aircraft fire safety is the top priority at any working airport, and NFPA 403 contains all the information necessary to comply with national standards. Be sure to order your own copy today. (Softbound, 30 pp., 2014)

NFPA® 403 Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at Airports 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Equivalency
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 Organization of Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) Services
4.1 Administrative Responsibilities
4.2 Emergency Preparedness
4.3 Categorizing Airports for ARFF Services
Chapter 5 Extinguishing Agents
5.1 Primary Agents
5.2 Complementary Agents
5.3 Quantity of Agents
5.4 Compatibility of Agents
5.5 Combustible Metal Agents
5.6 Agent Discharge Capabilities
Chapter 6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles
6.1 Rescue and Fire-Fighting Vehicles
6.2 Tools and Equipment
Chapter 7 Airport Emergency Communications
7.1 Communications and Alarms
Chapter 8 ARFF Personnel, Protective Clothing, and Equipment
8.1 Personnel
8.2 Protective Clothing
Chapter 9 Airport Fire Station Location and Response Capability
9.1 Siting and Response
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Basis of Agent Quantities
Annex C Operational Communications System
Annex D Task and Resource Analysis Model
Annex E Training Program
Annex F Informational References