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The Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) to "Train as They'll Fight." Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the MAFT is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

Training with the MAFT allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with mutual aid fire departments and learn together the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs.


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List of Courses

 

Aircraft Part 139 Refresher Training Fires

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

Introduction to the Fire Service, Hose and Fire Stream Practices or Basic Fire Fighter Skills Class

Min/Max:

15/25

Host Requirements:

  • Site for Mobile Training Prop (approx. 200’ x 250’)
  • Provide Propane for Live Fires
  • Structural Pumpers/Crash Vehicles
  • 2, 1 1/2” hoselines
  • Staff for IMS functions
  • SCBA refill capability
  • AFFF and Dry Chemical (optional)

Description:

This course meets or exceeds FAA requirements for “live-fire drill,” as listed in FAR 139.319(j)(3). The Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Trainer (MARFFT), with its 1,300 sq. ft. fuel spill simulator, can be used at Index A and B airports annually. For Index C, D, and E airports “there is no requirement for a minimum acceptable burn area for the mobile trainer for these airports. However, it is recommended that, if the MAT fuel spill simulation is to be included, the minimum square footage be no less than 2,600 sq. ft.” (AC150/5220-17A CHG1). With the FAA Central Region MARFFT, there is an additional 1,300 sq. ft. fuel spill grid to fulfill this requirement. This allows Index C, D, and E to utilize the MARFFT to meet the “live-fire drill” requirement every other year. Classroom discussions will cover aircraft firefighting techniques, emergency plans, and safety procedures. Hands-on instruction will focus on firefighting operations on the MARFFT, with a scenario to complete the day.

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Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Initial Training

Hours:

40

Prerequisites:

Participants are required to have completed either an the ARRF 40-hr program or equivalent

Min/Max:

15/25

Host Requirements:

  • Site for Mobile Training Prop (approx. 250’ x 250’)
  • Provide Propane for all Live Fires
  • Structural Pumpers and/or Crash Vehicles
  • 3 each 1 1/2” hoselines at 90 GPM min.
  • Staff for IMS functions
  • SCBA refill capability
  • AFFF and Dry Chemical

Description:

The 40-hour course will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge they need for Airport Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting commitments. Training is conducted according to FAA FAR 139.319 and NFPA 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2005 edition), requirements.

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Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Techniques for Emergency Responders

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

This course will give emergency responders basic knowledge of aircraft firefighting principles. Any personnel who may respond to an aircraft incident (on or off an airport site) will benefit from this course. The main focus will be on the strategy and tactics of general, commercial, and military aircraft incidents. Some topics covered will include aircraft and airport familiarization, firefighting and rescue tactics, hazardous materials, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) guidelines.

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