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Aircraft Rescue

The Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT) will provide 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.

Financial Benefit

Your training budget will get more for the dollar by using this training unit. When the training is done at the organization's airport; overtime, airfare, mileage, lodging and per diem costs are drastically reduced or eliminated.

The MAFT is capable of producing a wide range of realistic training scenarios including a fully engulfed aircraft, a forcible entry situation or a 1,300 square foot fuel spill burn area. The MAFT incorporates a 50-foot aircraft simulator fuselage to challenge the aircraft rescue fire fighters.

The unit is designed and constructed to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5220-17, Design Standards for an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Facility. The Fire Fighter training is conducted as outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-17, Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.319 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Standard features include:

Training can be conducted day, night, weekdays and weekends throughout the year to meet the needs of the individual organizations.

Each location that desires training with the MAFT can work with other organizations in the local area to share the cost. Some examples are airports, city fire departments, fire protection districts or businesses. This is beneficial for an area with three airports in need of training but are unable to fund it themselves. The three airports could agree on a training schedule and host the unit once at each airport utilizing a three-year rotational schedule.

For more information contact MU FRTI or Mark Lee, Aircraft Program Manager to discuss how the training can meet your organization's needs.

573-882-7952 office or

573-864-3466 cell

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