LAXintl From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 26978 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
Where in the world?
In the US see FAR 139 - Airport Certification.
Depending on the type of aircraft operated (eg - scheduled service with 30+ seat aircraft), size of aircraft, number of daily ops, etc. there is guidance, including some possible exemptions.
FAR 139 was revised in recent years including changes covering covering things like HAZMAT procedures, staff training and certification and ARFF vehicle sizing.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
ARFFdude From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5014 times:
An airport's ARFF index is determined by the wingspan of the longest air carrier aircraft with 5 or more daily departures. Index A is the smallest, with aircraft wingspans up to 90 feet. B is 90' or greater but less than 126', C 126' or greater but less than 159', D is 159' or greater but less than 200', and E is anything greater than 200'.
I *believe* ARFF requirements kick in for air carrier aircraft having 10 seats or greater (although someone correct me if I'm wrong.) For example, Cape Air's 402s I think have 9 seats, so they can fly into airport's without ARFF equipment.
Additionally, an airport is only required to provide ARFF services 15 minutes before an air carrier lands and 15 minutes after it departs. Some small airports that may get something like one daily Beech 1900 flight will simply contract with the local fire department to park a truck on the airfield before the flight gets there and then wait around until 15 minutes after it leaves. Then the truck would go back to it's normal city duty.
As far as truck recommendations, one of the most popular models is probably the Oshkosh Striker, which comes in 1500, 3000, and 4500 models (referring to the amount of water carried on board), although there are plenty more.
If you really want specifics, you can look here for a detailed list of exactly what type and quantity of agents an airport must have on hand depending on its index.
Many airports will choose to fulfill a higher index than they actually require. This way, if one truck breaks or goes out of service, they have not dropped below their mandated index. If an airport does drop below their required index for whatever reason (trucks breaking I guess would be the most common cause) it must notify air carriers immediately, and if full service hasn't been restored within 48 hours the airport must stop servicing air carriers with an index requirement higher than what it can provide.
Hmmm that may have been more than you really wanted to know....