A320ajm
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ATC And The Airport FRS

Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:56 pm

Hey,

Something I've been wondering for a while (don't ask me why, I think about a lot of random stuff haha.) What are the ways ATC alert the airport's Fire and Rescue Service to an aircraft incident? If a controller sees an aircraft on fire, overrunning the runway etc, is there an alarm/panic button that can be hit to alert the fire station? And do they simply ring on a phone to give details, like incident location, type, aircraft involved etc? Are there standard procedures or does this vary from airport to airport?

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SPREE34
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RE: ATC And The Airport FRS

Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:00 pm

There's a dedicated "Crash Phone" in the tower. It rings simultaneously at FRS and other Emergency Services. Everyone who needs to know are all on the same line together when need arises.
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RE: ATC And The Airport FRS

Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:30 pm

Quoting SPREE34 (Reply 1):
There's a dedicated "Crash Phone" in the tower. It rings simultaneously at FRS and other Emergency Services. Everyone who needs to know are all on the same line together when need arises.

A few recent examples from Transport Canada daily occurrence reports, coincidentally all at YHZ:

SPR810M, Provincial Airlines Beech King Air 200, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Sydney (CYQY), departed from Runway 23 at 16:12Z. The flight crew declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit at 16:14Z. The pilot requested a landing on Runway 05. Aircraft Rescue and Fire-fighting (ARFF) responded to the crash alarm activated by the tower. The aircraft landed on Runway 05 without further incident at 16:16Z. No other aircraft were impacted.

The field electrician in vehicle Staff 28 was on the approach road for Runway 14 in Halifax (CYHZ) and advised that the truck was on fire and requested a fire hall response. The crash alarm was activated at 11:55Z. The fire was reported under control at 12:10Z. There were no injuries.

A vehicle on the apron reported a fire at Gate 15 in Halifax (CYHZ) with an aircraft at the gate. The crash alarm was activated. ERS reported about 10 minutes later that there had been a fire in an electrical box and it was now under control.
 
jlarsson
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RE: ATC And The Airport FRS

Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:43 pm

Hi.

At GOT, the tower presses a button and the crash alarm will go off at the fire station as well as alert several hospitals, police and nearby civil fire stations about the incident.

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