July 24, 2014
Albany, NY
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Airport Rescue Fire Fighting

The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Department (ARFF) stands ready around the clock to respond to aircraft emergencies at Albany International Airport. In addition, ARFF members respond to emergency medical calls, structure fires and hazardous material spills on Airport property.

All ARFF personnel are NYS certified Firefighters, NYS certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Hazardous Materials Technicians and CPR/AED instructors. All personnel meet all FAA requirements for Airport Firefighters.

ARFF members operate a variety of emergency vehicles including three airport crash and rescue vehicles, a mini pumper, hazmat truck, foam re-supply truck, and a full-size pumper.

The newest ARFF vehicle is a 665 horsepower, six-wheel-drive rescue truck that carries 3,000 gals of water, 400 gallons of foam and 500 lbs. dry powder. An extendable turret with piercing nozzle is able to penetrate aircraft skin and pump foam and water into a burning aircraft. An infrared system allows the driver to see through smoke or fog and direct the Snozzel to the source of the fire.

Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting unit responds to in-flight emergency.
Albany International Airport's E-3, a 3000 gallon crash and rescue vehicle that includes a penetrating nozzle that can pierce an aircraft's skin and extinguish a fire with up to 3000 gallons of water and foam.
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