Published: Sep 17, 2010 5:01 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 2:01 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting requires specific tactics that differ from normal structural firefighting. Charlotte County Fire/EMS ARFF Team continues to train and perfect their skills and tactics in order to better serve our community. This training provides knowledge of equipment, tactics and familiarization of the Charlotte County Airport and the aircrafts it can encounter.

Thursday night’s training scenario focuses on a Rotary Aircraft returning from a routine patrol which crashes. The aircraft has made a hard landing on airport property. There are two pilots aboard and the fuel load is unknown. There is a report of a fuel leak with a report of hazardous pesticides aboard the aircraft.

The ARFF Team is tasked with determining the make and model of the aircraft, determining the proper response, identifying levels of fuels on board, number of occupants, the occupant’s injury status, and possible entrapment of the occupants. ARFF Team members will also be identifying the hazards on the aircraft, the safety issue for the area and the salvage and overhaul of the toxic gasses and fumes.