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Name of Organization/Company: İGA (İstanbul Grand Airport)
Category: Best Use of Performance Support

Entry Title: ARFF Certification Program

 

Aircraft rescue and firefighting is a type of firefighting that involves the emergency response, mitigation, evacuation, and rescue of passengers and crew of aircraft involved in aviation accidents and incidents. Airports with scheduled passenger flights are obliged to have firefighters and firefighting apparatus on location ready for duty any time aircraft operate. Airports may have regulatory oversight by an arm of their individual national governments or voluntarily under standards of the ICAO. Due to the mass casualty potential of an aviation emergency, the speed with which emergency response equipment and personnel arrive at the scene of the emergency is of paramount importance.

The mission of our ARFF team is to save lives in any air vehicle crash or incident occurring in any airport or its vicinity. In accordance with that mission ARFF stations are established at 3 different points in the airport and within 3 minutes in compliance with ICAO rules. ARFF stations are providing services at category 10 level and the fire accident has equipment for the rescue of the aircraft which has lost its ability to rescue and move. Due to unique needs, ARFF Certification Program contains classroom trainings, practices, simulations, and assessments with aircraft models and equipment.

ARFF Certification Program started in align with ICAO Category 10 rules & regulations, with the pre-open period in 2018. Following the needs analysis and design process, ARFF Certification Program desgined as 19 main topics, including face to face training, on the job programs, application, coaching and mentoring processes, processes such as application, reminding, basic knowledge gaining supported with new generation of learning technologies. Furthermore, at the end of the program, a final assessment is implemented to utilize all knowledge and skills developed throughout the program.

All employees are provided with at least 60 hours of Refresher Training each year. Refresher trainings are given to regular working staff during working hours; staff working in shifts are given in shifts.

Certification Process:

Midterm Exam: It constitutes 30% of the whole score. Application trainings are done before they start.
Application Exam: It constitutes 40% of the whole score. The application is done after the training.
General Exam: It constitutes 30% of the whole score. It consists of two different parts as application and theory and is done at the end of the training.

It gives a second exam right to those who fail the exam. If the participant fails this exam, he must take the 132-hours training program.

If the participant receives a long-term report or is away from the field for certain reasons, he / she participates in the 186-hours Rescue and firefighting RFF Certification program as of returning to the field.

Due to the mass casualty potential of an aviation emergency, the speed with which emergency response equipment and personnel arrive at the scene of the emergency is of paramount importance. Their arrival and initial mission to secure the aircraft against all hazards, particularly fire, increases the survivability of the passengers and crew on board. But ARFF Certification Programs is certainly very far from being standardized internationally.

The critical part of the certification program is to monitor readiness. Because you will have one change aviation emergency. For this reason, we used daily and periodic exercises and quizzes.

A large airport-wide exercise is happening yearly. In accordance with that mission ARFF stations are established at 3 different points in the airport and within 3 minutes in compliance with ICAO rules. In exercises we are nearly 2.20 minutes.

Also, ARFF stations are providing services at category 10 level and the fire accident has equipment for the rescue of the aircraft which has lost its ability to rescue and move. We passed all audits and remained category 10.

Thanks to the aircraft rescue equipment and competencies of the ARFF team, Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622, which left the runway in Trabzon in January 2018, intervened. In this context, it also serves different countries around the world and earns a great income for the airport.

Attachments:

- ARFF Certification Program Presentation: Includes training development, delivery and evaluation process. https://vo-general.s3.amazonaws.com/a1ab4161-9c30-4e28-88fc-d6ad384e3fe2/328bef88-ec7d-4346-832d-a4773dc8dcb4?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ4PRWO26HAX3IOCA&Expires=1720376588&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3D%22ARFF%20Certification%20Program.pptx%22&response-content-type=application%2Fvnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation&Signature=IbN5lUBFx3J7tQdsae9RS4Iy5oc%3D

- This is a drill video: Our iGA Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) teams keep ready 24/7 to ensure flight and passenger safety with their practice drills! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN8gnhV1Uno

- Our ARFF teams are all set up and ready for a safe travel video: Our ARFF teams at #IstanbulAirport are always on the job to maintain flight and passenger safety! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfWF8ldaM_o

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