NFPA 402: Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations

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What is NFPA 402?
NFPA 402: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. 1.1.1 This guide provides information relative to aircraft rescue and fire-fighting operations and procedures for airport and structural fire departments. 1.1.2 Statistics indicate that approximately 80 percent of all major commercial aircraft accidents occur in the critical rescue and fire-fighting access area. This is the primary response area for airport-based ARFF services. Approximately 15 percent of the accidents occur in the approach areas. In such instances the community/mutual services could be the prime responders. 1.1.3 Some airport fire departments have the total fire prevention and fire protection responsibility for the entire airport, including structural fire-fighting responsibilities in terminal buildings, aircraft hangars, airport hotels, cargo buildings, and other facilities. Procedures for these fire prevention and protection operations are not covered in this guide.
This guide describes operational procedures for both airport and structural fire departments charged with providing and maintaining aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) services at airports. It also is intended for use by structural fire departments to assist them in developing methods to effectively handle aircraft incidents that might occur within their jurisdiction. Official document scope
What does NFPA 402 address?
Criteria cover pre-incident emergency planning, emergency response, aircraft construction and materials, evacuation and rescue, fire control and extinguishment, interior aircraft fires, miscellaneous aircraft incidents, post-aircraft accident procedures, and structural fire department operations at aircraft rescue and fire-fighting incidents. Table of Contents

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