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Preparing for a
BIG ONE
Jersey Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Service
The key roles of Jersey’s
Airport Rescue & Fire
Fighting Service are to
respond to all emergencies
and incidents within the
airport’s boundary as well as
aircraft related incidents off
the airfield. If a major air
incident does occur, and
thankfully these have been
few and far between in
Jersey, crews could see
themselves faced with the
most intense situation a fire
fighter ever has to deal with
– a burning aircraft with
A simulated training exercise
passengers trapped
onboard, where every
second counts and every
movement is crucial.
byANDY MUNNS
Chief Fire Officer
A basic rescue and fire
States of Jersey Airport service was first established
at Jersey Airport shortly after
the second World War, but
increased demand for air
travel has resulted in a larger

The ARFFS can
crew dealing with higher
be called upon to
volumes of passengers and
bigger aircraft. This in turn
offer assistance to has resulted in an inevitable
the other Island
increase in safety standards
Emergency Services
set down by the Civil Aviation maintain an adequate rescue Civil Aviation Authority, range
in the event of a
Authority which must be and fire fighting service on from category one to ten,
adhered to by the ARFFS. site. which also determines the
major incident.

That means we need to be type and size of aircraft an
able to react and adapt to The number and type of fire airport is able to handle. The
rapidly changing fighting appliances, crew general rule is that the larger
circumstances and meet new members and the type of an aircraft type, the higher
legislation in terms of aviation equipment used are the category. Jersey Airport
safety and security. In fact, determined by an airport’s is classified to accept
for an aerodrome to hold a category to operate. These Category 6 aircraft, which
licence to operate, it must standards, set down by the means it can handle aircraft
It takes the right people to do the right jobs
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