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What if?...
such as Boeing 737s and to air travel - not to
Airbus 320s (up to approx. mention very unhappy
150 passengers). However, passengers and irate
by request it can also be airlines.
rated category 7, handling

larger aircraft such as Boeing Whilst all fire fighters in
757s. Jersey are trained to deal
with an aircraft accident, the
Jersey Airport Rescue & Fire fundamental difference in
Fighting Service currently training is the ARFFS initial
employs thirty five full time response and the specialist
operational staff, split into knowledge involved in all
three Watches - Red, Green things aviation. The ARFFS
and Blue. They are must adhere to strict
complimented by a Station guidelines governing the
Manager and Chief Fire speed of their initial
Officer. A full shift will see up response, which means that
to 11 fire fighters per watch. all responding crew must be
There is also a requirement able to work off their own
for five staff to be available initiative, know what is
overnight in case they should required of them and be able
be called in to cover an to initially respond with
ambulance or emergency minimal direction of an
responsibility of the airport operations. In 2004 a
flight. ARFFS cover must be officer. This may differ from
crew is to protect the dedicated Fire Training
provided throughout the the States Fire & Rescue
fuselage of the aircraft so Ground was opened to the
operating hours of Jersey Service protocols as when
that passengers, who may be north-west side of the
Airport, including 15 minutes attending an incident the
trapped inside are protected. runway. The training ground,
after the last flight has taken Officer in Charge will assess
Once this area has been one of the finest in the
off, just in case an aircraft the scene and brief the crew
safely sealed the passenger British Isles, teaches fire
has to return to the airfield accordingly. Jersey’s ARFFS
evacuation points must also fighters how to put out an
having experienced is also required to undertake
be adequately protected. aircraft fire on a static 18
difficulties. a major full scale emergency
Entry into the aircraft cannot metre long fuselage,
exercise every two years,
happen until all fire outside powered by a computer-
Similarly, to comply with its involving all emergency
the aircraft has been controlled operating system,
aerodrome category licence, services and in the interim
extinguished. Only then can allowing kerosene or LPG
Jersey Airport must operate years it must carry out a
airport fire crew, wearing gas flames to be introduced
a minimum of two foam- table top exercise.
breathing apparatus, attempt into different areas of the
producing appliances. To
to rescue any passengers still aircraft, allowing them to
ensure business continuity in An incident involving an
trapped inside the aircraft. learn how best to tackle a
case of planned (and aircraft’s safety demands a
blaze in a specific area. The
unplanned!) maintenance the quick response from ARFFS.
Whilst major incidents like training ground also allows
service currently has three Response time must not
this are a rarity in Jersey – for the fire crew to test their
Foam Tender vehicles. exceed three minutes
the last one being in 1980 - vehicles and specialist
between the initial telephone
fire crews must always be equipment, including
The ARFFS can be called call and the first response
prepared. That is why breathing apparatus and
upon to offer assistance appliance being in position.
constant training plays such cutting gear.
to the other Island At a crash scene, the first
a vital role in day to day
Emergency Services in
the event of a major
incident. However, by
doing so, this would mean
either reducing the fire
cover at Jersey Airport or
leaving it with none at all.
By law, without fire cover,
the airport would have to
close its runway and
suspend operations,
causing major disruption

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