Leadership

To Save Lives, Airport Crash Crews Must Learn to Operate by the Book

Issue 4 and Volume 132.

To Save Lives, Airport Crash Crews Must Learn to Operate by the Book The airports in the region of the Port of New York and New Jersey form the world’s greatest civil air complex. Almost 45 million passengers were handled in 1977 by over 800,000 air carrier aircraft movements (over 2000 per day)—a volume of activity that demands the highest achievable level of aircraft crash/fire/rescue capability. Unfortunately, local municipal fire departments do not have the specialized equipment necessary to fight aircraft fires. In addition, they are usually located remote from the airport with consequent excessive response times. Thus, the key to effective rescue and fire operations at airport emergencies is an on-scene, well-equipped and welltrained emergency crew. This crew must have an intimate knowledge of airport operations in addition to being expert at operating emergency equipment and in fire/rescue evolutions. To this end, the Port Authority of New York and…

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