Friday, August 2, 2013

New Aircraft Emergency Training

For Immediate Release
Barbara Haas
ARFF Working Group
UPS, Independent Pilots Association team up with the Aircraft Rescue &
Fire Fighting Working Group
Grapevine, TX, August 01, 2013:  The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG), in concert with UPS Airlines and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), is pleased to announce the Facilitator's Training Guide for aircraft emergency response.  The Group developed this computer based training (CBT) module for airline, airport or ARFF personnel to facilitate training between aircraft operators and local airport fire departments.
"Several years ago, UPS and the IPA recognized the need to share freighter aircraft - emergency response knowledge with local air rescue departments, so we began a training program, " said Jess Grigg, UPS A300 pilot and IPA representative to the working group.  Since then, we have provided hands-on instruction to over 45 ARFF departments across the US, Europe, and Canada.
Through the course of instruction, UPS and IPA realized that there were many other departments that would benefit from the instruction; however, "it was simply impractical for us to reach all 550 US indexed airports, much less the remainder of the globe with commercial air service," Grigg added, "so we decided to develop this CBT."
The CBT program was not created to take the place of hands-on aircraft familiarization programs.  It is intended to provide a tutorial for the organization of an effective training session between the airline operator and ARFF, hence the title "Facilitator's Guide.  The CBT provided both guidance and helpful checklists that were developed by UPS and the IPA based upon the experiences of numerous ARFF Training events.  An essential step in the coordinated aircraft emergency response training process is to educate the first responder on emergency response methods unique to the type, size and mission of the aircraft being operated by the local airline.
"Establishing a relationship between a local ARFF department and an airline is the first step in the creation of an effective training program.  That is where the Facilitator's Training Guide comes in.  It is a step-by-step instructional module to assist in developing local training.  The benefits of on-aircraft training are multiplied by combining the ARFF department with key airline personnel at each location." said UPS Airlines fire Safety Expert Ken Hoff.  "It's not only an opportunity to train but to establish a network with key stakeholders and subject matter experts knowledgeable on aircraft and emergency response".
The CBT program will be available via the ARFFWG website at  You do not have to be a member, but must register on the site to gain access.  The CBT is built on the Smart Builder® program that allows viewers with almost any high-speed connection and a Windows based operating system.  A tablet operating system version is expected in the future.
The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) is a non-profit international membership organization dedicated to the sharing of Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) information between airport firefighters, municipal fire departments, and all others concerned with aircraft fire fighting.
The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,600 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.  Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries worldwide.  The company can be found on the web at and its corporate blog can be found at  The get UPS news direct, visit

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