The unique needs of the global airport industry require emergency and disaster responders to have specialized training for effective response. For more than 35 years, the Emergency Services Training Institute has been training firefighters in Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting to respond to accidents, disasters, and other emergencies. The ARFF program provides hands-on training at the Brayton Fire Training Field with full-size aircraft models and a 5,000-square-foot spill area.

Using classroom, tabletop scenarios, and tactics and strategy training, ARFF courses are designed for those who provide fire services protection as military and Department of Defense firefighters, municipal firefighters and volunteer firefighters. ARFF classes range from the 40-hour airport firefighter course to mass casualty incident training. Particular training needs can be met through custom designed classes from individual specifications.

Several classes are eligible for Pro Board, TCFP or IFSAC certifications.

Safety First

All students participating in training at TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field are required to follow all guidelines in the Student Safety Manual for the fire field.

Fire Field Student Safety Manual ARFF Open Enrollment Schedule At-a-Glance

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Funding Options: DHS/FEMA Veterans Benefits GSA
Delivery Types: Online Face-to-Face Blended Online Instructor-Led
Category Course # Course Title Description Division
ARFF Online CE ARF101 Airport Familiarization
ARF101 – Airport FamiliarizationThe course is part 1 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Airport Familiarization covers the systems used to designate runways and taxiways; airport marking, lighting, and signage; the legs of a typical traffic pattern; the impact of airport design on aircraft and rescue firefighting responses; and how to utilize all of this information during a response. Show less
ARF101 – Airport FamiliarizationThe course is part 1 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Airport Familiarization covers the systems used to designate runways and taxiways; airport marking, lighting, and signage; the legs of a typical traffic pattern; the impact of airport design… Show more
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ARFF Online CE ARF102 Aircraft Familiarization
This online course is part 2 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Aircraft Familiarization covers the major components of aircraft, the safety and rescue efforts for firefighters, the major systems in aircrafts and their inherent hazards, and shutting down an aircraft safely.
This online course is part 2 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Aircraft Familiarization covers the major components of aircraft, the safety and rescue efforts for firefighters, the major systems in aircrafts and their inherent hazards, and shutting down an aircraft
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ARFF Online CE ARF103 Safety
This online course is part 3 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Safety covers PPE, safe environments, and safety concerns for aircraft and rescue firefighting operations.
This online course is part 3 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Safety covers PPE, safe environments, and safety concerns for aircraft and rescue firefighting
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ARFF Online CE ARF104 Communications
This online course is part 4 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Communications covers radio etiquette, common hand signals, and tower light gun signals.
This online course is part 4 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Communications covers radio etiquette, common hand signals, and tower light gun
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ARFF Online CE ARF105 Evacuation
This online course is part 5 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Evacuation covers the types of entry/egress for aircraft as well as aircraft doors and hatches, including the concerns associated with both.  The considerations for evacuation during aircraft and rescue firefighting operations and when to act will also be covered. Show less
This online course is part 5 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Evacuation covers the types of entry/egress for aircraft as well as aircraft doors and hatches, including the concerns associated with both.  The considerations for evacuation during aircraft and rescue… Show more
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ARFF Online CE ARF106 Extinguishing Agents
This online course is part 6 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Extinguishing Agents covers aircraft fuels and the use of water and foam as an extinguishing agent in aircraft and rescue firefighting operations.  Types of foam concentrates, foam proportioning systems, and foam application will also be explained.  Other agents such as dry chemicals, powders, and clean agents will be discussed, as will conserving and resupplying. Show less
This online course is part 6 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Extinguishing Agents covers aircraft fuels and the use of water and foam as an extinguishing agent in aircraft and rescue firefighting operations.  Types of foam concentrates, foam proportioning systems, and… Show more
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ARFF Online CE ARF107 ARFF/Structural Interface
This online course is part 7 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  ARFF/Structural Interface covers the structural firefighting equipment, tools, and procedures that can be used at an ARFF incident, the general approach and tactics for 3 types of ARFF incidents, resupplying ARFF vehicles, and the ARFF apparatus. Show less
This online course is part 7 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  ARFF/Structural Interface covers the structural firefighting equipment, tools, and procedures that can be used at an ARFF incident, the general approach and tactics for 3 types of ARFF incidents, resupplying ARFF… Show more
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ARFF Online CE ARF108 Driver/Operator
This online course is part 8 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Driver/Operator covers vehicle inspections, preventative maintenance, vehicle familiarization, driving, operating, and fire-fighting systems.
This online course is part 8 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Driver/Operator covers vehicle inspections, preventative maintenance, vehicle familiarization, driving, operating, and fire-fighting
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ARFF Online CE ARF109 Airport/Community Emergency Plan (A/CEP)
This online course is part 9 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Airport/Community Emergency Plan (A/CEP) covers the purpose of the A/CEP, primary and secondary responders, and considerations for planning.
This online course is part 9 of the TEEX FAA online refresher trainings.  Airport/Community Emergency Plan (A/CEP) covers the purpose of the A/CEP, primary and secondary responders, and considerations for
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Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator DOP300 Driver/Operator – ARFF (NFPA 1002)
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for Driver/Operator-Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter 9 of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to operate an ARFF apparatus during emergency situations. You will have the opportunity to practice apparatus operations, apparatus positioning, maintenance, and strategy and tactics.
Upon completion of this course you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and skills testing. Show less
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for Driver/Operator-Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter 9 of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications.  Upon… Show more
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Firefighting ARF100 Airport Firefighter (NFPA1003)
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for certification to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter five of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. The course also covers the eleven subject matters required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) ? 139.319 (j)(2) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting: Operational Requirements.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to work as an airport firefighter. The class consists of classroom, tabletop scenarios, and hands-on tactics and strategy training.
Upon completion of this course you are eligible to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) written exam and skills testing.This class does NOT qualify for Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). Show less
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for certification to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter five of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. The… Show more
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Firefighting ARF200 ARFF Academy
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for certification to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter 5 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2010 ed.), and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Curriculum Manual, Chapter 2, Section 208. The course also covers the eleven subject matters required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 139.319 (j)(2) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting: Operational Requirements.
This ARFF course is the Texas Commission on Fire Protection certification for duty at an airport in the State of Texas. This course is designed for Texas-commissioned firefighters. The state recommends 120 hours; TEEX uses a competency-based method to deliver the course in 80 hours.
The course is more detailed than the 40-hour course and involves tours of airport maintenance facility and ARFF fire station. The course consists of classroom, tabletop scenarios, hands-on tactics, and strategy training.
Participants who successfully complete the course and pass the written and skills test and meet all prerequisites will be eligible to test for the TCFP, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), and National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certifications. Show less
This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for certification to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) as described in Chapter 5 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2010… Show more
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Firefighting ARF300 ARFF II
This course is intended for command or potential command-level officers at airport fire departments. It builds on the basics from Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) school to prepare the ARFF Incident Commander to respond, size-up, and manage a large-scale aircraft accident; the course focuses on incident command, triage, and critical incident stress. In addition, you will participate in live-fire training to fulfill Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 139 annual training requirements. Show less
This course is intended for command or potential command-level officers at airport fire departments. It builds on the basics from Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) school to prepare the ARFF Incident Commander to respond, size-up, and manage a large-scale aircraft accident; the course… Show more
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Firefighting ARF600 Aircraft Emergencies for FF
This course is designed to prepare the fighter for the initial response to an aircraft disaster in their jurisdiction. The firefighter will also be able to apply the main purpose of their role during the emergency; rescue, fire control, and loss control efforts. Can also be tailored for Industrial and Nuclear Plant responses to aircraft incidents.
Course Objectives
The participant shall have the knowledge and basic information to realize the following:

Aircraft Emergency safety concerns
Search and Rescue procedures
Hazards associated with cargo shipped via aircraft
Aircraft evacuation methods
A basic understanding of the components and systems found on aircrafts
Roles and responsibilities expected of the firefighter by the NTSB
The effects of extinguishing agents and their use during an aircraft fire
An unserstanding of the tactical operations employed for rescue and suppression efforts during an aircraft emergency Show less

This course is designed to prepare the fighter for the initial response to an aircraft disaster in their jurisdiction. The firefighter will also be able to apply the main purpose of their role during the emergency; rescue, fire control, and loss control efforts. Can also be tailored for… Show more
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Firefighting ARF900 NFPA 1851 PPE Compliance Overview
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1851 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Officer course combines interactive classroom sessions and demonstrations with hands-on evolutions to provide insight on the proper selection, maintenance, and tracking of firefighter personal protective ensembles. This course details how to properly inspect and track PPE, as well as the hazards of the gear itself due to improper cleaning and care. You will learn how to develop policies and procedures for establishing a department-wide tracking program for PPE. Show less
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1851 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Officer course combines interactive classroom sessions and demonstrations with hands-on evolutions to provide insight on the proper selection, maintenance, and tracking of firefighter personal protective… Show more
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Firefighting ASP470 Técnicas y estrategias para el combate de incendios en aeronaves
DescripciónEste curso prepara al participante para ser bombero en aeropuertos certificados según las disposiciones de la NFPA 1003 y las directivas de la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA). Según lo dispuesto por la FAA, los bomberos aeronáuticos deben contar con un mínimo de 40 horas de capacitación en primeros auxilios básicos. Show less
DescripciónEste curso prepara al participante para ser bombero en aeropuertos certificados según las disposiciones de la NFPA 1003 y las directivas de la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA). Según lo dispuesto por la FAA, los bomberos aeronáuticos deben contar con un mínimo de 40… Show more
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Custom Training Information

If you have a special training need, contact us to create a class to your specifications.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Tim Sullivan
Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (979) 862-7475


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