ARFF has a number of specific risks associated with it. Due to an airport's exposure to large volumes of volatile materials, their apparatus are normally designed to flow high volumes of foam or other extinguishing agents. Due to the exertion placed on this fire fighting equipment, a unique set of challenges are faced that there is a need to mitigate against.
Here are 4 common challenges when managing ARFF Equipment:
1. Scheduling Maintenance
Airports have plans in place to coordinate the response to an incident on site. The plan brings together the various elements of the response and it should be kept up to date and tested on a regular basis. This plan relies on the fact that equipment is satisfactory, has maintenance plans and a recorded history. Many organizations have assigned staff who have a sole responsibility of equipment inspection and ensuring equipment is in a constant state of readiness. This is carried out in a labour intensive way by tracking this expensive equipment with an inexpensive spreadsheet or paper based system.
2. Ensuring Equipment Suitability
The members of an Airport Fire service will be aware of their individual roles and responsibilities and trained in all aspects of response. To complement this preparedness it is essential to ensure that the equipment held is relevant and that this equipment has the capacity to provide a sufficient response. The difficulty is ensuring that product specifications are readily available to response personnel, ensuring the correct product is used when in a response scenario.
3. Tracking Repairs
In order for organizations to respond effectively there is a need to have an infrastructure that enables them to track and conduct their own repairs as part of a response. When dealing with large volumes of equipment across a number of locations, organizations can find that the process of scheduling repairs and monitoring work can turn into a complex undertaking if they're not prepared.
4. Monitoring Training
Training records should include training on the equipment. Training is an effective solution to problems such as employee lack of understanding, unfamiliarity with equipment, incorrect execution of a task, lack of attention, or lack of motivation. Training should be hands-on and simulate the job as closely as possible.
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