While we hope you never have to use it, a good understanding of crash response to aircraft incidents is key to successful mitigation. Here is a link to an FAA site dedicated to crash rescue response

The following provides a brief overview of the training:

The training material is split into 5 Modules:

Module 1 Systems and Material Hazards

  • Recommended for firefighters and HAA operations
  • Primary module that identifies hazards unique to aircraft accidents
  • Including: Scene Approach/Access, PPE, Combustion concerns, Bio-hazards, Material Hazards, Aircraft system hazards, Aircraft safety system (ballistic parachute systems and airbags)

Module 2 Aircraft Type Familiarization and Mission Specific Hazards

  • Recommended for firefighters and HAA operations
  • Outlines aircraft variations in service and hazards associated with certain aircraft usage
  • Including: General types of small aircraft and helicopters, commercial roles of small aircraft/helicopters and associated hazards

Module 3 Command and Recovery

  • Recommended for firefighters, HAA and law enforcement for aircraft accident protocol development.
  • Recognizes operational protocol for managing an accident scene and requirements related to the investigation of the accident
  • Including: Initial management of the scene, considerations for pending investigation and investigating authority(NTSB, FAA), scene preservation, security, witness/media considerations

Module 4 Ballistic Parachute System Familiarization

  • Recommended for firefighters and recovery personnel.
  • Provides information that will detail the installation, operation and techniques used by manufacturers to disable a Ballistic Parachute System so that the first responder will have a better understanding if tasked by the manufacturer to disable the system
  • Including: system identification/overview/operation, considerations for manufacturer disabling

Module 5 Systems and Material Hazards for Rescuers

  • Recommended for police, airport and the aviation community or others that may be tasked with initial rescue.
  • Provides material from Module 1, however recognizes that PPE may not be equivalent to firefighter/HAA SCBA and does not address extrication
  • Including: Scene Approach/Access, PPE, Combustion concerns, Bio-hazards, Material Hazards, Aircraft system hazards, Aircraft safety system (ballistic parachute systems and airbags)

Note: Future Module 6 (still in work) will address safely working around a running helicopter, including landing zone selection, hazard areas around a running helicopter, and landing zone protocol.

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Chuck Spangler
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