Blountville, Tenn – The Tri-Cities Airport Authority Public Safety Department will be hosting a regional Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Awareness and Mutual Aid Response class on Saturday, April 30th at 9 a.m. The class will consist of classroom training, tabletop scenarios, along with tactics and strategy training. ARFF courses are designed for those who provide fire service protection for airports.
The training will educate TRI’s mutual aid agencies about how the airport and fire department function, and the basic emergency procedures for common general aviation aircraft in our area. TCAA Public Safety will have their ARFF fire engines on display along with fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for walk arounds.
Local Mutual Aid Agencies Attending:
- Bristol TN Fire Department
- Elizabethton Fire Department
- Sullivan County Vol. Fire Department
- Warriors Path Vol. Fire Department
- Sulfur Springs Vol. Fire Department
- Piney Flats Vol. Fire Department
- Bristol TN E911
- Sullivan County Emergency Management/Rescue Division
“We are pleased to be able to offer this training to our neighboring departments,” said Cpt. Denton Hall. “We want to train with our mutual aid partners on a regular basis so that if we were to have an incident at the airport, we will all be on the same page and work seamlessly,” he continued. The unique needs of the global airport industry require emergency and disaster responders to have specialized training for effective response. TRI’s public safety officers undergo monthly training and annual certifications to ensure that the airport remains FAR Part 139 certified. This certification allows TRI to accept commercial air traffic.