Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service available at 64 airports and
two Training Centre are under the administrative control of AAI, which is
responsible for ensuring that the service provided is well organised, equipped,
staffed, trained and operated in such a manner as to fulfil its principal
objective of Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF).
ARFF has standardized activities which are in conformation to ICAO
guidelines like induction of appliances/equipment, manpower, training and
standard operating procedures.
Fire Order/Circular for different activities and services which are related
to fire safety and emergency services.
The airports fire station is strategically located to ensure full emergency
response to any airside location within 2 to 3 minutes of an emergency
Airport Fire Service Personnel are trained to fire fighting and safety
management which meet International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
requirements. The Airport Fire Service conducts annual emergency exercise to
test the readiness of all the agencies that would be involved in a real
emergency, should one occur at the airport.
Details of Fire service
Airport Fire Service responds to different calls comprising primarily of
aircraft, medical, general fire and hazardous substance emergencies. A wide
range of airfield services are also performed to ensure ongoing compliance with
Civil Aviation Rules, including runway inspection, assessing runway surface and
visibility, bird control, housekeeping, safety inspection and audit. The
Airport Fire Service has complement of 2759 personnel. Airport fire service
provides 24 hour on- airport emergency response.
The Airport Fire Service currently has a total of 2759 personnel including
Executive and Non Executive staff which are working into different areas ie.
Operational unit, training and development, fire safety planning.
To manage 64 airports there are 213 nos. of Airport Rescue & Fire
Fighting Vehicle (ARFFV) and 131 nos. of ambulances
Activities of ARFF service at Airports
- Fire prevention and protection
- Fire investigation and analysis
- Safety coverage to flight operation as per ICAO
- Safety coverage to the airport infrastructure
- Mutual aid fire fighting with other fire safety assistance services
- Training to fire crew and other agencies at airports
- Ambulance services to the passengers
Level of fire protection
Level of Protection provided at airports for Aircraft Rescue and Fire
Fighting (ARFF) purposes according to the designated category of the airport as
per the ICAO standard.
Base on the dimensions and movements of aircrafts, the required level of
protection for the designated category of the airport to be maintained by
availability of fire vehicles provided.
Fire fighting Facilities available to combat Airport Infrastructure
- First Aid Fire Fighting equipment
- Automatic detection and Alarm System
- Hydrant System
- Sprinkler System
Last updated on - 20 October 2010