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Airport Rescue Fire Fighting

The IAFF Department of Fire & EMS Operations/GIS is dedicated to providing IAFF members with current information related to fire and EMS operational issues. This web page is specific to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and includes information on issues of concern for IAFF members involved in ARFF.

Status of FAA Reauthorization

As it returned from its annual August recess, Congress continued to finalize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill.  The IAFF has been working to secure language in the bill to bring Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) standards into conformity with existing national consensus standards.  Although the U.S. House of Representatives included IAFF-backed language to this effect in its FAA bill, the Senate bill did not contain the provision.  

December 21, 2010 Update: Congress has been unable to finalize a comprehensive authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the end of the year, and has instead passed a measure, H.R. 6473, reauthorizing the FAA through March 31, 2011.  The move leaves the matter to the 112th Congress, which will start the process of writing a reauthorization bill anew in 2011.          

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