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Airports Council International and the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute to offer Diploma in Airport Fire Services Management

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Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World (right) and Craig Bradbrook, Vice President, Aviation Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (left) signing an agreement for collaboration on the launch of a new aviation emergency training programme.

Montréal, 27 October 2016 – Airports Council International (ACI) and the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) have signed an agreement for collaboration on the launch of a new aviation emergency training programme. The Diploma in Airport Fire Services Management will be offered at FESTI, located at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, and administered by ACI World as part of its comprehensive portfolio of training courses directed at all levels of airport management. The Diploma is specifically aimed at developing the next generation of airport professionals.

FESTI operates under the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and is a registered private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act. Their goal is to provide easy access to the global community for training and consulting in the areas of emergency response, fire prevention and emergency management.

The agreement will see ACI and FESTI co-developing the programme that will consist of specialized courses on airport fire management and operations specifically designed for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting requirements that meet local and international regulations. The overall aim of the programme is to provide airport professionals with the expertise to assess, re-evaluate or create a management framework for their own fire service administration.

The full programme is expected to consist of three five-day Modules to be completed within a three-year timeframe:

• Module 1 – Fire Department Administration

• Module 2 – Emergency Preparedness

• Module 3 – ARFF Crisis Management

The pilot launch of the first module is planned for the third quarter of 2017.

“Feedback from ACI’s airport Members is an integral part of our Global Training programme development,” said Angela Gittens, General Director, ACI World. “The Diploma in Airport Fire Services Management developed in collaboration with FESTI, is a direct response to our Members that have expressed the need for airport fire service training in their Regions. The programme aligns with our top priority, safety, and complements the ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme that helps ACI members improve their level of safety and compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices and ACI best practices.”

“FESTI is excited to be working alongside ACI on this important initiative,” said Dwayne MacIntosh, Fire Chief, Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Services. “The like-mindedness of our two organizations as it applies to safety and training makes working together on this project a natural fit. Our experience in airport emergency services, combined with ACI’s knowledge of airport operations, gives us the ability to produce an effective and relevant programme for airports around the world.”

Notes for editors
1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable.

2. ACI Global Training is the world’s leading provider of airport management and operations education.

3. The Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) is a world leader in airport-related emergency response training, leadership, safety and all aspects related to structural firefighting. 

4. Download the PDF version of this ACI media release.

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