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ACI launches new guidance for managing airport rescue and firefighting services

New handbook provides tools, tips and best practices for airports on this crucial topic

Montreal, 25 September 2019 – Airports Council International (ACI) World launched its Managing Rescue and Firefighting Services at Airports Handbook during the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly today.

Safety is unquestionably the top priority for the aviation industry. ACI helps airports to conduct safe operations by providing handbooks, training, educational events and advocacy.

Members of ACI’s Safety and Technical Standing Committee, in collaboration with additional practitioners from around the world, developed the handbook to support operators in managing airport rescue and firefighting services.

The handbook provides a useful summary of the actions and best practices that airports can adopt to ensure that they able to effectively and efficiently respond to incidents and accidents at the airport.

“The safety of passengers and staff is the number one priority for airports and the entire aviation industry. This handbook provides best practices that can be implemented by airport rescue and firefighting managers to improve efficiency and achieve operational excellence while meeting or exceeding regulations,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said.

“Airport rescue and firefighting services should aim for more than compliance and constantly strive for the highest possible performance efficiency – this handbook provides tools, tips and best practices that will help airports do just that.”

In devising the handbook, ACI has recognized that there can never be “off-the-shelf” guidance. Procedures must be fully tailored to the circumstances of each individual airport.

As a complement to this handbook, ACI Global Training will offer courses on managing an airport rescue and firefighting service, along with a range of courses relevant to safety, both online and through classroom delivery.

ACI is grateful for the significant contributions provided by:

  • Kansas City Aviation Department
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  • GesNaer Consulting
  • Cayman Airport
  • Dublin International Airport
  • Seattle International Airport
  • Ghana Airports Company Limited
  • Doha International Airport – Qatar Airways Group, and
  • Heathrow Airport.

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. As of January 2019, ACI serves 646 members, operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.

Media contacts

Bojana Jeremic
Manager, External Relations and Special Events
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254

Sabrina Guerrieri
Manager, Communications
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1200