About the Facility
Safety is our number one priority in aviation. Excellent fire training helps to keep it safe for the airlines and the flying public. The Airport Authority's ARFF facility is one of the premiere training centers in the country because of our highly skilled staff and our dynamic aircraft simulation training system.
In a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), the ARFF Training Facility at Pittsburgh International Airport was opened in 1999. Since then, over 2,000 ARFF Firefighters from around the world have attended training sessions at the facility to get hands on practice with aircraft emergencies.
The ARFF Fire Training Facility features a 135-foot diameter propane fueled burn area with a simulated aircraft fuselage in its center. Besides being able to fight fuel spill fires, the firefighters are also challenged with scenarios like engine fires, wheel brake fires, and can even do interior evolutions such as cabin fires, lavatory fires, and galley fires. Even without fires, the firefighters can practice their search and rescue skills inside the fuselage.
The facility is staffed by ACAA firefighters who are not only certified as Suppression Level Instructors by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, but who also undergo hundreds of additional hours of training in various aspects of aircraft rescue, firefighting, construction, and systems.
Our training courses meet Part 139 and NFPA requirements and guidelines.
Classrooms are located adjacent to the fire training grounds.
The computer-controlled fire simulator system ensures consistent training while assuring firefighter safety.
Our facility is environmentally friendly, utilizing propane and recycled water.
Personal protective equipment available upon request.
Training classes are co-sponsored by the following:
- The Community College of Allegheny County
- The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy
- The Allegheny County Fire Academy