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FAA Regional ARFF Training Facility in Pittsburgh, PA


Pittsburgh International Airport's FAA Regional ARFF Training Facility is a state-of-the-art facility. Seasoned instructors offer superior guidance for Aircraft Rescue Firefighters. Operated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the facility has trained firefighters from across the United States and around the world. Each year over 1,000 emergency responders are trained at our facility.

The North East Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Pittsburgh FAA Regional ARFF Training Facility continue to host the Basic and Advanced Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Schools.  These programs are two in a series of schools designed to promote awareness and safety in the ARFF profession. The use of the Specialized Aircraft Fire Trainer and 125' fuel spill area give the schools a realistic feel.

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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

Our Mission:

Our mission is to provide the highest quality training to airport firefighters. Through advanced training, we will provide firefighting specialists with the knowledge they need to advance in their field. We will provide a safe and enjoyable training environment, utilizing the best equipment, technology and technical expertise in the field.

Course Descriptions:

 Airport Annual Burn (AAB)(8 hours)     

Provides opportunity for the firefighters - as individuals and as a team - to become familiar with tactics, strategies, tools, equipment and various agents used in Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. Scenarios are designed to simulate real-life situations. Meets FAA requirements.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (40 hours)

Provides basic ARFF training in accordance with FAR Part 139. This is a combination of FAA ARFF and PA State Fire Academy course. Personnel who are required to respond to aircraft emergencies should take this course.

Automated External Defibrillator/CPR (4 hours)

Provides instruction on how to use an AED unit and how to perform basic CPR. Students receive AHA certification that is valid for 2 years. Recommended annually.

Employee Safety and Extinguisher Training Community and Worker Right-To-Know (4 hours)

Provides information concerning safety in the workplace. Hands on fire extinguisher training. Covers importance of labeling and understanding MSDS sheets. Includes additional topics in regard to work safety.

Please note: In addition to our scheduled training classes, we can work with you to customize a training program to fulfill your unique fire training requirements.


From Pittsburgh International Airport to ARFF Training Facility:

Exit to Route I-376. Take next exit Clinton Exit 52. Turn left onto Clinton Road. Follow the signs and turn left onto McCaslin Road (by Imperial Metals). Follow road and signs. Turn left through tunnel (14' clearance). This is Harper Road. Follow road bearing right at the top of the hill.  

The facility is within the airport boundary and designed to be in an area that minimizes distractions. The classrooms, management center, vehicle bay, trainee/equipment support areas and visitor's center are located directly adjacent to the training grounds. This layout maximizes training time for students by eliminating the need for unnecessary travel.

Hotel, shopping and entertainment is close by and often special hotel rates for AAAE courses are available for out of town attendees. Call 412-472-5871 for more information.