Thursday, August 31, 2017

Airport ARFF - Problems Identified by FAA Inspectors

Remember for years I have been noting the inadequate fire protection the Mayor maintains at Pensacola Regional Airport.

Most people are shocked when they discover that an airport that touts its self as being "International" is staffed 24/7/365 by a fire department comprised of:
  • 2 firefighters and
  • 2 trucks
One man for each truck.

Well the FAA came in to do their annual inspection and the Airport itself passed.  It appears that the only issues noted were related to...wait for it....


If you recall, Bobblehead tried to play word games with my last records request.  I finally received the following.

FAA Report

In the Outbrief, the FAA recommended the following regarding ARFF:
  • Increase response drills
  • Increase intensity and variety of training
  • More aircraft familiarization and hands on training
Maybe those recommendations were the result of findings by the reviewers.  HMMMM!

That's why I will be contacting the FAA to obtain all the data they collected on the Pensacola  ARFF so you, the Citizens, can see the actual data obtained by the reviewers including response times.  

My sources within the fire department recommended the following:

Contact: ARFF
FAA Office of Airports
Marc Tonnacliff
ARFF Specialist
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave SW
Airport Safety and Standards, AAS-300, Room 618
Washington, DC 20591
Fax (202)493-1416

Aircraft rescue and fire fighting inspection. Conduct a timed-response drill; review aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel training records, including annual live-fire drill and documentation of basic emergency medical care training; check equipment and protective clothing for operation, condition, and availability.

Request the FAR part 139 compliance inspection results for the Aircraft Rescue and firefighting inspection at the Pensacola International Airport (KPNS). The actual compliance inspection is conducted by staff from the FAA Southern Region offices in Atlanta, GA.

Thanks for the lead.  I will!  That is transparency

The "Transparent" Mayor didn't share such detailed information!

Everyone feeling safe about using Pensacola's airport?  You need to get this right Mr. Mayor.

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