• EASA aerodromes

    Commission regulation (EU) no. 139/2014 requires aerodrome operators to have an emergency plan in place. This must:

    1. Be proportionate to the aircraft operations and other activities taking place at the aerodrome;
    2. Provide for the coordination of appropriate organisations to respond to an emergency at the aerodrome or in its surroundings;
    3. Contain procedures for testing the adequacy of the plan, and for reviewing the results in order to improve its effectiveness.

    One of the major parts of this plan is the provision of airport rescue and fire fighting services (RFFS) with adequate equipment, fire-extinguishing agents and properly trained personnel to respond to emergencies efficiently.

    More details on the EASA rules

    National aerodromes

    Chapter 8 of CAP168 sets out the minimum requirements to be met in the provision of RFFS at UK licensed aerodromes. Guidance is also given on the equipment, extinguishing agents, personnel, training and emergency procedures.

    Chapter 9 of CAP168 sets out the requirements for the establishment of an emergency plan. This must:

    1. Be proportionate to the aircraft operations and other activities taking place at the aerodrome;
    2. Provide for the coordination of appropriate organisations to respond to an emergency at the aerodrome or in its surroundings;
    3. Contain procedures for testing th adequacy of the plan, and for reviewing the results in order to improve its effectiveness.

    Training

    Training and competence of RFFS personnel is a requirement for both EASA and national aerodromes. Guidance set out in CAP699 will help you to ensure all RFFS personnel are properly trained to perform their duties in a safe, effective and efficient manner.

  • Principal Aerodrome Inspector (RFF)
    Aerodrome and Air Traffic Standards Division
    Civil Aviation Authority
    Aviation House
    Gatwick Airport South
    West Sussex RH6 0YR

    Email: aerodromes@caa.co.uk