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NFPA 1003 | Airport Fire Fighter, Professional Qualification


  • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II or equivalent. Copies of Pre-Requisites must be uploaded/attached as part of the application process.


  • Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Seal

What we offer

The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) course is designed for fire departments, both civilian and military, whose primary mission is aircraft fire and rescue. This course meets the training requirements of both NFPA 1003 and the Canadian Aviation Regulations 323.14. Its purpose is to specify, in terms of performance objectives, the minimum requirements for professional service as an Airport Fire Fighter. This course shall cover the requirements for Airport Fire Fighter.

This course will enhance the student’s knowledge and prepare them for incidents involving airports and aircraft.

Students will begin their studies by covering the following topics: airport familiarization, communications, pre-emergency planning and aircraft familiarization.

Furthering their studies, students will be led through fire behaviour specific to airports and aircraft, characteristics of aviation fuels, strategy and tactics, rescue and post-incident operations.

To complete the theoretical portion of this course, students will learn about ARFF vehicles and their use; topics include extinguishing agents, use of foam equipment and application methods, flow rates and reach of streams, water and extinguishing agent supply and replenishing apparatus.

The schedule for this course is divided 50/50 between theory and practical components. Students will have ample opportunity to be a part of a team to extinguish wheel/brake, engine, cabin and fuel spill fires, including 3-D fires through the use of hand lines. Students will also extinguish fires utilizing ARFF vehicles, including a 456 m2 (5,000 ft2) fire.

Course duration

10 days

Course hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Payment must be made when registering for courses. We reserve the right to cancel seven days prior to any course in which the minimum registration is not achieved.


Structural firefighter’s protective clothing is included Students may bring their own gear. A practical outdoor exercise will be performed as part of this course. Please dress according to the weather.

French instruction

Our bilingual instructors are able to provide instruction in French for this program.


$2,632.77 plus HST

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