Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF)

Office

Physical Address
San Antonio International Airport
9800 Airport Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216

Mailing Address
Aviation Department
9800 Airport Blvd.   Terminal A, Mezzanine
San Antonio, TX 78216

Administrative Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Airport 24 Hour
Communications Line
210.207.3411

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Staff

  • Russell J. HandyContact Russell J. Handy
    Aviation Director
    210.207.3464
  • Ryan E. RochaContact Ryan E. Rocha
    Chief of Operations
    210.207.3477
  • Loyce D. ClarkContact Loyce D. Clark
    Chief Asset & Planning Officer
    210.207.3839

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The San Antonio International Airport “Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting” team specializes in aircraft crash fire suppression, passenger rescue, and the ARFF team responds with two EMS Paramedic first responders for the airport.
  
All ARFF personnel are certified as Structural Firefighters, Aircraft Rescue Firefighters and EMT’s by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This initial training includes topics required by the San Antonio Fire Department and the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration to include:   

  • Airport and aircraft familiarization.
  • Aircraft cargo hazards. 
  • Emergency aircraft evacuation assistance. 
  • Application of different extinguishing agents. 
  • Adapting structural rescue and firefighting equipment to aircraft incidents. Rescue and firefighting personnel safety.

The ARFF Division provides a number of additional services to the airport community in addition to responding to aircraft emergencies, including:

  • Quarterly inspections of all fuel storage facilities and fueling vehicles.
  • Annual training for all fuel-handlers. 
  • Responding to all medical emergencies on airport property. 
  • Acting as first responders to all structural emergencies on airport property.

The team’s four Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting vehicles are equipped with different extinguishing agents such as: Aqueous Film Forming Foam, Halotron, and Purple K Dry chemical. These different agents allow ARFF personnel to respond to various types of aircraft and fuel fires to establish a safe escape path for passengers, crew members, or airport staff.

ARFF Coordinator – Captain Georgia Rakowitz, 210-207-3473

Three Shifts of 7-9 Fire Fighters