information-sharing email list to exchange ideas
and pose questions that includes members from
around the U.S. and internationally.
We have been sharing information directly
with the Atlanta Fire Department, Virginia Fire
Training, and the South Carolina Fire Academy,
as well as FAA. Further, the consortium has
appointed liaisons to work with FAA, regional
fire academies, the Department of Defense, the
ARFF Working Group, AAAE and the National
Association of Fire Chiefs,
So far, the consortium has
three standing committees:
Curriculum. Members are
developing new training
materials to be used within
the region or elsewhere.
Currently, they are producing a High-Reach Extendable
Turret program, a training
records management program
and an FAA annual inspection preparation program.
Training. Members are
developing programs to be
used in educational seminars
that are sponsored by the
Website. This group is producing a website and a training database that is rapidly
In March 2012, consortium members met with federal and regional
FAA representatives to discuss new training
programs that the consortium would like to
present for FAA approval. This meeting also
provided our members with an opportunity to
become acquainted with FAA personnel, to ask
questions and to gain a better understanding of
the agency’s regulations and requirements. This
meeting was standing room only with more than
60 people attending.
Currently, the consortium is planning a one-two day seminar and will be inviting training
experts from around the country to participate.
Other meetings will be held at facilities where
new ARFF equipment and technology can be
viewed and demonstrated.
As chairman of the consortium, my goals include
more communication between our members and
anyone connected to the ARFF community, such
as FAA, National Transportation Safety Board,
pilots’ associations, and other training groups.
right distribution system, and our airports can be
In the big picture of the fire service, ARFF
seems to have been locked away in the closet
and forgotten. It is our job in the Northeast
ARFF Training Officers Consortium to bring it
out into the open and to make everyone realize his/her full potential in ARFF and EMS
response through training, open communications and working together to be the best and
most professional we can be. A
Mark Munroe is the chairman of the Northeast ARFF Training
Officers Consortium and a captain at Boston Logan International
Airport. He holds a B.A. in History/Curriculum Development and
is a Certified ARFF Fire Fighter/ Instructor. He is the Region 1
Coordinator for the ARFF Working Group and a private consultant
for homeland security and emergency management firms around
the country. He may be reached at MTMunroe@comcast.net.