expertise of Boeing, we provide
guidance on optimal response
methods and tools that will best
accomplish response and rescue
missions. We do this by providing
formal training both in person and
online, and we are always happy to
As fire fighters, we’re trained
from our first day at the academy
that our priority is to save lives
and property. The first objective
remains the same: no loss of life,
and civilians and fire personnel are
the priority. For property, the goal is
not to allow the fire to spread and to
extinguish it as safely and as fast as
possible. If we do that we consider
the incident a success.
Fully aware that the primary
objective in responding to any
emergency is to save lives, there
are secondary considerations that
also can be accomplished with
additional training. Once all lives
are protected, there are business
considerations to be made in
determining appropriate response
methods. Airplanes are valuable
assets, as are pieces of the ground
equipment found at an airport.
If the situation can be contained
and the asset preserved, that is in
everyone’s interest. By partnering
with regulatory agencies and
emergency responders, Boeing
has been able to recommend
approaches and tactics designed to
help preserve human life first and
business assets second.
The expertise and knowledge
Boeing provides from a
manufacturer’s standpoint is not
limited to emergency response.
Boeing provides assistance in most
aspects of airport and aerodrome
operations all over the world.
Manufacturers such as Boeing
contribute a wealth of expertise to
the ARFF industry, so together we
are all more competent and safe in
what we do.
So when we ask, “How can we
help you today,” we really mean
it. I just happen to be one of the
fortunate individuals who is able
to deliver the message and answer
the question. A
Rob Mathis, Boeing assistant fire chief, may
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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