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Airport Operations

Aviation Fire Rescue Division responds to incidents and accidents involving aircraft, structural and other types of fires, medical emergencies, fuel spills and other types of hazardous materials releases, incidents of terrorism (including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats) and natural disasters.

The Division engages in continuous education and training programs and maintains a dynamic disaster response plans for every potential hazard that may be present at an airport.
The Aviation Fire Rescue Division includes four major service areas:

  • Airport Operations
  • Training and Safety
  • Fuel Safety Operations
  • Aviation Life Safety (Life Safety Code Enforcement).

The Aviation Fire Rescue Division consists of four emergency response stations:

  • Two fire stations at Miami International Airport (MIA; Stations 12 and 59)
  • One fire station located at Opa-Locka Airport in north Miami-Dade County (Station 25)
  • One fire station located at Miami Executive Airport in southwest Miami-Dade County (Station 24).
  • Aviation Life Safety

    The Aviation Life Safety Bureau reviews plans, conducts life safety inspections, Certificate of Occupancy inspections and code compliance efforts for Miami International Airport, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Opa-Locka Airport, Homestead General Aviation Airport and Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airports in Miami-Dade County. (The bureau is supervised by the MDFR Fire Prevention Division, which is led by our Fire Marshal).

  • Training & Safety

    All Aviation Division uniformed personnel receive all required Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Airport training.  Personnel assigned to the Aviation Division must receive and maintain training which meets FAA requirements as mandated in Title 14 CFR Part 139, Certification of Airports and defined in FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5210-17D, Programs for Training of ARFF Personnel.

    This is accomplished by training personnel in the following categories:

    • Airport Familiarization
    • Aircraft Familiarization
    • Fire Rescue Personnel Safety
    • Emergency Communications at the Airport
    • Use of fire hoses, nozzles, turrets and other appliances
    • Application of Extinguishing Agents
    • Emergency Aircraft Evacuation
    • Firefighting Operations
    • Adapting and using structural firefighting equipment for ARFF
    • Aircraft Cargo Hazards
    • Familiarization with the Airport Emergency Plan
    • Other training as specified in the Airport Certification Manual (Water Rescue, etc.)
    • Annual Live Fire ("Hot") Drill

    The Aviation Division's Training and Safety Bureau does research and provides training at the Fuel Tank Farm located at MIA, the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) Rental Car Center, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport and Opa-Locka Airport, maintains the external defibrillator program at the MIA terminal, as well all associated training to Miami International Airport (MDAD) staff.  In addition, they also provide training to MDFR District Operations units, which respond to the airport in emergencies.

    The Aviation Training and Safety Bureau updates and develops new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as dictated by technological changes as well as changes in the aviation industry.

  • Fueling Operation Safety

    The Fuel Safety Operations Bureau conducts inspections of fuel delivery systems including fuel trucks, fuel hydrants, hydrant carts and the tank farm. In addition, the bureau conducts investigations of fuel spills and other accidents for code compliance.

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