Certificate in Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services


The ACI Certificate in Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services provides recommendations that can be implemented to:

• Ensure compliance with international and national legislation and regulations
• Promote more efficient management of airport rescue and firefighting service (RFFS)
• Improve airport RFFS performance

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to establish a RFFS at an airport
  • Better ensure their airport RFFS complies with best practices and applicable regulatory requirements
  • Understand key considerations for the efficient management of an airport RFFS
  • Identify ways to improve the performance of their airport RFFS

Who Should Enrol?

  • Airport RFFS Managers and team members
  • Airport RFFS personnel wishing to enhance their career opportunities and advance to leadership and management positions
  • Aerodrome Operator management and staff wishing to better understand best practices for efficient management of an airport RFFS
  • Representatives from local emergency agencies – i.e., local Fire Department Officials
  • Personnel responsible for training and overseeing ARFF personnel
  • Anyone interested in a career in airport firefighting, operations, and/or safety

Course Content

The ACI Certificate in Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services consists of the following six modules:

Module 1. Introduction to Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services

  • (RFFS)Airport RFFS regulatory requirements
  • Achieving compliance and improving airport RFFS performance

Module 2. Airport RFFS Personnel

  • The importance of personnel efficiency for airport RFFS performance
  • Techniques for defining minimum required staffing levels and optimal organisational structures
  • Best practices for medical and fitness assessments

Module 3. Airport RFFS Equipment

  • Identifying airport RFFS equipment requirements
  • Ensuring the effectiveness and reliability of airport RFFS equipment, including:
    Rescue equipment
    Extinguishing agents

Module 4. Airport RFFS Facilities / Communications and Alerting Systems

Guidelines and best practices for:

  • Fire station location and design
  • Storage of airport RRFS items and equipment
  • Airport RFFS communications and alerting systems
  • Airport RFFS facility maintenance

Module 5. Airport RFFS Emergency Response and Training

  • Ensuring a safe and effective airport RFFS response in emergency situations
  • Recommendations for standard operating procedures and guidelines
  • Key considerations for airport RFFS emergency simulation exercises
  • Best practices for airport RFFS training programs

Module 6. Airport RFFS Administration

Recommendations for effective management of an RFFS department, including:

  • Budgeting
  • Procurement
  • Quality assurance
  • Personnel management
  • Risk assessments and critical plans/programs


Each module includes an integrated online assessment.

Candidates must successfully complete all module assessments to receive the Certificate.

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 12 Hours
  • Level: Certificate
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$895.00 CAD