Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer

Aircraft Rescue Training

The Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) to "Train as They'll Fight." Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the mobile training unit is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute. Training with the Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with mutual aid fire departments and learn together the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs.

Financial Benefit

Your training budget will get more for the dollar by using this training unit. When the training is done at the organization's airport; overtime, airfare, mileage, lodging and per diem costs are drastically reduced or eliminated. 

The Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer is capable of producing a wide range of realistic training scenarios including a fully engulfed aircraft, a forcible entry situation or a 1,300 square foot fuel spill burn area. The mobile unit incorporates a 50-foot aircraft simulator fuselage to challenge the aircraft rescue fire fighters. 

The unit is designed and constructed to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5220-17, Design Standards for an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Training Facility. The Fire Fighter training is conducted as outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-17, Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.319 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. 

Standard features include:

  • Fuselage fires
  • Left and right wing engine fires
  • Cargo fire
  • Galley fire
  • Left and right wheel fires
  • Flashover simulator
  • Battery compartment
  • 2 high and 2 low sacrificial cut in panels for saws, piercing nozzle or forcible extrication
  • Overhead compartment fire
  • 1,300 square feet of fuel spill burn area
  • Tail engine fire
  • Passenger's compartment fires
  • Flight deck fire
  • Exploding tire simulator
  • Smoke machine
  • 145 and 115 lb. rescue mannequins
  • Overwing entry and egress for fire fighting and rescue operations

Training Details

Training can be conducted day, night, weekdays and weekends throughout the year to meet the needs of the individual organizations.

Each location that desires training with the Mobile Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Trainer can work with other organizations in the local area to share the cost. Some examples are airports, city fire departments, fire protection districts or businesses. This is beneficial for an area with three airports in need of training but are unable to fund it themselves. The three airports could agree on a training schedule and host the unit once at each airport utilizing a three-year rotational schedule.

For more information contact MU FRTI or Mark Lee, Aircraft Program Manager to discuss how the training can meet your organization's needs.

573-882-7952 office or

573-864-3466 cell