ARFF Academy - Initial ARFF Training

  Course Description

Our Initial ARFF Training course follows FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-17C to meet FAA/CFR Part 139 aircraft rescue and firefighting operational requirements. Using current IFSTA material and practical examples, this training gives students the ability to interpret necessary components of aircraft rescue firefighting and provides the skills needed to meet the demands of an aircraft incident. All required tasks including, but not limited to, incident command, communications, search and rescue, ventilation, and extinguishment will be demonstrated safely and accurately in accordance with established procedures and national standards. This course is administered over five days with classes beginning on Monday and concluding on Friday.

Colorado Agency per student cost

Available dates can be found on the Registration page.

 * Indicates your acceptance is required

  Minimum Requirements

All participants must be trained to the level of Firefighter I, Certified Volunteer Firefighter Level 1, or equivalent. Equivalency must include knowledge and practice donning personal protection equipment including SCBA and face mask.

Due to the inherent risk, and for the health and safety of all students and instructors, participants displaying a lack of knowledge or comfort in donning PPE including face mask will be excluded from the burn and shall not earn a certificate of completion.

 * I am trained to NPFA Firefighter I or Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter Level I

 * I am able to don personal protection equipment for a firefighter including SCBA and can comfortably wear a face mask

  Physical Demands of Training

The live burn exercises held in the Initial ARFF Training are physically demanding and include hose advancement and search and rescue. The exercises are conducted in full PPE, at an altitude of 5,420 feet, and in varying weather conditions. Physical condition and health issues should be taken into consideration.

 * I am familiar with the type of strenuous physical ability necessary to participate in this training, and to the best of my knowledge, I am physically fit and in proper health condition to undergo the training.

 * I understand training will occur at high altitude and the inherent risks of altitude sickness. I am responsible for actions required before attending class to mitigate the risks of altitude sickness

 * I will not attend the class if I am feeling unwell

 * I will advise the ARFF Training Academy if I have any medical problems or I am taking any medication which will hinder my participation in these classes


We will break daily for 1/2 hour for lunch. A catered lunch can be purchased at $15 per student per day. Students may also elect to bring their own lunch with full access to our kitchen.

Leaving the premises to obtain a lunch is not feasible as the closest fast-food establishment is 20 minutes away.


Students will leave this class with a certificate of completion, meeting all requirements to meet FAA/CFR Part 139 requirements. We do not offer proctors for IFSAC or Pro Board certifications. Agencies are welcome to arrange their own proctors to obtain certification. The link to the State of Colorado Department of Fire Prevention, the entity to provide local proctors is Out of state students should check with their local authorizing agency regarding reciprocity.

To register a proctor, email the proctor's full name and email address to [email protected]. Proctors will be required to sign a Risk and Release agreement. Agencies will not be charged tuition for their proctors. Proctors not registered with a signed Risk and Release agreement will not be allowed on site.

  Appropriate Attire

Casual wear for classroom and full PPE for drill ground. Full PPE ensemble includes SCBA and face mask. Face mask is to have been fit tested within the last year.

 * My PPE meets NFPA standard 1851
 * My mask has been fitted in accordance with NFPA 1404

  Training Materials

Copies of the PowerPoints used during the class will be given to each student. Copies of IFSTA Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, 6th Edition, are available for participants to use while in class. The books are available for sale from many sites on the internet. The ISBN is 978-0-87939-584-1.

  Required Release Policy

The following form must be completed and returned for each student attending a course at the DEN ARFF Academy on the first day of training. The form may be emailed in advance to [email protected].

Required Form - Risk and Release Agreement.

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