The Airport Police and Fire Department delivers the highest standard of fire service to Alaskans and visitors from all over the world at one of the busiest cargo airports in the world. With a fleet of six Oshkosh 4500 Strikers, and two rapid-intervention vehicles, our firefighters are well equipped to conduct fire rescue operations.
Through initial training officers will achieve proficiency with various firefighting tools, such as extrication equipment (Jaws of Life), ladders, fire-related hand tools, life safety ropes, hoses, and nozzles.
To give you an idea of the equipment we work with, outlined below are three of our fire fighting apparatus which maybe used in the event of an emergency:
Rapid Intervention Vehicle
One of the primary responsibilities of being an Airport Police and Fire Officer is providing firefighting and rescue services in the event of an aircraft incident or accident at the airport. Officers are required to operate large and complex firefighting vehicles daily.
Additionally, officers may be required to respond to a wide variety of other firefighting emergencies such as structure fires and water rescue incidents. Fire officers also conduct educational tours for fire sciences, fire extinguisher classes with live burns, as well as building surveys for emergency response, and extensive fire safety checks with aviation refueling companies at the airport.
Upon completion of the fire academy, officers receive state certifications in Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Hazmat Awareness, and Hazmat Operations. In addition to the first year of training, officers take part in an annual live-fire exercise and various other drills. Live-fire exercises give officers a chance to practice skills and techniques on an active fire in a controlled environment. Officers are trained to work as a team and must be able to function in highly charged situations. Continuing education is incredibly important in a career that's always changing. Officers will have opportunities to attend advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighting classes and other advanced fire attack classes.
Recruits will attend an in-house, four-month-long Airport Fire Training Academy at ANC. Upon completion they will receive state certifications in: