ADME 2.16 CONDITIONAL CLEARANCES TO RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES

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ADME 2.16 CONDITIONAL CLEARANCES TO RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES

In an emergency situation controllers are always required to use professional judgement and experience to determine the best course of action. Sometimes this causes conflict with rules and regulations that might, in those circumstances, be unfit for purpose. All controllers know that special circumstances call for special measures; indeed, ICAO Doc 4444 and many local manuals make a provision1 for controllers to do exactly that in emergency situations.

When an aircraft makes an emergency landing or a precautionary landing with associated risks, the aerodrome’s fire brigade is usually on standby at a tactical position near the runway in use. Releasing the runway to the emergency vehicles vis à vis the landing traffic is a time and safety critical operation.

ICAO does not explicitly describe procedures for issuing conditional clearances to vehicles but it has been suggested that those might help in facilitating the expeditious handling of emergencies by aerodrome tower controllers. Therefore, it was determined that TOC should examine the utility and feasibility of conditional clearances for rescue and firefighting (RFF) vehicles.


IFATCA Policy is:

The implementation of procedures using conditional phrases to instruct and / or clear Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicles is only acceptable if:

  • A local safety and risk assessment is conducted.
  • The aerodrome concerned has a dedicated Rescue and Fire fighting unit that is
  • appropriately trained and familiar with the aerodrome.
  • Controllers shall be made aware of the potential hazards of using conditional phrases.

See: Resolution B1 – WP 86 – Toronto 2017

 

Last Update: July 17, 2020  

November 4, 2019   213   Jean-Francois Lepage    ADME    

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