ATLFTC | Fire Training Center

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Fire Training Center (ATLFTC) offers essential training for current Airport Firefighters and those seeking the professional development and education necessary to become an airport firefighter.
Located at the world’s busiest airport with more than 2,500 operations a day, ATLFTC provides industry-leading training experience. Join firefighters from around the country and around the world who have completed Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) training at our facility.
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Premier Training

ATLFTC training classes include online self-study, classroom instruction and practical exercises to challenge students in preparing for and responding to aviation emergencies. Utilization of critical thinking and strategic decision making skills is encouraged. Live fire training is conducted using Jet-A fuel.
Basic ARFF 1 – In our TRADITIONAL delivery course, all classroom instruction and practical evolutions are conducted in person during an eighty (80) hour, two-week program. The final day concludes with the NPQ/Pro Board Airport Firefighter written and practical examinations for student credentialing eligibility. The course curriculum is based on the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (IFSTA, 6th Edition) textbook which is included in the course fee.
Basic ARFF 2 – In our BLENDED delivery course, the first forty (40) hours is self-paced/self-study and completed online. This helps reduce student and agency costs associated with hotel stays and per diem issues. The second forty (40) hours are conducted at our training facility and includes the following: two (2) days of curriculum instruction; two (2) full days of practical evolutions, hands-on training, and live fire drills. The final day concludes with the NPQ/Pro Board Airport Firefighter written and practical examinations for student credentialing eligibility. The course curriculum is based on the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (IFSTA, 6th Edition) textbook which is included in the course fee.
Recurrent live fire drills for current Airport Firefighters are conducted during half-day sessions at our live fire facility. Students have the opportunity to conduct hand-line operations on liquid (Jet-A) and vapor (propane) fires, as well as truck turret support operations and incident command functions during live fire training.
Instructional programs available at the ATLFTC include:

The ATL Advantage

ATLFTC offers:
  • Realistic training scenarios
  • Real jet fuel-based live fire training
  • Propane-based live fire training
  • Search-and-rescue training with a B-737 aircraft
  • Turnout gear rental available with prior advance coordination
  • Easy access – ATLFTC is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the U.S.
The centerpiece of the facility is an 18,000 square foot hydrocarbon pit where actual Jet-A fuel is burned to create realistic training scenarios. Jet fuel training fires are conducted from March to October each year, with propane-based live fire training held year-round.
Jet fuel and propane fuel can behave differently during live fire events. The utilization of jet fuel provides a superior and far more realistic fire behavior characteristics relevant to what an Airport firefighter could potentially encounter when responding to an actual aircraft incident.
Training at ATLFTC complies with Federal Aviation Administration Part 139.319 for an Index E airport. Live fire training is also in compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003 Airport Firefighter and NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions. Our training meets the live fire training requirements found in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Annex 14 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Contact ATLFTC

To schedule training or for more information contact:
ATL Fire Training Center
P.O. Box 20509
Atlanta, GA 30320
FTC@atl.com
404-382-1054 or 404-382-2243