Emergencies on the Ramp

Aviation: Airtanker
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
Nov 2020


An emergency on the ramp can occur at any time. Having a plan and maintaining situational awareness can allow staff to take quick and effective action and can slow the acceleration of an accident.

Discuss potential emergency situations that can occur at a fixed-wing base and how to handle them.

  • Does your base have a security plan?
    • How often is the plan reviewed?
    • Discuss some of the roles of staff and possible situations that could affect the security at your base.
  • Does your base have a safety plan? Discuss all current locations of:
    • First aid kits.
    • Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
    • Fire extinguishers.
    • Emergency eyewash and showers.
    • Blood-borne pathogens kits.
    • Any other safety equipment available at your base.
  • Is there an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), First Responder, or someone trained in First Aid/CPR on duty daily?
    • Aircraft.
    • Vehicle / fuel truck.
    • Pumping equipment.
    • Building.
  • Is there anyone at your base with a serious allergy issue or negative reaction to insect sting?
    • Is there a possibility for venomous snakes on the grounds?
  • What are the procedures for something entering your operational area?
    • A possibility of an unauthorized vehicle/aircraft?
    • Large animals?
  • How long has it been since ramp personnel had fire extinguisher training?
  • What is the base protocol for dealing with any type of fire within your ramp area?
    • Aircraft.
    • Vehicle / fuel truck.
    • Pumping equipment.
    • Building.

Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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