recurrent flight activity. The alert station may be within or in front of the fire station, on the parking
apron or hardstand, or at any other strategic location. Personnel on alert assignment will be in a constant
state of readiness. When provided, rescue helicopters will be positioned to assure minimum delay in
communication, access, and takeoff.
(5) Notification procedures.
(a) When an air traffic controller becomes aware of an on- or off-the-airfield emergency, he
will immediately notify fire-fighting and rescue crews. The controller will furnish emergency crews
with available information concerning the location and nature of the emergency, type of aircraft,
occupants, type of cargo to include any explosives, and ETA. If the notification is for a potential
accident, rescue crews will assume standby positions at predetermined locations alongside, but clear of,
the designated runway.
(b) If emergency information is received by emergency crews from a source other than the
controller, the controller will be notified immediately by radio or intercom system. Rescue aircraft, fire
trucks, and ambulances will then proceed to the emergency location.
d. Equipment and Manning.
(1) Fire and rescue surface elements.
(a) AR 420-90 establishes requirements for numbers and classes of fire trucks and fire
fighters to support aircraft crash rescue and fire-fighting operations at Army airfields. To augment other
resources, installation commanders are authorized to use fire trucks and fire fighters organic to Army
aviation units at airfields from which the aviation unit operates.
(b) The installation surgeon is responsible to the installation commander for assigning
properly equipped and manned ambulances. A crew with at least one ambulance or substitute vehicle
will be on call during scheduled flying hours and at times designated by the installation commander.
Requests for compatible radio communications will be submitted to the installation communication
(2) Rescue aircraft elements. Army helicopter rescue detachments are authorized on an
allocation basis as stated in the table of organization and equipment 8-600 series. These detachments
are equipped with rotary-wing aircraft that have the equipment in Figure 1-4 on board.