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Airport Fire Services Frequencies in UK

Old 21st Jul 2019, 14:18
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Airport Fire Services Frequencies in UK

I have seen that it is quit common that main UK Airports has FIRE RESCUE SERVICE VHF frequency like LHR , LGW...

Lets see this scenario :

Aborted take-off due to an engine fire, pilots perform the emergency procedures and inform ATC.

When it is recommend the pilots to contact the fire rescue services in this situation? The Tower will instruct them to contact them using the 2nd Radio panel and continue to monitor Tower frequency , or the pilot can do it if the circumstances dictate otherwise?

UK pilots how do you proceed in this situation ? Any recommendations in UK-AIP?
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 17:07
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I don't know what's in the AIP but you can easily look it up if you wish. However, in practice I would expect ATC to advise the crew to speak directly to RFFS if it is appropriate or helpful. Equally, direct comms can be requested by the crew if it is available. Whilst it is probably considered good practice to monitor TWR, if the aircraft is not going anywhere it probably doesn't make a lot of difference - if it's on the runway no other aircraft will be using the runway, if it's on a taxiway and not in the way of anything else then great, but at most airfields a full RFFS turnout will mean that not much else goes on anyway, partly because there's no fire cover available and partly because everyone will be concentrating on the incident. In most cases ATC will be able to monitor (or both tx/rx) on the RFFS frequency. And whilst I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't try to make sure everything is managed as well as it can be, in an incident as you describe one of the first things that happens is that comms are lost or confused.
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 20:02
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Adding to the previous, once the emergency services arrive at the aircraft, control of the incident is taken over by the senior fire officer so the aircraft should be told to at least monitor the fire frequency (usually 121.6) prior to this.
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Old 21st Jul 2019, 22:01
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