Airport Fire Officer (A.F.O.) Program

     

The Airport Fire Officer (A.F.O.) Applied Research Project (ARP), the second phase of the ARFF Professional Designation Program requires candidates to demonstrate that he/she can write in a clear, organized, and grammatically correct style about a topic of interest relevant to professional aircraft rescue and fighters and be able to present the contents of the project at an ARFF conference and also be able to defend research conducted on the topic.  Independent research on the topic is required and the paper should be presented in a formal, high quality, research paper format. 

Why Become an A.F.O.

  • Expand on your knowledge of ARFF from the A.M.F. program as well as your research and writing capabilities through the development of an Applied Research Project (ARP)
  • Increase your promotional and career opportunities in the field of ARFF
  • Earn the prestigious A.F.O. designation after your name and become a part of an elite group of ARFF professionals
  • Receive an A.F.O. patch and lapel pin
  • Be recognized through AAAE and ARFFWG media-related announcements and releases
  • Earn a free ARFFWG conference registration to present the Applied Research Project (ARP)
Candidates may enroll into the A.F.O. Program by visiting the ARFFWG Website.  For questions regarding A.F.O. Registration, contact the ARFFWG at info@arffwg.org.

Understanding the Process

The A.F.O. ARFF Applied Research Project (ARP) requires the candidate to demonstrate that he/she can write in a clear, organized, grammatically correct style about a topic of interest to professional aircraft rescue and firefighters. Independent research on the topic is required, and the paper should be presented in a formal, high quality, research paper format. The paper should flow in a logical and understandable manner with the conclusion clearly supported by the evidence presented in the body of the paper.

The ARFFWG Educational Affairs Committee will evaluate the paper on its relevance to aircraft rescue firefighting, format, form and content. The paper will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Successful papers will become a permanent part of the ARFF Training Alliance Library and will be made available to other airports as reference materials.

In addition to the ARP writing requirement, candidates are required to present the ARP findings at an ARFFWG Conference of the candidates choosing as well as write a Professional Article on the candidates ARP. 

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