In addition to the fine, the PANYNJ has agreed
to take the following actions, with FAA
approval, to address the underlying problems
that led to systemic noncompliance with ARFF
requirements at the four airports:
The Port Authority will create a dedicated ARFF
force to carry out airport-related ARFF
functions with no collateral police officer
The staff will report directly to the Department
of Aviation and be operational no later than
March 31, 2014.
The Port Authority will hire an ARFF fire chief
and facility captains as soon as possible, but
no later than March 31, 2014.
The Port Authority will submit a curriculum for
training to the FAA on or before December 31,
2013, which includes at least 75 hours of
initial ARFF training and 40 hours of annual
recurrent firefighting training in addition to
Part 139 training, pertaining to an airports
operational and safety standards and providing
for such things as firefighting and rescue.
The ARFF personnel will work a 12-hour shift.
The Port Authority will amend the airport
certification manuals for the four airports to
include: an organizational chart; a process to
maintain ARFF training records; and a
description of ARFF operations, including shift
assignments, personnel training records
management, and Department of Aviation
The Port Authority will conduct monthly internal
audits of ARFF training and shift assignments
and annual external audits to ensure that all
ARFF personnel assigned to a shift are trained.