US Navy personnel using an aircraft fire trainer. Photo: Wikipedia
23 Oct 2018

New chair for the CTIF Commission for Firefighting at Airports - Minutes from the last meeting


Ole Hansen from Norway just finished his final term as Chair of the CTIF Commission for Firefighting at Airports. CTIF thanks Mr Hansen for his service and welcomes Veli-Matti Saaskilahti from Finland as new Chair of the Commission. Here´s the Minutes from the Commission´s last meeting in Vienna in September.

The Commission´s vice Chair Commission Vice chairman: Karel Moravec, Czech Republic.

Ole Hansen continues to serve as a member of the Commission and  as vice President on the CTIF Executive Board.

Cover Photo Above: US Navy personnel using an aircraft fire trainer. Photo: Wikipedia

CTIF COMMISSION MEETING. “Rescue and Fire Fighting at Airports” – Vienna Airport - September 18th – 20th 2018.

Minutes of Meeting:

Participants: Ole J. Hansen, Norway – Veli-Matti Saaskilahti, Finland – Manfred Sommerer, Austria – Marcel Kiss, Kosice Airport – Josef Szhardi, Kosice Airport – Vasileios Stefanioros, EASA – Roland Bazan, Hungary – Rudolf Jambrik, Hungary – Thomas Uihlein, Fraport Aviation Academy – Tina Javor, Fraport Aviation Academy – Peggy Ludewig, Strategic Fire Solution - Charles Borg, Malta – Gilbert Hoffmann, Luxembourg, Patrick Kohl, Luxembourg – Andreas Herndler, Ministry of Transport/Austria – Hans Schmid, Swiss Air Force – Alexandre Czech, Geneva Airport – Peter Tschumperlin, Switzerland/FOCA – Wolfgang Voraberger, Rosenbauer – Karel Moravec, Czech Republic – Lars Johansson, Sweden – Gøran Lindgren, Sweden/IFTE – Alberto Zamorano, AESA (CAA Spain) – Milan Dubravac, Slovenia – Karl-Christian Hahn, Germany/Frankfurt Airport – Martin Gorski, Dr. Sthamer – Antonios Panagrotakis, Greece/Fraport Greece.

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September 19th.

09.00 – 09.20. Welcome to Vienna. – Fire Chief, Vienna and Manfred Sommerer, Vienna Airport.

09.20 – 09.40. Approval of minutes Prague 2017 – New members. This year new participants from: Malta, Greece and Spain.

Regrets from Ole Carlsen, Copenhagen – News from CTIF – Commission activities latest year. Ole J. Hansen Chairman.

Presentations on

09.40 – 10.10. New CTIF web page. Ole J. Hansen Chairman.

10.10 – 10.40. EASA. News and information about medical and physical demands and what is an AltMoc schedule. Vasileios

Stefanioros. He also answered questions from the participants. Presentation can be found on

10:40 – 11:40. Combined ARFF services at the airports. Rice of category – training – education. National training standards. In the future EASA regulations will replace national standards. Or not? Presentation by Karel Moravec, Prague Airport. Presentation can be found on The Commission will send questionnaire to all participant countries and ask about the situation in their country.

11:40 – 12.00. Information about Nordic CTIF meeting. ARFF training/education. In the future also other countries may be involved. Presentation by Veli-Matti Saaskilahti, Finavia. Presentation can be found on

12.00 – 12.30. Foam. New products and future work from Sthamer presented by Martin Gorski. Presentation to be found on

12.30 – 13.30. Lunch at Ground Floor NH Hotel.

13.30 – 13.45. Foam discussion continued. Information about new products from Angus Foam was handed out. Had been sent to the Commission by the company.

13.45 – 14.15. News from the member countries. Short input from each member country. Summary: Slovenia. New Fire Academy finished. Also with aircraft recovery equipment. Spain. Task Resource Analyses showed no rice in number of personnel. Sweden. Will build new training area and buy new mock up. Greece. Organized new ARFF services on 14 airports.Rescue and Fire Fighting at Airports New chairman

Cat. 7 – 8. Switzerland. Finished the work with EASA regulation. Stopped training at Teeside, England. Now training in France. Luxembourg. New fire brigade organization in the country. Landside/airside. Malta. New extention of terminal. Upgrading the fleet. Most airside. Finland. Follow up EASA regulation. Bought new fire vehicles for several airports. Norway. Task Resource Analysis not finished. Stopped after 20 analysis. Using the old system for number of personell instead. Outsourcing of ARFF services at Bodø and Haugesund airports. Germany, Presentation by Karl-Christian Hahn. Presentation might be found at next year.
14.15 – 14.55. Aircraft Recovery under extreme environmental conditions. Presentation by Hans Schmid, Lt Col, Head Crash and

Fire Rescue Swiss Air Force. Presentation can be found on

14.55 – 15.15. Coffee break.

15.45 – 15.15. AltMoc. Full scale exercise every 2nd year. Presentation by Peter Tschumperlin, FOCA. Discussion among the participants and information from EASA. AltMoc Response time, Denmark. Information from EASA.

15.15 – 15.45. News from industry – associated members. Rosenbauer presentation by Wolfgang Voraberger.

15.45 – 16.15. Elections with the following results:

Commission Chairman: Veli-Matti Saaskilahti, Finland. Commission Vice chairman: Karel Moravec, Czech Republic.
Commission Board:

Veli-Matti Saaskilahti, Finland Karel Moravec, Czech Republic Ole J. Hansen, Norway Peter Tscumperlin, Switzerland.

16.15 – 16.30. Closing of first meeting day. Next meeting will be in Slovenia. At the Airport Fire Academy, Ljubljana September 10th – 12th 2019.
19.00 Short sightseeing by bus in Vienna. Dinner at Schweizerhaus in the Prater Vienna.
September 20th.
09.00 – 12.00. Airport Round trip tour and visit to Fire Station 1.
12.00 – 13.00. Lunch at Fire Station.
13.00. Flights back home.
Ole J. Hansen
Chairman – CTIF Airport Commisson