AFOA seminar on Overcoming Impacts of Covid on Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services

AFOA seminar on Overcoming Impacts of Covid on Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services

The devastating effects of the global pandemic on the air-travel industry are well known. The Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) invites members and associates to attend its online seminar on Thursday, 25 March in which a panel of speakers will share the multiple issues that airport fire services experienced during the last year, the lessons learned and how airport rescue and firefighting services (RFFS) have overcome the impacts of Covid on operations.

Introduced by Simon Petts, chairman of AFOA, the 90-minute online seminar starting at 10.30am GMT will feature presentations from Gerry Keogh, Chief Fire Officer, Airport Fire & Rescue Service, Dublin Airport; Kieran Merriman, Chief Fire Officer, BAE Systems, Warton and a representative from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Keeping airports open while Covid-19 caused a significant loss of staff has been a key challenge for firefighting services. Gerry Keogh will explain how Dublin airport was affected and outline the changes made to keep it operating in his presentation entitled ‘Managing the Dublin RFFS Through Covid-19’. Kieran Merriman and a CAA representative will provide additional perspectives.

Brief Q&A sessions will follow each presentation. Simon Petts will wrap up the programme with an update on recent and upcoming AFOA activities.

The Seminar will be held via Microsoft Teams. All AFOA members and associates are invited to attend.

To register and for further details, go to


About AFOA

Formed in 1988, the Airport Fire Officers Association is a technical body, dedicated to promoting and maintaining the professional image and status of Airport Fire Services within the United Kingdom and Ireland, ensuring continued communications between them, through an ongoing dialogue of knowledge and best practice on all relevant technical and operational matters. Membership is open to airport fire officers of all ranks as well as local authority liaison officers, manufacturers, training providers and equipment suppliers with whom AFOA regularly collaborates on projects.

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