Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Aviation-based risk assessment tool
Published:  16 June, 2017

A free-of-charge, analytical risk-assessment system is to be presented by the Airport Fire Officers Association and Simtrainer UK during a one-day workshop.

The event will be held at the Hilton, Manchester Airport on 5 October 2017.

Analytical Risk Assessment (ARA) is the result of collaboration between a group of airport fire services in the UK. The aim was to create a risk assessment system that was quick and easy to use while recognising the restrictions in time and resources that affect airport responders at incidents.

The new protocol has been designed to act as an aide-memoire as well as to assist safety officers complete tasks in line with current national operational guidance.

The new ARA is software based and will contain ready-to-use aviation-based risk assessments that will be shared with other airports free of charge. ARA is also be developed for hazmat, rail, RTC and generic incidents.

The software is freely available and the option to sync to multiple devices will cost GBP £8.00 (US$10) per month.

Specific risk-assessment modules have been produced in military fast jet (BAE Warton); HRET (Liverpool); water rescue (London City Airport); and helicopters (Boscombe Down).

During the workshops, the attendees will learn how to apply a protocol that ensures competent and safe practice during an incident. The day will also provide recommendations and tackle issues of non-compliance.

Attendees will learn how to fill in the ARA form as well as how to change the content of one of the protocols. The use of software for carrying out command assessments will also be explained.

The workshop, which will also include the opportunity to use the software on tablets, will conclude with a short exercise.

For more information about the workshop contact Ian Webb at

For hotel information contact Katarzyna Ziarkowska, events manager, Hilton Manchester Airport,