4.5 Cargo Fire Training

Training Objective:

The crew member will be able to identify fire detection and fire fighting systems and the established fire fighting procedures; and recognize the ClassB cargo compartment and its features.


Crew Responsibilities

4.5A General

4.5A.1 Review available data and/or experience(s) with cargo compartment fire accidents/incidents. (e.g. South African Airways accident involving a B747 combi, which suffered an in-flight fire resulting in the total loss of the aircraft). Identify the safety lessons learned as a result.

4.5A.2 Identify which regulatory documents govern main deck ClassB cargo compartment fire procedures.

4.5A.3 Describe the ClassB cargo compartment and its features. Include the following in the description:

  1. Cargo loading envelope and limitations;
  2. Fire protection systems (i.e. fire containment covers and/or suppression systems, as appropriate);
  3. Smoke and fire detection systems and monitoring systems, if installed;
  4. Load carrying methods (e.g. pallets, igloos, unit load devices, etc.) and restraint systems;
  5. Access to cargo compartment (e.g. door key, barrier net, etc.);
  6. Cargo compartment layout: restricted access routes and areas, roller ball mat systems, container/pallet restraints and cargo loading device step;
  7. Communication systems and equipment; and
  8. Lighting system controls.

4.5A.4 Describe each piece of cargo fire fighting equipment onboard including protective clothing and breathing equipment. Include the following in the description:

  1. Purpose;
  2. Stowage, location, access, retrieval;
  3. Serviceability;
  4. Operation;
  5. Duration;
  6. Limitations;
  7. Conditions of use; and
  8. Care after use.

4.5B Crew Responsibilities

4.5B.1 Define specific pre-flight crew member responsibilities in regard to the pre-flight inspection of the ClassB cargo compartment and fire fighting equipment, and the in-flight inspection if applicable.

4.5B.2 Define specific crew member responsibilities in regard to the ClassB cargo compartment fire procedures:

  1. Communication;
  2. Passenger control;
  3. Monitoring cargo compartment fire/monitoring for re-ignition of fire.

4.5B.3 Identify the importance of non-intervention (monitoring).

4.5C Procedures

4.5C.1 Describe procedures for immediate and continuous communication, including terminology, as follows:

  1. Upon detection of smoke/fumes/fire in the ClassB cargo compartment;
  2. During the fire; and
  3. Post-fire.

4.5C.2 Describe the monitoring and/or fire fighting procedures for specific types of fire protection systems (i.e. fire containment covers and/or fire suppression systems as appropriate).

4.5C.3 Describe communication procedures between the flight deck crew and cabin crew during normal flight operations for movement through the cargo compartment on aircraft equipped with a fire suppression system.

4.5C.4 Describe established verification procedure(s) that fire is out.

4.5C.5 Describe established procedure(s) for dealing with fire re-ignition problems.