Section 5. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications

10/12/17 AIM Section 5. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications 6−5−1. Discrete Emergency Frequency 6−5−2. Radio Call Signs a. Direct contact between an emergency aircraft flight crew, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Incident Commander (ARFF IC), and the Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), is possible on an aeronautical radio frequency (Discrete Emergency Frequency [DEF]), designated by Air Traffic Control (ATC) from the operational frequencies assigned to that facility. Preferred radio call sign for the ARFF IC is “(location/facility) Command” when communicating with the flight crew and the FAA ATCT. b. Emergency aircraft at airports without an ATCT, (or when the ATCT is closed), may contact the ARFF IC (if ARFF service is provided), on the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) published for the airport or the civil emergency frequency 121.5 MHz. In the event that electronic communications cannot be maintained between the ARFF IC and the flight crew, standard emergency hand signals as depicted in FIG 6−5−1 through FIG 6−5−3 should be used. These hand signals should be known and understood by all cockpit and cabin aircrew, and all ARFF firefighters. EXAMPLE− LAX Command. Washington Command. 6−5−3. ARFF Emergency Hand Signals FIG 6−5−1 Recommend Evacuation FIG 6−5−2 Recommend Stop Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications 6−5−1 AIM 10/12/17 FIG 6−5−3 Emergency Contained 6−5−2 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Communications