Aircraft Fire Fighting Facility
Memphis International Airport (MEM) has a state-of-the-art fire fighting facility, Station 9, named in honor of Daniel Ward, the Airport Authority's longest-serving Commissioner. With MEM being the busiest cargo airport in North America, Station 9 is tasked with ensuring the protection of over 350,000 passengers and 4.7 billion pounds of cargo per month. This facility is in operation 24 hours a day.
The department is part of the City of Memphis Division of Fire Services, and employs 38 firefighters who utilize several specialized vehicles, including:
ARFF Apparatus A-1 -- a quick response/command vehicle equipped with 300 gallons of pre-mixed aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) in a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) and 480 pounds of potassium bicarbonate in a dry-chemical dispensing system.
ARFF Apparatus A-2 -- equipped with a Rhino bumper turret, 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (ready for dilution at a 6% rate), and 480 pounds of potassium bicarbonate in a dry chemical dispensing system. The potassium bicarbonate powder can be dispensed in conjunction with the water through the bumper turret to lengthen the reach of the powder.
ARFF Apparatus A-3 -- equipped with a Snozzle elevated turret, 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (ready for dilution at a 6% rate), and 480 pounds of Halotron I (vaporizing liquid extinguishing agent).
Unit 19 -- a fully equipped Advance Life Support (ALS) paramedic ambulance
In addition to the ARFF equipment, Station 33 provides structural fire suppression and backup ARFF assistance as needed.
ARFF-Daniel Ward Fire Station 9
2785 Rudder Rd
Memphis, TN 38118
Direct Number: (901) 922-2200