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When the brake unit was overheated and had just begun to catch fire due to excessive braking because of long taxi distance upon arrival, the ground personnel (not firefighters) made the first intervention with the fire extinguisher on the parking stand until the firefighters arrive.

I’m wondering, are there any points to be taken into account in terms of ground safety when approaching landing gear during this first intervention or in the case of extinguishing? Is there any guidance procedure for ground crew other than professional firefighters?

What type of extinguisher content should be used to extinguish the fire?


Regarding the related post: How do fire crews handle hot brakes?

I don’t think it’s the same topic. I would like to know if there is a guidance document explaining how the ground crew [not fire crew] should behave in the event of a brake fire upon aircraft arrival.

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    $\begingroup$ The main thing is the big rubber bomb around each of the wheel rims. Hopefully the thermal fuses will work and let the air out without taking out any bystanders. I wouldn't go anywhere near a burning wheel myself. The firefighters are going to approach it with the foam/water cannon while inside the truck. $\endgroup$ – John K May 12 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t think it’s the same topic. I would like to know if there is a guidance document explaining how the ground crew should behave in the event of a brake fire upon aircraft arrival. $\endgroup$ – GolfCharlie May 12 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ I've used your comment to highlight the difference, and updated the title accordingly. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 May 12 at 20:01
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of How do fire crews handle hot brakes? $\endgroup$ – DeltaLima May 12 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ymb1 Thank you for making it more understandable on my behalf. $\endgroup$ – GolfCharlie May 12 at 20:08

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