CPA’s ARRF is recognized regionally


At the Western Pacific Islands Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Palau in November, the Commonwealth Ports Authority was presented with a certificate of recognition for its support and partnership with the association, according to CPA executive director Maryann Lizama.

At the conference, Lizama said CPA presented the project status of its Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Facility and its state-of-the-art functionality.

CPA also proposed an expansion of the ARRF curriculum, to include trainings for other personnel operating within the airport/airfield, she said.

The certification of recognition was presented at CPA’s last board meeting.

The Pacific Region ARFF Training Center at Saipan International Airport was created to train all airport firefighters throughout the Micronesian Islands, according to CPA.

ARFF offers basic firefighting and basic aircraft rescue courses, as well as fire leadership, emergency medical service, and hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction response courses.

According to CPA, ARRF’s facility can train up to 30 firefighters. It also has a live-fire training facility where “realistic training conditions” are created to simulate aircraft firefighting scenarios.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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