ARFF Consulting

arff consulting

Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting is a highly specialized area of the fire and emergency services. Maintaining your ARFF team’s readiness can potentially save lives. And staying compliant can avoid potential fines. The SSi ARFF Consulting Team will perform a full ARFF review at your airport. We will assist your airport by providing an in-depth review of your ARFF and emergency services department. During our ARFF consulting engagement with your airport SSi will make organizational, operational and equipment recommendations utilizing our 4 Phase process approach; compile, review, recommend, and deliver.

  • Evaluate equipment, facilities, staffing, and training
  • Review your Airport Emergency Plan and FAA reviews
  • Evaluate your existing ARFF training program
  • Interview pertinent ARFF personnel including mutual aid
  • Tour all airport facilities and ARFF station
  • Post Recommendations Follow-up


Coordinate with Airport/ARFF group to obtain all available documents and information necessary. SSi reviews the current status of contracts, procedures, and any specific agreements.


The SSi ARFF consulting team will perform the airport site visit to evaluate the current efficacy of in-place operations. The analysis will include equipment, staffing, training and the overall organizational structure of the ARFF team. The evaluation will include mutual aid operations if applicable.


We will evaluate the information gathered and make recommendations necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the ARFF/Airport personnel. Recommendations will address city, state and federal requirements to maximize current efficiency and effectiveness with available resources and meet advisories for mitigating any deficiencies.


The SSi ARFF consulting team will plan on another onsite visit to present the findings of the evaluation and the recommendations for the ARFF program moving forward.

SSi ARFF Consulting Team







Dennis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from North Texas State University and his Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

He possesses over three decades of Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting experience, with over forty years in the Fire Service. Currently Dennis is serving as principal consultant and instructor for W.A.M.D.I. Aviation which draws upon experience from Law Enforcement, Fire Protection, and Emergency Medical Services serving in management and instructor capacities.

He served as Division Commander (Assistant Chief) for Aircraft Fire Rescue Division and Career Development Divisions for the Department of Public Safety at DFW Airport. Responsibilities included managing divisional budgets of $1.8 million and $800,000 respectively. Dennis was responsible for fire response operations and planning. As Career Development Manager, he was responsible for supervising staff in meeting state training requirements in areas of Law Enforcement, Fire Protection, and Emergency Medical Services.

Dennis acted as the ARFF Training Consultant for the American Association of Airport Executives for nine years.

Dennis acted as an ARFF Curriculum Committee member for Texas Commission on Fire Protection as well as Consultant/Instructor for Aerospace Services International Inc. He is a Certified Master Firefighter, Master ARFF Firefighter, and Master Fire Instructor (including all Structural and ARFF firefighting curriculum). He received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in Texas.



Dennis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from North Texas State University and his Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Roger attended the University of Cincinnati and received his Bachelor of Science in Fire and Industrial Safety and his Associate Degree in Fire Science from Northern Kentucky University.

He has over thirty-five years of experience in Disaster Planning, Airport Fire Protection, Operations, Training & Hazardous Material. Roger serves as president of W.A.M.D.I. Aviation. He consistently delivers Hazardous Material, Aircraft and Management Training for Airports both nationally and internationally. Roger has received over 10,000 hours of training in Fire Fighting and Safety. Roger designed the Fire Prevention Bureau at CVG, and designed inspection programs for the Airfield, fueling facilities, and airport facilities.

As Assistant Fire Chief at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport, Roger was responsible for Disaster Management and Incident command. His duties included hiring personnel and training firefighters, mutual aid departments, and airlines personnel. He helped design the 2nd ARFF Station at Cincinnati Northern Ky. Intl. Airport. He monitored and mitigated the removal of Hazardous materials for KCAB. He is experienced in disaster and continuity planning in case of large aircraft incident, or other natural disaster. Roger is a Certified Fire Inspector, Certified Fire Instructor, and Instructor in Basic Terrorism. He is certified in N.I.M.S. 100-800. Roger managed the training facility that consisted of a S.A.F.T and flammable liquid pit. He oversaw the construction of the training facility at CVG. He served as an adjunct instructor for the American Association of Airport Executives. He has authored articles for the ARFFWG Magazine.



Mr. Simpson holds a Safety Management Certificate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and wields diverse experience in front-line operation and management, corporate training roles, project management, aviation safety and security, partnering with industry associations and government agencies.

His experience was gained through numerous roles in airline operations which provides an added emphasis to all AviaEd programs. Some of his accomplishments include:

Development of specific audit programs for airline operations to facilitate regular inspections by the FAA and TSA.

Development of skills to train all levels of an airline, front-line, leadership, executive, and industry partners through the maintenance of associations, including the FAA, TSA, and other government agencies.

Designed, coordinated, trained, and implemented safety and security programs including Mishap Investigation, Emergency Response, Behavioral Based Safety, Risk Management, System Safety, Aircraft Search audits, SIDA audits, Internal Self Audit Program, and Safety Compliance Audits.

Remains current on front-line aviation management of large Hub operations.

Development of curriculum and training program for ground operations, customer service, cargo, weight and balance, and safety and security.

Program management of new station openings and operational effectiveness audits of safety and security.

Experience in Hazardous Materials Recognition, Hazard Communication 29 CFR 1919.1200, Airline De/Anti Ice programs, Loadmaster/Weight and Balance programs, and APU Brake-rider qualifications and training.