P-19 ARFF

The P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) is designed to be the first response vehicle on the scene of an aircraft fire emergency to rapidly extinguish aircraft fires. This truck is a mandatory flight line operations safety requirement and is essential at bases that have a flying mission. The P-19 also provides fire-fighting capability for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve installations located at municipal airports. An installation's P-19 requirement is determined by the type of aircraft frequenting the aerial facility and the resulting gallons per minute of fire fighting agent required. This vehicle provides aircrew, passenger, weapons, and airframe fire protection at a crash site. The P-19 is air transportable by C-130 or larger aircraft.

Starting in the early 1980s, the 4x4 P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) was procured in three different models: the P-19, the P-19A and the P-19B. Oshkosh, Freightliner-Rosenbauer, and JRI Inc. were vendors. Crash Rescue Equipment Services, Inc. (Dallas, TX) obtained a contract to re-manufacture the P-19 trucks in service starting in 1998/1999. Approximately 800 P-19 vehicles were procured by the USAF, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and USMC.

The P-19 ARFF was modified for the U.S. Navy and USMC as the P-19A, provided with a hatch behind the driver for control of the roof turret and the structural kit. The P-19B was produced with the structural kit and with a pump panel on the driver's side of the truck.

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P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)

P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during the civil engineering/services competition Readiness Challenge '90, Hurlburt Field, FL, January 1990
P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during the civil engineering/services competition Readiness Challenge '90, Hurlburt Field, FL, January 1990.

P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during the 169th Fighter Wing Operational Readiness Inspection, McEntire ANG Station, SC, 14 March 1996
P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) during the 169th Fighter Wing Operational Readiness Inspection, McEntire ANG Station, SC, 14 March 1996.

USAF 20th Civil Engineering Squadron Firefighters P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), on the flight line at Shaw AFB, SC, during Operational Readiness Exercise Sea Lion 02-02, 4 December 2001
USAF 20th Civil Engineering Squadron Firefighters P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), on the flight line at Shaw AFB, SC, during Operational Readiness Exercise Sea Lion 02-02, 4 December 2001.

Marine from Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 atop a P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) near Al Qaim, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 20 April 2004
Marine from Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 atop a P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) near Al Qaim, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 20 April 2004.

USAF P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) testing ultra high pressure firefighting technology, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, July-Aug 2007
USAF P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) testing ultra high pressure firefighting technology, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, July-Aug 2007.

P-19A Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)
P-19A Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF).

P-19B Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) in training exercise, fire pit, Eglin AFB, FL, 16 September 1988
P-19B Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) in training exercise, fire pit, Eglin AFB, FL, 16 September 1988.

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