COVID-19 causes ANAC to postpone mandatory specialization for firefighters

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The National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) announced today that due to the health risk posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has decided to extend the validity of the exemption for the need to specialize airfield firefighters until March 20, 2021. The new period of validity is contained in Resolution No. 592 of October 13, 2020 published in the Federal Official Gazette on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

According to the agency, “the risks associated with postponing specialization for airfield firefighters are manageable as these professionals are trained to function and undergo a recurring training program, rules and other safety guidelines.”

The resolution released today extends the exemption of professional airfield firefighters from the need to specialize in airfield firefighter drivers / CCI operators (BA-MC) to perform the role described in Section 153.415 (a) (2) of the Brazilian Civil Aviation Ordinance – RBAC No. 153. The need for the Aerodrome Fire Brigade Chief of Service Team (BA-CE) specialization has also been expanded to include the role described in Paragraph 153.415 (a) (3) of RBAC No. 153 in accordance with that described in Paragraph 153.451 (k) (1) of RBAC No. 153.

Information from the ANAC Social Communication Office.

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