Research Projects

Training and Development of Airport Emergency Managers

Training and professional development of airport emergency managers is needed to orient new airport emergency managers to the special operational, regulatory, safety, administrative, and cultural aspects of functioning at an airport. This is becoming more urgent as more and more often airports are hiring emergency managers whose experience has been outside aviation.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

This idea comes from the observation made during ACRP Synthesis S04-23 research that over one-third of the 25 airports interviewed for the study have hired in the recent past emergency managers whose main prior experience was not at airports. This appears to be a growing trend with possible significant benefits to airports and their stakeholders.
This research proposal is endorsed by the ACRP 11-03/S04-23 panel.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

"To speed the process by which a new airport emergency manager can become fully effective at his or her airport
To bring the culture of collaboration and communication to the airport communities where its absent and enhance such culture where it exists
To invigorate mutual aid and stakeholder relationships of airports"

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Review literature of airport emergency manager sources, training, and backgrounds
Broaden list of airports to interview beyond the 25 in ACRP 11-03/S04-23
Interview airport senior management
Interview current airport emergency managers split between those hired with recent airport experience and those hired without recent airport experience
Cross-walk accepted standards of general emergency management training with airport-specific needs
Develop several airport emergency manager position descriptions including KS&As (knowledges, skills, and abilities)
Develop profile of needed orientation and special training for new hire emergency manager from non-airport background
Develop training outline and training materials for new hire airport emergency managers ("Airport Emergency Manager 101")
Develop metrics for success of airport emergency managers

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$200,000
Cost estimate based on level of effort and number of people to perform and analyze so many interviews, and on the amount of effort to develop effective training materials and metrics (measures of effectiveness)

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP synthesis S04-23 (Emergency Working Groups at Airports--stage 2 approved by panel 1/29/19, expected completion 4/20/19)
ACRP Synthesis 50
https://ideahub.trb.org/a/dtd/285464-39875

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Idea No. 165