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Airport Police & ARFF
Airport Police & ARFF Proclamation
In 1969, the Louisiana State Legislature enacted Act No. 151 to establish the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District. In doing so, a Greater Baton Rouge Airport District Police force was formed. Headed by the Director of Aviation, the police force is responsible within the airport district for the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan area except when directed off the area by the director or other law enforcement official in response to an airport emergency or incident for the preservation of public peace and order, the prevention of crime, the apprehension of criminals, the protection of the rights of persons and property and the enforcement of the laws of the state of Louisiana and the ordinances of the city-parish. The officers of the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District Police Force are recognized as municipal law enforcement officers as defined in R.S. 33;2218.1 et seq.
 
The District or Greater Baton Rouge District Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting force has the jurisdiction to maintain fire protection and security of all properties owned or operated by it. The Authority is vested with the power to employ a public safety force of personnel qualified as firemen and policemen to carry the purposes of the District. The Director of Aviation is in direct command of the force whereby the Director appoints and removes all other officers and employees of the force and assigns all members of the force to their respective posts, shifts, details and duties.
 
The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Department officers and staff are committed to aviation safety and security to ensure that the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and entire air transportation systems remains the finest in the world; prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
 
A unique aspect of the Greater Baton Rouge District Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting force is that all of the officers are dual trained in law enforcement and fire rescue. Officers have gone through the Louisiana State University Basic Law Enforcement Academy. In addition, several officers have undergone the extensive training from the Louisiana State Police Basic Academy to be POST certified (Peace Officers Standard Training). All of the officers go through the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute for training in Aircraft Rescue Firefighting.
 
The Greater Baton Rouge District Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting force is comprised of:
  • 30 Officers (police and aircraft rescue fire fighters)
  • 5 Surveillance system monitors
  • 1 Administrative specialist
Special training or designations include:
  • Peace officers standard training (post)
  • Fire fighter one (FF1) – structural fire fighting
  • Security coordinator
  • Firearms instructors
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
    • Basic
    • Instructor
    • Paramedic
  • Emergency medical service (EMS)
    • Instructor
  • Registered nurse
The Baton Rouge Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Department works in cooperation with a number of local, state and federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, FBI, U.S. Customs Service, Federal Aviation Administration, IRS, Secret Service, State Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Postal Inspector, Louisiana State Police, Capitol Police, Baton Rouge City Police, Baton Rouge Fire Department and surrounding municipal Police and Fire Departments, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office, and the East Baton Rouge Office of Emergency Preparedness.
 
The dedicated Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting officers put themselves at great risk while working tirelessly on the front lines in the fight against crime, violence, and terrorism. It is in times of today, that Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting services mitigate fires, conducts rescues, handles hazardous material incidents and responds to any other type of emergency that threatens life, safety, property loss or environmental protection at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
 
In acknowledgment of the selfless acts performed by the men and women of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting officers, The Honorable Melvin L. “Kip” Holden, Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, proclaimed on August 19, 2005 that August 15th through August 19th , as “Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Week”.