If you’ve read anything about the design and construction of ARFF training centers, chances are you have also heard about Morrison-Maierle. Going strong since the early 1990s, Morrison-Maierle has provided both small- and large-scale Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) training center designs throughout the country. And the team doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

“In the early 90s, the airport manager in Helena (Montana) wanted to have a training center,” said Tim Orthmeyer, PE, who recently retired from his airport engineering career but remains connected to Morrison-Maierle’s ARFF project work. “It came online in 1996—and Nick has heard me say this before—it was an exciting project, but I thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.”

Nick is Nick Enblom, PE, who has worked with Tim not only on airport engineering work, but also on ARFF projects in Morrison-Maierle’s Helena office. Since the late 90s, that “once-in-a-lifetime project” has developed into ARFF centers at some of the country’s biggest airports, including their current effort at the Philadelphia International Airport.