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The Qual-eFire Solution


ARFF eLearning and Competency Management System

A complete training solution, consisting of a huge library of eLearning Courses, Training Framework, eLearning Platform, User Portals and expert services to ensure your Teams are at their peak.

Qual-eFire Includes


More than 130 immersive online courses written by world experts.

Training Needs Analysis

Complete analysis of your staff competence and needs.

LMS Platform

Modern user-friendly LMS, designed for ARFF training.

User Portals

Engaging and easy to use interfaces for your teams.

About our team

Meet the Qual-eFire Team

Peter McMahon


27 years operational experience and ex. Airservices Australia Senior Manager. Director of ARFF Working Group (USA) and the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA).

Tim K Dean

Chief Executive Officer

Leads Qual-eFire platform delivery. Over 35 years in various senior leadership roles in technology businesses.

Bruno Cozzi

Chief Technical Officer

Leads the QualeFire Platform Development team. Over 35 years technical leadership in LMS technologies as Managing Director of Bluegem Software.

Who is Qual-eFire?

The Qual-eFire team has decades of experience in ARFF operations and training platform development. We are committed to providing the most comprehensive and immersive training solutions for firefighters globally.

We Can Help You


Developed by world leaders in ARFF training and operations.

Training Needs

Helping you find and fix training gaps.

LMS Platform

By expert developers for expert Firefighters.

User Portals

What you need to see when you need it.

Skills decay is not a friend of the firefighter! It is defined as the loss or decay of trained or acquired skills (including knowledge) after periods of non-use (Arthur et al. 1998). Skills decay is a particular problem for ARFF first responders who may not use their skills on a regular basis.
Qual-eFire combats Skills Decay head on with the inclusion of a huge library of highly immersive eLearning courses, guidance for practical drills, and Practical Assessment Checklists, all automatically scheduled based on the inbuilt skills fade calculator.
We will provide you with a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis to best inform your customised training and assessment framework.
More than 130 immersive eLearning courses!


Training Content & Framework

Complete training and assessment framework mapped to ICAO and other recognised training Standards, plus engaging and immersive content authored by world-leading experts.

Training Needs Analysis

We'll work with you to identify training gaps to ensure your ARFF team are fully trained and ready.

LMS Platform

A modern, easy-to-use Competency Management System uniquely designed for ARFF training, incorporating Blended Online and Instructor-led learning modes.



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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Your ARFF Training Stack Up?

A thorough Training Needs Analysis (TNA) is a prerequisite to implementing any new training program. A well-designed TNA, in collaboration with you and your team creates a solid foundation to build on and promotes cohesiveness amongst your teams. It will provide you with a holistic overview on the adequacy of your current training programs, benchmarked against legislative requirements, standards, and industry best practices. The TNA will identify gaps in existing training programs and provide recommended strategies for an optimum model to meet the immediate and future needs of your operation.

ARFFS Training certainly has its challenges! The world has definitely changed. The days of training with environmentally toxic and expensive firefighting foam to extinguish large “B Class” fire producing thick plumes of dark smoke have all but gone. Live fire training accounts for more firefighter injuries than actual responses, therefore many organisations are shying away from the risk and expense of this type of training. Major incidents at airports are thankfully rare, but when they do occur the potential for significant loss of life, extreme collateral damage, and airport-wide disruption to services is real.
Skills decay is a real issue amongst firefighters whose long careers may never involve responding to a real aircraft crash. Aircraft rarely crash, but when they do, it has the potential to thrust your firefighters into the most complex and confronting incident possible. ARFF departments must overcome perceived constraints and provide continuum of training through engaging, immersive, and relatable training programs, using modern blended styles to combat skills decay. This will ensure your responders are the best they can be when they’re needed most. The lives of the travelling public depend on it!

This is an interesting question. The fact is a single overarching training framework that is adopted by ARFF departments around the world simply does not exist, and nor should it. There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to ARFF training. Of course, training programs should always be underpinned by the core ARFF lifesaving objectives but must be founded with a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis which considers site-specific risks and the operational landscape.
The Qual-eFire training framework incorporates the requirements set out by ICAO and the NFPA, but also allows integration of site-specific elements to ensure everything is covered and highly contextualised for your teams.

Unlike many of our firefighting colleagues working in nearby city departments, ARFF personnel are not generally responding to a large volume of incidents. Therefore, ARFF personal must rely on regular, meaningful training to maintain the high-level of competence expected of their role.
How ‘regular’ is enough? ARFF personnel must be masters of their trade. This means rehearsing a skill even after there is no ‘improvement’ possible. This is often referred to as ‘over-learning’. Over-learning involves studying material and practicing skills beyond a predetermined level of mastery.
Defence force personnel spend a lot of time repetitively disassembling and reassembling their weapons. This is an example of over-learning. When a behaviour or skill is overlearned, it becomes automatic even under the most stressful situations such as an aircraft crash.
Improving firefighter skill performance sometimes requires that old habits are quashed, and new, more effective habits are learned. New habits require new physical connections in the brain, which comes from structured repetitive training. ARFF training instructors should facilitate training exercises until students can demonstrate mastery of the skill. Then the skill must be continually practiced until it displaces any remaining old habits.
Repetition of skills is what will make the difference between life and death performance in highly stressful and life-threatening situations.