Aviation fire rescue training hots up at Sydney Airport26-10-2011 -
Airservices Australia will be conducting essential aviation rescue and fire fighting training involving 18 brand new recruits at its Sydney Airport fire station from today until 16 November.
The three-week training course will see the recruits put through a series of specialised training scenarios to hone their skills in aviation fire fighting and rescue procedures and techniques.
Having already completed six weeks of training at Airservices Learning Academy at Melbourne Airport, the recruits will utilise practical training aids available at Airservices Sydney fire station including a mock-up aircraft fuselage and smoke house.
The course will include a number hot fire training drills with the aircraft mock-up engulfed in flames. The recruits will use ultra-large fire vehicles to knock down the fire before extinguishing the blaze with hand lines.
Airservices spokesman Rob Walker said the training would involve the creation of large amounts of flame and smoke as the recruits practise their fire fighting skills.
“Airport users and the public should not be alarmed by smoke, fire or an unusually high number of emergency vehicle movements at the airport during this time,” Mr Walker said.
“Our fire fighters are there to protect the public in the unlikely event things go wrong at major airports. They respond to a host of different incidents every day ranging from medical emergencies to building fire alarms and aircraft emergencies.”
The recruits are expected to graduate in early December and then be posted to one of 21 aviation fire stations around the country.
Airservices has one of the largest and most professional aviation rescue and fire fighting services in the world, with more than 740 fire fighters.
On average, Airservices fire fighters are called out around 150 times a week across Australia’s regional, domestic and international airports. In the past two years they have saved more than 20 lives.
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