8 Dec 2014
The Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd MP today officially opened a $9.2 million aviation rescue fire fighting station at Gladstone Airport – the first of several new fire stations Airservices Australia will soon be opening around the country.
The fire station sees the introduction of a new aviation fire service at Gladstone, providing an added layer of safety to all users of the airport.
Airservices Executive General Manager, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting, Michelle Bennetts, said the facility had been built due to a sustained increase in passenger numbers which had taken the airport above the required number for an airport fire service.
“There’s been a significant increase in aircraft movements in the region and this facility demonstrates our commitment to provide a rapid aviation rescue response to air traffic operations at Gladstone Airport,” said Ms Bennetts. “This fire station ensures our aviation fire fighters are ready to respond to any incident on or around the airport.”
Based on a modular, standardised design, the new fire station is staffed by 19 fire fighters and features two vehicle bays and a maintenance workshop to house and maintain three ultra-large fire vehicles.
A state-of-the-art Fire Control Centre is located in the station’s observation tower overlooking the airport, equipped with the latest communications and monitoring technology.
Gladstone Airport Corporation CEO Phillip Cash said: “Gladstone Airport’s new fully equipped fire station extends the airport’s capability to safely service future growth beyond current annual traffic levels, which are 500 000 passengers and 20 000 aircraft movements in 2014 and complements the ongoing development of the airport.”
The fire station, constructed by St Hilliers, was commissioned into service on 22 August and has already responded to a number of events including aircraft fuel spills, building fire alarms and medical first-aid responses.
The new aviation fire service at Newman, Western Australia commenced operations in October, while airports at Coffs Harbour and Ballina in New South Wales are set to receive their new services shortly.