27 Mar 2015
The Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price MP today officially opened an aviation rescue fire fighting station at Newman Airport, Western Australia – which together with the introduction of a new aviation fire service at Newman, provides an added layer of safety to all users of the airport.
The $11.4 million fire station is one of several new fire stations Airservices Australia is opening around the country.
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 regulatory trigger 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 Newman 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 14 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 at the station overlooking the airport, and is equipped with the latest communications and monitoring technology.
“Newman Airport is one of the busiest regional airports in the country and it is appropriate that that we are equipped with services that can support our facility and help it run as smoothly as possible, especially in the case of an emergency,” said President, Shire of East Pilbara, Lynne Craigie.
“This fire station is a fantastic addition to Newman Airport as the Shire of East Pilbara continues to grow and passenger numbers increase.”
The fire station, constructed by St Hilliers building group, was commissioned into service on 25 September 2014 and has already responded to a number of call outs at the airport.
A new aviation fire station at Gladstone Airport, Queensland, was officially opened in December 2014. New fire stations at Ballina and Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and Port Hedland, Western Australia, are due to be officially opened this year.