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Next generation of aviation fire fighters enter service

21 Nov 2014

Twenty five new aviation rescue fire fighters will commence work at airports around the country next week following their graduation from Airservices Learning Academy in Melbourne today.

The elite group of recruits have completed 11 weeks of intensive training, allowing them to join more than 900 highly-trained and professional aviation rescue fire fighters employed around the country by Airservices.

Airservices General Manager Learning Academy, Linda Spurr congratulated the graduates on successfully completing the demanding training course.

“Over the past 11 weeks our graduates have completed more than 400 hours of theoretical and practical learning,” Ms Spurr said.

“They train on our state-of-the-art hot fire training ground in Melbourne where they have the opportunity to put their new skills to use in fighting simulated aircraft and structural fires.”

The recruits have also undergone training in aviation rescue techniques and dealing with the hazards of highly flammable aviation fuels.

Aviation fire fighter Chris Browning was presented with the Silver Axe Award for the most outstanding recruit of the course, and will now join the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) service at Townsville.

Airservices Executive General Manager ARFF, Michelle Bennetts said the new recruits will work at stations in Adelaide, Ballina, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Gladstone, Melbourne, Rockhampton and Townsville.

“Our aviation fire fighters have the expertise to provide vital first response capability to airport emergencies and an added layer of safety to airport users,” Ms Bennetts said.

“They respond to a host of different incidents every day ranging from medical emergencies to fire alarms and aircraft emergencies.”

Airservices provides aviation rescue fire fighting services at 24 of Australia’s busiest airports.