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Upskilling For Auxiliary Firefighting Teams

The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) is stepping up training for its firefighting teams to keep them alert and ready for emergencies. It started conducting a two-week Airport Auxiliary
09 Jul 2015 09:16
Upskilling For Auxiliary Firefighting Teams
CAAF Rescue Fire Services Inspector Mosese Ratuciciri (seated in front), with participants during the exercise in Namaka, Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) is stepping up training for its firefighting teams to keep them alert and ready for emergencies.

It started conducting a two-week Airport Auxiliary Fire Fighting Training in Namaka yesterday.

This involves 17 participants from seven private aerodromes and two helicopter landing sites around the country including Islands of Mago, Mana, Malolo Lailai, Yasawa, Wakaya, Kaibu and Nanuku. The helicopter operators are Pacific Island Air and Vunabaka.

CAAF Rescue Fire Services Inspector Mosese Ratuciciri said connectivity in private airports played a crucial role in domestic air transport.

He said, “There is the standards Aerodrome requirement that all personnel who operate Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting equipment at an aerodrome be adequately trained to ensure they are competent to perform their duties.

“All rescue and firefighting personnel shall be properly trained to perform their duties in an efficient manner and shall participate in live fire drills commensurate with the types of aircraft and type of firefighting equipment in use at their aerodrome, including pressure-fed fuel fires,” he said.

Mr Ratuciciri said this was a strategy to avoid future breakdowns by private aerodrome operators and to adequately address this requirement to be on par with CAAF regulation and standards.

“Successful completion of this training not only ensures compliance with the Standards Aerodrome requirements but will assist accident first responders to save lives, prevent loss, and return the airport to normal operations as soon as possible,” he said.

“This special category of firefighting involves incident response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in an aerodrome ground emergency.”

Mr Ratuciciri said the timely arrival and action by airport rescue firefighters would help to protect the aircraft against hazards most critically fire and increases the survivability of the passengers and crew on board.

Meanwhile, a crash simulation exercise was conducted yesterday in front of the CAAF head quarters beside Pacific Island Air Hangar where it will involve the response to the crash by the fire truck and evacuation of victims via ambulance and helicopter.

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