A new aviation fire station will be built at Coffs Harbour airport to safeguard private and commercial aircraft in the event of an emergency.
A new aviation fire station will be built at Coffs Harbour airport to safeguard private and commercial aircraft in the event of an emergency.

Fire station will go up at airport

COFFS Harbour is set to receive a new $11.4 million aviation rescue fire station.

Airservices Australia will this week start construction of the new fire station at the airport to provide emergency response to commercial and domestic air traffic.

Airservices executive general manager projects and engineering, Mark Rodwell, said the new fire station was being built following a sustained increase in passenger numbers, which took it above the regulatory trigger for an airport fire service.

"Coffs Harbour Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales, handling a number of different types of aircraft," Mr Rodwell said.

"Last year there were more than 27,000 aircraft movements through the airport, carrying more than 350,000 passengers.

"This increase in growth has necessitated the introduction of aviation fire rescue services at Coffs Harbour."

The Coffs Harbour Airport fire station is based on a modular, standardised design which includes two vehicle bays, a vehicle maintenance bay and workshop and administration areas.

Onsite training facilities will include a classroom and a combined cold smoke, gas fire and ladder access training facility.

Construction is due to be completed by November.

This will be followed by a fit-out of the structure and commissioning period, with services due to commence in early 2015.



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