28 Jul 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia is ready and poised to deliver world-class airports for aeroplanes, helicopters and jets to land without any concerns or fear of safety or comfort.
Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb made the pledge on Thursday during the inauguration of the first Eros Airport Fire Station valued at N.dollars 15 million.
The fire station will provide fire and rescue emergency services at, and within, a 10 kilometres radius of the airport. A total of 19 rescue and firefighters will be on duty at the station that is equipped with two fire and rescue trucks, and has a water capacity of 2 400 litres; about 1 800 litres of foam; and a dry chemical powder capacity of 135 kilogrammes.
A total of 54 aircraft rescue and fire fighter officers were trained at a cost of N.dollars 3.6 million to increase the shift strengths of officers at the countrys airports.
!Naruseb noted that the Eros Airport is classified as the busiest airport, in terms of aircraft movements, among the eight airports around Namibia, and the fire station will be playing a very important role in providing the transport service.
The primary purpose of the fire station is to mitigate and respond to structural and aircraft fire as well as to respond to medical emergencies to save lives of passengers, employees and to secure property.
Namibia can indeed be an aviation hub in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and with this kind of investment in key infrastructure. I believe this dream is fast becoming a reality, he noted.
!Naruseb said the fire station is a clear demonstration of Namibia Airports Company (NAC)s commitment to providing safe and secure airports for the benefits of clients. The ministry has also set lofty targets according to the Harambee Prosperity Plan to ensure the delivery of world-class infrastructure that will be the springboard for economic development.
Speaking at the same occasion, NAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tamer El-Kallawi boasted that the modern station is a category four level for aircraft, rescue and firefighting services.
This special category of firefighting involves incident response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in an aerodrome ground emergency that endangers passengers and aircraft. The number and type of firefighting vehicles or appliances based at an airport is determined by the category of the airport.
This fire station is designed to help the fire and emergency services to meet aviation standards in response time and accuracy.
The NAC operates in a heavily regulated environment and therefore our infrastructure development, specifically the fire station, is geared to meet and exceed the set standards.
This is in line with our sixth strategic priority area to develop our human resource capabilities in order to deliver on our mandate, El-Kallawi added.