George Best Belfast City Airport Fire Service has taken delivery of the first of three new fire tenders, each representing an investment in the region of £1 million.
Purpose built for the airport by the Spanish firm Iturri, and the culmination of a 5-year procurement and manufacturing process, the new fire appliance offers the latest technology in aviation fire-fighting and rescue.
The airport said the 33-tonne vehicle can deliver 45,000 litres of foam every minute, has a top speed of nearly 80mph (128km/h) and can operate in zero visibility.
It’s the first of three new tenders scheduled to arrive at Belfast City Airport (IATA: BHD) as the airport ensures its continued compliance with the highest safety regulations.
Seamus MacMahon, the airports chief fire officer and head of emergency planning said: “Belfast City Airport Fire Service is responsible for safety of all aircraft within the airfield.
“In addition, our 33 full-time fire fighters are trained first medical responders to the three million visitors to the airport each year.
“The new fire appliance was custom-built in Seville and comes equipped with full thermal imaging and infra-red driver vision, meaning the tender can operate in zero visibility. It can also fight fires whilst on the move, carrying 11,500 litres of water.
“It is equipped with an electronic control system and the latest communications systems ensuring we are ready for any eventuality should it occur.”