On 6 June 2021 at 07:30 (AFG Time), G3 Systems handed over its Fire Protection Service (FPS) function to DEU (German Armed Forces) Air Operations Group firefighters, marking the conclusion of a continuous working relationship at the Mazar-e Sharif (MeS) airbase which began on 21 November 2014.
During the last six and a half years, G3 Systems Limited, working through the NATO Supply & Procurement Agency (NSPA), has successfully provided the DEU at MeS with continuous aviation and structural fire cover, ensuring all airfield emergency responses to ICAO CAT 9 requirements, along with structural firefighting response to all elements of the airbase infrastructure and personnel.
This essential emergency service provision has been achieved with a total of 59 staff delivering ARFF, Structural, Fire Safety and Emergency Vehicle Technician support to fulfil 24-hour coverage for the changing mission requirements, in this austere and often challenging environment.
G3 Systems has also trained 14 Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) firefighters during an 18-month ‘on the job’ training contract, which resulted in the airport gaining ICAO certified and trained staff, available to provide fire cover for the civilian side of the Mazar-e Sharif International Airport. This training comprised Basic Firefighting skills, specialised aircraft firefighting, incident command and management, technical rescue skills, working at height and driver training.
Commenting on the handover, Chief Fire Officer Derek Tomlinson said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has worked, assisted and been a part of the incredible journey over the G3 Systems MeS FPS contract. I would also like to dedicate this final message to the memory of our colleague Firefighter Myank Mishra, who very sadly lost his life to Covid-19 in India during the demobilization of this contract.’
G3 Systems has also provided the FPS to the airbases in Herat and Kandahar and continues to support NATO and the ACAA in Afghanistan with FPS at Hamid Kharzai International Airport in Kabul.