Sixteen highly trained aviation rescue fire fighters have completed an elite 11-week training course at Airservices Learning Academy at Melbourne Airport, preparing them to respond to any incident on or around the airport within a matter of minutes.
Graduating at a ceremony held today, the recruits completed theoretical and practical training including fighting simulated aircraft and structural fires, aviation rescue techniques and dealing with the hazards of highly flammable aviation fuels.
Airservices General Manager Learning Academy Linda Spurr congratulated the graduates on successfully completing the demanding course.
“The recruits have also trained on our state-of-the-art hot fire training ground in Melbourne, testing their new skills and I wish them well for their future careers at Airservices,” Ms Spurr said.
Aviation firefighter Matthew West was presented the Silver Axe Award for the most outstanding recruit and will now join the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service at Launceston Airport.
The other recruits will be based in Alice Springs, Canberra, Darwin, Gladstone, Launceston, Melbourne and Sydney. At their new stations, the recruits will join a workforce of more than 900 aviation rescue fire fighters who offer a rapid response for aviation operations as well as first aid services for medical emergencies.
Airservices Acting Executive General Manager Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting, Rodd Sciortino, said that Airservices has one of the largest, most highly trained, professional aviation rescue fire fighting services in the world.
“The aviation industry is a close knit community, and in particular our firefighters consider themselves part of a family and a team that helps ensure the safety of the airport and the travelling community.
“Aviation rescue fire fighting is not just a job but a way of life for our fire fighters and I welcome you to the service,” Mr Sciortino said.