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Bristol Airport opens fire training facility

Created: 10th Oct 2014

On Tuesday 7 October 2014 Bristol Airport’s Rescue and Fire-Fighting Service (RFFS) opened a new £950,000 fire-fighting training facility, situated on the south side of the Airport site.

Bristol Airport commissioned Simulation, a specialist fire training company, to provide a state-of-the-art fire training facility, comprising equipment simulating a Boeing 737, an R27 helicopter, and a villa complex. All built within the Airport’s dedicated fire training ground.

The aircraft, helicopter and villa complex can be used for numerous fire training scenarios whilst being controlled and monitored remotely. All of the equipment can be set alight using an eco-friendly LPG gas fuelled system. This enables a number of fire and rescue scenarios to be recreated using the aircraft, helicopter or building in any combination, encompassing all of the scenarios necessary for a dedicated airport fire team training to face any fire and rescue situation.

The new facility enables the RFFS team to maintain the high levels of competence and aviation training required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Gary O’Neill, Bristol Airport’s Chief Fire Officer said:

“This is a significant investment by Bristol Airport and demonstrates our continued commitment to safety and ongoing investment in employee training.

“This facility means a great deal to the RFFS team as it ensures we have the best available facilities to train with. It will also, in the longer term host training in partnership with other local emergency services to help maintain our position as one of the best performing airport fire services in the country”.

This latest development follows the recently opened central walkway which was completed ahead of the busy summer holiday period to meet passenger and airline demand.

The construction of an eastern terminal extension also commenced in September. The £8.6m project – the first major expansion of the terminal building since it opened in 2000 - will be finished in summer 2015.

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