May 20, 2010

New fire station at Sunshine Coast Airport

New fire station at Sunshine Coast Airport

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 20 2010

Today I officially commissioned the new $6 million fire station at Sunshine Coast Airport.

This state-of-the art aviation infrastructure is critical for the safety of air transport on the Sunshine Coast.

The safety and security of Australian travellers is our number one priority.

The new Sunshine Coast Airport fire station highlights the Rudd Labor Government’s commitment to make sure that Australian aviation remains the safest in the world.

The new Sunshine Coast Airport fire station was delivered by Airservices Australia and is staffed by 17 highly-trained aviation fire fighters under the command of a Senior Fire Commander.

Its crew can respond to incidents anywhere on the airport within three minutes, in line with international and Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations.

In 2009 alone, aviation rescue and fire fighting crews responded to 8,171 calls for assistance and 515 emergencies across Australia.

Over the last two years, these crews have been responsible for saving 23 lives at Australian airports.

Sunshine Coast Airport sees over 50 flights every week and will handle more than one million passengers from next year.

This new fire station will deliver a vital service by making sure that safety of these passengers comes first.

Its design is flexible and practical in order to allow the fire and rescue service to grow and change as airport traffic continues to expand.

It will allow fire fighter to provide a vital first response capability to a range of aviation and airport emergencies including aircraft incidents, structural fires, hazardous material responses, medical emergencies and water rescues.

This project is part of a $70 million Airservices Australia to program to modernise aviation fire and rescue facilities at the nation’s busiest airports.