Brunei airport to have new fire engine for emergency

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI International Airport will soon be equipped with an up-to-date fire engine designed specifically for aircraft emergency response and relief within the airport’s vicinity.

The specialised fire engine, known as the Foam Tender, is manufactured in the Netherlands and supplied by Firesec Engineering and Services.

The rescue vehicle is equipped to hold 12,000 litres of water and 1,440 of litres foam, and can travel up to 105km/h.

A contract signing between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Firesec Engineering and Services was held at the main fire station for Airport Fire Services, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), yesterday.

Present as the guest of honour and witness to the signing was Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

Signing on behalf of His Majesty’s Government was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, and DCA Acting Director Ismail Hj Suhaili.

Meanwhile, signing on behalf of Firesec Engineering and Services were company executives Pg Hj Ahmad Pg Hj Apong and Siti Aishah Abdullah.

The ceremony also saw the opening of the airport’s new petrol refuelling station.

The construction of the one-stop refuelling station, included in the 10th National Development Plan, began in November last year. The station was completed and commenced its operations in September this year.

Following the signing ceremony, YB Dato Hj Abdullah then sprinkled scented flowers on the new refuelling station as a mark of an auspicious beginning.

The new refuelling station will be used by both DCA and the airport’s Rescue and Firefighting Services, and allows vehicles to be refuelled without leaving the airport compound.

The DCA Acting Director said the move to purchase the Foam Tender vehicle is timely as it adds to the existing fleet of fire fighting vehicles, and fulfils the requirement for the number and type of fire fighting facilities that airports under different categories should be equipped with.

He added that with Brunei being a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and falling under the Airport Category Nine, it is mandatory that regulations are adhered to particularly in the area of possessing current fire fighting facilities and equipment.

The acting director also said the new fire fighting vehicle fulfils the minimum requirement from ICAO to have at least three Foam Tenders within the airport’s compound. It is also the department’s commitment to attain and upkeep the highest standards of aviation safety, security and efficiency through improved facilities, he further emphasised.

Airports around the world are categorised from one to 10 depending on the type and size of aircrafts they have the capacity to cater to, with a category 10 airport being able to cater to the largest aircraft.Presently, Brunei International Airport is equipped to cater to Boeing 747s and 777s.

The Brunei Times