AIRPORTS Fiji Limited (AFL) handed back a refurbished fire truck to the fire and rescue team at Nausori Airport last Friday.
The 15-year-old vehicle, known as Emergency One, went through a major upgrade carried out at the Nadi AFL mechanical services division at a cost of $80,000.
AFL said the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) required airports like Nausori to have Category 7 fire coverage from rescue teams, and the upgraded fire engine had exceeded that category requirement.
Manager rescue fire fighting services Abdul Shaheed said this was a first as previous engine refurbishments were carried out in New Zealand for $1.2million.
The fire engine boasts a new chassis, cab and other materials that were all purchased from abroad but assembled in Fiji.
A team headed by fleet engineer Dhanjay Kumar worked on Emergency One.
"This is a great day for aviation fire response," Mr Shaheed said.
He said the vehicle was fitted with the latest technology with new breathing apparatus, seats which allowed firemen to put on protective gear in the vehicle to minimise response times.
This means firemen can respond to emergencies onboard the aircraft on the airfield faster.
The vehicle pumps were also upgraded.
"With the acceptance of Emergency One back into the service, we have minimised response times and improved our service delivery," it said.