New fire truck a boost for airport

THE inclusion of a new fire truck at the Labasa Airport would shorten response time for the rescue team.

Airports Fiji Ltd (AFL) board director and Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere handed over the fire truck on Tuesday night, describing the gift as part of AFL’s vision to improve facilities at their network of 15 airports.

“As the airport operator, AFL is responsible for the safety and security of the travelling public,” he said.

Ratu Wiliame said they were to ensure that fire-ighters were able to reach the end of each threshold in less than two minutes with the new facilities, like the newly-upgraded aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicle.

“Airports are categorised from one to ten, depending on the type and size of aircraft that they handle,” he said.

“Although Labasa Airport is a Category 4 airport, the newly refurbished fire truck can provide cover for up to Category 5.”

Ratu Wiliame said apart from Nadi and Nausori International airports, AFL looks after 13 outer island airports which are scattered around the country.

“From the farthest to the North in Rotuma and the farthest in the South in Ono-i-Lau and in Vanua Levu, we have Labasa, Savusavu and Matei along with airports in Koro, Gau, Bureta and Kadavu. In Lau we have Moala, Lakeba, Cicia and Vanua Balavu,” he said.

“AFL’s vision is to improve the facilities at all of our outer island stations.

“Such developments will improve our connectivity between Fijians living in remote parts of Fiji to the mainland.”

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