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Fire Training for Safer Airport Ends

Fire Training for Safer Airport Ends

It is hoped that when an incident occurs at Freetown International Airport (FIA) ,there will be brave fire fighters speeding to the scene that are adequately trained ,with the best equipment at their disposal and the knowledge of how to use it.

The main objective of aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) is to save lives in the event of an aircraft accident or incident.

This includes the need to extinguish a fire that may occur immediately following an accident or incident, or during the rescue stage.

Achieving this will depend on the training the personnel receives, the effectiveness of the equipment and the speed with which competent personnel and equipment can be put to use. To this end the Sierra Leone Airports Authority (SLAA) has certified 98 fire fighters recently this year 2019, who went through a specialized training conducted for 16 weeks by the Ghana Airports Company Limited.

In his welcome address during the certification ceremony held at its grounds in Lungi, the SLAA General Manager Ebenezer Macauley said that negotiating the proposal to get the Ghanaians to train the fire fighters started in 2015 but only came to fruition in 2018.

The training he said is a specialized training approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and that it cost the Authority about US$77,000 to get the training done.

Without ICAO we want to certify this airport before the end of 2020 and that is why the refreshers training.

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