By Ezra Ukanwa, Abuja.
AS part of efforts to improve the safety of flight operations at the nation’s airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has commissioned 10 brand-new, high-capacity firefighting vehicles.
The Lion Volkan 6×6 Brand, Major Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicles (MFFV), which carries 14,000 litres of water, 1,700 litres of foam, and 250kg powder capacity each, and monitors a discharge rate of between 6,000 litres to 10,000 litres per minute would be deployed to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
The Lion Volkan 6×6 Brand, Major Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicles (MFFV), which carries 14,000 litres of water, 1,700 litres of foam, 250kg powder capacity each, and monitors the discharge rate of between 6,000 litres to 10,000 litres per minute would be deployed.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to the Journalists in Abuja by the Organisation’s Acting General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Faithful Hope-Ivbaze.
The statement revealed that with an acceleration rate of 0-80 km per hour in 30 seconds, each of the trucks possesses the limitless capacity to discharge while in motion, adding that they are equipped with under-chassis nozzles to tackle running fuel fire.
While expressing the Authority’s profound appreciation to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, through the Ministry of Aviation, headed by the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the Managing Director of the Authority, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu noted that in fostering safety and security of flight operations, the Federal Government has focused on the tripod of rehabilitation/upgrade of infrastructure, capacity building, and training/manpower development.
Captain Yadudu noted that comprehensive training programs have been arranged for the users of the vehicles and the mechanical department to ensure the vehicles are not only used as specified by the manufacturers but also maintained accordingly.
“Eight new water tankers for continuous agent applications, eleven ambulances, two brand new Response Commanders’ Vehicles, and Aircraft Removal and Recovery Equipment have also been procured and deployed to various airports to strengthen the Civil Aviation Industry in Nigeria”, he said.
Captain Yadudu, while promising that the Authority would continue to prioritize safety and security at the nation’s airports, charged the Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Department to make the best use of the newly commissioned equipment.
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