The management of Hamburg Airport and the airport’s fire department inaugurated Tuesday (May 10th) a new training centre allowing firefighters to train for an emergency in realistic conditions. At the centre of the new facility are two 40-foot containers in which various scenarios using real fire can be simulated. Hamburg Airport intends to expand the fire system by autumn 2016 – an investment of around EUR 7.5 million, sources said.
Simulating a fire in the cockpit
Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said: “Safety in aviation is a top priority for us. That means that our firefighters must be optimally equipped.” The simulating system used by firefighters at Frankfurt am Main airport had to be borrowed for regular and realistic tests until now, he added.
The two containers resemble an aircraft with doors, space for on-board luggage, rows of seats, galleys, toilets, chassis and engines. “The detailed equipment will allow us to simulate a fire in the cockpit, burning engines, a fire in the luggage compartment or near the seats and we can practise extinguishing fires,” said Thomas Barke, head of Hamburg Airport’s fire department.
Four new carports
Now that the fire simulation system is operational, work on extending the firefighters’ headquarters at the airport is also underway. Another 700-square metre building with room for four new carports, a modern mission control centre and various common rooms and garages is being built as well.
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