Airport firefighters are required to cover a range of incident types within its boundaries. Thankfully major aircraft accidents are very rare due to robust safety management systems, regulatory oversight and continuous improvements in aircraft design and build.
The primary role for an airport fire service is to provide fire cover for every single take-off and landing of an aircraft 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (approx. 100,000 per annum at BHX). Should an aircraft ever have an issue in flight or indeed on the ground, airport fire service crews will deploy appropriately and endeavour to bring a swift resolution to any incident. This could include working alongside our external Emergency Services on larger incidents. We also work closely with external Emergency Services in dealing with a range of other incidents including medical emergencies, spillage incidents and fire alarm actuations across the airport site.
We also have a full complement of non-emergency duties, including; daily inspections and tests, fire alarm testing, hydrant testing, first aid courses, fire safety courses and fire extinguisher maintenance.