Airservices Australia says it will commence construction of a new $11.4 million aviation rescue fire station at Coffs Harbour Airport this week.
Airservices Executive general manager projects and engineering, Mark Rodwell, said that the new fire station was being built following a sustained increase in passenger numbers which took it above the regulatory trigger for an airport fire service.
“Coffs Harbour Airport is one of the largest and busiest regional airports in New South Wales, handling a number of different types of aircraft,” he said. “Last year there were more than 27,000 aircraft movements through the airport, carrying more than 350,000 passengers. This increase in growth has necessitated the introduction of aviation fire rescue services at Coffs Harbour.”
The new fire station is based on a modular, standardised design which includes two vehicle bays, a vehicle maintenance bay and workshop and administration areas. Additional onsite training facilities will include a classroom, and a combined cold smoke, gas fire and ladder access training facility.