The Federal Government is to deploy the newly acquired N12billion firefighting vehicles to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, made this known while presenting the eight firefighting vehicles to the Aeronautical Rescue and Fire Fighting Services of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
Mr Sirika noted that the provision of critical safety equipment was essential in the prevention of the recurrence of accidents.
He noted that in fostering the safety and security of flight operations, focus has been placed on the rehabilitation and upgrade of infrastructure, capacity building and manpower development.
“The Lion Volkan 6×6 Brand, Major Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicles (MFFV) carries 14,000 litres of water, 1,700 litres of foam, 250kg powder capacity each.
“The equipment has an acceleration rate of 0-80km per hour in 30 seconds as each of the truck possesses the limitless capacity to discharge while in motion and they are also equipped with under chassis nozzles to tackle running fuel fire.
“It monitors the discharge rate of between 6,000 litres to 10,000 litres per minute and they will be deployed to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano,” he said.
Earlier, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director of FAAN noted that a comprehensive training programme had been arranged for the users of the vehicles and the mechanical department.
He explained that the training was to ensure that the vehicles are maintained accordingly.
He revealed that the federal government has also delivered eleven ambulances, two response commanders’ vehicles and Aircraft removal and recovery equipment that has been deployed to various airports across the country.
“We are promising airport users that FAAN will continue to prioritise safety and security at the nation’s airports.
“I also want to charge the air rescue and fire-fighting department to make the best use of the newly commissioned equipment,” he said.
He reiterated FAAN’s commitment to her core values of safety, security and comfort.