Aviation rescue and fire fighting is core to maintaining Australia’s aviation safety standards and international reputation.
Our entire aviation industry, from domestic travel, freight and international tourism, rely on trusting incidents can be properly responded to.
In 2019, the Senate called for an overhaul of Australia’s aviation rescue and fire fighting system, to bring it in line with international standards.
COVID-19 can’t be an excuse to abandon this overdue reform. Airport safety and asset protection needs to be managed with public safety as its core mission.
The risk of under investing in this isn’t just about catastrophic loss of life and damage, but also to protect and maintain Australia’s international safety reputation.
ARFFS are stationed at 27 airports across Australia. More airports would require ARFFS if Australia followed the same guidelines used by the US, UK or New Zealand.
Australian airports use a lower than recommended minimum ARFFS staffing levels.
In 2019, the Senate recommended an overhaul of how ARFFS categories are designated at airports, raising concerns Australia may be putting its aviation sector at unnecessary risk.
ARFFS officers need more than six years of training and are able to manage an incident in three minutes. Approximately 38% of airline accidents that result in fatal injury occur on or near the ground.
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