When we return to the skies, we need to be ready on the ground. Two thirds (58%) of Australia’s interstate travel is by air, but without proper investment in Airservices to provide aviation rescue and fire fighting Australia’s entire aviation industry won’t be able to snap back post-COVID-19.
Aviation fire fighters are highly specialised, with crews trained to respond to an incident within two minutes to prevent a minor incident becoming a catastrophic disaster.
This isn’t work that can be done by civil fire fighters. Uncertainty surrounding Airservices funding model is forcing Australian airports to scale back their aviation rescue and fire fighting crews. But this isn’t a tap that can be turned on and off again – aviation safety requires consistent upkeep and investment, otherwise our airports are left exposed.
Airservices Australia can be directed to maintain current staffing levels by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.
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