Christchurch Airport's fire service responds to approximately
500 calls per year, comprising primarily of aircraft, medical,
general fire and hazardous substance emergencies. A wide range of
airfield services is also performed to ensure ongoing compliance
with Civil Aviation Rules, including runway inspections, assessing
runway surface and visibility conditions, wildlife management,
perimeter security and foreign object management.
The Airport Fire Service employs 46 staff and operates 24/7, 365
days a year, with a minimum of 9 firefighters on duty at any one
time. The airport's fire station is strategically located to enable
full emergency response to any airside location within three
minutes of an alarm.
Interested in a career as an airport fire fighter?
- Ability to pass a medical and physical competency
- Ability to pass a CAA screening security check
- Ability to relate to a wide range of people and adapt and
maintain composure in all situations
- Minimum class 2 learner driver's licence
For more information visit our careers page at www.christchurchairportcareers.co.nz
Christchurch International Airport is rated Category 9 for
rescue and firefighting purposes according to International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO) classification.
This means being suitably resourced to respond with a minimum of
3 vehicles, with a total capacity of 26,900 litres with foam
solution at a rate of 12,900 litres perminute, along with 450kg dry
chemical powder (DCP) at 4.5kg per second.
The Airport Fire Service operates specialised, state-of-the-art,
all-wheel drive aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles
manufactured by Rosenbauer, with the major foam vehicles being the
Panther model, including a High Reach Extending Turret (HRET), and
a smaller first response vehicle, the Airwolf model.