Oct. 27, 2010, Ottawa - The Ottawa International Airport Authority has invested $11 million in airport safety and efficiency. Four new vehicles were added to the airport's emergency response service fleet as part of the investment.
By Carey Fredericks
The emergency response fleet renewal began in 2009 with the addition of a new command vehicle, and was completed over the past few months with the arrival of three new Rosenbauer Panther six-by-six vehicles. Each vehicle features increased water and foam capacity, increasing fire fighting capacity by more than 30 per cent. One truck is equipped with a high-reach extendable turret and "stinger" that will allow an aircraft fuselage to be pierced for internal fire fighting.
The investment will provide advanced technology; the vehicles are equipped with night scan lighting, forward-looking infrared camera technology and driver-enhanced vision systems that incorporate GPS tracking. These features will mean greater safety for the firefighters and operators who use the equipment.
“We have modern, efficient facilities that will now be supported by equipment and training of the highest caliber," says Raymond Brunet, new chairman of the Ottawa International Airport Authority’s board of directors.
"Safety and security is our biggest priority,” says Paul Benoit, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “The investment in technology and equipment means added protection for our employees.”