Airport Fire Service

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?

You'll need:

  • Ability to pass a medical and physical competency assessment
  • 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

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Fire Safety

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.

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