Airside Local Links

Local State Emergency Service volunteers recently gained some inside knowledge of Airservices Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service at Karratha Airport during a guided tour of the facilities. The manned Fire Station ensures a team is ready to respond to airside emergencies, but in the event that additional resources are required a range of local volunteers may be called upon. Ross Eiffler [Officer In Charge] and the Green team conducted a familiarisation session with 8 members of the Karratha SES.

Awareness of access and safety protocols aside, knowing the range and location of resources at hand is vital for services involved in supporting emergency response. Trevor Patton, SES Local Manager, noted “It is important that we are familiar with the Fire Station layout and the Airport Emergency Plan as our volunteers may be activated to assist in the event of an air crash emergency.”

Members of both organisations gained appreciation of each other’s capabilities, scope and response equipment. After a demonstration of the truck mounted water cannon in action one of the SES volunteers commented, “They’ve got more powerful water pistols, but we’ve got more boots on the ground ready to go, so we’ll team up pretty effectively”.

SES ARFF

Ross Eiffler and the Green Team [in blue] with Karratha SES