Airport gets fire truck

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Aviation rescue fire fighting representatives Steve Davies, Michelle Bennetts and Mat Morrissy with Djarindjin Airport operations manager Kimberley Baird and Broome International Airport chief executive Paul McSweeney.
Camera IconAviation rescue fire fighting representatives Steve Davies, Michelle Bennetts and Mat Morrissy with Djarindjin Airport operations manager Kimberley Baird and Broome International Airport chief executive Paul McSweeney. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

A remote airport that plays a vital role in oil and gas operations in the Browse Basin was able to improve its safety and professionalism after a huge donation last week.

Representatives from the aviation rescue and fire fighting subdivision of Airservices Australia presented an Ultra-large Mk5 Fire Vehicle to Djarindjin Airport on a runway in Broome last Wednesday in response to the increased traffic at the aerodrome.

Managed by Broome International Airport, Djarindjin is used as a refuelling station for helicopters transporting workers to and from Inpex and Shell facilities in the Browse Basin, 475km north of Broome.

The vehicle holds nearly 7000 litres of water and 1400 litres of foam and has been used by Airservices since 1998, but has had enhancements since. It is expected to run for another 10-15 years with the help of a new engine, which was also donated.

Djarindjin Airport operations manager Kimberley Baird said he was proud to be part of the project and partnership with the Government-owned corporation.

“It really enhances our professionalism and allows us to be ready if there is an accident or incident,” he said.

BIA chief executive Paul McSweeney said he was very thankful for the donation.

“We have been running Djarindjin Airport in conjunction with the community for the last seven years,” he said.

“This fire truck means we can provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities in a remote location and that means so much for the people who live up there.”

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