Airport fire station bags trophy

MANGALORE, FEB. 26. The Mangalore Airport fire station has bagged the runners-up trophy in the Best Airport Fire Station 2002 competition. The trophy will be given away by Krishnan, Executive Director of Air Traffic Management, Airports Authority of India, New Delhi, on Friday.

The Director of the airport, M.R. Vasudeva, said the fire station had been among the top two every year since 2000 and bagged the Best Airport Fire Station in the region in the past assessment year. The assessment for 2003 was on, Mr. Vasudeva said.

He said the level of protection provided at an airport was based on the category in which the airport fell, which, in turn, was determined by the number of aircraft using the airport. Mangalore Airport could accommodate a Boeing 737 and, hence, the airport had been included in Category VI.

During drills, it had been demonstrated that the fire station at the airport could respond to any emergency within two minutes and take not more than three minutes to reach the end of each runway as well as any other part of the area under optimum conditions of visibility and surface conditions, Mr. Vasudeva said. The station was equipped with three crash fire tenders named "Agnishathru T-815". Two ambulances were also on standby with medical and paramedical personnel, he added.