IGIA gets aircraft rescue, fire fighting vehicles

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New Delhi, Jan 24 (UNI) The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has acquired a fleet of the new state-of-the-art Aircraft Crash Fire Tenders (ACFT) to compliment the existing Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.

Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL), a joint venture consortium managing modernising the IGI Airport, has inducted these vehicles manufactured by Rosenbauer International AG of Austria.

A DIAL spokesperson said the Panther 6x6 ACFT vehicle is the most modern fire fighting unit posted at any airport in India. The induction of these vehicles has greatly boosted IGI Airport's capabilities to respond to any aircraft or fire related exigency.

Having an ultra powerful 705hp engine, these vehicles could quickly access any part of the airfield while responding to emergencies. Its unique feature is the 'Low Visibility Enhanced Vision' system, guided by a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera mounted on the cabin roof.

This system provides enhanced vision capability even in smoky, foggy, or dark environment by sensing thermal radiation instead of visible light, he added.

''It can also be used in fires to detect hot spots, evaluate hot aircraft brakes or human detection in up to 450 m distance.'' The spokesperson said the system enable the pilots to navigate the airport in poor visibility conditions by only looking at the screen displaying a thermal image of the surroundings allowing them to precede even in zero visibility conditions.

Considering the difficult weather conditions at IGI Airport during winter, he said DIAL opted to install this equipment on all new ACFT vehicles, ensuring best possible response capabilities even in the most difficult conditions.

Built using advanced composite materials, the vehicle has a water capacity of 12,500 lt along with 1,500 lt of fire retardant foam and 500 kg of dry chemicals to fight fire. Its powerful pumps ensure that its roof mounted jet could spray an astounding 6,000 lt per minute up to a distance of 90 mt.

In addition, the fire fighters have also been equipped with new helmets, aluminum coated protective suits and boots, all complying with the global fire safety standards. These equipment improve the efficiency of the fire fighters while fully protecting them during their life saving missions, the spokesperson said.

The fire-fighters have been trained in Malaysia, Delhi and Hyderabad to fight crash aircraft in fire or without fire and rescue the passengers by keeping the lives as well as property risk at the lowest, he added.

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