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New fire training facility opens at Cork Airport

Following an investment of €1.8 million, Cork Airport has opened a new state-of-the-art fire training facility as one of several significant capital investment programmes coming to fruition at the airport in its efforts to improve the overall customer experience.

“The Fire & Rescue Services crew play a critical role in the safety of the operations and the new facility will ensure they have access to the best possible training scenarios,” said Niall MacCarthy, Cork Airports managing director, explaining that the new facility represents a significant investment by the airport to ensure optimum passenger comfort and safety.

The new facility will ensure that fire and rescue services crew have access to word-class training scenarios and programmes. It also incorporates the latest design based on a hybrid aircraft training simulator, built by specialist aviation suppliers – KIDDE Fire Trainers – and allows for a variety of scenarios with various types of aircraft currently operating from Cork Airport.

Crucially, the adaptable simulator also facilitates training around future aircraft to operate from the airport, which is known as the international gateway to the South of Ireland and serves a number of low-fare and regional airlines, offering connectivity to over 50 destinations.

Jim Johnson, chief fire officer at Cork Airport said: “We take great pride in the exceptionally high standards of safety at Cork Airport and work hard to ensure they are always maintained.

The aircraft simulator is designed to a high spec and incorporates several variations to ensure we are equipped to deal with any type of aircraft. The simulator is a dual fuel training rig that can be used for either clean gas burning fires or aviation fuel fires, which have a higher intensity and greater smoke plume. All anticipated scenarios are included within the design such as undercarriages, engine, fuel spill and internal cabin fires. It is a fantastic addition to our overall training and preparedness in the event of an incident.

Jim Johnson, chief fire officer at Cork Airport

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new facility and the role it will play in enhancing passengers’ security at the airport MacCarthy acknowledged that: “It’s important that as we continue to experience passenger growth, we don’t forget to ensure we offer class-leading facilities at Cork Airport.”

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