First UK Use Of LPG-Fueled System
As part of a drive to create a fire
training center of excellence for Wales, Cardiff International
Airport's 52 fire-fighters are set to be the UK's first users of
the world's most advanced aircraft fire-training rig.
The Welsh airport is the UK's first purchaser of an advanced
German-made fire-training aircraft simulator, representing an
investment of $1.5 million. Designed and manufactured by Draeger
Safety in Germany, Cardiff International's new fire-training rig
simulates all aircraft types operating at the Welsh airport,
spanning both single and twin-aisle aircraft.
The new LPG-fuelled rig replaces a seven-year-old training
simulator, fueled by kerosene that will now be used for
"full-crash" exercises at the airport.
"This new training rig will give us the most up-to-date facility
in the UK, providing 13 different computer-generated fire-fighting
scenarios, from cockpit fires to fires starting in the galley,
toilet, or engines," said Cardiff's Senior Airport Fire Officer,
"It will also provide a superb facility for the intensive
training courses we extend to other fire-brigades, including those
for industrial plants," he continued. "We have taken this
opportunity to improve our 'carbon-footprint', as the new rig will
be fueled by low-emission LPG, rather than the industry-standard
use of kerosene."
The Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and
Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones, said: "I am pleased to be launching the
new LPG Fire Training Simulator which will provide valuable
training for all fire services in this area."
The new training rig at Cardiff International Airport will be
used at least four times a week for the airport's own
fire-fighters, who work in four daily shifts of 13 to provide a
full 24/7 service. The rig will also be used for external training
courses, provided for other fire brigades.
"While the new rig will be used for training on all potential
fire-risks, the old rig is being remodeled to provide training for
extreme crash circumstances. This will make Cardiff International
one of the UK's only regional airports to provide such
comprehensive fire-fighting training," said Imperato.