The new facility is hoped to enhance fire safety at the site
Frankfurt Airport’s new fire station at CargoCity South went into operation this month after two and a half years of construction.
The site combines a number of facilities under one roof, including the fire station responsible for the protection of aircraft and buildings, the fire training centre, fire prevention, an education area, workshops, offices and other exercise rooms.
Thirty-one employees are on duty at the site 24 hours a day. Whilst stationed they can use the changing rooms, laundry, respirator workshop and any of the 33 resting rooms. The accommodation also fits 18 large fire trucks comfortably.
Alongside the station is the Firefighter Training Centre which also includes a host of special features, including a 30-metre-long training bridge and a 23 metre high tower to help simulate a burning building.
Annette Ruckert, head of the fire prevention department of Fraport AG, said: “Our advanced practice facilities let us to train future firefighters under realistic conditions and optimally prepare them for their jobs.”
The number of fire stations at the airport will be reduced from four to three, due to the new station in the south of the base and the modernisation of the existing fire station in the north. The older fire stations, one and three, are currently being decommissioned.
Fire station four – inaugurated near the north west runway in 2011 – will become station three. A reduction if fire stations is thought to increase the efficiency of the airport’s fire brigade, with personnel being deployed more flexibly.