New fire rescue complex opens at Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt Airport today unveiled its new state-of-the-art fire rescue complex at CargoCity South.
Located on a 2.1-hectare site, the facility is home to a fire rescue station, Firefighting Training Centre, an educational area, workshops and offices, as well as rest and exercise rooms.
An integrated training course allows duty firefighters wearing full-gear with respirator masks to check their fitness and breathing capabilities regularly.
Thirty-one firefighters are on duty around the clock at the complex, which took two-and-a-half years to build.
Along with changing rooms, a laundry, a respirator workshop and 33 individual resting rooms, the complex includes a garage for accommodating 18 large fire trucks.
“This new fire station is technically state-of-the-art and combines a multitude of important functions,” said Annette Rückert, who heads the fire prevention department of Fraport AG.
The adjoining firefighter training centre (FTC) also boasts special features: such as an 8.5-meter-high, 30-meter-long training bridge to help new firefighters get used to heights and to practice for rescue missions.
In addition, a 23-metre-high tower is equipped with a smoke generator for simulating a tall burning building.
“Our advanced practice facilities let us to train future firefighters under realistic conditions and optimally prepare them for their jobs,” explained Rückert.
With the commissioning of this new station in the south of the airport and the subsequent completion of modernising the existing fire station 2 in the north, the number of fire stations at FRA will be reduced from four to three.The old fire stations 1 and 3 are being decommissioned.
Fire station 4, which began operating when the Northwest Runway was inaugurated in 2011, will be renamed the new fire station 3.
According to airport operator, Fraport, the reduction in the number of fire stations will further increase the efficiency of the airport’s fire brigade by reducing the complexity of operations, while simplifying internal training and communication.
Rückert added: “The new concept not only not enables us to continue meeting the legally required response times throughout the airport, but also to protect specific areas even more effectively.”