George Best Belfast City Airport. (photo: George Best Belfast City Airport)
George Best Belfast City Airport.
30.07.2021, 11:32

Safeguarding Airport Passengers and Staff

George Best Belfast City Airport's Fire and Rescue team has invested in innovative self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as part of a multi-million pound equipment upgrade.


The airport's Emergency Fire and Rescue team is the first in the UK to deploy the recently launched PSS® AirBoss SCBA from Drager to provide advanced fire safety protection for its firefighters and emergency services teams.


The 34-strong emergency service crew is required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deploy and attend any fire safety incident in the airport or on the runway within three minutes of being alerted.


Despite previously using Dräger equipment, the airport selected AirBoss after a rigorous review of SCBA systems from different providers.


Dräger’s next-generation AirBoss includes a carrying system with pneumatics, monitoring systems, masks and communication technology and numerous accessories such as the ultra-lightweight Type 4 Nano compressed air breathing cylinders and lung demand valves. The company markets the solution's ergonamic design as improving wearer comfort and mobility.


The model in use at George Best Belfast City Airport provides the most advanced situational awareness.


Seamus MacMahon, Chief Fire Officer and Head of Emergency Planning for the airport, comments: "By choosing Dräger, we are ensuring the longevity of our investment which is key for continuity.


"With a strong footprint in Northern Ireland, Dräger’s ability to support its customers with dedicated resource in training, aftercare, spares, service, and maintenance is invaluable and second to none.


"We will benefit from Airboss Connect’s digital displays, and the new 'Buddy Light' feature – an innovative element allowing immediate and highly-visible signalling amongst our firefighters to alert them on aspects such as cylinder pressures and the physical condition of their colleagues.


"Emergency Service teams have changed considerably during my career – minimum height requirements, for example, are a thing of the past – and so systems need to be easily borne by different physiques, both male and female.


"Overall, the whole team agreed that the system is very appealing, especially its lightness and ‘snag-proof’ design. Our overriding commitment is to the wellbeing and safety of passengers and staff, it is what underpins every decision in the business and has been the driving force behind this latest investment."


Liz Millward, marketing manager, Emergency and Rescue Services at Dräger Safety UK, adds: "It is testament to the forward thinking nature of the George Best Belfast City Airport team and, indeed, the long-standing relationship and trust that they have in our brand."


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