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Bristol Airport opens new fire service facility

Bristol Airport has opened a new Rescue and Fire-Fighting Service (RFFS) facility which cost £950,000 (€1.2 million).

Situated on the south side of the UK airport site, it commissioned Simulation, a specialist fire training company, to provide the state-of-the-art facility.

it comprises of equipment simulating a Boeing 737, an R27 helicopter, and a villa complex, all built within a dedicated fire training ground, which can be used to reconstruct different firefighting scenarios.

The new facility enables the RFFS team to maintain the high levels of competence and aviation training required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Gary O’Neill, Bristol Airport’s chief fire officer, says: “This is a significant investment by Bristol Airport and demonstrates our continued commitment to safety and ongoing investment in employee training.

“This facility means a great deal to the RFFS team as it ensures we have the best available facilities to train with.

“It will also, in the longer term host training in partnership with other local emergency services to help maintain our position as one of the best performing airport fire services in the country.”

The development follows the recently opened central walkway, which was completed ahead of the busy summer holiday period to meet passenger and airline demand.

Construction of an eastern terminal extension also commenced in September, and the £8.6 million project is the first major expansion of the terminal building since it opened in 2000, and will be finished in the summer of 2015.

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