In brief: Airservices Australia consolidates fire control tech

$12 million program will go toward upgrading and consolidating fire control systems at Australian airports

Government-owned air traffic control management association, Airservices Australia’s Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station at Mackay Airport will undergo a digital upgrade as part of the organisation’s wider $124 million modernisation program.

Mackay Airport will receive a share of the $12 million Airservices Australia is spending on upgrade fire control technology, including remote monitoring, communications and incident management resources for the association’s fire fighters.

The digital modernisation will consolidate existing “patchwork” stand-alone analogue systems with a single technology, enabling easier staff transfer between various locations.

"The new technology will ensure that in the unlikely event of an incident anywhere on the airport, Airservices is well placed to respond within minutes," Airservices chief fire officer, Peter Smith, said in an statement.

Airservices Australia has also ramped hiring, with five new IT-related vacancies adding to the organisation’s 3000 staff nationwide.

Staff will be trained using on-line resources and simulators.

The Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting division makes up a large component of Airservices Australia, with staff located at 21 Australian airports.

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