New Fire Vehicles at Brisbane Airport

Media Release

WT071/2014

20 May 2014

Brisbane Airport is now home to the newest fleet of ultra-large fire rescue vehicles in Australia.

The five new vehicles are part of an upgrade program to meet international standards necessary for supporting the A380 operations, which commenced late last year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new Panther Mk8 fire vehicles (pronounced Mark 8) will boost aviation safety at Brisbane Airport for the more than 21 million passengers which pass through Brisbane Airport every year.

“The new vehicles, valued at over $1 million each, are part of Airservices Australia's $135 million investment to modernise fire and rescue services at Australia's major airports,” Mr Truss said.

“When fully loaded with 8,900 litres of water and 1,340 litres of foam, the Mk8 weighs in at 30 tonnes and can accelerate to 80 kilometres per hour in under 30 seconds.

“These vehicles enable firefighters to respond to an incident at the end of the runway in less than three minutes.”

Equipped with roof and front bumper water cannons, a Mk8 can discharge water at 80 litres per second over a distance of 85 metres and is able to empty its tank in approximately two minutes if necessary.

“Together the five vehicles carry 32,300 litres of water and are capable of discharging 11,200 litres per minute.”

Airservices Australia provides aviation rescue and firefighting services at 22 of Australia's busiest airports. Over 740 highly trained and experienced firefighting and technical personnel operate 113 high performance fire vehicles, specialised difficult terrain vehicles and specialised water rescue boats.