Emergency response is an essential element to our responsibility in operating an airport and it is one that is not taken lightly. It is for this reason we invest in these resources and capabilities beyond that required by regulation. Our 16 full-time firefighters are highly trained and skilled in emergency response and fire prevention and all maintain Advanced Level 1 First Aid. These crews are the first to respond to any type of incident or emergency, whether it is a passenger in the terminal building who is not feeling well or a fire located anywhere on airport property and they can respond within 3 minutes of receiving the call.
Emergency Services personnel specialize in aircraft firefighting and rescue procedures and do live fire recertification training annually. Prevention, however, is also an important aspect to their job. Our firefighters are trained to inspect properties to ensure life safety and fire codes are being followed in order to prevent observed fire hazards or impediments to evacuating a building or fighting a fire.
Our firefighters have taken their roles to a higher level and have obtained leadership training. Five of our officers and firefighters have graduated from the Dalhousie Fire Service Leadership Program and one Fire Captain is continuing to study toward a Bachelor of Business, Firefighting Program from the University of Alberta. As well, nine firefighters have already completed or are in the process of completing the Provincial Fire Commissionaires Office Fire Officer Training Program. Emergency Services staff provide valuable emergency training to all airport tenants as required by specific employers. These abilities exceed that which is required by an airport fire department, but speak to the Authority’s and firefighter’s dedication to emergency preparedness.