Christchurch International Airport's fire service responds to
approximately 500 calls per year, comprising primarily of aircraft,
medical, general fire and hazardous substance emergencies. A wide
range of airfield services is also performed to ensure ongoing
compliance with Civil Aviation Rules, including runway inspections,
assessing runway surface and visibility, bird control, perimeter
security and foreign object management.
The Airport Fire Service employs 34 staff and operates 24/7, 365
days a year, with 7 firefighters on duty at any one time. The
airport's fire station is strategically located to enable full
emergency response to any airside location within three minutes of
Interested in a career as an airport fire fighter?
- Ability to pass a medical and physical competency
- Ability to pass a CAA screening security check
- Ability to relate to a wide range of people and adapt and
maintain composure in all situations
- Minimum class 4 learner driver's licence
- Hold a current firearms licence
For more information visit our careers page at www.christchurchairportcareers.co.nz
Christchurch International Airport is rated Category 8 for
rescue and firefighting purposes according to International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO) classification.
This means being suitably resourced to respond with a minimum of
3 vehicles, with a total capacity of 18,200 litres with foam
solution at a rate of 7,900 litres perminute, along with 450kg dry
chemical powder (DCP) at 2.5kg per second.
The Airport Fire Service operates specialised, state-of-the-art,
all-wheel drive aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles
manufactured by Rosenbauer, with the major foam vehicles being the
Panther model and a smaller first response vehicle, the Airwolf