Melbourne Airport Fire Control Centre - 1971
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A major airport is a lot more than just the aircraft - it's virtually a small city in its own right and the job of providing fire protection falls to the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service.

This photo, looking north, shows Firefighter John Hanson on duty in the Fire Control Centre (FCC) at Melbourne/Tullamarine Main Fire Station on 14 June 1971. The job of the watchkeeper in the FCC was to monitor fire alarms, aircraft movements, air/ground transmissions and telephones. Firefighter Hanson is logging events in the Station Journal whilst outside a TAA DC-9 takes off on Runway 27.

The appliance parked outside is a Thornycroft Nubian Large Fire Tender.

(Photo: CAHS collection)

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