Special Exhibition: The Aviation Rescue & Fire Fighting Service

The Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFF) is the theme of a new photographic exhibition unveiled at the 2010 Open Day at the Airways Museum.

The exhibition will be on display until November 2011.

Before 1955 rescue and fire-fighting at Australia's civil airports was provided by a combination of a few regular Firefighters at the capital city airports, backed up by volunteer Auxiliary Firemen drawn from airport and airline personnel. In 1955 the Department of Civil Aviation Fire Service was formally established and a program to construct and equip airport Fire Stations at the major airports was undertaken.

Today the civil ARFF Service is operated by Airservices Australia and employs 725 firefighting and 45 support staff at 21 airports around Australia.

To see our current website information on the ARFF, click here

The images on this page provide a taste of the material in the Exhibition.



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