Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Index

Until after World War II airport rescue and firefighting was done by volunteer firemen drawn from various personnel at the aerodrome concerned, some Departmental and others not. The Department's full-time fire service was not created until 1955, however it continues to this day providing airport rescue and firefighting services at major airports around Australia.

Read about The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service - Part 1, Part 2

Sydney Airport Fire Service c.1947-48

Cocos Island Fire Service - 1955-57

Essendon Airport Fire Service on exercise - 1959

Examine a chart showing the location of DCA Fire Service units - 1967

Inside Melbourne's Fire Control Centre - 1971

Avalon Fire Station & appliances - 1972

Melbourne's Main Fire Station plus Ultra Large Fire Tender and Rapid Intervention Vehicle - 1985

Photos of Perth Airport Fire Station - 1980, 2010 and its demolition 2011

Protective Clothing & Equipment

Night fire drill - c.1960s

Department of Aviation Fire Service badge - 1980s

An ARFF Firefighter in action - c. early 1990s

Rescue & Fire Fighting Appliances

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click here for information about the Monegeeta Monster < The Monegeeta Monster (Experimental Fire Tender)
< The Monegeeta Monster on film
click here < Land Rover Light Rescue Tender
click here < Thornycroft Nubian 6x6 Large Fire Tender
click here < Austral Cougar Rapid Intervention Vehicle
click here < Mills Tui Stryker Mk 7 Ultra Large Fire Vehicle
Click here for Rosenbauer Panther < Rosenbauer Panther Mk 8 Ultra Large Fire Vehicle


Rescue & Fire Fighting Training & Training Aids

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VH-BXC < Avro Anson VH-BXC, burnt for practice 1961
CB mockup < Canberra Airport mock up 1972

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