Nigeria has acquired an automatic aircraft firefighting simulator worth an estimated N5billion capable of delivering training for different types of operational incidents involving aircraft in the aerodrome and its environs.
The simulator, manufactured by Messrs Alpine Metal Technology Company, UK, is said to be first the of its kind in Africa and is in fulfillment of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority requirement for training of firefighters in the airports and will, overall, enhance competence and proficiency in achieving the primary objective of saving lives in the event of a fire incident.
Speaking during a visit to the company to carry out a factory acceptance and pre-shipment inspection and test of the simulator, the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said: “Before now, we train our firefighters in Cameroon and I found myself approving several hundred thousands of dollars for training in Cameroon and I said this is not it. I applied and got approval to procure this firefighting simulator and Mr. President graciously approved it.”
He added that “The impact on our nation is it would improve our safety standards by providing proficient fire fighters. Fire fighting is an important aspect of airport operations without which we cannot open our airports. The equipment can simulate cabin fire, smoke, cockpit fire, cargo fire, undercarriage fire so this is multi-functional.”
Managing Director of Glovesly Pro-Project Limited, representatives of Messrs Alpine Metal Tech. Company in Africa, Mr. Yasir Tijani Abdullahi, explained that the simulator will be delivered by the end of April 2019 as preparations is going on for the installation at the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
Mr. Abdullahi also noted that; “The country is set to change the status quo with regards training and retraining of fire fighting personnel as it used to regularly train in Cameroon, which has contributed in no small measures to capital flight, which this acquisition will finally nip. We will not only save capital from leaving the country but will generate capital for Nigeria. It will therefore be a money spinner.”
The pre-shipment test, which took place in the United Kingdom earlier today, showcased the full complements of about 28 possible fire/non fire scenarios carried out including; cabin fire simulation, cabin smoke, lavatory smoke and the likes. Other simulation tests include Turbo prop engine, undercarriage, fuselage side as well as corresponding components of single aisle multiple engine jet aircraft, fuel spill burn pit, internal fires among the vast arrays of simulations it can do.