Nigeria is set to take delivery of an automatic aircraft firefighting simulator. The equipment manufacturers, Messrs Alpine Metal Technology Company, UK has carried out the factory acceptance and pre-shipment inspection and test of the simulator in the presence of top Nigerian functionaries, including the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
The simulator, the first of its kind in Africa, is a modern- multi scenario firefighting simulator capable of delivering training for different types of operational incidents involving aircraft in the aerodrome and its vicinity.
This 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.
Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika who spoke after inspecting the equipment and the company facility with some government functionaries said the simulator costs the nation about N5 billion and is a safety equipment that is key for airport operations.
He said, “The focus of the Buhari-led administration on civil aviation is safety and security, this is therefore a component of it. We take matters of safety and security very seriously. 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. The simulator will be installed at the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria (NCAT).
He explained: “The impact on our nation is it would improve our safety standards by providing proficient fire fighters. Fire fighting as 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”
The Minister expressed pride that once installed the country will be a hub for comprehensive fire trainings from ab initio training, recurrency training to full training and so on.
Also speaking, Managing Director of Glovesly Pro-Project Limited Representatives of Messrs Alpine Metal Tech. Company in Africa, Mr. Yasir Tijani Abdullahi who spoke at the United Kingdom event explained that the simulator is set to be delivered by the end of the month as everything is almost set for the installation in NCAT, Zaria.
He said: “Unlike other simulators, this is a real sized aircraft and has everything real. It is automatic and has a soft touch console. We are getting ready as it will be ready for shipping by the end of the month. This, however, is a full aircraft and will have to be disassembled into separate parts for shipping and reassembly when in Nigeria.”
Photo caption: The inspection team in a group photograph with the manufacturers