Miami International Airport has invested $3 million on four new state-of-the-art fire rescue vehicles.
The Rosenbauer manufactured trucks feature Driver-Enhanced Vision System technology, which employs GPS technology and forward-looking infrared imaging to allow the operator to navigate in zero-visibility conditions.
All four vehicles can produce more than 6,000 gallons of foam for firefighting incidents, with two capable of generating 12,000 gallons.
Additionally, the two larger trucks feature a 50-foot-long 'Stinger; that can pierce the skin of an aircraft and deliver water and foam directly into the aircraft’s interior.
Importantly, the addition of the four new aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicles will allow the airport to redeploy two trucks from its fleet to serve life safety needs at Opa-locka Executive and Kendall-Tamiami Executive airports.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) Aviation Division claim the new fire trucks will enhance the airport’s ability to respond to airfield emergencies and keep MIA on the forefront of life safety technology.
“These new aircraft firefighting vehicles are a wise investment that will help safeguard our world-class airport for many years to come,” says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who was on hand for yesterday's celebrations at MIA’s Midfield Fire Station.
Aviation director, Emilio González, enthuses: “Passenger safety is our top priority at MIA, and these top-of-the-line additions to our upgraded fire rescue fleet will allow our firefighters to meet any aviation emergency that may arise."