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ARFF_locations

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Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

Station information

Category: 7

Location

Canberra , 8km south-east of the city centre.

General

Canberra is Australia’s capital city. The ARFF also provides coverage for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operations and VIP flights.

Staffing:

24 staff
1 x senior fire commander
1 x emergency vehicle technician

Shift Staffing:

Cat 7
1 x fire commander
1 x station officer
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600 (Monday to Friday)

New South Wales

Sydney

Station information

Category: 10

Location

Sydney, 8 km south of CBD.

General

Sydney is the busiest ARFF units in Australia, protecting more than 30 per cent of Australia’s total regular passenger transport aircraft. This unit provides a water rescue service with two boats, a domestic response vehicle (DRV) for fires, rescues, fire alarms and first aid calls, a Morita turn table ladder platform vehicle (TTLP) vehicle for Category 10 operations, and an incident command vehicle (ICV) for communications, command and control of operations . The DRV is provided in addition to the aviation response to assist with maintaining Category. It is staffed by one officer and two fire fighters.

Staffing:

85 staff
1 x superintendent
1 x senior fire commander
3 x emergency vehicle technicians
1 x apprentice emergency vehicle technicians
1 x administration officer

Shift staffing:

Station one (2 x ULFV and DRV)
1 x fire commander
1x station officer
6 x fire fighters

Station two (3 x ULFV and Morita TTLP)
2 x station officer
7 x fire fighters

Office hours: 0700 – 1700

Ballina

Ballina Airport fire fighting station

Station information

Category: 6

Location:

5 km from the Ballina CBD.

Staffing:

17 staff

Shift Staffing:

Category 7:
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Coffs Harbour

 

Coffs Harbour Airport fire fighting station

Station information

Category: 6

Location:

4.5 km from the Coffs Harbour CBD

Staffing:

15 staff

Shift Staffing:

Category 7:
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Northern Territory

Alice Springs

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Alice Springs, 12km southeast of the city centre

General

Alice Springs ARFF is a remote unit, situated in the middle of Australia. It mainly handles tourist flights.

Staffing:

13 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
1 x Emergency Vehicle Technician

Shift Staffing:

Cat 6
1 x Fire Commander
4 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Ayers Rock

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Ayers Rock (Connellan Airport)

General

Ayers Rock (Yulara) is located 465 kms southwest of Alice Springs, a 4.5 hour drive on sealed roads or a 1 hour flight from Alice Springs. Ayers Rock (Connellan) Airport is 8 km north of the Resort. Ayers Rock Resort is the gateway to Uluru National Park.

Staffing:

12 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
2 x Fire Commanders
8 x Aviation Fire Fighters
1 x Emergency Vehicle Technician as required monthly

Shift Staffing:

(Rotating 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off)
Cat 6 1 x Fire Commander
4 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Darwin

Station information

Category: 8

Location

Darwin, 5km northeast of city centre

General

Darwin opened its fire station in March 1999. The station was opened and dedicated to the memory of Graeme Smith (deceased), an ex-Fire Station Manager of Darwin. Darwin ARFF operates with a configuration of two fire vehicles. The airport is a joint RAAF and civil aviation airport.

Staffing:

38 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
2 x Emergency Vehicle Technicians

Shift Staffing:

Cat 8
1 x Fire Commander
1 x Station Officer
6 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Queensland

Brisbane

Station information

Category: 9 and 10

Location

Brisbane, 17km east of the city centre

General

ARFF Brisbane has a domestic response vehicle for first aid, motor vehicle accidents, fire alarms and special services. The unit also has a dedicated water rescue service.

Staffing:

90 staff
1 x Superintendent
3 x Emergency Vehicle Technicians
1 x Administrative Officer

Shift Staffing:

Main Station

Category 10
1 x Fire Commander
2 x Station Officers
11 x Fire Fighters

Category 9
1 x Fire Commander
1 x Station Officer
8 x Fire Fighters

Domestic response vehicle (DRV)
1 x Station Officer
2 x Fire Fighters

Domestic Response Vehicle
1 x Station Officer
2 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Cairns

Station information

Category: 8

Location

Cairns, 8km north of the city centre.

General

Cairns Fire Station is located in the tropical north and caters for International and Domestic tourism, Cairns Airport services the far north region of Queensland and Cape York regional communities. This ARFF unit provides first response first aid and water rescue service during operational hours.

Staffing:

46 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
1 x Administration Service Officer
2 x Emergency Vehicle Technicians

Shift Staffing:

Cat 8
1 x Fire Commander
1 x Station Officer
6 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Gladstone

Gladstone aviation rescue fire fighting station

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Gladstone Airport is located 8km west of the town of Gladstone in Queensland.

General

ARFF Gladstone began operations on 22 August 2014 to meet the growing needs of the aviation industry.

Staff 

1 x Inspector (Fire Station Manager)

3 x Fire Commanders

17 x Fire Fighters

Shift Staffing: 

1 x Fire Commander

4 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours:

0600 – 2030 (Monday – Wednesday)

0600 – 2100 (Thursday – Friday)

0600 – 2000 (Saturday)

0915 – 2100 (Sunday)

Gold Coast

Station information

Category: 8

Location

Coolangatta, 2km north of Coolangatta city

General

Located in the pristine tropical reaches of Queensland, 2 km north of the NSW border, this unit also provides a Water Rescue Service during operational hours.

Staffing:

30 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
1 x Emergency Vehicle Technician

Shift Staffing:

Cat 8
1 x Fire Commander
1 x Station Officer
6 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Hamilton Island

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Hamilton Island (the heart of the Whitsunday Islands), 900km north of Brisbane.

General

Established in December 2006 this unit also provides a full water rescue service.

Staffing:

11 staff
1 x senior fire commander
1 x emergency vehicle technician (part time) positioned at Townsville.

Shift Staffing:

(Rotating two weeks on, two weeks off)
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Mackay

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Mackay, 5km south of the city centre

General

Mackay is centrally located in Queensland and caters for tourists and services the mining industry located in surrounding areas. The station also provides a water rescue service during operational hours.

Staffing:

16 staff
1 x senior fire commander
1 x emergency vehicle technician

Shift staffing:

Cat 6
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office hours: 0800 – 1600

Rockhampton

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Rockhampton, 3 km west of the city centre

General

Rockhampton provides Category 8 fire service coverage for large military exercises held each year. Countries that participate are Australia, New Zealand, America and Singapore.

Rockhampton also has an ARGO vehicle for Difficult Terrain Operations.

Staffing:

17 staff

Shift Staffing:

Cat 6
1 x Fire Commander
4 x Fire Fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1900

Sunshine Coast

Station information

Category: Category 6

Location

5 km north of Maroochydore

Staffing

17 Staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
1 x Emergency Vehicle Technician

Shift Staffing

Cat 6
1 x Fire Commander
4 x Fire Fighters

Located on the Sunshine Coast, this unit also provides a Water Rescue Service during operational hours.

Townsville

Station information

Category: 7

Location

6 km west of the city centre

General

The fire service was handed over by the RAAF on the 1st January 2005. This unit also provides contracted services to the military, a response to fire alarms, first aid, and special services. A water rescue service is provided during operational hours.

Staffing:

35 staff
1 x Senior Fire Commander
1 x Emergency Vehicle Technician

Shift Staffing:

Cat 7
1 x Fire Commander
1 x Station Officer
4 x Fire Fighters

Note: In addition to Category 7 requirements, 1 Fire Fighter is also provided monitor fire alarms under a contractual arrangement with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600 (Monday to Friday)

South Australia

Adelaide

Station information

Category: 8/5

Location

Adelaide, 6km west of the city centre.

General

The Adelaide unit also provides a water rescue services during operational hours.

Staffing:

40 staff
1 x senior fire commander
2 x emergency vehicle technicians

Shift Staffing:

Category 8
1 x fire commander
1 x station officer
6 x fire fighters

Category 5
1 x fire commander/station officer
3 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Tasmania

Hobart

Station information

Category: 7

Location:

Hobart Airport, located just 17 kilometres from Australia’s southern most capital city along the Tasman Highway provides an international gateway to the island state’s famous heritage.

General:

Hobart ARFF fire station was opened in 1956 after moving from Cambridge Airport to the new Hobart International Airport, this making the current fire station one of the oldest in Australia. In 1995 a water rescue service was reintroduced at Hobart to accommodate difficult terrain operations as water is situated on three sides of the aerodrome.

Staffing:

20 staff
1x senior fire commander
1x emergency vehicle technician

Shift Staffing:

Category 7:
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Launceston

Station information

Category: 7

Location

Launceston, 20km south of the city centre.

General:

Launceston ARFF was established in 1946. Launceston has had three fire stations with the current station opened in 1962.

Staffing:

21 staff
1 x senior fire commander
1 x emergency vehicle technician

Shift Staffing:

Category 7
1 x fire commander
1 x station officer
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Victoria

Avalon

Image of Avalon ARFF

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Avalon Airport, 20km north east of Geelong CBD.

General

An ARFF capabilitywas re-established at Avalon in 2005 to provide services for Jetstar operations. A service is also provided to Qantas Training and Maintenance operations.

Staffing:

23 staff
1 x senior fire commander
4 x fire commanders
18 x fire fighters

Shift staffing:

Category 6
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Melbourne

Station information

Category: 10

Location

Melbourne Airport, 22km northwest of the city centre.

General

Melbourne main fire station was opened at the same time as Tullamarine Airport in July 1970. The unit also provides a domestic response vehicle to fire alarms, first aid, motor vehicle accidents, hazmat and special services.

Staffing

92 staff
1 x superintendent
1 x senior fire commander
5 x emergency vehicle technicians
1 x administration officer

Shift staffing – main station

Category 10 (24hrs)
1 x fire commander
2 x station officer
11 x fire fighters

Domestic Response Vehicle (DRV)

1 x station officer
2 x fire fighters

Office hours: 0800 – 1900

Western Australia

Broome

Station information

Category: 6

Location

Broome is approximately 2500 km northwest of Perth.

General

Broome ARFF is a remote unit, situated in the Kimberley region of Australia. It mainly handles tourist flights. A water rescue service is provided during operational hours.

Staffing:

15 staff
1 x senior fire commander
3 x fire commanders
11 x fire fighters

Shift staffing:

Cat 6
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Karratha

Station information

Category: 7

Location

Karratha is approximately 1530km northwest of Perth. The final approach from the western end of the airport flies over Dampier Salt operations.

General

Karratha fire station is a remote unit situated in the Pilbara region of Australia. It mainly handles fly-in fly-out flights for the resource industries.

Staffing:

13 staff
1 x senior fire commander
2 x fire commanders
2 x Station Officers
8 x fire fighters

Shift staffing:

Cat 7
1 x fire commander
1 x station officer
4 x fire fighters

Office hours:

0655 – 1930 (Monday to Friday)
0655 – 1735 (Saturday)
0800 – 1930 (Sunday)

Newman

Newman aviation rescue fire fighting station

Station information

Category: 7

Location

Newman Airport is an airport located 11.5km southeast from the town of Newman, Western Australia.

General

ARFF Newman began operations on 27 September 2014 to meet the growing needs of the aviation industry.

Staffing:

15 staff including the Fire Station Manager.

Shift Staffing:

1 Fire Commander
1 Station Officer
4 Fire Fighters

Perth

Station information

Category: 9

Location

Perth, 11 km north-east of the city centre.

General

Perth’s new fire station was opened on 30 August 2010. The station has a domestic response vehicle for first aid, motor vehicle accidents, fire alarms and special service calls.

Staffing:

69 staff
1 x superintendent
1 x senior fire commander
3 x emergency vehicle technicians
1 x administration officer

Shift Staffing:

Cat 9
1 x fire commander
1 x station officer
8 x fire fighters

Domestic response vehicle (DRV)
1 x station officer
2 x fire fighters

Office Hours: 0800 – 1600

Port Hedland

Station information

Category: 7

Location

Port Hedland is approximately 1765km northwest of Perth. It’s the gate way to the North West and Pilbara region.

General

Port Hedland Fire Station is a remote unit situated in the Pilbara region of Australia. It mainly handles FIFO flights for the resource industries.

Staffing:

13 staff
1 x senior fire commander
2 x fire commander
8 x fire fighter

An Emergency Vehicle Technician is located at Perth Fire Station with regular maintenance trips to Port Hedland.

Shift Staffing:

Cat 6
1 x fire commander
4 x fire fighters

Office Hours:

0725 – 1835 (Monday to Friday)
0735 – 1835 (Saturday)
0730 – 1940 (Sunday)