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Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia, R20000003

Recommendation details
Output No: R20000003
Date issued: 07 February 2000
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (formerly BASI) recommends that the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit and Cairns Port Authority examine the adequacy of the current launch facilities for the ARFF rescue boat against the benefits which might accrue from a launch ramp on or adjacent to the airport.

Initial response
Date issued: 08 March 2000
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

I am writing in response to your air safety recommendation that relates to launch facilities for the ARFF rescue boat at Cairns Airport.

Airservices accepts the recommendation and agrees that the current launch facilities need improvement. The Cairns ARFF Divisional Officer wrote to the Cairns Port Authority asking them to provide a launching ramp on or adjacent to the airport. The Cairns Port Authority is assessing the request.

Airservices ARFF will continue to pursue the issue with the Authority.

Further correspondence
Response from: R20000003
Response text:

I am writing in response to the above Recommendation, which relates to the "adequacy of the current launch facilities for the ARIFF rescue boat and the benefits which might accrue from a launch ramp on or adjacent to the airport".

Airservices ARIFF and the Cairns Port Authority have agreed on the merits of this recommendation and reached in principal agreement on a suitable site for the development of a launch ramp to be located at the site of the "Old Hovercraft Ramp". Two other sites were considered and found to be unsuitable.

Negotiations are now under way on funding for this development and to address issues relating to possible future taxiway development in that area.

At this early stage I am unable to provide a completion date for the development. I will provide further details in due course.

 
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