The federal government through the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said the country is ready to take delivery of an automatic aircraft firefighter simulator equipment worth N5 billion.
In a statement, the minister said the pre-shipment test by builders, Messrs Alpine Metal Tech company will take place in the United Kingdom and will showcase the full complements of about 28 possible fire and non-fire scenarios carried out including; cabin fire simulation, cabin smoke, lavatory smoke and the likes.
Other simulation tests include DHC 8 starboard engine, DHC 8 starboard undercarriage, starboard side, CRJ-900 starboard engine, APU, portside, A320 Undercarriage, A320 Port engine, Port Wing, fuel spill burn pit, internal fires among the vast arrays of simulations it can imitate.
The simulator which is 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.
Sirika said the purchase was in fulfillment of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) requirement for training of firefighters in the airports and will, overall, enhance competence in achieving the primary objective of saving lives in the event of a fire incident.
The minister after inspecting the equipment said the simulator which cost the nation about N5 billion was a safety equipment, key for airport operations.