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FIGAS commission striking new RIV at Stanley Airport

Stanley Airport (ICAO – SFAL) is the only regional airport in the Falkland Islands. The airport is classed as a STOLport because of its two short asphalt runways: 09/27 measuring 1375 metres and 18/36 measuring 345 metres.

The airport is situated 3.2 kilometres from the capital Stanley and it is operated by the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) who maintain a fleet of five Britten Norman Islander aircraft serving 33 x destinations across the archipelago.

The Falkland Islands Airport Fire & Rescue Service provide aviation rescue and fire-fighting capabilities currently to CAT2 / H2 requirements at the airport with a complement of a SAFO, 1 x Watch Manager, 1 x Crew Commander plus 2 x fire-fighters.

FIGAS have recently enhanced the airports ARFF vehicle fleet with the commissioning of this stunning Ford F550 Super Duty XLT 4×4/Rosenbauer International AG CAT 3 rapid intervention vehicle. The RIV was specified on the superior American Ford F550 chassis featuring a mighty 6.7 litre 300 hp turbo diesel engine combined with 6 speed automatic transmission and a 4 door crew-cabin accommodating the driver + 4 crew with individual SCBA mountings. The Austrian built RIV carries 1.200 litres of water, 150 litres of foam plus 135 kg Monnex DCP and makes use of a Rosenbauer Fox 1600 lpm pump and a front mounted automated Rosenbauer RM15 ChemCore bumper turret rated @ 1,000 lpm. The body incorporates 2 x spacious lockers per side housing a variety of fire-fighting equipment plus a comprehensive selection of battery operated ResQtec Electronic Direct Drive (EDD) rescue cutting gear. The front mounted Warn winch boasts a towing force of 5400 kg.

The RIV was supplied by Angloco Limited in the UK and fitted-out and finished in to this striking livery at their Batley West-Yorkshire factory; prior to being dispatched on the 8000 mile journey by sea to the South Atlantic.

For more information please visit www.angloco.co.uk

Photograph courtesy of SAFO Duane Stewart Falkland Islands Airport Fire & Rescue Service.

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