Have you wondered what happens if a plane were to catch fire? If pieces of plane wreckage were to fall into the sea? Or if a plane were to run aground? Don’t worry, the Airport Emergency Service (AES) team at Changi Airport is always on standby to handle any emergencies.
Find out what they are capable of in this video starring Singapore artiste Michelle Chia!
Q: Does the AES equipment differ in any way from that of the gear found at the usual fire station?
Yes, as it is expected to respond to large-scale emergencies, such as aircraft fires. AES has an impressive fleet of 10 emergency response vehicles. These include the Oshkosh Striker Foam Tender, which has the capacity for 10,000 litres of foam and 12,000 litres of water; a flight of emergency air stairs, designed to reach the upper deck of an A380 plane; and a high reach extendable turret, which can pierce through the hull of an aircraft to disperse dry chemical foam to put out fires.
Q: What emergencies can AES handle?
AES can handle all rescue and fire protection services. It even has a Sea Rescue Base comprising highly-trained divers who can conduct search and rescue missions on high waters.
Q: If there’s an emergency at the airport, how fast can the AES team reach the site?
Two minutes, and you can expect the firemen to be suited and ready.
Watch the video above to see the AES team in action.