The Jakarta Post
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) kicked off the operation of a second fire station at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Friday. The station is primarily intended as a backup for the existing station, particularly to tackle fires in non-flight infrastructure.
AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said that, even though the new fire station was mainly aimed at protecting the 1,800 hectares airport area, the fire trucks were also ready to be deployed to fires outside the Jakarta-serving airport.
Meanwhile, the airport’s operations and service executive manager, Djody Prasetyo, said the new fire station was needed to ensure airport services would not be completely disrupted should a fire affect a certain part of the airport.
“We will place the fire station's personnel in all passenger and cargo terminals,” Djody said.
The fire station is equipped with four fire engines, two of which have a capacity of 5,000 liters of water and 500 l of foam, while the other two can hold 8,000 l of water and 500 l of foam.
On Friday, the airport operator also officially launched a transit-oriented development (TOD) facility that included parking facilities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to reduce traffic congestion around the airport.
The facility, which has been in operation since March 1, can accommodate around 6,000 vehicles. It is connected by shuttle bus with the airport. Facilities like toilets and small business spots are available to serve airport workers and visitors. (ami/bbn)