Airport Fire Tender Needs Repairs

One of the two fire tenders at St Mary’s airport will need to be taken out of service while £16,000 of repairs are made to the vehicle.

The yellow foam tender has increasing amounts of rust in the cab structure, which will need to be fixed. The repair work will be performed by a local engineer.

Airport operations manager, Howard Cole, says the corrosion is due to the fact the vehicles are kept outside for much of the time while the airport is open. This leaves them exposed to the weather.

He said the local authority fire engine, which is the same age and model, and which is kept under cover, has minimal rust.

Plans recently announced to refurbish the airport include a covered area for the engines, which should reduce this problem in the future.

The standby, red appliance was also recently fixed to extend its life by a further two years and a replacement tender is being sought.