Bengaluru International Airport appoints a squad of 14 women firefighters, first airport in the country to induct women
The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, inducted 14 women firefighters into its Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) squad. This announcement was made on the occasion of International Women's Day.
However, the squad had been inducted earlier in February 19 this year. With this, BLR Airport becomes the first Airport in the country to have women firefighters and probably the first Asian Airport to have a female contingent of this size.
Recruited from across Karnataka, the girls are currently undergoing basic training at the BLR Airport. They will travel to Kolkata for four-month extensive training at the Airports Authority of India's Fire Service Training Centre, beginning March 11.
The representation of women in an Airport firefighting squad marks a significant milestone in Indian aviation – a drastic transformation in the field that has been traditionally male-dominated.
With second Runway and Terminal 2 set to become operational in 2019 and 2021, respectively, this recruitment will further strengthen the BLR Airport’s emergency preparedness.