The Emergency Airstairs features smart docking technology, allowing automated stairs deployment.
Another addition to the fleet is the new and upgraded Emergency Airstairs (EAS). The EAS can reach heights of up to 8.45 metres high for firefighters to access wide-body aircraft such as the A380, and as low as 3.2 metres to access smaller aircraft. During emergencies, the EAS is not only used for AES officers to enter the aircraft for search and rescue missions, but can also be used for passenger disembarkation.
New to its capabilities, the EAS features a smart docking technology, which enables automated stairs deployment. In the past, an AES officer had to manually guide the docking process. Now, the officer only needs to select the specific aircraft type in the system, and the EAS can automatically dock to the preset height of the aircraft. Manpower can thus be channelled to more time-critical tasks in rescue and firefighting operations.
Attracting the best talent
At the heart of the AES is the team of firefighters and staff who work tirelessly to ensure they are ready for any emergency. As Changi Airport prepares for the opening of Jewel and new developments, AES is set to expand its team of over 500 firefighters, specialists and officers. Hence, the AES Open House was organised to introduce the public to the newly commissioned vehicles and the inner workings of the elite emergency service serving the world’s best airport.