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SIS - Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting

The essential task facing the Fire and Rescue Department personnel is to take the necessary action to deal with an aircraft accident and help anyone in a critical situation.Speed is essential in case of fire; passengers have to be extracted from the aircraft fuselage within the first few minutes after the accident.

In the event of an aircraft accident, the intervention team forms two groups:


A first group, in charge of firefighting, uses the following foam tenders:



Rosenbauer PANTHER - Foam tender (2015)

  • Rosenbauer 52.1400 8x8 swb
  • Engines : 2 x Volvo D16 Euro 5
  • Engine power : 1030 kW (1400 ch)
  • 16000 ltrs water / 2 x 1000 ltrs foam / 500 kg foam
  • Pump flow rate : 9000 l/min at 11 bar
  • Main monitor flow rate : 6000 l/min (3000 l/min)
  • Secondary monitor flow rate : 2400 l/min / powder : 9kg/s
  • Dimensions
  • L. x W. x H. : 11995 x 3000 x 3650 mm
  • Max. weight : 52000 kg

Rosenbauer PANTHER - Foam tender (1998)

  • MAN chassis / Rosenbauer superstructure
  • Engine 1000hp chassis + 336hp pump
  • 12000 ltrs water / 1600 ltrs foam
  • Pump flow rate 6100 l/min
  • Monitor flow rate 5000/2500 l/min

(Foto Brausch R.)


Ziegler Z8 - Foam tender (2008)

  • MAN chassis / Ziegler superstructure
  • Engine 1000hp chassis + 480hp pump
  • 12500 ltrs water / 1500 ltrs foam
  • Pump flow rate 10000 l/min
  • Monitor flow rate 6000/3000 l/min ;
  • Powder 500 kg ;
  • Powder/foam flow rate 2.200 l/min
    and 9 kg/sec

The required number of vehicles depends on the air traffic. Following the results of this analysis, Luxembourg airport is classified in category 9 (out of 10 categories). In turn, this classification establishes the minimum of 3 foam intervention vehicles that must be available at the airport.

Rescue team

A second rescue group starts evacuating unharmed passengers or those suffering from slight injuries as quickly as possible.

TLF 3000

TLF 3000 (2005)

  • Intervention and rescue tender
  • MAN chassis / Rosenbauer superstructure
  • Engine : 285hp
  • 3000 ltrs water / 400 ltrs foam
  • Front monitor 1.000 l/min
  • Pump: Rosenbauer N30 low/high pressure
  • Winch: ROTZLER HZ 05 : 50 kN
  • Extendible lighting mast : FIRECO 4 x 1000 Watt
  • Built-in generator : Rosenbauer 9BVE de 9 kVA
TLF 3000 TLF 3000

RW3-Kran (2012)

  • Rescue tender with crane and rescue platform
  • MAN chassis / Ziegler superstructure
  • Engine 440hp
  • Rescue platform : Tec-Hünert, working height 1,0-3,0m, capacity 3000kg
  • Winch : Treibmatic 50kN
  • Crane : Palfinger PK18002-EH (1140kg at 12,60m)
  • Generator : 40kVA
  • Extendible lighting mast : Xenon 6m

During an operation, the two groups are preceded by a command car to direct the intervention forces, after analysis of the situation on site.


BMW X1 (2011)

  • Command car
  • Enigne 2.0d 143cv
  • 4x4

BMW X5 (2010)

  • Command car
  • Engine 3.0d
  • 4x4

International standards define the actual intervention time to be 3 minutes, preferably 2 minutes after the start of the alarm. The time required to get the intervention trucks out is approximately 20 seconds, leaving around 1 minute 40 seconds to reach each end of the runway or any other part of the manoeuvring area.

In the event of an incident at the airport, the first 5 minutes are decisive if the intervention is to succeed.

To ensure this mission 24-hours/day, the department has 45 agents including 4 shift chiefs, a workshop chief, a deputy department chief and the department head. This number of operators means that there can be 7 or 8 firemen per shift.

Other missions

In addition to dealing with this primary task, the department also handles other missions, such as:

  • Maintenance (servicing and repair) of the entire administration vehicle fleet,
  • In Winter, measuring of the braking coefficient on snowbound or iced-up runways using a special vehicle (SAAB FRICTION TESTER); these measurements provide vital information for pilots,
  • Interventions in case of environment hazards (spillage of products like gasoline, oil etc,)
  • Direct presence during aircraft refuelling with passengers on board,
  • Training of airline personnel in firefighting 

Volvo Friction Tester

Volvo Friction Tester (2013)

  • Measures the runway breaking coefficient
Saab Friction Tester

Saab Friction Tester (1997)

  • Measures the runway breaking coefficient
  • Moteur 2.3 170hp
Véhicule d´intervention

Nissan Navara (2008)

  • All terrain vehicle
  • Engine 2.5 Diesel 170hp
  • 4x4
Véhicule d´intervention

Deutz Agrokid 230 (2010)

  • Decontamination equipment

Removal of accidential immobilized aircraft

Luxembourg Airport is equipped to be able to remove light and medium cases of accidentally immobilized aircraft on or off runway. This equipment includes lifting bags, other lifting and towing equipment as well as terrain reinforcement mats.


WLF (2013)

  • Scania P380 - WLF
Matériel divers


The Fire and Rescue Department personnel have CATP professional training, in the mechanical and locksmith’s trade fields, enabling them to service the airport administration vehicles.

The department personnel are on permanent alert basis in order to act immediately in case of an emergency, even if agents are already assigned to specific professional tasks.