Rotorua Airport Emergency Service

Rotorua Airport’s Emergency Service is primarily responsible for responding to aviation related incidents in the local area. The Airport Emergency Service team also respond to any incident that may have an effect on the aerodrome including medical, general fire and hazardous substance emergencies. A wide range of airfield services is also performed to ensure ongoing compliance with Civil Aviation Rules, including runway inspections, assessing runway surface and visibility conditions, wildlife management, perimeter security and foreign object management.

The Airport Emergency Service operates on a roster system and covers 15 hours a day, 365 days a year, The airport’s fire station was built in 2018 and strategically located to enable full emergency response to any air-side location within three minutes of an alarm.

Rotorua Airport is rated Category 5 or Category 6 by request for rescue and firefighting purposes according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) classification. This means being suitably resourced to respond with a minimum of 2 vehicles, with a total capacity of 8,000 litres of water with a discharge rate of 4,000 litres per minute, along with 225kg of dry chemical powder (DCP) at 2.25kg per second.

The Rotorua Airport Emergency Service operates specialised, all-wheel drive aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles. The major foam vehicle being the Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 which is one of the most state-of-the-art firefighting vehicles available. This vehicle alone can discharge 7,000litres of water a minute and carries a water capacity of 7,500 litres.

As well as being on standby at Rotorua Airport, the rescue crews help in our community when needed. During the 2018 floods at Ngongotaha fire crews and appliances from the airport helped rescue people from their homes.

Insterested in a career in Airport Fire Rescue?

Careers in Airport Firefighting

You’ll need:

  • Ability to pass a medical and physical competency assessment
  • Ability to pass a CAA screening security check
  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people
  • Ability to adapt and maintain composure in all situations
  • Minimum class 2 learner driver’s licence

For more information please email Logan Charters-Leahy at

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