Nigeria to take delivery of first automatic firefighting simulator
London, Jan. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, will soon take delivery of the country’s first automatic firefighting simulator, the Rector of the college, Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalami, has said.
According to him, the simulator, which will be installed in Zaria, is currently being built in the United Kingdom.
He said Nigeria had never had a firefighting simulator in spite of the number of firemen in the country.
Abdulsalami said, “All these years, we have been sending our firemen to Cameroon for training. So, this administration felt it is more economical for us to have our own simulator here in Nigeria and this decision was taken to house it in Zaria because we have the land. The simulator is being built in the United Kingdom.
“As you know, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has firemen in every airport and you can imagine the number of firemen that require training and retraining. We also expect people from the Federal Fire Service to make use of this simulator.”
He said the college also planned to incorporate some of its cabin crew training into the use of the simulator.
“You can simulate cabin fire, cabin smoke, lavatory smoke and the likes with this equipment. So, it is very ideal for us to have it in Zaria,” he said.
The Rector said the college was also working on acquiring a Boeing 737 simulator aircraft for pilots’ training.
He said the Federal Government initially planned to bring the simulator to Lagos when the contract was awarded, but later decided to relocate it to Zaria.
He said, “The simulator has been constructed, but it is waiting for shipment; it is too big to enter a container. So, when they bring it in the counter, they won’t be able to cover it. So, if they bring it in and the building is not ready, it would be exposed to the elements and that is why the manufacturer advised us not to expose it until the building is ready.
“This simulator is very sensitive to temperature and humidity and all the parts were made by Boeing. We believe that the simulator would be would be installed this year.”
He explained that since NCAT was named a Regional Training Centre of Excellence by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, it had become more visible worldwide.
“There are just few RTCEs in the world and it takes a lot of efforts and process before any institution is recognised as an RTCE. Now, when you have this status, it affords you the opportunity to develop courses in all the ICAO Annexes. We can also import courses from any part of the world that are ICAO approved courses and conduct them,” he said.