Fraport Greece signed on Thursday an agreement with the Greek State to provide fire-fighting services at the 14 regional airports it will soon control and operate under a 40-year concession.
A total of 540 firemen will be deployed at the 14 airports by the Hellenic Fire Service (HFS) and the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), in accordance with national and international regulations and standards – including ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). Fraport Greece will pay 10.5 million euros per year for staff services, plus an annual management fee of 4 percent of this amount.
HFS will provide 502 firemen who will serve at 13 of the regional airports. Fraport Greece will also sign a separate contract with the Hellenic Air Force to provide 38 firemen at Aktion Airport, the fourteenth location.
Fraport Greece will also cover transfer costs of 800,000 euros for relocating fire-fighting staff to the various airports, as well as some 800,000 euros for replacing personal protection equipment (about 1,600 euros per firefighter). In addition, costs for the regular training of firefighters will be borne by the company.
As stipulated in the concession agreement, Fraport Greece is responsible for the provision of fire services at the regional airports, either directly or through a contracted professional fire-fighting organization.
“The high level of collaboration between Fraport Greece and the Greek State and, more importantly, the high professional standards of the Hellenic Fire Service (HFS) prompted Fraport Greece to expand cooperation with the State through this new contractual agreement,” the company said in a press release.
The deal was signed by Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalatos on the Greek side, and CEO Alexander Zinell and COO Ian Matheson for Fraport Greece.