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The Leipzig/Halle Airport fire brigade

Since the 9th of October 1997, the airport fire service has been recognised as a plant fire brigade. In, currently, two fire stations about 100 full-time and 64 part-time firemen are employed. The plant fire brigade at Leipzig/Halle Airport is responsible for active and preventive fire protection, for technical assistance including flight operations safety (also on the areas of the airport used by DHL). The plant fire brigade is supported in this by at least six workers from the Leipzig DHL hub. 

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Duties of the works fire service

Ensuring air traffic safety in accordance with ICAO 

According to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Leipzig/Halle Airport belongs to fire protection category 10. Therefore the ICAO has set the following requirements (Annex 14):

  • mobile water volume: 32,200l; ejection rate per minute: 11,200l; thereof first vehicle 50 per cent of ejection rate
  • additional extinguishing material powder: 450kg
  • minimum three main extinguishing vehicles; reaction time: max. 3 minutes

Preventive and active fire protection

  • Provide fire protection technical advice for building projects Prepare and update fire regulations
  • Conduct fire regulation compliance inspections
  • Prepare and verify evacuation procedures

Technical assistance

  • Clear spilled fuel
  • Assist with traffic accidents
  • Clear dangerous materials
  • Free people from jammed lifts
  • Support work at high levels with the Universal fire-fighting vehicle (ULF)


  • Regular theoretical and practical training
  • Two- monthly exercises per watch department
  • Two “hot” exercises per year
  • One breathing protection exercise per year (ASÜ)
  • Every two years a major exercise
  • Training of volunteer personnel of the works volunteer fire service in accordance with fire service regulation 2/2 (basic training, ongoing training)

Other duties

  • Fire protection technical safety for fuelling of aircraft
  • Maintain, care for and test breathing apparatus
  • Clean working and special clothing
  • Responsibility for visitor tours of the fire stations
  • Hydrant inspections
  • Inspect and maintain hand-held extinguishers
  • Hose washing and inspection and repairs for local fire services
  • Fire extinguisher training for airport personnel and other firms
  • Create action and rescue plans Issue welding authorisations
  • Fire protection inspections before events
  • Fire protection lectures
  • Support winter road clearance service

Airport fire service vehicles

Fire engines

2 Rosenbauer "Panther" FLF 14000/1000

"Panther" FLF 14000/1000"Panther" FLF 14000/1000Technical data:

  • Water: 12,500l
  • Foam unit: 1,500l
  • Fire-fighting powder: 1,000kg
  • Pump capacity : 8,000 l/min

3 Rosenbauer "Panther" FLF 11000/500

"Panther" FLF 11000/500"Panther" FLF 11000/500Technical data:

  • Water: 10,000l
  • Foam unit: 1,300l
  • Fire-fighting powder: 500kg
  • Pump capacity: 6,000 l/min

Airfield fire engine “Pegasus”

With the introduction to service of the large new fire engine “Pegasus”, the airport fire service fleet has been extended to a total of six vehicles, which can employ both water and foam. Consequently the requirements of the international civil aviation authorities (ICAO) with regard to the operational start of the DHL freight hub in 2008 have been fulfilled.

The special feature of this fire engine is its foam unit “One Seven”. Thanks to a special high pressure process, seven foam bubbles are produced from each drop of water. This process spares resources, gives the foam a high cling factor and prevents water damage as a result of fire extinguishing activities.

The name “Pegasus” comes from the project title of the DHL establishment.

Airfield fire engine “Pegasus”Airfield fire engine “Pegasus”Technical data:
Motor power: 1,000 PS
Light mast height: 6m
Production year: 1999
Water tank: 12,500l
Foam tank: 2 x 750l, 1 x 150l “One Seven”
Rapid deployment: right 80m high-pressure extinguishing unit, left 60m »One Seven«
Normal pressure pumps: 8,000 l/min at 10 bar
High pressure pumps: 300 l/min at 40 bar
Roof monitor: 6,000 l/min – projection distance 80m
Front monitor: 1,900 l/min – projection distance 50m
Self-protection equipment: 10 ground spray jets with 140 l/min each
Power generator: 9 kVA

Station: Fire Station East

Universal fire engine ULF 4500/500 crane on MAN 6 x 4

Universal fire engines are used for fighting vehicle fires and in buildings at the airport. For technical assistance lifting cushions of various sizes as well as hydraulic rescue devices (spreaders/cutters) are stored in the vehicle. In this way, the fire service is in a position to conduct high as well as low level rescues.

A 12 kVA generator and a reel (5/10 KN) with a 65m-long tow rope complete the equipment.

Universal fire engine ULF 4500/500Universal fire engine ULF 4500/500Technical data:

  • Motor power: 364 PS
  • Water tank: 4,500l
  • Foam tank: 500l
  • Nominal rescue height: 22m
  • Pump capacity: 4,000l at normal pressure, 400l at high pressure

Station: Fire Station West

Lead vehicle Mercedes Benz Sprinter - ELW II

  • Lead vehicle Mercedes Benz SprinterLead vehicle Mercedes Benz SprinterWithdrawn lead unit
  • 2 computer-workstations with cult system
  • Infra-red camera with radio transmission system
  • Camera for improved monitoring of operation area
  • Management system "Sachsen"

Power: 95 kW

Station: Fire Station West


Personnel carrierPersonnel carrierTransport for part-time fire service to operation area


  • 4 compressed air breathers
  • Small fire-fighting appliances

Power: 45 kW

Station: Fire Station West

Variable loader

Variable loaderVariable loaderBasic vehicle for the MAN-V and hose container

Power: 209 kW

Station: Fire Station West


MAN-V rescue container

Equipped to erect a triage, caring for 32 casualties

MAN-V rescue containerMAN-V rescue containerLoading:

  • 3 petrol generators
  • 5 rescue tents
  • 5 container units type 4
  • 10 paramedic rucksacks
  • 24 oxygen bottles
  • 45 stretchers
  • Stretcher supports
  • Transfusion stands
  • Compressor for lighting tower
  • Trolley with Sirius rescue blankets and disposable sheets
  • Disposable medical gowns, chemical protection clothing
  • Body bags
  • Tent heating units with 2 warm air hoses
  • Bandages Freezer, refrigerator
  • Vacuum matresses
  • Breathing protection "Breathe Easy"
  • Dekon-P equipment
  • Scoop strechers

Station: Fire Station West

Hose container

Bridging of long distances for water supply/prevention of water pollution

Hose containerHose containerLoading:

  • Inductor Z 4
  • Inductor Z 8 Compressed air foam nozzle 8/11
  • Adjustable foam nozzle S 4 - M 4
  • Spray jets 200/600
  • 2 TS 8 F
  • Hose for oil containment
  • ÖKO-TEK system
  • 3,000m hose material = 164 B- pressure hoses
  • Flexible pipe

Station: Fire Station East

Logistics equipment vehicle

A vehicle for transporting materials in mesh boxes (pumping equipment, binding material, flow control technology) and fire extinguishing containers as well as the daily transport of equipment etc. between fire stations.

Logistics equipment vehicleLogistics equipment vehicleTechnical data:

  • Production year 2005
  • Cubic capacity 4,580
  • Chassis: MAN L 2000
  • Assembly: GFG Halle/Saale
  • Tail lift: MBB 1000

Station: Fire Station West

Small fire engine Mercedes Vito 114

For extensive fire-fighting in single levels of a multi-story parking garage, usable as a mobile section leader.

Small fire engine Mercedes Vito 114Small fire engine Mercedes Vito 114Technical data:

  • Motor power: 141 PS
  • High pressure extinguishing system: 250 bar
  • Water tank: 125l
  • Production year: 1999
  • 4 hydraulic vehicle wheel lifts "GOJAK" 6000
  • Load bearing capacity : 550kg each
  • High power fans TYPHOON 21W10
  • High pressure extinguishing system: HDL 250
  • Power generator: 2.2 kVA
  • Management systems, fax and mobile telephone

Station: Fire Station West

Rescue transport vehicle

Rescue transport vehicle

With the start of operations on the new Runway South both runways were allocated individual jurisdiction, the purchase of a second rescue transport vehicle was necessary.

Rescue transport vehicleRescue transport vehicleType:

  • Mercedes Benz Sprinter 515 CDI
  • Specially adapted for the works fire service of Leipzig/Halle Airport in accordance with DIN EN 1789 Type 3


  • Stretcher system
  • ECG equipment
  • Respirator

Station: Fire Station West

Rescue transport vehicle

The rescue transport vehicle is the works fire service emergency rescue vehicle. It is used to care for emergency patients and, if necessary, to transport them to the clinic.

Rescue transport vehicleRescue transport vehicleTechnical data:

  • Motor power: 110 PS
  • Production year: 1996

Station: Fire Station East



  • a total of approx. 4,800 deployments per year thereof:
  • approx. 40% technical assistance
  • approx. 33% disabled transport service
  • approx. 27% et al. prevention and active fire protection, rescue operation


  • About 100 full-time firemen
  • Leader of works fire service
  • Deputy leader of works fire service
  • Three leading firemen
  • Six platoon leaders
  • Twelve group leaders
  • Six control operators
  • 15 rescue assistants
  • Twelve paramedics
  • 41 firemen and machine operators
  • Up to 100 part-time firemen


  • Seven airfield fire engines for aircraft fire protection
  • Three command vehicles VW Caddy
  • One command vehicle VW Passat
  • Two fire engines for building fire-fighting
  • One logistics equipment vehicle
  • One equipment vehicle for dangerous goods
  • Two rescue vehicles
  • One ambulance
  • Two fire engines for part-time firemen (DHL Fire Guard and Airport Fire Department)
  • Two manpower transport vehicles
  • One small tanker fire engine for the part-time firemen