Rafik Hariri International Airport has added two new firefighting boats to its arsenal in the event of any future plane crashes:
The transfer of the boats by the Canadian company was overseen by Colonel Mohammad al-Hajj on behalf of the Lebanese Army, the head of airport safety Carl Rizq, ICAO’s representative Ron Burkle along with the representative of the airport’s fire department Ahmad Qamareddine.
Rizq said the two boats would be able to put out fires resulting from plane crashes in the sea with required speed, adding that every boat could accommodate 30 survivors. According to Rizq, every boat is equipped with radar that could spot people floating across a certain distance, a fact that would speed up the rescue process.
These million dollar Kingston 32 Patrol RIBs have a max speed of 40 knots (74km/h). The manufacturer, MetalCraft Marine, considers the transaction as a “sweet package“.