Airservices Australia is to re-introduce an Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) and Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service (ARFF) at Port Hedland Airport, following increasing air traffic movements at the airport.
The AFIS provides pilots with directed traffic information, emergency services alerts, and local weather advice.
The aviation rescue and fire fighting services at the airport have two large Rosenbauer Mk8 fire fighting vehicles, currently housed in an interim fire station. A new fire station is to be built by mid-2014. Airservices previously operated an ARFF service at Port Hedland until it ceased in 2003, when a downturn in the resources sector caused a decrease in air traffic.
In response to increasing air traffic in WA caused by the expanding resources industry, Airservices recently re-established ARFF services and air traffic control towers at Karratha and Broome airports and is installing a radar at Paraburdoo.