Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has procured sophisticated search and rescue equipment to boost its aeronautical search and rescue capability across the Nigerian airspace ahead of the planned resumption of flights in the country.
The various equipment which are being distributed among the nation’s Rescue Coordination Centers in Lagos, Kano and Rescue Subcenters in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Enugu, Ilorin, and Sokoto, include plotting facilities, communication facilities, medical supplies and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) documents among others.
The plotting equipment include workstations for digital plotting and topographical maps for manual plotting.
Communication equipment includes Very High Frequency (VHF) radios, High Frequency (HF) radios, megaphones as well as Search and Rescue dedicated satellite telephones which can work outside a network area.
Other items procured include multifunctional photocopiers, laptops, printers, professional torchlights, status boards, computer desktops and personal locator beacons.
While ICAO documents include IAMSAR Manual Volume 1,2 and 3 as well as Annex 12 Search and Rescue Preparation Manual.
Speaking on this development, Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu said the agency took steps to procure the equipment in order to enhance its preparedness and efficiency in Search and Rescue coordination in the event of any occurrence, especially given that the airports were about to be reopened to commercial activities.
Captain Akinkuotu also revealed that in addition to the facility upgrade, the agency recently recruited experienced Search Mission Coordinators to be on 24 hours watch at Rescue Coordination Centers and Rescue Subcenters.
He added that dedicated telephone numbers and email addresses of the above Search and Rescue centers have been published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).