MASERU - Airlink and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Monday handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Rescue and Fire Fighting Personnel at the Moshoeshoe I International Airport, as part of efforts to ensure their safety against the Covid-19 pandemic while on duty.
July 28, 2020
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Airlink, ICAO handover PPE to airport fire fighters
Transport minister Tšoeu Mokeretla
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The equipment included helmets, proximity suits, boots and balaclava hats.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Minister of Transport Tšoeu Mokeretla said the equipment will go a long way towards helping the firemen to tackle fires with confidence knowing that they are also well-protected.
He was hopeful that the airport will be able to operate to its full potential, beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mokeretla therefore appealed to the two donors to meet the government halfway in refurbishing the airport to an international level.
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For his part, Airlink branch manager Tšepiso Kuoe said they cherish their relationship with the government the department of Civil Aviation, thereby pledging further support to the government in future.
Accepting the donation, director civil aviation Motsoaole Lesupi said due to financial constraints, they could not afford the PPE which costs over M50 000 per set, thereby appealing to the staff to ensure protection of the equipment.
Over M1 million was reportedly used to purchase the entire equipment.