The Ministry of Home Affairs and Ogle Airport Incorporated (OAI) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which sets out the professional arrangement between the operations of the Fire Service and the Ogle Airport.
The signatories were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Angela Johnson, and Chief Executive Officer and Project Coordinator of Ogle Airport Inc. Anthony Mekdeci.
The memorandum stipulates that Ogle Airport Inc. is required to, maintain and operate the airport in accordance with the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
And the Guyana Fire Service, under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is required to provide Rescue and Fire Fighting Services at and in the vicinity of the Ogle Airport in accordance with the Standards and Recommended Practices contained in ICAO Annex 14 Aerodromes and ICAO Doc 9137 Airport Services Manual — Rescue and Fire Fighting Services.
According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, the signing represents an historic occasion between the Fire Service and the Ogle Airport Corporation, with the parties having met to implement a framework agreement, which eventually became a MoU.
Adding that a lot of thought was placed into its preparation, the Minister said one could discern the vision of those who manage the airport. The Fire Service also shares that vision with respect to fire prevention and firefighting.
The Minister disclosed that a modern airport facility needs modern interventions, and as such Guyana is rapidly modernizing, as in all of the sectors that have a major stake in the development in the country.
“The aviation sector is no different….whether it is in terms of the facilities, or the actual aircraft, and the laws or regulations are part and parcel of a national modernization process that is taking place in the country.”
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