KIA first airport to induct women firefighters 

KIA first airport to induct women firefighters 

KIA operator, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has inducted 14 women firefighters into its Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) squad. 

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has become the first airport to have a female contingent of firefighters. KIA operator, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has inducted 14 women firefighters into its Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) squad. 

Recruited from across Karnataka, the women are currently undergoing basic training at the airport. They will now travel to Kolkata for a four-month extensive training at the Airports Authority of India's Fire Service Training Centre, beginning March 11.

The representation of women in an airport firefighting squad marks a significant milestone in Indian aviation, BIAL said in a release. The augmentation of KIA's emergency preparedness is critical as the airport expands with a second runway and a second terminal becoming operational by 2021.