State-of-the-art Panther 8x8 airport fire fighting vehicle
Dresden International Airport invests heavily in meeting its safety requirements. For example, we invest in training and equipment for the airport fire brigade and the Winter Operations department on an ongoing basis. German Air Traffic Control is responsible for controlling all aircraft that take off and land at Dresden Airport. The air traffic controllers work in a modern tower where they coordinate all flight movements.
Airport fire brigade
Established in 2003, the airport fire brigade is located in the eastern part of the airport. The powerful fire engines can take the fire-fighters to any point on the airport grounds within three minutes. The fire brigade has 50 officers. The vehicle fleet consists of 12 vehicles, including the impressive Panther 8x8 fire engine. A large proportion of the call-outs are for the mobility service for the disabled. Tip: You can get a first-hand view of our fire-fighting vehicles on one of our guided tours.
Following the principle of 'ploughing, sweeping, blowing', the winter operations team clears snow and ice from the aircraft stands (245,000 m²), the runway (171,000 m²), the taxiways (90,600 m²) and the peripheral road (36,500 m²). The Winter Operations department operates round the clock in two shifts. The 140-strong team from the Traffic and Technology departments and the handling company PortGround GmbH are specially trained for winter deployment. Winter Operations is officially on standby from 1 November to 31 March.
Safety Management System
Operating safely in the interests of our customers and employees is the top priority in all commercial operations at Dresden International Airport. In order to achieve this, we operate a Safety Management System (SMS) which complies with the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). If you have any questions or comments on the Dresden International Airport SMS, please do not hesitate to contact us.
German Air Traffic Control (DFS)
The modern DFS air traffic control tower opened for business in the summer of 2005.
It is located directly on the airport apron and offers a much clearer view than its 70-year-old predecessor. Among its technical facilities is a state-of-the-art radar system.
The tower (including attachments) is 25 metres high. The air traffic controllers' eye height is 248 metres above sea level, and 21 metres above the ground.