First woman firefighter at Chennai airport’s:
Remya Sreekantan has many firsts to her name, most recent being the first female firefighter of the Chennai International Airport. The appointment came on November 1, making her the first woman firefighter for an Airports Authority of India (AAI) airport in the southern region.
The 28-year-old who hails from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is the only woman to clear the firefighting recruitment test in the southern region.
After completing her training in September, Remya was posted in Chennai at the fire station attached to the city’s airport. As a part of the Airport Fire Service (AFS), Remya is involved in firefighting and manning the runways to ensure safe take-offs and landings of various aircraft during her 12-hour shift.
She said, Remya elaborated that working as a firefighter meant that she has to be mentally and physically alert at all times to respond to situations. “We only have a few minutes to respond and within that time, we are responsible for the lives of those who are arriving at the airport and have placed their trust and safety in us. I am happy that I am involved in being responsible for and saving their lives.