New services to begin in December 2020
Serco Middle East has won an expansion contract on the Middle East Logistics and Base Support Services (MELABS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The expansion will see Serco operate Rescue and Firefighting Services (RFFS) at the ADF logistics base in the UAE.
The new service is slated to begin in December 2020, for an initial 13-month period, in support of the ADF Joint Task Force and coalition partners located at the Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB), a statement said.
As per the statement, Serco will be responsible for the emergency response capability including airfield rescue and firefighting services, structural rescue and firefighting; road accident and personnel rescue; and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incident response. The operation and provision of these services will be on a continuous 24-hour basis with a response capability of handling multiple incidents simultaneously.
“We are delighted to be expanding our contract with Australian Defence Force in the Middle East, who we have been supporting in the Middle East for nine years. We have clearly demonstrated the enhanced operational effectiveness and cost efficiencies and flexibility that will be achieved by ADF in outsourcing these critical services to Serco,” said Phil Malem, CEO of Serco Middle East.
The new RFFS is said to add to Serco’s long term-partnership with Australian Defence Force and current presence at their Middle East logistics base. The firm says it already provides 21 different service lines across base operations, hospitality and support services.
Commander Corrine Court from Australian Defence Force added, “The safety of ADF personnel is unquestionably our top priority in all our operations and having a robust and reliable Rescue and Firefighting (RFFS) services is critical to the operations at our logistics base in the Middle East.”