On December 13, 2023, the Fortaleza Airport Fire Station, officially known as the 6th Company of the 1st Firefighter Battalion (6ª Cia/1º BBM – aerodrome), marked its 31st anniversary with a ceremony held within its premises at the Fortaleza International Airport.
This significant event was attended by high-ranking officials, including the General Commander of the Ceará State Military Fire Brigade (CBMCE), Colonel José Cláudio Barreto de Sousa, and other civil and military authorities.
The 6th Cia/1º BBM, established on December 1, 1992, initially operated under the Base Aérea de Fortaleza as a Firefighting Platoon (PCI).
It later evolved into the Firefighting Section (SCI) under the CBMCE.
The station’s operations were taken over by INFRAERO in 1994 and subsequently by Fraport Brasil S.A. in 2018.
A cooperation agreement in 2018 and its renewal in December 2022 have solidified the station’s role, with 57 military firefighters, including 6 officers and 51 enlisted personnel, specializing in aeronautical rescue and providing excellent service to society.
The anniversary ceremony was also an occasion to honor the dedication and service of the military personnel and civilians who have contributed to the station’s mission.
Commendations were awarded, and the history of the 6th Company was recounted.
The event was further highlighted by the performance of the Brazilian National Anthem and the Firefighter’s Song by the CBMCE Music Band.
The anniversary celebration included the first military parade at the station.
The parade, led by 2nd Lieutenant QOABM Alexandre, featured two platoons representing aircraft rescue and firefighting, commanded by Sublieutenants Paulo and Luciano, respectively.
This marked a historic moment for the 6th Cia/1º BBM.
The event concluded with a coffee break, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among the attendees and unit members, emphasizing the importance of unity and collaboration in the fire service.
The 31st anniversary of the Fortaleza Airport Fire Station is more than a celebration of longevity; it symbolizes the evolution and advancement of fire services in the region.
Established during a time when fire services were less specialized, the station has grown into a critical unit specializing in aeronautical rescue and firefighting.
The continued partnership with entities like INFRAERO and Fraport Brasil S.A. reflects an effective public-private collaboration, ensuring the station’s operational effectiveness and relevance in the modern context.