PRESTWICK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FIRE SERVICE

 

Perstwick airport first opened as a grass airport  on the 1st May 1935. It stayed as a grass airport until the 1st October 1941when it opened as an airport with a runway. The main runway is 31 and in 1952/53 a short runway was built. The main runway used to cross the main road at the beach end and traffic on the main road used to be stopped to allow the planes to land or take off.

 

Stations

1935 Orangefield House?
? to 1964 Slightly north and west of present station.
1964 to To the north of Runway 31.                           Photo

 

Senior Airport Fire Officer

 

2005 to        D.O. McKerrell

 

Appliances

 

1980s          RSD976Y         Metro Car     (SAFO's car)

 

  FIRE 1 FIRE 2 FIRE 3 FIRE 4 FIRE7 SPARE
1999 M45ASJ C803XDG (Fire 10) A380JDD (Fire 3) A381JDD (Fire7) A583BUF (Fire 5)  
2005 L49VYS SG52XHK SG52XHJ SG52XLK M45ASJ WFG862Y

 

WFG862Y Gloster Saro Javelin CrT
A380JDD Gloster Saro Javelin CrT
A381JDD Gloster Saro Javelin CrT
A583BUF Gloster Saro Javelin CrT
C803XDG Gloster Saro Simon Meteor RIV
L49VYS Land Rover Discovery  
M45ASJ Toyota Hilux 2.4D  
SG52XHJ Carmichael Cobra 2 CrT
SG52XHK Carmichael Cobra 2 CrT
SG52XLK Carmichael Cobra 2 CrT

Appliance Photos.

 

Notes

 

? to 31/3/1992 British Airports Authority
1/4/1992 to ? Prestwick International Airport
? to Infratil Airports Europe Limited (IAEL) 

 

Prestwick is a CAT 7 airport and can be upgraded to CAT 9 by bringing in 3 staff to man the spare appliance which takes on the call sign FIRE 6. Each watch has eleven staff, with a minimum of nine on duty to man the appliances

FIRE 2    3 (Watch Commander +2)
FIRE 3    3 (Sub + 2)
FIRE 4    2 (Watchroom attendant + his relief)
FIRE 7    1 (L/Ff)

In the event of a fire in the Terminal building Fire 7 is sent to investigate along with Fire 3, they will deal with the incident until the arrival of the Local Authority Brigade when they will hand over the incident to them as their primary concern is the aircraft and if they stay to deal with the fire the Category of the airport has to be downgraded and a NOTAM issued resulting in a pilot having to decide to land with reduced fire cover or divert to another airport.

Establishment 2005

1 Divisional Officer
5 Station Officers
5 Sub Officers
5 Leading Firefighters
27 Firefighters

Total 43 Staff

 

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