1 Crash Tender, 2 Rapid Intervention Vehicles.





War years                            West End of the Airport

? to ?                                     Old Hanger west of Terminal building

1984? to                                3 Bay station west end of Terminal Building                    Photo



Officer in Charge




? to 2003                                Station Officer Ian MacLeod

31/7/2003 to                          Station Officer Jim Currie






                Fire 1                      Fire 2                      Fire 3                      Ops 1                      Ops 2                      Ops 3                      ATV             FRC


1995       K520LST                K524NAS              B162SRJ                  ?                            SV02LHA              T291XAS               SYY007

2007       K520LST                J108ODF                                                T291XAS              SY05NHJ                                                                       Jet Ski

2011       K520LST                J108ODF                                                SY05NHE              SY08SHX

2015       SY14HCC               SY14HDN                                              ?                              ?




                B162SRJ                                                                                                                CrT

                                                Land Rover 110                                                                    Runway inspections, Bird Scaring

                J108ODF                Simon Gloster Saro Protector MK 2 4x4                           RIV

                K520LST               Simon Gloster Saro Highlander Protector MK2 4x4        RIV

                K524NAS              Simon Gloster Saro Highlander Protector MK2 4x4        RIV

                T291XAS              Land Rover Defender Pickup                                              Ops 3

                SV02LHA              Ford Transit LWB                                                                Personnel Carrier

                SY05NHE              Land Rover 110 Station wagon                                          Ops 1

                SY05NHJ               Land Rover 110                                                                     GVP OP

                SY08SHX              Mitsubishi L200 Work Pickup                                            Ops 2

                                               Red Bay Stormforce 6.4 Rescue Boat                                 RIB

                                               Yamaha Jet Ski                                                                       FRC
                SY14HCC              Iturri "T" 4x4                                                                         CrT

                SY14HDN              Iturri "T" 4x4                                                                         CrT






1998                        Highlands & Islands Airports Fire Service


This was a CAT4 airport until October 2002 when it was upgraded to CAT5


Seven of HIAL's 11 airports have water rescue provision, including rescue crafts, a jet ski and a mud rescue team. They are at Sumburgh, Barra, Benbecula, Dundee, Islay, Kirkwall and Stornoway.

(The Aberdeen Press and Journal, 24/10/2019)




Establishment 2003


                                3 Crash Tenders                                                                   1 Station Officer

                                2 Land Rovers                                                                      2 Sub Officers

                                1 Personnel Carrier                                                               4 Leading Firefighters

                                1 Rigid Inflatable Boat                                                         14 Firefighters

                                1 Ambulance


The establishment is split into two shifts, one works 7-15 to 14-15 Monday to Friday and 7-15 to 17-15 on a Saturday. The other shift works 13-45 to 20-45 Monday to Friday. The shifts alternate weekly. A mix of the shifts works 12-15 to 18-15 on a Sunday. In addition there is a rota for Ambulance flights when 3 men are called out to man 1 Machine at any time the airport is closed. The crew work an average 40 hour week.


The minimum crew is six at present manning 2 Crash Tenders 3 + 3. This minimum will increase to seven on 1/9/2003 manning 2 Crash Tenders 3 + 3 + 1.

The RIB when required is manned by Fire 2 crew. The RIB is towed by a tractor W5.

If the incident is on soft ground and the ATV (W7) is required it is manned by 1 firefighter from Fire 2, it tows a trailer with 8 flaked lengths, Standpipe, Key & Bar and a branch.

There is also an Emergency Support Unit (Tow A Van trailer). The Ambulance is used as a First Aid vehicle at incidents if required until the Scottish Ambulance Service arrive, it is not used for Air Ambulance flights.






If you know of any mistakes in this or have any additional information please let me know.





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