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 ? ?
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
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)
3 Crash Tenders 1 Station Officer
2 Land Rovers 2 Sub Officers
1 Personnel Carrier 4 Leading Firefighters
1 Rigid Inflatable Boat 14 Firefighters
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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