New fire-fighting vehicles for Scottish airports
26 September 2012
Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) in Scotland is to invest GBP 7 million in a major upgrade of its emergency fire-fighting vehicles. Existing equipment will be replaced by 20 new appliances at HIAL’s Scottish airports over the next five years. HIAL employs more than 200 hundred fire-fighters, the second largest aviation fire and rescue service in the UK. Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, said: “This investment will ensure that our airport fire service, one of the largest in the U.K., is even better equipped for the future, with a modern fleet of purpose built appliances. We are delighted to be working with ITURRI Group, a world leader in this technology, and look forward to progressing this ambitious project.” The U.K. CAA recently approved an application by HIAL to become the first airport operator in the UK to provide in-house, on-site training for its fire fighters. Until now, fire personnel at the group’s 11 airports have attended centralised, external residential courses.