Huge investment in fire training
19 August 2011
Aberdeen’s Lord Provost Peter Stephen has this afternoon performed the official opening of the brand new Airport Fire Training Centre.
Situated on Forties Road, adjacent to the training ground, the new facility boasts brand new training rooms, students lounge and staff accommodation, and represents an investment in fire training to the tune of almost three quarters of a million pounds.
In 2010 the department trained 12,000 students in courses lasting from half a day to six weeks, and from areas throughout the UK and beyond. As a key provider of fire training in the UK, they have invested extensively over the years in realistic fire training scenarios to equip students with the skills and expertise they require to work in demanding industries.
Head of Commercial Training David O’Neill said: “Aberdeen Airport has had a dedicated training section for the last 12 years and we have been working in partnership with Falck Nutec providing fire training to the offshore oil/gas and marine industries. Recently we were delighted to be awarded Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved training provider status, delivering fire training to airport fire service personnel from the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Between the recent expansion of the training portfolio, and today’s opening of our new facility, the future is looking very bright.”
Airport Managing Director Derek Provan said: “This is an exciting time for the Fire Training team. The real strength in this department is it’s people, we have an incredibly dedicated training team who are experts in their field and bring a depth of experience that is unrivalled. With the opening of this new facility and the investment that represents, I am confident that this department will continue to grow”.
Aberdeen’s Lord Provost Peter Stephen said: “This centre is without doubt a fantastic addition to the training capability already on offer here. Already highly respected as a great training facility, the opening of this new centre will be the envy of others.”