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Airport Fire Service gives back

18/03/2010

As 2010 draws to a close, staff at Aberdeen Airport Fire Service have been reflecting on a record year for community engagement.

Over the past 12 months, more than 30 visits and shows have been facilitated this year with groups from right across the local community learning more about being a fire-fighter at an airport.

Groups from children’s groups to cancer charities have all benefitted from visits this year, and the programme is going from strength to strength.

Hamish Robertson is one of the airport Station Managers. He said “We have taken appliances to charity events where children have been able to have a drive in a fire engine and we have completed numerous static displays. These have been for the likes of the local Dyce Rotary Club and in conjunction with Grampian Police for disadvantaged children.

“We have had visitors from Germany, organised local groups including Hazelhead Academy, Turriff Ladies Circle, Aberdeen Advanced Motorists & Culter Cub Scouts. We even had an RAF Charity Cycle team turning up unannounced that were cycling the country visiting old RAF bases on the way and the airport ended up on their Twitter site that day.

“We have ‘donated’ station visits and a high speed run down the runway as raffle prizes to local cancer charities. No matter who we are working with, these are all very rewarding for our guys.”

The work doesn’t stop there, with Christmas round the corner crews are preparing to provide fire cover this month to a Bond helicopter delivering Christmas presents to the children who will be in hospital over the festive season.

Just some of the feedback received this year:

  • “It was the best raffle prize we have ever won”
  • “It has been the best Ladies Circle meeting I have ever been to”

All of the time given by the AFS team for off-station visits is entirely voluntary.

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