Airport firefighters cross the Channel from Bordeaux to train in England

Published:  25 March, 2014

Refresher training takes place at Durham Tees Valley airport. 

All airport fire crews must complete refresher training every three years, and these firefighters gained permission to do so at Serco’s International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) from the French civil aviation authority (Directorate General for Civil Aviation).

The firefighters from Bordeaux spent four days updating their theoretical knowledge and practical skills at the centre, which is based at Durham Tees Valley airport in the north east of England.

Serco recently recruited a team of five French aviation fire specialists to ensure the French firefighters’ needs were well-served and understood. In addition, last year it invested £850,000 in two new Sides S3X fire appliances.

IFTC currently trains 10,000 delegates from 80 different countries each year but this is the first time it has worked with French airport firefighters. According to Serco, it represents a significant development for the centre and there are plans to further increase export sales in Europe during 2014 and beyond.

Serco’s Gary Watson, Business Operations Manager for the IFTC commented: “The IFTC is number one in the UK and has enjoyed steady growth in international sales over the past five years. By further investing in our equipment and people, we are delighted to be able to extend our offer to French airports and offer a fresh choice in accredited aviation fire training. We’ve already had strong commitments from a number of customers in France and we look forward to welcoming them in increasing numbers throughout 2014. ”

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