- 75th anniversary of fire service
- medals presented to 120 Fire Officers.
Uachtarán Michael D Higgins visited Dublin Airport’s Fire Station to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its emergency services. The President, who was accompanied by his wife Sabena, spoke at a ceremony and presented a specially commissioned medal to the airport’s 120 Fire Officers.
Dublin Airport emergency service was established in 1943 with a part time fire chief, and two assistants, a carpenter and a storeman, who were presented with a fireman’s belt, an axe and military helmet. Today, Dublin Airport fire officers are highly trained and specialise in fire-fighting skills required for a full-scale aircraft emergency. Airport Fire Officers work full time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, even though there are no flight operations that day
Gerry Keogh Dublin Airport Chief Fire Officer said “our service has grown from very humble beginnings 75 years ago when we had about 15,000 aircraft movements and less than 100,000 passengers to 224,000 aircraft movements and almost 30m passengers in 2017.
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