Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


75th Anniversary of Dublin Airport Fire & Rescue Service

President 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 Sabina, spoke at a ceremony and presented a specially commissioned medal to the airport’s 120 Fire Officers.

Gerry Keogh, Dublin Airport’s Chief Fire Officer showing The President around the Dublin Airport Fire Station

“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,” said Gerry Keogh, Dublin Airport’s Chief Fire Officer.

Dublin Airport’s own emergency service was established in the mid-1940s 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.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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