Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer0
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.
“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.