Serco has been the provider of a Fire & Rescue Service at Scatsta Airport since 1996. The airport is situated on the Shetland Islands with Scatsta being the most northerly operational airport in the British Isles. The airport accommodates approximately 300,000 oil related passengers every year.
The airport currently handles SAAB 2000 fixed-wing aircraft, operated by Eastern Airways from Aberdeen and Sikorsky 92 Helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC). Six S92 helicopters are based at Scatsta with a seventh on its way.

Scatsta Airport has the ability to accept Category 6 aircraft on request and have in the past regularly accepted BAE 146 jets as part of the IAC contract requirements.

The Fire Service team also provides:

• A permanent bird control presence on the airfield
• Runway and surface inspections as required
• Water Rescue response to our 1000m areas
• Winter Operations including snow clearing and aircraft de-icing
• Cover for all buildings on the airport responding to structural fire alarms calls.

The Serco Fire Service team at Scatsta provide CAT 5 Fire cover on a daily basis. There are currently 29 Fire fighters employed at Scatsta inclusive of a Senior Airport Fire Officer and Deputy. Shifts are broken down Into 3 watches of 9 with a minimum riding strength of 8 for CAT 5 with 3 major Foam tenders and 2 utility vehicles based on the airport. The Fire Service team also provide H2 Fire category for all maintenance operations as required by Bristow’s, 7 days a week.

The fire fighters are trained to Immediate Emergency Care Advanced Practitioner level which allows them to provide a first response on all life critical medical calls, both on aircraft and within the airport boundary.

When it comes to training, the Serco Fire Services team at Scatsta acquire initial and revalidation fire training at the International Fire Training Centre at Teesside.