Benbecula and Stornoway airports have each received two new fire tenders in the first phase of a £7 million (€8.7 million) roll out of the new high-tech fire appliances.
The new fleet has been purpose built to HIAL’s technical specifications, ensuring they meet the diverse needs of the group’s 11 airports, which include a mix of island, coastal and city airports.
Following a competitive tender process, ITURRI Group, was commissioned to build the new appliances, which will include a mix of 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles.
As well as offering greater reliability, the new vehicles will also conform to the latest EU emission standards, and are expected to have a life expectancy of 20 years.
Inglis Lyon, managing director of HIAL, says: “The HIAL airport fire service is one of the biggest in the UK, serving 11 airports across Scotland. It is essential that our professional team of fire fighters have access to the latest technology and the most up to date equipment.
“This investment over five years will ensure that they are even better equipped to tackle emergency situations, if and when they occur.”
Nigel Cresswell of ITURRI, says the firm is pleased to have been awarded the “prestigious” contract, which is one of the largest among European airports for the supply of fire tenders.
“Working closely with the HIAL team during the design stages to adapt our standard vehicle to meet HIAL requirements has delivered a vehicle second to none and we look forward to a long relationship with HIAL where we will provide support throughout the life of the vehicle,” adds Cresswell.