Teesside Airport fire crew boosts its numbers and secures new engine

The facility has hired two new recruits in preparation for the summer and has secured a new fire engine for the site

Two new team members have joined Teesside International Airport’s on-site fire service, following the news that an extra fire engine has been secured for the northern gateway.

Amy Caldwell and Michael Hastings have been hired in preparation for the recovery of domestic air travel with Loganair and Ryanair later this year.

Michael previously worked with the Darlington and County Durham Fire Service. Amy also worked as a retained firefighter with the Consett Community Fire Service, as well as working at Teesside Airport.

Teesside International Airport
Photo Teesside International Airport 

Amy commented: “Working on just one site, albeit a big one, is a bit of a change to working in the community, but it’s a new challenge that I can’t wait to take on.”

There are now 21 firefighters working at the site, which is overseen by the fire service manager, Dave Rowland, who has worked at the airport for a total of 28 years.

One of the new firefighters will replace Sandy Gray, who is set to retire next month after 25 years of service. There will also be another recruitment drive in the coming months to replace Stuart Elliot, who has been at the airport for over 30 years.

“I’ve always said our airport is more than just flights to Alicante - as important and as popular as they are,” said Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor. “It needs to work for the good of our communities by also helping to create good-quality jobs, putting money in the pockets of local people and their families.

“As the airport starts to welcome new routes and destinations and an increase in passengers as part of its 10-Year Rescue Plan, we need to make sure it’s as safe and secure as possible, which is why these roles are so vital.”