Kirkwall AFS Award

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited firefighter has been presented with an award for excellence.

Kirkwall Airport Fire Service crew manager Scott Milne has been named as the top Breathing Apparatus Instructor of 2015 by the International Fire Training Centre (IFTC).  He was honoured at the annual Training Excellence Awards evening which took place at the Training Centre in July.

The IFTC, based at Durham Tees Valley International Airport is a world class aviation fire training centre, teaching firefighters from over 80 countries around the globe.  The Breathing Apparatus Instructor course is an intense two week training programme culminating in written, oral and practical tests, as well as an assessed presentation on a breathing apparatus subject.

Scott achieved a 100 per cent pass mark for the course.  Completion of this training allows him to instruct fellow members of the fire service crew at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited in the use of breathing apparatus. The team at Kirkwall Airport also provides firefighting training in conjunction with the Maritime Studies Department at Orkney College, a partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

George Farquhar, HIAL Chief Fire Officer, said: “I am delighted Scott has been recognised for his hard work and achievement. He has gained valuable knowledge from this course which can be passed on to colleagues at the airport Fire Service, as well as the delegates who attend our partnership training programmes.  HIAL is committed to the training and development of our people and we hope that Scott’s success will encourage members of the Fire Service team across all 11 Highlands and Islands airports to attend similar courses in the future.”

Scott has had an award winning career with the HIAL fire service to date, having previously been presented with three additional accolades from the IFTC.  In 2001, he was awarded top Basic Course student and in 2002, top Firefighter student. In 2011 he received a Special Achievement award after attending a Supervisor course. This was the third course he completed at the IFTC, achieving a 100 per cent pass mark in all.

A statement from the IFTC said: “The annual awards ceremony recognises and celebrates the excellence displayed by individuals during their training courses at IFTC. This excellence reflects technical competence, attitude and personal leadership qualities.  These awards recognise those individuals who stand out in an industry known for its professionalism and dedication to the service.”


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About HIAL

Kirkwall Airport is part of a network of 11 airports across Scotland, providing a vital transport link for remote communities such as Tiree, Shetland, Islay, the Outer Hebrides and Caithness. HIAL airports are regional hubs in their area, supporting everything from oil and gas helicopter operations to mail delivery and lighthouse maintenance, as well as passenger transit.

In 2015-16, the HIAL group handled more than 1.43 million passengers and now connects Scotland to more than 30 UK and international destinations including Amsterdam, Geneva, Bergen, London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with many passengers transferring on to numerous countries worldwide.

HIAL is headquartered in Inverness and employs approximately 600 people across Campbeltown, Islay, Tiree, Barra, Benbecula, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Wick John O’Groats, Inverness and Dundee airports.

About IFTC

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