Fraser Tait

Fraser Tait, Firefighter, Wick John O’Groats Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I started in September 2017.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I did Higher PE in high school and then went to Edinburgh for a year to do a HNC in fitness, health and exercise, and if I wasn’t doing this I would probably be a PE teacher.

After my time in Edinburgh I was a lifeguard at Wick swimming pool for 3 years before I applied for the job as a firefighter at the airport. Once I was offered the job I had to go off and do a five week initial course in Aberdeen, followed by a lot of local onsite specific training.

What are your main responsibilities in your current role?

As well as being a Firefighter with its daily on-station duties, I also do grass cutting, snow clearing, de-icing, baggage handling, equipment tests and inspections, wildlife management and runway inspections. I see my career progressing here through continuing to learn new things, training and doing more job specific courses.

Are there any particular challenges?

Maintaining my competence in such a diverse role.

What do you love about your job at HIAL…

The banter in the crew rooms.

The only downside is…

There is no downside.

What would you say to someone who wanted to work in your role?

Make sure you have a high level of physical fitness.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

Going to the gym, socialising, watching football and spending time with family and friends.

What are your recommendations for someone visiting Wick?

For a night out, I’d suggest the Queens Bar and the Waterfront Nightclub. I’d also suggest watching local football and going swimming at the local pool.