We have a full-time team of fire fighters at Wycombe Air Park. When not training or maintaining their Rescue and Fire equipment the fire fighters are involved in running the ground services, refuelling, moving the 150 aircraft based here and general airfield maintenance. Their safety role is taken very seriously and the CAA use WAP RFFS as a model to other general aviation airfield operators nationwide.
The Rescue and Fire Fighting category at Wycombe Air Park is nominally Category 1, but can be increased to Category 2 and even Category 3 if required. Each of the two vehicles are independently capable of carrying the required amounts of fire fighting media and personnel. A spare vehicle is available for maintenance periods or breakdowns. During weekdays, two appliances are manned by four fire fighters plus one Low Category Aerodrome Junior Officer in charge. On weekends and Public Holidays, the manning is three fire fighters, one of which is generally a Junior Officer. The total complement of the RFFS consists of three Junior Officers and five fire fighters. The fire fighters are trained on site, whilst the officers receive their training at the Serco International Fire Training Centre at Teesside Airport. All training is compliant with both CAP 168 and 699 and is in accordance with CAP 605.
First aiders are trained by external paramedics with at least five fire fighters holding First Aid at Work Certificates in accordance with Health and Safety at Work regulations.
Fire training is carried out at Wycombe Air Park for other organisations including British Antarctic Survey and the Civil Aviation Authority's own inspection officers.