Serco and Dubai Airports to boost Emiratis in frontline fire service roles

Posted on 24 June, 2022 by Advance 

Serco is working with Dubai Airports to boost Emiratis in frontline roles with a fire services training programme.


Trainee fire fighters.
Courtesy Serco

As part of the training, the trainees undertook Serco’s intensive eight-week firefighting training programme.

This was provided through Serco’s award-winning International Fire Training Centre, now firmly established in the Middle East, using Dubai Airports Fire Training Ground, located at DWC.

These ICAO certified airport initial firefighter courses use global best practice and will ensure the Emirati firefighting team at Dubai International (DXB) are trained to the highest industry and professional standards and ready to respond to any possible emergency.

Twenty three trainees have already graduated and Dubai Airports is actively recruiting the next cohort of Emiratis to join its world class firefighting team.

Leigh Cockman, Fire Rescue Services Training Manager, said “In line with the UAE’s national agenda and with nationalisation as a core element of Serco’s strategy, we are proud to be making a difference and developing the firefighters of the future to protect citizens, residents and visitors to the UAE.”

Dubai Airports maintains one of the largest airport fire services departments in the world across two airports. The department is fully equipped with a fleet of Aviation Rosenbauer vehicles armed with the latest aircraft firefighting technologies and safety controls, domestic vehicles,  MICC (Mobile incident Command vehicle) to monitor incidents,  water tankers, as well as  rescue stairs vehicles at each location.

Majed Al Joker, Dubai Airports Chief Operating Officer, said: “This initiative is aligned with the UAE’s national agenda and is part of Dubai Airports’ broader commitment to support our Emiratisation goals while empowering young Emirati leaders to compete and become part of the workforce at one of world’s most important aviation hubs.”

UAE nationals seeking to apply to join the Dubai Airports fire services training programme can access the application here: