The history of the Fire and rescue

Fire- and rescue Fighter Wing

Education-firecrew/fire sergent

Assignments - crew - duty

International Duty

Fire- and Rescue Service Fighter Wing Skrydstrup the primary task of the Fire- and Rescue service at Fighter Wing Skrydstrup is to rescue lives at aircraft accidents, buildings on fire, road accidents, accidents with dangerous substances and other sorts of accidents


The history of Bor the Fire and rescue

The establishment of Fire- and Rescue service of Flyvestation Skrydstrup began at the end of the forties, during the build-up of the flight stations. The exact date of the establishment of the Fire- and Rescue service at Flyvestation Skrydstrup could not be determined at the stations twenty year old birthday, and therefore was opted the tenth of August, and this day has been kept as the stations birthday. The fourth of July would have been more correct, since on this day was one fenrik and some corporals commanded to Skrydstrup in order to an establishment of the fire- and rescue service.By the end of July the station was established with 1 fenrik, 1 excessive sergeant, 8 corporals, 1 math and 26 draftees. In all 37 persons. The building facilities consisted of a smaller farm, which later was rebuilt and extended to the present fire station.

 At the farm that was converted to a fire station, was a tablet that described the history of the property during two hundred years. During this period it was owned by the family Schmidt. Among others it had been burned down a few times, and the last owner, Theodor Schmidt, was forced to transfer it to the germans in 1943. 1. May 1945 the Royal Air Force took control with the property until November 1945, where it became a CBU-station until the end of 1947.The equipments, which in the beginning consisted of 1 fire engine, 1 tube tender and 1 ambulance was rented at Gentofte Fire-fighting Service and Falck.The beginning was characterized by primitive conditions and poor means, but it rested on a foundation of idealisms and pioneer spirit.The present station was build/rebuild in the year 1955, and the fire- and rescue service was for a year installed partly in tents and partly in Squadron 730`B-flight. The latest extension, the big garage, was built in 1965.


Fire- and rescue Fighter Wing Skrydstrup

When plane crashes accur, the fire- and rescue service consist of an ambulance and a rescue helicopter. The functions are already called out before the plane is on final approach, then we have the time necessary to prepare our rescueing mission.

When other on base emergencies happen, only the fire- and rescue service and the infirmeri are called upon.

The crew on the ambulance is always a doctor or nurse.


Education-firecrew/fire sergent

Education as aircrafts fireman and

To function at the fire-and rescue service, one has to have basic- and function education in fire fighting. One are able to take this education at the Danish Ministry of Society support. If you meet these qualifications and are hired by RDAF, then you get 8 weeks education in aircraft fire. Annualy every fire fighter have 120 hours of education


After several years of duty, you can apply for    which is the same as     in civil.

Education as fire sergent
If one has to function as a fire sergent, you have to go thru sergent school in the RDAF, before one can start at the specific fire fighting education. The education take place at the Danish ministry of society support. And consists of a fire sergent, followed by a first and second part. Finally one has get a past an aircraft part also. There are requeret proceeding education as drill sergents in the RDAF.


After several years of duty, you can apply for fire sergent which is the same as fire chief in civil.



Assignments - Crew - Duty

The fire- and rescue service have following priorities of tasks:

- Save people/plane crash/building fire.
- Minimize damages on planes
- To put out building fire
- To minimize toxic- and fuel pollution
- To keep the runways clear of dirt and snow etc.
- To keep the air space above the runway clear of birds.
- Vehicle maintendence

Fire- and rescue service consists currently of 28 fire fighters and 8 managing fire sergents. Then there is a Fire Chief, education sergent, maintendence personel and an assistant.

Daily assignments:
The fire- and rescue service is a 24hour 365 days a year job. There’s always 1 fire sergent and 4 firemen on watch. We work 2 shifts a day, one from 7.00 – 19.00 and one from 19.00-7.00 the following day. We also plan for 120 hours of annually education.

Besides the Watches, then we have to always keep the runway clear of FOD, as we call it. FOD (Foreign object destruction), basically it means the different objects that can be sucked into an airplane’s engine. We do this to minimize the risks of plane crashes during takeoff and landing. We shuffle snow during the winter time, this is primarily done to perform quick action towards enemy aircrafts in Danish airspace and for other rescue missions with the helicopter.

To prevent bird strike during takeoff and landing, it is our duty to keep the airspace clear of birds.    


International Duty

The personel at the fire- and rescue service are educated soldiers of the RDAF, and currently takes part in international duty.

A task we prepare us for future intensive military training. The firemen in RDAF have to function both as a fireman and at the same time as a soldier in hostile areas.

Copyright by Skrydstrup Brand og Redning 2005