Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has awarded a 10-year contract to Serco Middle East for the provision of fire and rescue services at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA).
Following the agreement, Dammam has become the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems.
The contract includes the provision of transformed and effective mission-critical service, in addition to creating transferrable career opportunities for Saudi nationals.
Turki Al Jawini, DACO CEO, said: “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Serco through this new contract.
“By combining Serco’s expertise as a globally recognised fire and rescue service provider with Dammam Airports Company’s ambition, our objective is to serve as one of the effective enablers in the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector in line with Vision 2030.
“The collaboration will also help us contribute to the growth of the Eastern Region’s economy through the development of an efficient and effective gateway for passengers and cargo.”
Established in July 2017, DACO’s vision is to become a leading airport operator through the corporatisation of King Fahad International Airport (KFIA).
Serco operates a number of fire services globally with contracts in the civilian, aviation and defense markets, including operating the ‘Queen’s Enterprise Award’-winning International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in the UK.
Serco Middle East’s CEO, Mr. David Greer, said: “Not only is this an excellent addition to the contract portfolio of the Middle East’s aviation sector, but it exemplifies the shared responsibility and values DACO and Serco have in relation to the quality of safety and service in this field.
“The successful delivery of Fire and Rescue services within KFIA is a key milestone in the diversification of our service offering within the aviation sector.”