About Us

Welcome to the International Fire Training Centre (IFTC). We are part of the globally respected services company, Serco.

International Fire Training Centre is the leading aviation fire training centre in the world.  Since 1981 it has been located at Durham Tees Valley Airport in the North East of England in what was once a historic Royal Air Force base.  During the Second World War it was home to a detachment from the Royal Canadian Air Force flying Lancaster bombers.
The centre is situated in the countryside between Middlesbrough and Darlington both of which are only a few miles away and the city of Newcastle lies 30 minutes away by train.  

IFTC trained firefighters are the best in the world. As a graduate of our internationally renowned training centre you will become an elite firefighter of the highest calibre armed with the skills, knowledge and instincts necessary to deal with extreme emergencies at any location in any country.

The training we provide is thorough and rigorous and we set stringent and demanding standards. We have been training new and experienced firefighters from across the globe for decades and our facilities are second to none.

Extensive Dedicated Facilities

We have:

Our training is designed for those working in the aviation, marine, industrial and offshore sectors. We offer hands on, totally authentic ‘real life’ emergency scenarios including hot fire and black smoke situations. Dealing with chemical spills, confined space situations and casualty recovery are also included.

We train both dedicated firefighters and those whose duties include dealing with fires and other emergency situations. Our trainers are firefighting professionals with extensive hands on experience across all sectors including military, civil and industrial.

Certified and Accredited

All our courses are certified and accredited to meet international requirements including OPITO, JOIFF and STCW offering you absolute peace of mind. Alternatively we can arrange internationally recognised bespoke courses to meet your particular needs.  A number of our courses are also certificated and accredited within the UK with standards including PTLLS.

Additional Value Services



The International Fire Training Centre has the knowledge and resources to deliver more than just world-class, accredited training. We have an expert team in the UK and an international network of fire specialists available to work with you to deliver your organisational goals.

If you’re looking to realise cost savings and improve efficiencies in your fire team then we can help you with:

From advice to delivery we are here to make the changes happen for you, please contact us for further information.