Winning names selected for East Midlands Airport’s fire engines


Following a public competition to name East Midlands Airport’s (EMA) four new fire engines, the winning entries have been chosen.

Nevaeh Williams named The Walrus after her late grandfather who was EMA's Chief Fire Officer for 20 years

The competition was launched to mark the arrival of four new Scania airport firefighting and rescue vehicles which replaced the old fleet before the costs of maintenance became unaffordable.

Over 100 entries were received with suggestions ranging from names inspired by the operational functions of a fire engine to characters from popular children’s TV programmes and books.

After much deliberation, each on-duty fire team (called a Watch) voted for their favourites. The names chosen are:

  • Marshall - submitted by 6-year-old Tommy Campbell from Rotherham who is a massive Paw Patrol fan
  • The Walrus - by Nevaeh Williams aged 9 from Leicestershire whose late Grandfather, Andy Tomlinson, was East Midlands Airport’s Chief Fire Officer for 20 years from 1979. He was nicknamed, The Walrus
  • Ruby - by Fern Whittle aged 9 from Cheshire after her sister Gracie’s birthstone which is Ruby
  • Boemovingly submitted by former Head of Engineering at EMA Sam Betley and his partner Amanda Morgan in memory of their baby boy who tragically passed away earlier this year aged six months. The love and support that he and Amanda received during this difficult time from EMA staff inspired their decision to submit Boe as a name for one of the fire engines.

Each fire engine now proudly displays its name on the front of the cab.

Clare James, East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the competition. We received so many fun and creative suggestions from people all over the country. Airports and their operations are fascinating especially to young children as the mix of planes and other operational vehicles really captures their imagination. I found it personally very moving that the competition also presented an opportunity for the memories of loved ones to be honoured, which is very much in keeping with the close-knit team at EMA that I’m proud to be a part of.”