Fire fighter recruits ready for their next chapter at airports

27 Nov 2015

Eighteen new aviation rescue fire fighters will start work next week at airports around the country providing a vital first response to airport emergencies and ensuring the safety of airport users.

Graduating today from Airservices Learning Academy in Melbourne, the recruits have completed a challenging training course of more than 400 hours of theoretical and practical learning.

Airservices General Manager Learning Academy Linda Spurr congratulated the elite group of graduates on successfully completing the demanding course.

“The new recruits have undergone extensive training in fighting simulated aircraft and structural fires, aviation rescue techniques and dealing with the hazards of highly flammable aviation fuels.

“They have also trained on our state-of-the-art hot fire training ground in Melbourne, testing their new skills and I wish them well for their future careers at Airservices,” Ms Spurr said.

Aviation fire fighter James Ash was presented with the Silver Axe Award for the most outstanding recruit and will now join the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service at Gladstone Airport.

The other recruits will be based at stations in Darwin, Gladstone, Karratha, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville and will join a workforce of more than 900 highly-trained aviation rescue fire fighters employed at Airservices.

Airservices Acting Executive General Manager Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting, Rodd Sciortino, said this intake featured some family connections with new recruit Christopher Miller following in his father’s footsteps. Recruit Melanie McNulty was also encouraged to join the service through a personal connection.

“The aviation industry is a close knit community, and in particular our fire fighters consider themselves part of a family and a team that helps ensure the safety of the airport and travelling community.

“Aviation rescue fire fighting is not just a job but a way of life for our fire fighters and I welcome you to the service,” Mr Sciortino said.