Cambridge fire-fighters achieve top awards at Gatwick Airport

Cambridge Airport is extremely pleased to announce that two of its Fire-Fighters (Matthew Lee and Colin Garrett) received awards from Gatwick Airport for achieving top student of the year for the fire-fighter courses in 2010 and 2011.

To acknowledge these awards both fire-fighters were presented with a shield and gift voucher by Barry Aldersale, Deputy Airport Fire Manager from Gatwick Airport.
The intensive seven-week Initial Airport Fire-Fighters Course held at London Gatwick Airport is physically and mentally demanding as it requires the students to demonstrate competence in fire behaviour, hose deployment, breathing apparatus, tactics and techniques to deal with incidents involving aircraft, conventional fire-fighting as well as being able to explain a theoretical understanding of pumps and primers, aircraft construction and various other hazards associated with aircraft fire-fighting.

On the successful completion of the Initial Airport Fire-Fighters Course, students are issued with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved certificate that allows them to operate at fire-fighter level at any UK licensed aerodrome.

Dave Thomas, Senior Airport Fire Officer commented: “To have two students in consecutive years achieve top student of the year is a great achievement and something that makes everyone at the Fire Station at Cambridge Airport extremely proud”.

Pictured (left to right): Matthew Lee – Fire Fighter, Dave Thomas – Senior Airport Fire Officer, 
Barry Aldersale – Deputy Airport Fire Manager Gatwick Airport, Claudine Maurin – Operations Manager, Colin Garrett – Fire Fighter

About Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. Marshall Group activities which take place at the Airport include Marshall Aerospace (Engineering and Technology), Marshall Executive Aviation (Jet Charter and Management) and Cambridge Aeroclub (GA Training and Maintenance).
Cambridge Airport primarily targets the East of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. It is also a strong provider to the equine community as it is just 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.

The Airport now offers new regular airline and tour operator services to destinations across Europe including France, the Channel Islands and Italy.

The airport is ideally positioned for easy access to London with just under an hour’s drive to Canary Wharf and East London, the location of the key Olympics venues. 

With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services.  It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm and a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system. 

Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS, as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300.

For further information contact:          

Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)

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