Over 100 apply to become Firefighter Cadet

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), in partnership with SLH, launched a Firefighter Cadet Placement Programme in February - the first of its kind in the UK.

Over a hundred applicants from the South Liverpool area applied to join the Airport’s Rescue & Firefighting Service, following a series of roadshows held in Speke.

Applicants tool part in various assessments during March, including a physically demanding hose running exercise that forms part of an Airport Firefighter’s everyday duties.

The three successful candidates; Jade, Della and Aaron will spend 12 months at the airport, including a rigorous initial 10-week training period, before joining fire crews to develop their skills over the year, and passing out as fully-qualified airport firefighters.

Neil Gyllenship, LJLA’s Fire Service Manager commented, “This is the first time that any UK airport has been able to offer such an opportunity, giving young individuals from our local community, the chance to acquire the skills and gain invaluable experience should they wish to go on and pursue a career in this industry.”

Joe Cummings, Enterprise Manager for South Liverpool Homes added, “This is a very exciting opportunity for the local community to gain invaluable experience and training, with a real chance of securing employment at the end of it. It’s a great initiative to be part of as it’s at the heart of what we are all about - transforming the lives of local people, and we are continuing to do this through a number of other exciting projects with the Airport.”