Firefighters pass UK training allowing them to work at airport
Bermudian firefighters who completed a training course in Britain can now work at LF Wade International Airport.
A group of 23 recruits participated in the six-week programme at the Newcastle Fire Training Academy in England, which taught them firefighting techniques related to airport and aircraft incidents.
Congratulating the officers at a passing-out ceremony last Thursday, Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, said: “Having local firefighters stationed at the airport plays a critical role in maintaining the safety and security of our island.
“International requirements necessitated the presence of additional firefighters at the airport, and with the successful completion of this recruitment course, Bermuda is now fully compliant with Bermudians at the helm.
“We can all take pride in knowing that our airport is prepared and well equipped with our own highly trained professionals.”
The minister thanked a team of Canadian firefighters who were brought in to ensure that staffing levels met international regulations, calling their service “invaluable”.
He added: “They have fulfilled their duty with excellence and fostered strong bonds of friendship and collaboration with our local firefighters.
“We salute them for their service to Bermuda and embodying the spirit of international co-operation.”
Mr Weeks also encouraged more people to consider working with the BFRS, saying the job “allows individuals to make a real difference in the lives of others, protect our community from harm's way and foster a safer Bermuda.
“Our dedicated team of professionals stands ready to guide and mentor future generations of firefighters.”