New era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire Service as ten new recruits graduate

David Hurley


David Hurley


  New era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire Service as ten new recruits graduate

New recruits: Hilary Cleary, Colm Barrett, Dara Flaherty, Daragh McMahon, Gary Casey, Phillip Ollerenshaw, Lorcan Bourke, Martin Kelly, Kieran Malone and Andrew Page |PICTURE: Arthur Ellis.

SHANNON Airport has welcomed ten new firefighters to the fold after they successfully completed an intensive training programme.

The recruits were chosen after an exhaustive selection process saw applicants being whittled down from 500 to ten.  The newly qualified firefighters graduated last Friday but began their training on June 24..

They underwent an intensive 12-week training programme which has equipped them to begin work in the combined role of airport police and fire personnel.  The recruits range in age from 22 to late 30s.

“We are delighted to welcome our new recruits to the Shannon Airport family. Over 500 people applied for just ten positions, which is a testament to the calibre of the team we have assembled and brought through training,” said Andrew Murphy, Managing Director, Shannon Airport:

“They come from all walks of life including a painter, a panel beater, strength and conditioning coach and a paramedic. Through the selection and training process they have proven themselves to be skilled at working well in challenging environments, which is essential,” he added.

Pat O’Brien, Chief Officer Fire and Rescue at Shannon Airport says he’s looking forward to working with the new recruits.

“Although their training programme was intensive and at times gruelling, I have no doubt each of them have been hugely rewarded by the experience. Our programme has also benefitted hugely from significant investment in the very latest technology and training aids,” said.

Shannon Airport recently became the first airport in Ireland to take delivery of two new state-of-the-art High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) fire tenders.

“The safety of passengers and staff is always of paramount importance to the management team at Shannon Airport, and the new fire tenders have additional safety benefits for both airport fire service staff and passengers.  Our facilities are so advanced we now have outside fire crews coming to train in Shannon, and we hope this is an area we can expand on in the future,” said Mr O’Brien.