Watch manager at Land’s End Airport is best firefighter recruit of 2013
THE WATCH manager at Land's End Airport has been heralded as last year's highest-scoring firefighter recruit in the country as part of a training programme.
Jonathan Stephens was acclaimed as the best person for the job at Gatwick Airport's Rescue Commercial Training Centre, having taken part in a six-week course last year.
To commemorate his achievement Mr Stephens has had his name engraved on a large plaque at the London airport, and was celebrated for his top marks in both written exams and practical assessments.
The watch manager said: "This achievement is important to me. I'm a local man and receiving this award is something I'm very proud of.
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"It comes at a time when big investments and improvements are being carried out at Land's End Airport and it reinforces the level of safety we abide by.
"Winning the award is self-satisfaction and an achievement for the airport". He was one of 10 members of the team at Land's End to partake in the course, which is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), along with dozens of other firefighters from across the UK.
Mr Stephens joined the crew in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing daily operational checks, risk assessments and the delivery of fire training.
Chris Knowles, fire service manager at Gatwick, visited the country's farthest mainland airport last month to present Mr Stephens with his accolade.
"Jonathan worked hard to achieve the grades to attain this award - we are very pleased for him," he said.
He added: "His course instructors stated he was a pleasure to teach and it was great to see the award go to a developing airport within the industry".