Firefighter Cadets graduate from training at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Three young people from South Liverpool celebrated completing their 12 month long Firefighter Cadet training with Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s (LJLA) Rescue and Firefighting Service with a ‘Passing Out’ ceremony in front of their families and colleagues.

Over a hundred applicants from the area applied to join the Airport’s Firefighter Cadet Placement Programme last year, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

RFFS Watch Commander, Emma Sandys said: “3 cadets were chosen following stringent assessment days, they were Arran, Della and Jade who embarked on their training with the RFFS and quickly developed into outstanding members of the team. The RFFS team have nurtured and developed them into the competent firefighters we have today.

Cadets, Della, Jade and Arran began their training back in April 2016. Their daily duties and schedule often involved completing a variety of practical tests including hose running, hydrant drills, ladder drills and learning Internal Breathing Apparatus firefighting skills with internal fire scenarios, working in confined spaces and hot environment’s.

After an often gruelling 12 month training schedule, the cadets have received the training and qualifications required to pursue a career as an Airport Firefighter, and one cadet in particular, Arran, from Speke has secured himself a position at the airport having shown great promise during the course.

The next three candidates to take on this year’s course have been selected and begin their journey in the coming weeks. Watch Commander, Emma Sandys continued:”Not only has this been a unique programme from the RFFS team, the Cadets have formed bonds in other departments from HR to Marketing and helped the airport develop better links with the local community.”

Liverpool John Lennon Airport was a hive of activity last week as Blue Air unveiled it’s first based Boeing 737 aircraft with a water-cannon salute, carried out by the airport RFFS team as part of a traditional welcome to the airport. Now with 8 destinations and more than 25 weekly flights, Blue Air have also partnered with Alder Hey Children’s Charity in a bid to raise vital funds for research and innovation.

Click here to watch all the action from the Blue Air presentation flight in the skies above Merseyside. To find out more about Blue Air destinations head to or follow @BlueAirWeb on Twitter for regular updates.

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