Published on September 14th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


New Recruits at Cork Airport

Cork Airport celebrated the appointment of six new Airport Police and Fire Service recruits who will complement the very strong Airport Police and Fire operation at Ireland’s second busiest airport. The new recruits, Shannon Duke, Nicole Maher, Mary McCarthy, David Northridge, Ben O’Connor, and Simon Stokes were joined by their proud family and friends at a special passing out event at Cork Airport Fire Station last weekend. 

Over the course of two months, the new recruits underwent a comprehensive in-house training programme which included instruction and certification on airport and aviation firefighting, emergency first response, airside and airfield driving, radio communications, aerodrome topography studies and breathing apparatus certification. The course was delivered by Cork Airport Aerodrome Fire Officer, Trevor Healy and Station Officer, Ciaran Walsh. The new recruits will augment the Airport Police and Fire Service personnel and their recruitment demonstrates Cork Airport’s continued commitment to the highest international safety and security standards. 

Pictured at the Cork Airport Police and Fire Service passing out ceremony were (L-R) Ben O’Connor; Mary McCarthy; Simon Stokes; Nicole Maher; David Northridge and Shannon Duke. Photo: Karl Kachmarsky

Commenting at the special event to mark the appointment of the new recruits, Head of Security, Police and Fire at Cork Airport, Con Dooney said, “I am very pleased to welcome our new recruits to the Airport Police and Fire Service team at Cork Airport and I congratulate each of them on completing the very thorough and challenging training course. Cork Airport is committed to upholding the very highest international standards in aviation fire safety and security and the appointment of these recruits demonstrates our commitment to that. I would also like to thank the Aerodrome Fire Officer, Trevor Healy and Station Officer, Ciaran Walsh for developing and delivering a superb training course.”

Also commenting was the Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll who added, “On behalf of all the team at Cork Airport, I would like to congratulate our new Airport Police & Fire Service recruits on their appointment, and I wish them well in their respective careers. Cork Airport has invested heavily in improving our safety and security infrastructure in the past number of years and the recruitment of additional Airport Police & Fire Service personnel supplements that investment.”

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