"Our objective is to get anywhere on the airfield within two minutes. The difference between us and a normal Fire Service is that our main job is to protect the runway - specialising in aircraft incidents. So, if the alarms go off, everyone scrambles to their vehicles and moves to standby positions ready to deploy.
We’ve got a great training facility, so we can practise for every possible scenario. Other firefighters actually come here to train. Gatwick is exciting with more variety and resource than some other airports, and I love that.
We also cover medical calls, so will give life support if needed. If you do have a hard time, there’s top support in the team to help you out. Emergency call outs can be unpredictable - we have periods where it’s one after another, and then it can be quiet for a while.
I did five years in the Royal Marines, before moving into this area of work. It’s a similar mind set and quite a few of my colleagues are ex-military too. It’s all about preparation here - and we’re definitely well prepared.”
To celebrate National Firefighter Day, Luke told us all about his job as a fire and rescue officer at Gatwick. Three years in, Luke is team leader of a 16-strong ‘watch’, doing 12 hour shifts round the clock.