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West Wickham man overcomes rejection to pursue firefighter career

PUBLISHED: 09:52 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 30 March 2016

Tyrone Gabbadon (left) receives instruction on breathing apparatus from Station Manager Mick O’Brien  during his training

Tyrone Gabbadon (left) receives instruction on breathing apparatus from Station Manager Mick O'Brien during his training

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The 29-year-old worked as a security officer at Biggin Hill airport

A West Wickham has realised his career ambition after landing his dream job at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Tyrone Gabbadon, 29, first attempted to join the rescue and firefighting service at the airport in 2007, but was rejected.

But after training as a security officer on site, Mr Gabbadon worked in his spare time to try and get a job in the airport’s fire service.

In 2014, he put in a new application to R&FFS which was accepted, and after passing his exam, he joined as a recruit.

Now Mr Gabbadon, who has a young family at home, has completed all of his fire training.

Senior airport fire officer Andy Mellers said: “Tyrone has proved his ability in a convincing way throughout the lengthy training course and he has now been welcomed as a fully-fledged member of Blue Watch.

“Training never stops in the fire service. Tyrone and all our team participate regularly in the comprehensive on-station training programmes designed to maintain and hone their skills.”

Mr Gabbadon himself added: “Every day is different here. Having a job involved so close to the front line of a busy international airport carries its own special personal rewards.”

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