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Fire crew member at Inverness Airport recognised for 40 years of service


By Imogen James


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Phil Vardy with James Miller.
Phil Vardy with James Miller.

Inverness Airports fire service crew manager, Phil Vardy, was presented with a medal by chief fire officer James Miller and watch manager Stephen Ross to celebrate Mr Vardy's 40 years of service.

On Monday October 26 1981, Mr Vardy undertook his first day at his new job, where he remains today.

Despite the airport growing significantly and changing over the years, Mr Vardy still enjoys the job.

He said: “I’ve loved working here from the very beginning. The day job hasn’t changed but no day could be called typical.

"The main role of the Airport Fire Services team is firefighting, but we get involved in maintenance, winter operations and training.

“New technology over the years has brought its benefits. Cold winter nights are much easier to handle in some of the new vehicles we have, but I’m still learning when it comes to computers. The team is always so supportive and it’s a really good atmosphere to work in.”

James Miller, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited’s chief fire officer stated: “It’s so encouraging to see a colleague celebrate their 40th anniversary with the organisation.

“Phil has a wealth of knowledge to share, that’s invaluable to us all, it’s always a great experience to work with him. Our people are at the heart of HIAL and it’s inspiring to see someone dedicate 40 years to their role.”


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