Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler) Advice

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  1. Afternoon all

    I am just after some advice from any Aircraft Handlers on the forum. I am currently serving in the RAF as a Medic and recently put in a re-branch request to transfer to Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler), which has been accepted with a provisional start date of mid next year.

    My main attraction to the role is the fire-fighting/crash rescue but I am also interested in the aircraft handling aspect of the trade as I believe this will offer me more variety then specialising in just one area.

    However on speaking to several members of staff at different AFCO’s and some serving NA(AH)/RAF Fire-fighters I am getting some mixed responses about the amount of fire-fighting/crash cover that is actually performed by NA(AH). Some people have stated that the role is 50% fire-fighting / 50% aircraft handling, others 30% / 70% and some people have said that the fire-fighting aspect has been completely removed.

    I have also done some research in regards to the possible change for the MOD contract for DFRMO and was wondering how people think this may affect the role in the future?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Although can't comment on current situation I have worked with some ex handlers who were on air stations doing mostly firefighting and struggled to get a job as a civilian firefighter. ...worked at BAE dockyard works fire service .....then became Prison Officers......with contracting out to Tory party donors firms ( G4S..Serco..etc ) the current favourite for any activity they can in public sector ....
  3. We have two great big aircraft carriers coming into service, there will be chockheads everywhere.
  4. Perhaps one at a time....
  5. Cheers for the reply guys I will try and give Cauldrose a call later on in the week. I'm still going to go with the transfer its just the additionl Fire-fighter training both the domestic and crash cover is what initially hooked me to the trade.

    I've just heard some rumours that it can be very difficult to get posted to Cauldrose or Yeovilton Fire Section as more focus is placed on the aircraft marshalling aspect of the job.
  6. Spelling Nazi head on, it's Culdrose ;)
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  7. Haha there's always one. Apparently I pronounce Raleigh the posh way as well, been getting some stick in the office for that.
  8. Loads of "reggies runners" positions :)
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  9. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    Commentators may wish to advise on my prejudice that every Chockhead I've ever met appeared to be a 3 Badge Killick. How's the promotion potential looking these days? JFH?
  10. Not too sure, but when I was serving your observation is correct. There was a lot of old and bold Killicks.
  11. This worries me I have been on the waiting list for quite some time a d would love to get upto PO rwell that's the goal at least. Would I be able to transfer to a better branch if I find it almost impossible to get promoted?

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