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New Crew Manager appointed to oversee expansion of Rescue and Fire Fighting Services at London Biggin Hill Airport

London – 3 May 2018: London Biggin Hill is celebrating the appointment of a new Crew Manager for its Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS), as the airport upgrades its RFFS status to Category 6.

Vanessa Hopkins, 25, steps into the role with the newly appointed ‘Green’ Watch, the creation of which has produced 11 new firefighting jobs. Hopkins, who has been a rescue and fire fighter at London Biggin Hill for six years, is the first woman to be promoted to Crew Manager at the airport.

She first aspired to the career following a period of work experience at London Biggin Hill whilst completing a BTEC Public Services Level 3 Diploma at nearby Bromley College. Hopkins lives in Larkfield near Maidstone, Kent.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager, London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “Vanessa is a capable, efficient and enthusiastic member of the team, and we are delighted that she has agreed to step up as Crew Manager of our new Watch.

“Ensuring the safety and security of all those who live, work and land at London Biggin Hill is our top priority. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of people like Vanessa that we have been able to upgrade our Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, to better serve the airport as it continues to evolve.”


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About London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.

A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.

There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.