#lifeatheathrow for Ryan Gordon – Fire Service Crew Commander


By Heathrow

Published 21st December 2018

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This week’s #lifeatheathrow featured photo is courtesy of Airport Fire and Rescue Crew Commander Ryan Gordon and his adorable daughter Poppy. Ryan’s image captures his beautiful daughter​ Poppy during the Airport Fire Service Christmas Party where our Heathrow heroes got the chance to show their loved ones around the festive fire station.

We’ve caught up with Ryan to find out more about his #lifeatheathrow.

How long have you worked at Heathrow?

Almost 5 years

If you had to describe Heathrow in 3 words, what would they be?

Unpredictable – Exciting – Ever-changing 

What’s a day in the life of your job really like?

A day in the airport fire service can vary hugely. One minute you can be taking part in training drills and daily routines, the next you’re responding to full scale aircraft and domestic emergencies. Every day is different, but that is what makes it interesting.

What do you enjoy most about Life at Heathrow?

The changeable nature of the place. You just have to accept and expect that any plans you make are likely to be interrupted or change by the tasks that come your way, but working alongside a team of dedicated and highly skilled professionals makes the unknown exciting and easier to accept.

What’s your advice to someone who is thinking about a career at Heathrow? 

Just take the plunge! Even if the original path you’re aiming for doesn’t work out, there are so many other options – there really is something for everyone here.

Favourite spot to take photos at Heathrow?

At the top of our 42m aerial ladder platform on a clear day is a great. 

Favourite moment while working at Heathrow? 

Just recently the Fire Service hosted a Christmas party where the families of the crews could come into the station, see where we work and have some fun. It was great for our spouses and kids to see the appliances, the station, and even meet Father Christmas!

Did you know there are a total of 108 firefighters at Heathrow Airport.

Hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?

I’m a fully fledged member of the cult that is CrossFit. Think P.E. for adults, and the only rule of CrossFit is that you have to tell everyone you meet that you do CrossFit. Other than that, my time is spent preparing for baby number 2 who is expected to come into the world in March 2019! 

Any hidden talents?

None that I can divulge to everyone at Heathrow! 

More about the #lifeatheathrow series… 

Our Social Media and Airport Communications teams are working together to co-ordinate the series and share these great Heathrow moments with the over 1 million followers across the airport’s official channels! Be sure to follow our #lifeatheathrow journey via @Heathrow_Airport on Instagram and @HeathrowAirport on Twitter.

For more information on Careers at Heathrow, visit our new website at: www.careers.heathrow.com/

Whilst you’re here, why not check out our #12daysofexports series. 


By Heathrow

Published 21st December 2018