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A number of Airport Fire and Rescue Service personnel were actively engaged in various specialist training courses during December. In the first instance FF Craig Bonnici, who recently qualified as a firefighter in October, returned to the UK for aviation specific training. This 2-week aircraft firefighting and rescue course took place at the International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in Teesside where he was able to further develop his skills and knowledge at this specialist centre.

The IFTC has extensive facilities to allow very realistic aviation related fire and rescue scenarios. This intensive course covered all areas necessary to qualify him for his future role and provided an opportunity for FF Bonnici to widen his experience, working alongside colleagues from various UK airports. Following his return, he has now commenced a further local development training phase as an operational firefighter on crew at the AFRS.


The six new charge Nurses will take up the clinical managerial responsibilities of overseeing patient care which involves further developing the direct delivery of quality assured patient services, staff management and the day to day operational management of their respective clinical departments, within the wide range of the clinical services that the Gibraltar Health Authority provides.

This includes the Mental Health Services, Day Surgery, Night Services, the Accident & Emergency department and Medical Rehabilitation services. The newly appointed Charge Nurses will assist in the provision of an accessible and authoritative presence in the clinical areas, to whom patients, family members and staff can turn to for clinical leadership, advice and support.

Director of Nursing and the GHA’s Ambulance Services Ms Sandie Gracia RN, MBE, FRCN welcomed the six new Charge Nurses saying, “this is an important step in the continued hard work and enhancement of current service provision. This will be greatly beneficial to nurse led clinical services that will also prove beneficial towards ensuring that our service users and their relative’s experiences of care delivery are positive and responsive to their current and future needs.”


His Worship the Mayor, Mr Christian Santos GMD, would like to remind the public they are invited to submit nominations for the next conferral of the Mayor’s Awards to be held at the end of March.

The closing date to receive nominations is Friday 4th February 2022.

The Mayor’s Awards have become a permanent fixture in Gibraltar’s annual civic calendar and serve to highlight the extraordinary achievements of members of our community.

Having started as a lifesaving award for members of the essential services displaying a high degree of valour, the scope of the awards was later widened to include persons who have served Gibraltar in a distinguished manner, over a prolonged period and/or for a specific event or achievement.

The Nomination Form can be found at or collected from the Mayor’s Office in the City Hall.

For more information, please contact or 200 47592.

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