Alastair Blant, owner and director of UK Firearms Training Ltd, works with airside teams across the UK to promote safe and effective bird control.
Recently, with the resurgence of flying following the Covid pandemic, he has grown busier than ever as UK airports seek to re-train their staff.
“The use of firearms is not something to be frightened of integrating into your bird control strategy”, says Alastair.
“In fact, it is an essential part of the ‘toolbox’ of equipment available to wildlife control teams and should be considered a valuable asset, and fully integrated into standard practice and protocols.
“However, confident and safe firearms handling is crucial within any airside team and that is why it is imperative to train operatives in the correct and effective use of the firearms available to them on site, empowering them to ensure a safe environment for everyone.”
As a fully qualified City & Guilds trainer, Alastair uses his decades of firearms experience and teaching to ensure wildlife operatives, airside operations teams and fire departments across the UK are thoroughly trained on all the specialist aspects of safe firearms handling.
A basic one-day Firearms Safety and Awareness course covers the theory behind dynamic wildlife control and use of firearms, maintenance, safe gun handling and the legalities of firearms use, before heading out on to a safe firing range to practically train and assess the operatives.
“Airlines require airfield operators to have access to wildlife control and using firearms safely is very much a part of this. Everyone finishes the training day with a smile on their face and a newfound confidence in and appreciation for the effectiveness of their kit.”
“We have used UKFT Ltd a number of years for firearms training for our bird control unit, as they provide a well presented and professional approach to all our firearm training requirements. With a good mix of theory and practical training, our staff enjoy the courses and find them very informative.” ( Cornwall Airport Newquay.)
Alastair can be contacted through his website www.airsidefirearmstraining.co.uk