YOU'LL probably never want to see Timothy Kershaw on the job.
But if you do, rest assured the aviation firefighter knows his business.
The 29-year-old Bridport resident is a recruit with the Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting service.
When a plane gets in to trouble on the tarmac these are the rescuers on the scene first.
Mr Kershaw graduated on Friday and was named the most outstanding recruit by his instructors.
He was also presented with the Silver Axe Award, one of only a handful of trainee firefighters to receive the accolade.
``It's pretty humbling to be honest, I'm very honoured,'' he said from Launceston Airport where he has been stationed since Monday.
Mr Kershaw decided to make the change after working in forestry for most of his career.
His time in timber saw him involved in firefighting on a minor scale.
After a friend got involved with Airservices, Mr Kershaw thought it looked like an exciting challenge.
The training course saw 23 recruits in Tasmania tough it out for 11 weeks to become equipped to handle an airport emergency.
``It's something you don't wish for, but it's something you've got to be prepared for,'' he said.
While the Airservices might generally fly under the radar, the government-owned corporation is one of the world's largest providers of flight rescue services.
Fire crews handle up to 8000 airport emergency requests a year with a primary focus on people and property.