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Darran Martin, CLH Aviation Ireland Fuel Farm Operator
ALWAYS FINE TUNED. Facility maintenance is one of Darran’s regular tasks and he always gives his best so all operations run smoothly.

His work helps guarantee the perfect operation of the company’s facility at the Dublin airport. Off the job, he’s Reserve Cavalry Squadron motorcycle instructor and a real fan of these two-wheeled vehicles.

When Darran Martin begins his shift at seven in the morning, the Dublin airport is already awake. Even though the sun has come out, it’s quite cold. But that doesn’t stop his always friendly smile which has made him a very well-liked person among his colleagues despite only having worked a few months -since February 2019- at CLH Aviation Ireland.

He’s got twelve hours ahead (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the morning shift and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. when he’s on the night shift) to take care of all his responsibilities: “As a fuel farm operator, my main mission is to ensure the infrastructures operate properly, both the storage facility as well as the hydrant system, by doing appropriate maintenance,” he says.

Therefore, one of his first tasks is responding to a few work orders by checking some critical equipment at the terminal. “We sometimes do reactive maintenance, but mainly prevention,” he mentions. While heading to the first, he stops to do routine visual inspections of the infrastructures to detect any risks and anticipate them.

Another habitual task, which he does later, is monitoring the volume of fuel available at the terminal. Likewise, he verifies that the fuel entering and leaving it meets the quality standards established. To do so, he takes samples and checks the results of later analyses. “This and other facility-related information has to be entered in the company’s systems so it’s always available,” he states while at the computer.

“I make an effort each day to give my best both personally and professionally to guarantee the quality of my work”

Darran is also responsible for verifying the drivers of all supply vehicles entering the terminal have all the permits and meet all the conditions stipulated by transport of dangerous goods regulations (ADR).

As his workday comes to an end, he leaves everything ready for the next shift with the satisfaction of having done his job well. “I make an effort each day to give my best both personally and professionally to guarantee the quality of my work,” he points out.

A Passion for Motorcycles

Traffic in Dublin is often a problem - a real headache for drivers. Perhaps this, and, above all, his great enthusiasm for motorcycles, are the reasons why he gets around on one. “I love the freedom it gives me and the agility to get past all the city’s traffic jams,” he says as he smiles.

A SHARED HOBBY. In the military, Darran enjoys his passion for motorbikes and has made good friends.

This hobby goes back three decades when he joined the Reserve. “I was trained on riding there and it really piqued my interest in these two-wheelers. I gradually discovered this thrilling world as I got more and more involved, even doing a course in 1997 to become an instructor,” he recalls.

“I realized I really like teaching and imparting my knowledge. It’s something I enjoy, so I transferred to the Reserve Cavalry Squadron six years ago to follow that passion,” he says.

WITH THE PRESIDENT. Darran had the opportunity to meet the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

He’s currently got a 1.000 cc motorcycle he uses for his day-to-day travel and to get away with others who enjoy the same hobby as he did on a recent trip to visit the Milan Motorcycle Show. He’s also bought a second motorbike and plans to restore and tune it up.

Despite the feeling of freedom, as an instructor, he knows safety is the most important thing and even more so when it comes to motorcycle and that’s why he always rides with the utmost attention and care: “I leave racing to the professionals. I prefer watching them on TV with other people for some conversation and a good coffee.”