Martin's career in Safety Equipment started off in the Royal Air Force in 1983 as a Safety Equipment Fitter. On being attached to the Parachute Regiment at Aldershot Martin served in several regions of the world servicing safety equipment.
Martin's next posting was at the School of Combat, Survival and Rescue and Trials here at Plymouth at what was Royal Air Force Mountbatten, where he then became a Survival Instructor and and trialled various new and weird safety equipment.
Martin stayed with the School of Combat Survival and Rescue when Royal Air Force Mountbatten was closed down and was posted to RAF St Mawgan. It was there that he was awarded and mentioned in the Queen''s Birthday honours list for his work on safety equipment for the Bosnia and Gulf War conflicts.
Since leaving the Royal Air Force, Martin has become a Royal Yachting Association Sea Survival Instructor and also a Sea Survival Instructor.
He has also set up three approved MCA Liferaft servicing stations for previous companies and is The Plymouth Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer for the RNLI Sea Check Team in Plymouth.
Martin had previously trained up with Her Majesty''s Coast Guard Search and Rescue and joined the Mountbatten (Plymouth) Team and has now become a Retained Fire Fighter at his local Community Fire Station at Plymstock with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Part of his duties is being the coxswain of the Fire Boat, so if you see the fire boat on the water give it a wave, it could be Martin at the helm!
The demise of Martin's previous employer is what prompted him to start MJ Marine Safety.