Airport Firefighter Equipment Operator: Milwaukee County Wisconsin Deadline: May 13, 2017


Deadline: May 13, 2017

Salary: $15.32 to $23.12 ($44,747.39 – $67,532.93 annually)

Job Description:

Under general supervision, serves as a driver/operator of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) apparatus at General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA). Responsible for the safe operations of apparatus during fire extinguishment and aircraft rescue. In addition, responds to medical emergencies providing care at the EMT-B-level. Inspects building, fuel facilities, and fuel vehicles for hazards. All task are required to provide emergency response and medical care to reduce risk at GMIA.

Position Responsibilities:  

  1. Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF). Drive and maneuver vehicles to the most advantageous position for aircraft emergencies. Operate pumps, deploy hoses to perform firefighting, rescue, and salvage operations.
  2. Emergency Medical Response. Responds to medical emergencies and provide care to airport patrons and/or employees.
  3. Equipment and Supply Maintenance. Maintain fire and emergency medical equipment in response ready condition.
  4. Inspections. Conduct inspections of structures, fueling vehicles/facilities for detection of fire hazards and the elimination of such hazards.
  5. Training. Instruct others in the most up-to-date techniques and methods of fire prevention and protection drills.
  6. Facility Upkeep. Maintain quarters and surrounding areas in a clean, sanitary and orderly condition.
  7. Reports. Prepare reports.
  8. Workload. Firefighters work a 56 hour week, working 24 hours on and 48 hours off for a total of 2,912 hours annually.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

NOTE 1: FOR APPLICANTS OUTSIDE OF WISCONSIN, an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), Department of Defense (DOD), or Pro-Board Firefighter II certification will substitute for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter II certification. 

NOTE 2: Appointee must acquire a Class 1 Airport driver’s license within three (3) months of appointment and maintain during incumbency. Appointee must establish and maintain security clearance in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration guidelines for unescorted access to secured areas of the airport during incumbency. 

NOTE 3: Medical Requirements: A medical examination will be conducted before appointment to this position. Medical standards will be in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations. Appointee will be subjected to pre-hire, as well as, random drug screening during incumbency.

NOTE 4: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week

 For further information potential candidates can contact Assistant Chief Christopher McGowan or visit Qualifications

  • Possession of a valid Wisconsin driver’s license required within six-months of being hired and maintained throughout incumbency. 
  • Graduation from High School or GED equivalent and a minimum of 30 semester hours of college credit are required
  • At least three (3) years of experience as a Firefighter OR at least two (2) years as a Firefighter  AND Associate Degree in Fire Science.
  • National Registry and/or Wisconsin State Emergency Medical Technician-Basic License required and maintained throughout incumbency 
  • Certifications: Firefighter I/II; HAZMAT Operations; possession of a current and valid certificate of completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from an approved National Testing Network agency is required at time of application; National Incident Management System (NIMS): ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800 certificates required at time of application.
  • Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) certification highly desired.
  • Federal Airport Security regulations require that applicants undergo a personal background and employment history verification before issuance of a badge that permits access to secure areas.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Specialized experience must include knowledge to drive and operate firefighting vehicles of significant complexity and size, and of the principles of hydraulics as they pertain to water flow, water pressure, water levels, line (friction) losses, etc. Knowledge of basic and specialized airfield and structural firefighting equipment (fire alarm system operation, fire extinguishing equipment operation, etc.), techniques, and procedures.  Knowledge of basic building design, construction, and occupancy; and of the unique hazards associated with aircraft design, and cabin layouts to include the operation of hatch release mechanisms, and/or oxygen supply systems. Knowledge of Basic Life Support techniques, terminologies, and protocols. Skill in operating communications equipment. Ability to maintain good working relations; to communicate orally and in writing; and to lift and carry heavy loads. Knowledge of safety requirements as outlined in applicable safety standards, regulations, technical orders, and FAA Advisory Circulars.

 Special Instructions: THE ORIGINAL EXAMINATION is open to qualified residents of the United States.  Appointee must establish Wisconsin State residency within six (6) months of appointment.  The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods.Milwaukee County offers competitive benefit package including group life, health and dental insurance; including major medical coverage of employees and dependents; deferred compensation and contributory pension plan, pre-tax childcare and dependent care program. Additionally, the federal government offers a loan forgiveness program for employees that serve in the public sector.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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