• Airport Fire Chief in Columbus, OH

    Requisition ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Job Description

    Job Summary:

                  An employee is this class is responsible for managing, planning, organizing and directing the firefighting, rescue, and other emergency services functions for the airport/customer community and its visitors. Work includes developing and implementing a budget, supervising or handling personnel issues, and developing departmental policies and procedures. Strong, and effective leadership abilities Work is performed under the supervision of the Specialty Fire Division Operations Chief and/or Regional Director and is reviewed through conferences, observation, and review of work performed.


    Essential Functions:



    • Manages plans, organizes, and directs through supervisors, departmental operations in the functions of fire suppression and prevention; emergency medical services; hazardous materials and rescue response; budgeting, personnel management, program development and implementation; equipment maintenance and use; and policies and procedures development and implementation.
    • Works with subordinate staff to assure that all staff are adequately trained and prepared for emergency response situations; develops and implements a training program for all staff, including funding, training requirements, training records, and scheduling and development of training resources; assures currency of employee certifications.



    • Maintains and files reports, prepares correspondence, orders supplies. 
    • Must have thorough knowledge of Fire SOG’s and administrative policies. 
    • Must have thorough knowledge of applicable collective bargaining agreements. 
    • Performs purchasing functions for the department including development and writing of bid specifications for major equipment and ordering supplies.
      Performs the personnel functions of interviewing and selecting, delegating duties and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating work, and administering disciplinary actions; signs payroll.



    • Participate in all required training sessions, including, but not limited to; live fire drills, performance evaluation drills, ongoing skills maintenance, practice and training, annual OSHA drills, EMS major skills and any other mandatory Company training
    • Participates in and conducts group and individual training and drill sessions relating to firefighting, emergency medical services, rescue, and related topic areas.
    • Participates in the on-going technical and practical training within the airport as required.
    • Participates in continuous professional development throughout their role to ensure that skills are current, relevant, and valid.


    Customer Service:

    • Prepares, reviews and updates plans and emergency manuals for the airport.
    • Provides cooperative/supportive interaction with co-workers, supervisors, airport staff, local fire and EMS departments, and other state, local and federal agencies.



    • Operates and inspects communications equipment.
    • Communicates effectively with all responding agencies during emergency and normal operations.
    • Conducts all radio communications in a professional, respectful manner and in accordance with airport and FAA policies.
    • Prepares written documents for internal and external audiences.



    • Reviews paperwork for accuracy and correct process.
    • Must participate in scheduled and unscheduled onsite compliance audits.
    • Implements corrective/preventive measures as determined by the Corporate Compliance/Audit Committee.
    • Cooperates with Internal Audit, Compliance and HR on any recommendations and changes to compliance and legal workflow issues.
    • Takes swift and immediate action in accordance with Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance on any areas of concern.
    • Complies and enforces all policies and procedures.
    • Must successfully complete all required Compliance Training within the required time period.
    • Must have no compliance related corrective action during the current review period.


    Additional Duties:

    • Attends staff meetings and other meetings as needed.
      Attends various meetings with surrounding community emergency response agencies
    • Perform other duties as directed or assigned that are specific to the local operation. 



    • Valid driver license with acceptable driving record in accordance with Rural/Metro policy. DUI within last 5 years is disqualifying.
    • Must be able to work any shift assigned, including nights, holidays and weekends to include scheduled and unscheduled overtime and as needed on an emergency basis.
    • Must pass airfield/customer driving test; and obtain/maintain Ramp, Apron, and Airfield driving clearances as required.
    • Must pass FBI fingerprint-based criminal history records check to obtain/maintain an airport/customer security badge.
    • Must meet local standards pertaining to qualifications, training and/or eligibility for promotion or placement.



    The following certifications are required as a condition of employment and maintained for continuous employment:

    • Must be certified as an EMT-Basic (State or National Registry issued);
    • Must be certified as an NFPA 1001, Firefighter II (State, IFSAC, or Pro-Board issued);
    • Must be certified as an NFPA 472, Hazardous Materials-Operations-Level (State, IFSAC or Pro-Board issued).
    • Must be certified as an NFPA 1003, Airport Firefighter (State, IFSAC, Pro-Board issued) or FAA 40-hour approved course.
    • Must be certified as an NFPA 1021, Fire Officer (State, IFSAC or Pro-Board issued).
    • Must be certified as an NFPA 1041, Fire Service Instructor (State, IFSAC or Pro-Board issued).


    Education Requirements:

    • Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.
    • Must complete NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 within 30 days of hire date.


    Physical Requirements:

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • While performing the duties of this job, fire department personnel are frequently required to walk, sit, climb, crawl, kneel, bend, stoop, lift, talk, see, hear, feel, use clear speech and operate machinery.   There is a need to reach and perform moderate (20-50 pounds) and frequent heavy (50-200 pounds) lifting during the use of tools and equipment, and while assisting others while extinguishing fires or treating ill/injured persons.


    Cognitive/Psychosocial/Mental Requirements:

    • Occasionally:      Analyzing, judgment.
    • Frequently: Problem solving, decision making, reasoning.
    • Constantly: Work requires the ability to read and write reports, follow orders and instructions and read fire manuals.


    Stress Factors:

    • Frequently: Repetitive tasks, high pressure.
    • Occasionally:      Fatigue, intense tasks


    Equipment Operated:

    • Office: Computers, printers, standard Microsoft Windows and Office software, fire/ems incident reporting system(s), etc.
    • Firefighting: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), personal protective equipment, ladders, portapower units, hammers, chain saws, portable light, etc.
    • EMS: Automatic defibrillators, Sphygmomanometer, pulse oximetry, angio catheters, stethoscopes, glucometers, backboards, etc.


    Working Conditions:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Work is performed primarily in an indoor office environment; Firefighting, Medical Services and Rescue duties may be performed in or outdoors in potentially adverse conditions, such as, but not limited to: extreme heat, cold, wet, humid, and loud situations.


    Closing Statement:

    This brief summary is not an all-inclusive description of job duties.  Other job duties and responsibilities may also be assigned by the incumbent’s supervisor at any time based upon Company need.

    EEO Statement

    Global Medical Response and its family of companies including American Medical Response is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Veterans and Disabled


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