Under the direction of the Crew Chief, Aviation Crash, Fire and Rescue, performs the duties of a fire fighter and EMT-B in support of rotary wing aviation operations on an airfield. Primary team member to respond to medical emergencies and administers basic life support as required in medical emergencies and fire and rescue response.
Performs aircraft rescue and firefighting duties at airfields, which handle primarily military and commercial rotary wing aircraft and are characterized by large volumes of fuel, highly flammable cargo and/or ammunition, and passengers.
Controls and extinguishes aircraft fires and performs overhaul and salvage operations. Performs hose, vehicle relay, pump and possible ladder operations.
Effects entry into the aircraft by normal and emergency means. Operates or deactivates specialized mechanisms and systems such as hatch release mechanisms, oxygen supply systems, engines, and ejection systems.
Enters wrecked or burning aircraft or structures to rescue personnel or passengers and administer emergency first aid/cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Is in standby duty status during aircraft fueling and defueling, engine maintenance and testing, welding and burning on fueled aircraft, and explosive/ammunition handling.
Maintains awareness of the changes that are made to aircraft using the airfields (military and commercial) as these changes affect the difficulty of rescue and fire fighting.
Controls and extinguishes airfield structural fires. Shuts off building utilities, evacuates personnel from buildings, protects personnel and equipment from fire exposures, and operates tools/equipment.
Performs airfield patrol, surveillance operations and fuel spill containment.
Performs inspections and operator maintenance on firefighting vehicles, tools, equipment, specialized protective clothing, and fire hydrants. Inspects, maintains, services, repairs, and tests portable fire extinguisher systems and parts.
Responds to medical emergencies and administers basic life support.
Responds to hazardous materials incidents and performs containment operations to the level certified.
Participates in practice drills and training for the crew.
Conducts crew fire protection inspection functions. Assigns crew members to station maintenance work, such as cleaning equipment.
In the absence of the Crew Chief, takes charge of all firefighting and rescue activities at the scene of a fire or accident.
Conducts internal training and participates in customer training events under the direction of the Aviation Safety Manager and the Flight Operations Manager.
B. Independence: Works under the supervision of the Aircraft Fire and Rescue Crew Chief.
C. Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
A. Education Level: High School graduate required; Associates degree preferred. Department of Defense, ProBoard, or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress certification required. Fire Fighter I & II, Haz-Mat Ops certifications required. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) certification required.
B. Experience: Demonstrated experience in the operation of firefighting vehicles and equipment and administering of emergency medical aid. 2 years Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) experience required. 5 yrs. Firefighter & EMT (3yrs. of aircraft firefighting experience with 2 years in a journey level position-desired).
C. Specific knowledge, skill, and ability requirements: Considerable knowledge of aircraft rescue and firefighting techniques, practices and equipment. Skilled in the use, monitoring, and management of emergency medical treatment equipment and devices associated with emergency medical treatment of personnel. Working knowledge of the design and characteristics of military and civilian rotary wing aircraft. Working knowledge of exit and safety procedures of various military and civilian rotary wing aircraft, and structural fire/alarm detection/suppression systems. Ability to quickly perform all functions in difficult and hazardous situations, without hesitation, and with little or no direction from superiors. Ability to comprehend and apply instructions and communicate information in a clear and concise manner. Ability to learn and apply aircraft rescue and firefighting techniques and practices. Ability to respond to potentially dangerous situations and make quick and sound decisions. Ability to perform physically demanding work and withstand very hazardous conditions. Skill in the operation of aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, tools and vehicles, including highly specialized firefighting apparatus. Possesses a valid driver’s license. Ability to effectively communicate with the customer in a professional and courteous manner. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written. As part of the selection process, a physical will be conducted. Candidates must have normal color discrimination, visual acuity correctable to 20/20 in one eye, 20/30 in the other eye and not more than 20/200, each eye, uncorrected. Candidates must not have any record of pyrophobia, acrophobia or claustrophobia.