AIRCRAFT RESCUE FIREFIGHTER
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, Aircraft Fire Rescue Firefighters, perform firefighting and related
tasks; Including but not limited to responding to all emergency and non-emergency requests within BNIA
ARFF jurisdiction and mutual aid; participate in training sessions as directed.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this
classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function
does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the
• Respond to aircraft incidents, structural fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents,
miscellaneous rescue requests, and emergency medical requests.
• Operate all department emergency vehicles.
• Operate fire department dispatch and other airport communications systems related equipment.
• Maintain presence in the airport terminal.
• Maintain and clean Fire Department facility and grounds.
• Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to work in all fire service situations and wear a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and
appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Ability to absorb and assess information and make
decisions quickly. Ability to exercise sound judgment in and around emergency situations. Require
excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather; operate
heavy-duty fire apparatus and vehicles. Must be able to work rotating shifts to include weekends,
holidays, overtime, and call-ins.
High school diploma or equivalent. Must possess and maintain valid New York State Driver’s license
with a satisfactory driving record. Must possess and maintain valid NYS Emergency Medical Technician
Certification or be able to obtain such certification within 12 months of employment. Must be able to
attend and successfully complete the NYS Recruit Fire Fighter Training at the NYS Fire Academy, and
Basic Aircraft Rescue Firefighting School within the first year of employment. Basic computer skills
preferred, including the ability to use MS Word and Excel to prepare reports and complete routine tasks.
Must be at least 20 years old at the time of the examination; must be 21 years of age at the time of
To be eligible for appointment to this position, candidates will be required to complete the following:
criminal background check, drug/alcohol screening, interview(s), NFPA 1982 medical examination,
written exam, physical agility test, and safety assessment survey. Must be able to obtain and maintain a
SIDA badge/US Customs and Border Protection Seal.
Must have far visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye with or without corrective lenses. Corrected
binocular visual acuity must be at least 20/40. Must be able to correctly identify at least 9 of the first 13
plates on the 24-plate Ishihara color vision test. Tinted contacts or lenses cannot be used to meet color
vision standard. Average hearing loss in the unaided ear must not be above 40 dB at 500, 1,000, 2,000
and 3,000 Hertz.
Firefighting is typically performed in dynamic environments, including poor visibility, high background
noise, life-threatening hazards and sometimes emotionally disturbing human casualties. Firefighters must
be physically fit and medically capable to safely performing the challenging tasks required for all aspects
of Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Tasks may involve the performance of physically demanding work,
typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, kneeling, crawling or squatting, and that may
involve the lifting (up to 50 pounds), carrying (up to 50 pounds), pushing and/or pulling (up to 200
pounds) of heavy objects and materials. May also involve the twisting of the upper body and the rotating
of the wrists. Jobs involve standing 5-6 hours at one time and walking up to one hour at a time. Fire
fighters must be capable of quickly and properly donning personal protective equipment and selfcontained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Time is spent both in the firehouse and in the field. In the field, the position may be exposed to
emergency situations such as fire, smoke and hazardous materials.