Fire Apparatus Engineer, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter
Under direction, the Fire Apparatus Engineer, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting supervises and performs work in preventing, controlling, and extinguishing fires; rescues persons endangered by aircraft crash and fire or structural fire; responds to and provides assistance for medical aid calls, vehicle accidents, and Hazmat incidents. This position may be designated as a staff specialist responsible for planning and coordinating training for assigned staff.
The Fire Apparatus Engineer, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting is the first supervisory level or staff specialist in the series, and direction is provided by the Chief Officers. While functioning in the supervisory capacity, incumbents in this class will plan and supervise the work of a crew, and will provide initial oversight and direction of subordinates during emergency operations. In the staff specialist capacity, incumbents in this class will have primary responsibility for planning and coordinating training for subordinate staff. The Fire Apparatus Engineer, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting is responsible for providing direct and indirect supervision over personnel responsible for fire, rescue, and emergency operations. This class is distinguished from the Firefighter, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting by the former having responsibility to make decisions of a non-policy nature and in emergency situations, and providing immediate direction or initial independent oversight of an emergency operation and/or the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, (ARFF) Training and Fire Prevention programs. This class is distinguished from the Deputy Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting in that the latter is a management level class which has responsibility for oversight of all operations personnel at the rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer, while the former is in charge of a single crew at one station.
Examples of Duties, Knowledge, and Abilities
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: • Assists in planning the work of a crew; supervises and directs subordinates in emergency operations and in responding to vehicle accidents, medical aid calls, aircraft fire and/or rescue, structural fire, and hazardous material incidents; determines nature and extent of emergency and action required; establishes control; performs basic life support. • Ensures readiness of crew, emergency vehicles, and other operational emergency equipment; ensures use of personal protection equipment in compliance with technical and operational guidelines. • Assumes command and coordinates responses to airport emergencies and determines and implements appropriate actions; acts for the chief officers, in their absence or until relieved by a senior fire officer. • Supervises activities of the fire station including direction of emergency operations, assignment of schedules and duties, conducting necessary personnel duties such as interviewing, selecting, and training workers, and initiates or recommends personnel actions. • Participates directly in the work of extinguishing fires and performing related duties of lifesaving and property protection. • Maintains compliance with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 139 regulations for assigned shift and ensures compliance with applicable fire and life safety codes. • Prepares and maintains logs, records, reports, memorandums, and files regarding activities and incidents; gathers data. • Operates and maintains power equipment, emergency response vehicles, and communications equipment. • Conducts and participates in drills and courses in firefighting techniques, operation of emergency equipment, and other emergency incidents. • Communicates with various airport tenants and other airport users; functions as a liaison with the Kern County Sheriff's Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Traffic Control, and other agencies or tenants which may have operations and activities within ARFF response areas. • Participates in developing and maintaining the ARFF Division's Standard Operating Procedures, airport emergency plans, and operational and safety requirements in accordance with FAA regulations. • May be assigned to special duties in ARFF training, fire prevention, or emergency medical services. • Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of: • Principles, practices, and procedures of ARFF operations • Principles, practices, and procedures of structural firefighting • Principles, practices, and procedures of fire prevention and fire investigation • Training standards necessary to comply with all federal, state, and local ARFF requirements • Operation and maintenance of equipment and vehicles used in aircraft fire/rescue activities • Principles and practices of supervision, discipline, leadership, mentoring, and training • Concepts, components, and procedures of the Incident Command System • Hazardous materials incident response and management • Fire investigation procedures and techniques • Fire and life safety codes • Basic life support principles and techniques • Basic arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication Ability to: • Direct subordinates in firefighting or other emergency situations • Evaluate an aircraft fire/rescue situation and determine appropriate action • Respond to vehicle accidents and medical aid calls • Supervise, train, discipline, and evaluate subordinates • Operate aircraft fire/rescue equipment • Develop, direct, and conduct an ARFF training program; prepare effective training aids • Enforce federal, state, and local fire protection and prevention codes • Conduct emergency drills • Respond to fires and alarms and effectively perform fire suppression and rescue work • Conduct preliminary fact-finding inspections and investigations of fire scenes, including evidence gathering • Write clear and concise reports • Understand and follow oral and written instructions • Conduct and participate in aircraft fire/rescue training • Operate communication equipment • Work safely under hazardous conditions • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance • Operate standard machines and equipment used in work assignments such as a computers printers, calculators, copiers, radios, and telephones • Operate and maintain fire testing equipment i.e., foam testing, defibrillators, air monitoring meters, radio-logical detectors, etc. • Review and interpret maps, diagrams, and mechanical drawings • Deal courteously and effectively with the general public • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships
CSFM Fire Fighter 1 or Academy
Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer Certificate AND Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate (within 6 months) AND Possession of a valid California Class C driver license, or higher, with Firefighter endorsement (within 3 months of employment)
Minimum two years of full-time paid or four years part-time/volunteer experience as a fire fighter performing suppression duties
Possession of a California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) Control 5- Aircraft Rescue Firefighting certification (with live burn) or equivalent. (within 3 months of employment)
NIMS/SEMS certification: ICS 100, 200, 300, 700, 800
Licenses, Certificates, and Registrations: Incumbents must acquire and maintain a valid Emergency Medical Technician certificate issued by the California State Department of Health, within 6 months from the date of appointment. Incumbents must acquire and maintain an Air Operations Area driver permit issued by Mojave Air and Space Port within two weeks of appointment. Failure to maintain the appropriate driver license and endorsement may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with District employment policies. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Appropriate certificates must be kept current while employed in this class; failure to obtain or keep current the appropriate certificates is cause for personnel action in accordance District employment policies, to include dismissal or return to a former class, if applicable. Criminal History and Background Checks: The District may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with applicable federal and state laws. The District shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained. The District may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the District will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act. Training Requirements: Incumbents in this class must complete an initial ARFF training program in accordance with FAR Part 139 within 6 months of appointment to the class and complete annual training in accordance with FAR 139.319, and Advisory Circular 150/5210-17, including other state and local requirements as a condition of continued employment. Uniform Requirement: Incumbents are required to wear a designated uniform and personal protective equipment. Physical Requirements: Persons appointed to this class must be physically able to perform the duties of this class while wearing personal protective equipment; must demonstrate physical endurance, agility, strength, and stamina in the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions; think and act quickly in emergencies.
A minimum physical agility exam will be conducted upon appointment and an annual fit for duty test will be completed to ensure minimum physical fitness standards.
Special Access: Incumbents in this class must acquire and maintain an airport security badge allowing access to secure District airport locations. Failure to maintain an airport security badge may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with District employment policies
Working Conditions: Incumbents in this class must be willing to work irregular hours and be subject to "on-call" status 24 hours a day; be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions; and work at various locations within District.
Probationary Period and Class History Information
Six (6) months
Other classes in the series include:
Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Deputy Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Asst. Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Firefighter I/II, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $21.00 to $25.00 /hour