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Under limited supervision of the Vice President, Public Safety, provides leadership and day-to-day operational management of the fire department. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring compliance with 14 CFR Part 139 ARFF requirements in accordance with FAA Certification Standards and other federal, state and local laws.

·        Direct fire department response to all emergency incidents including aircraft alerts and incidents at PIT and AGC, coordinating aircraft rescue firefighting activities at the scene of an aircraft incident

Direct the planning and execution of 14 CFR Part 139 including exercises and events
·        Ensure application of current NFPA code and ARFF regulations as necessary to maintain the airports’ 14 CFR Part 139 certificates.

·        Develop and implement standard operational procedures and departmental guidelines to provide optimal operation in support or organizational goals and objectives

·        Compile and review all MSDS sheets and SARA TITLE III activities including emergency responses based on the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization act of 1986;

·        Ensure all applicable facility and equipment inspections are conducted and risks mitigated to ensure a safe working and operational environment

·        Review and approve plans for airport jurisdictional building/facilities, ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local fire, rescue, and life safety standards

·        Prepare routine correspondence for internal and external distribution pertaining to decisions, problems, requests and others associated with the ARFF functional area;

·        Review daily and weekly staff activities, briefing platoons on updated plans, schedules, developments and/or procedures

·        Conduct training classes on fire safety & prevention, and arson reporting practices & procedures

·        Meet with the public, federal, state and local regulatory agencies, other fire officials and professional organizations to provide information, resolve problems, plan activities and take other action required to meet the needs of the aviation community

Prepare and manage department operating budget
Provide support and development to staff through performance management, coaching, training, motivation, and discipline
Performs other related tasks as assigned or required.

·        Expert knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration airport certification standards and DoD Standards related to fire operations

·        Extensive knowledge of the policies, practices and techniques, as well as laws, rules, regulations, and other governing criteria applicable to Aircraft Rescue firefighting

·        Considerable skill in the use of equipment and tools of Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting.

·        Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ability to work as key team member in simultaneous complex and time-sensitive engineering and construction projects.
Ability to make difficult decisions requiring compromise and appropriate judgment.
Ability to make accurate and sound analysis and evaluations of personnel problems.
·        Ability to procure and manage consultants / contractors

·        Travel 5% to 10%



Communication – Able to clearly articulate short-term vision, department goals and objectives; Collaborate effectively with peers; Able to communicate policy and strategy to team members.
Strategic Thinking – Able to determine short-term outcomes and give guidance on how to meet goals; Able to direct and deliver plans to achieve efficient, on-time results.
Team Builder – Able to direct and implement project objectives through “one team” approach; Focused on developing team; direct work of team through leadership and accountability; Makes informed decisions.
Customer Centricity – Leads team to identify and improve customer experience; Directs and implements improvements that positively impacts most stakeholders.

The following requirements list the minimum education/training/experience required to qualify for this job. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted.

·        Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fire services, public safety, aviation management or a related field.

·        Five-Seven years related fire management experience.

·        Certifications by Pennsylvania State or Nationally Recognized Equivalent: Firefighter 2, Airport Firefighter, EMT, Haz-Mat Incident Commander, Fire Officer 1, 2, & 3, Fire Instructor 1 & 2, Fire Inspector 1 & 2.

·        NIMS Certification and Training; AAAE CMF preferred.

·        Possess, or obtain prior to employment, a valid driver’s license. Note: license must be maintained throughout employment.



Receives supervision from Vice President, Public Safety; Directly supervises Deputy Fire Chief and defines direction for approximately 50 employees



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and depth perception. Must be able to understand and speak clearly in English. Must be able to wear SCBA and participate in annual live burn.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; risk of radiation; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Subject to remain on duty beyond normal hours or be recalled to duty up to 24 hours per day, seven days a week during emergency situations or other extensive periods.



Employment is contingent upon the results of a post-offer (initial or promotion) physical examination performed by our examining physician, which would include a respirator medical clearance and pass the fit test.



Employment is contingent upon the results of a post-offer (initial employment or promotion) drug screening. Continued employment may be subject to drug and alcohol testing conducted without advance notice and without individualized suspicion.



Must pass a thorough investigation consisting of a criminal history check (including but not limited to the requirements of CFR Part 1542.209 and 1542.3), verification of prior employment and performance, reference and credentials checks.

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