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Fire Chief

Salary Range: $127,787 – $210,850


Announcement #: R0004295
Location: Dulles, Virginia


OPENING DATE:    January 6, 2022

CLOSING DATE: February 3, 2023


The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is seeking a Fire Chief to join our organization. The qualified candidate must be highly experienced fire service professional who can lead and advance MWAA’s Fire & Rescue Department’s mission. The successful candidate should be able to make tough decisions and hold staff accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Th fire Chief reports to the Vice President for Public Safety.


Manages the Fire and Rescue Department with continuing accountability for its operations, polices, and personnel.  Integrates the work of subordinate units to produce results and achieve objectives through a unified organizational effort.  Work directly and significantly affects the Department’s operations and administration, including its overall responsiveness to the entire airport service community and mutual aid calls for service. Commands and manages overall delivery of fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue operations, hazardous materials responses during critical incidents and other complex coordinated attacks. Contributes to emergency management planning and oversees public education programs.



·         Directs the Fire and Rescue Department and provides effective senior level leadership.


·         Ensure that operations are effective and responsive to the air carriers, tenants and concessionaires and airport patrons.


·         Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory standards and codes, and other requirements including implementation of Airports Authority, Office of Public Safety and Department policies, procedures, practices and other guidelines.


·         Ensures effective administration within the Department including coordination with supporting Airports Authority Offices (e.g. the Office of Finance and the Office of Human Resources).


·         Advises the Vice President for Public Safety and other key executives on operational and administrative issues that cross organizational bounds.


·         Formulates or reviews, approves and ensures consistent implementation of department-wide policies, procedures, practices and other guidelines.  Reviews and approves guidelines prepared at lower echelons for internal use.


·         Advises or take action on management-employee relations with non-bargaining employees.

·         Provides input on grievances to be decided at higher echelons.


·         Leads the Department management team in negotiations with the bargaining unit(s), or delegates management team leadership.


·         Visits and moves about field locations to monitor, inspect, and provide on-scene command and control, as required.


·         Acts as Vice President for Public Safety in his/her absence. Makes “final” decisions in this capacity.



In summary, the Fire Chief will be a positive influence on day-to-day operations, have a “can-do” attitude, and will be comfortable with a hands-on approach to all aspects of fire and rescue operations.



To be rated qualified for this job, an applicant must meet all of the minimum qualifications listed below at the time of vacancy announcement closure.




·         A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).

·         Any combination of eight years of experience as a Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, or Battalion Chief demonstrating the ability to provide leadership at a senior Fire Officer level.

·         Knowledge of supervisory principles and ability to manage the operations/programs of the unit/team.

·         Senior Fire Officer (Battalion Chief or higher) level knowledge of, and skill in, fire suppression, rescue and EMS to help manage and oversee operations of the department and as required, serve as Incident Commander.

·         Ability to work under pressure, maintain emotional self-control and provide senior-level leadership during peak work periods, emergencies, and other situations.










·         Certification as a Fire Officer II and Fire Service Instructor II.


·         Certification of successful completion of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accredited training in (a) Incident Safety Officer and (b) Incident Command System (ICS) 400, 700, and 800.


·         Certification in HAZMAT Operations (HMO), as required.


·         Certification in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), as required.


·         A state driver’s license in good standing.





·         Experience in Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, particularly in leadership at a senior Fire Officer level.


·         Certification as a Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Officer II.


·         A Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field.

How to apply: To view the job description, please visit our website www.mwaa.com and apply online.



A background security investigation and medical examination will be required for all new hires.


Equal Opportunity Employer

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