Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Location: New York, NY


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) conceives, builds, operates, and maintains infrastructure critical to the New York/New Jersey region’s trade and transportation network. These facilities include America’s busiest airport system, marine terminals and ports, the PATH rail transit system, six tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, and the World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking a highly skilled and experienced fire fighting professional for the position of Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) reporting directly to the Chief Security Officer.   The Fire Chief, ARFF performs highly responsible managerial, administrative and technical work in training ARFF staff to perform, coordinated fire suppression and rescue operations at the Port Authority’s airports.  This position establishes standard operating procedures, Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG), oversees the aircraft rescue firefighting training and the implementation of technical standards and directs the administrative functions of the Port Authority’s airport rescue and firefighting workforce and training facility.



Under the overall direction of the Chief Security Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing crash, fire and rescue operations in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration Airport Certification Standards and other federal, state and local laws.  This position will also be responsible for the administration, supervision, direction and training of aircraft crash, fire and rescue workforce and operation of the Port Authority training facility.

Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Ø  Meeting regularly with the General Manager, Airport Certification to maintain awareness of regulations and policy changes;

Ø  Communicate and coordinate regularly with Airport Managers and ARFF personnel assigned to airport commands on matters of mutual interest and concern;

Ø   Manage the Training Division to ensure optimum performance, preparedness, professional development; develop specialized training and establish a safety and training policy, lesson plans, training guides, performance competencies and quality assurance. 

Ø  Direct the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned training programs;

Ø  Facilitating continual training of assigned firefighters with airport training personnel, representatives of the Port Authority and with other agencies;

Ø  Supervise the ARFF Training Captain and oversees training programs at the ARFF Training Academy  ensuring only qualified and trained personnel are assigned to ARFF and EMS positions and ensuring personnel maintain  proficiency;

Ø  Act as point of contact for the day-to-day operations of the ARFF records management system assisting in development of business processes and work flow strategies for the maintenance, access and retrieval of data, defining data rules and relationships and methods for quality control of the records management system;

Ø  Developing, implementing, and maintaining policies and procedures of records management systems, providing relevant information for internal and external constituencies; 

Ø  Coordinate the creation, maintenance, retrieval, protection, retention, and destruction of all records in accordance with FAA and PANYNJ policy and legal, financial, governmental, and historical requirements;

Ø  Developing appropriate annual budget requirements and managing a designated annual budget for the ARFF Training Academy;

Ø  Planning and developing all designated aspects of aircraft rescue firefighting, fire prevention and other emergency services programs at the airports;

Ø  Develop, coordinate and evaluate large scale training exercises and drills involving ARFF personnel and other participants;

Ø  Directing the preparation and maintenance of the Airport Emergency Response Plans, in accordance with FAA regulations Part 139; developing, implementing and administering the airport fire and life safety programs;

Ø  Monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods, procedures, techniques, and equipment utilized in the conduct of all activities assigned to firefighting personnel and making recommendations to eliminate inadequacies or improving operations, service, and staffing levels to ensure successful implementation;

Ø  Directing staff, analyzing problems, identifying solutions and implementing recommendations in support of goals, modifications to fire rescue programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate;

Ø  Communicate and coordinate regularly with ARFF Captains assigned to airport commands on matters of mutual interest and concern;

Ø  Developing and maintaining lines of communication and cooperation with peers in surrounding local, state, and federal agencies; coordinating joint operations with outside agencies; and mitigating conflicts with other departments or agencies;

Ø  Attending and participating in professional group meetings, maintaining awareness of new trends in fire rescue, and incorporating new developments as appropriate.



Ø   A minimum of 60 college credits, from an accredited college or university.

Ø  At least ten (10) years of experience in structural fire fighting or aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) or fire service management and a minimum of five (5) years or more of progressively responsible experience at the Chief Officer, divisional or departmental level.



The ideal candidate(s) will present the following qualifications profile:

Ø  Extensive experience in aircraft rescue firefighting preferred.

Ø  Demonstrated management experience including labor relations with employee groups and grievance resolution.

Ø  Contemporary leadership principles and practices applicable to a modern, service-oriented organization.

Ø  Management principles and practices necessary to plan, analyze, develop, direct, and evaluate regional programs, administrative policies, organizational structures, and the various all-risk injury and life safety and security practices.

Ø  Principles of employee supervision and personnel management including labor relations, training, disciplining of personnel, and modern information systems necessary to accomplish organizational change in a highly traditional and unionized work environment.

Ø  Administration principles and practices including organization, fiscal management, budgetary preparation and controls, program planning, implementation, and administration; local government funding regulations and processes.

Ø  Principles and practices of records management including FAA records retention requirements.

Ø  Federal and State laws, rules, and procedures governing fire suppression, prevention, and investigation.

Ø  Knowledge of firefighting and lifesaving techniques, methods and principles of aircraft rescue and structural firefighting, fire prevention and fire investigation.

Ø  Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of crash, fire and rescue equipment and apparatus.

Ø  Creative leadership and skilled in balancing fire/rescue with the customer-service needs of the airports.

Ø  Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration airport certification standards relating to crash, fire and rescue operations including Part 139 rules and rules and regulations pertaining to ARFF.

Ø  Knowledge of how to develop f ARFF training programs.

Ø  An ability to work with and effectively manage individuals from diverse professional backgrounds.

Ø  Strong conflict resolution and decision making skills.

Ø  An ability to work constructively with local, state, and federal agencies.

Ø  Preferred certifications may include one or more of the following: Firefighter level 1 & 2, Airport Firefighter, First Responder, Operation and Incident Commander and/or Fire Officer 1, 2, & 3, Fire Instructor 1 & 2 and Fire Inspector 1, 2 & 3.

Ø  Preferred completion of the following coursework: ICS- 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800; qualified under DoD ARFF operations, in one or more Incident Command System Division / Group / Section Chief positions.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.


HOW TO APPLY:                                                                

Interested applicants should apply directly online to this position by visiting our career website at


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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