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Battalion Chief, ARFF - JFK Airport

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Job ID: 61904
Department: Aviation
Location: Jamaica, 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.

About The Role

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seeks highly skilled and experienced professional to fill the position of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF), ARFF Battalion ChiefJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).


Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief, Aircraft Rescue & Fire Firefighting, the candidate selected will exercise day-to-day oversight of distinct, geographically organized ARFF unit functions at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

This individual will be expected to serve under Unified Command during emergencies; meet Part 139 ARFF requirements in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Certification Standards and other federal, state and local laws; assist in operating the units in an effective and cost-efficient manner; develop strong interagency and private-sector partnerships for the purpose of achieving a maximally efficient aircraft firefighting structure; and command, motivate, inspire, and maintain proper order and discipline among subordinates.

  • Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief as the Executive Officer for John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) ARFF
  • Work nonconventional work hours as assigned work shift, typically an overlapping shift that covers both day and night tours, as well as days off to attend training, inspections, emergencies etc.
  • As Executive Officer assist the Deputy Fire Chief – Aviation Operations with coordination and standardization across tours;
  • Ability to act in a DUTY capacity in order to respond to emergency calls;
  • Assisting the Deputy Fire Chief to manage day-to-day ARFF functions, developing staff to a high degree of competence, and overseeing the assignment of subordinates; specifically, ARFF Sergeants (Crew Chiefs) and ARFF Police Officers.
  • As first line managers under the Deputy Fire Chief monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods, procedures, techniques, and equipment utilized in the conduct of all activities and making recommendations to eliminate inadequacies or improving operations, service and staffing levels, while promoting change management to ensure successful completion;
  • In collaboration with ARFF Sergeants (Crew Chiefs) analyzes problems, identifying solutions and implementing approved recommendations in support of Aviation Department goals, policies and procedures;
  • Execute details and assignments issued by the Deputy Fire Chief working with staff by clearly defining expectations and assignments, providing clear orders and instructions, maintaining approachability and listening to others, showing concern for others, exhibiting flexibility, decisiveness and calm demeanor in high-pressure situations and contingencies, motivating others and otherwise providing effective leadership;
  • Develop programs and procedures to ensure best practices and to maintain standards.
  • Working with the Deputy Fire Chief, develop programs and standard operating procedures to ensure best practices and to maintain standards;
  • Participate in the implementation, and maintenance of policies and procedures for the recording, indexing, filing, and retrieving of active documents and the storage of inactive documents; assist in development and maintenance of the work plan for the records management function; 
  • Making recommendations to the Deputy Fire Chief regarding hiring, training, discipline, and promotion of subordinates;
  • Make recommendations on annual budget requirements as it relates to ARFF operations;
  • Maintaining technical and managerial proficiency; organize and prioritize projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner;
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings, maintaining awareness of new trends in aircraft fire fighting and rescue, and incorporating new developments as appropriate.


Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of 60 college credits, from an accredited college or university with coursework in Fire Protection Administration, Public Administration, or related field; or Chief Officer Certification from accredited program; or a combination of education, training and job-related experience as stated below and,
  • At least eight (8) years of full-time paid experience in structural firefighting, aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF), or fire service management with a minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience as a Fire Officer in a State, municipal fire department, DoD ARFF operation or equivalent agency.
  • In lieu of education, up to ten (10) years of job-related experience in structural firefighting, aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF), or fire service management with a minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience as a Fire Officer in a State, municipal fire department, DoD ARFF operation or equivalent agency.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarization of Federal Aviation Administration airport certification standards / DoD ARFF operations relating to crash, fire and rescue operations and hazardous materials including Part 139 rules and regulations pertaining to ARFF;
  • Principles and practices of FAA records management;
  • Demonstrated skill in fire suppression, rescue and EMS;
  • Knowledge of firefighting and lifesaving techniques, methods and principles of aircraft rescue and structural firefighting, fire prevention and fire investigation;
  • Extensive experience in aircraft rescue and firefighting strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of crash, fire and rescue equipment and apparatus;
  • Preferred certifications may include one or more of the following: Firefighter 2, Airport Firefighter, First Responder, Operation and Incident Commander and/or Fire Officer 3, ICS- 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800; Fire Instructor 2 and Fire Inspector 2.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative ability with extensive knowledge of modern fire/rescue service management;
  • Demonstrated experience in a position that fulfills National Incident Management System (NIMS) functions;
  • An ability to effectively work with and manage individuals from diverse professional backgrounds;
  • Strong conflict resolution and decision making skills;
  • An ability to work constructively with local, state, and federal agencies; and
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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