Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Airport Crash Rescue Fire Captain (Connecticut Airport Authority)

Recruitment #220623-0179PS-001


We are recruiting for a full-time Airport Crash Rescue Fire Captain opening.  This internal PROMOTIONAL opportunity is open to all current CAA employees who have permanent status and meet the minimum experience and training requirements.  This position is full-time, 40 hours per week with a work schedule of 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Special events and emergency operations may require work outside the normal weekly schedule and is compensated per the collective bargaining contract.


Specific to this position, the incumbent will split time between the CAA’s General Aviation Airports and Bradley International Airport (Windsor Locks, Hartford, Groton, Oxford, Danielson, Windham), and will be responsible for: 

  • The initial and annual training of all General Aviation personnel responsible for Airport Crash Rescue response; 
  • Ensuring compliance with all FAA Part 139 and CT State Fire Code requirements at the General Aviation Airports; 
  • Conducting required inspections and investigations as they pertain to fire code and aircraft incidents at CAA Airports.  


In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for this position, the successful candidate is required to hold and maintain a current Connecticut State Fire Marshal certification.  An individual serving in this position must be able to successfully undergo a thorough background and security screening, physical examination including pre-employment drug screening, fingerprinting and maintain required security clearance during the duration of employment. Incumbents in this class must obtain Bradley movement area certification, allowing them to independently operate vehicles and equipment on Airfield movement areas while effectively communicating with Air Traffic Control for proper clearance. Movement area certification must be maintained during the duration of employment. 


The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), is a State of Connecticut quasi-public agency that was established to develop, improve and operate Bradley International Airport, as well as five General Aviation Airports throughout the state. It is the CAA’s mission to provide excellent customer service and top-quality facilities for its passengers while making Connecticut’s airports more attractive to new airlines, establishing new routes, and supporting Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.  By keeping our airports operating at their best, we deliver a powerful and positive impact on the state's economy.

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening by the close date on the job opening.  It is very important that your application reflects your qualifications for the position.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

After You Apply: 

  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 
  • In addition to the checking of references, an investigation of facts stated in the application may be made before candidates are certified for permanent appointment.

Connect With Us:

  • Updates regarding the recruitment process will be available through your JobAps portal account.  Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, which is available at
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Timothy J. Geary at


In the Connecticut Airport Authority, Bradley International Airport and other state airports and at the Military Department, Connecticut Air National Guard Base, this class is accountable for the supervision of a shift of Airport Crash Rescue Firefighters engaged in fire prevention, fire fighting and crash rescue operations and the provision of emergency medical and crisis response services.


Supervises assigned staff including initiation, training, counseling and evaluation in accordance with department standards; assigns duties and reviews results for accuracy, effectiveness and conformance with policy; studies, analyzes and evaluates tasks performed by shift; ensures appropriate records and reports completed in an accurate and timely manner and in compliance with national standards; provides educational instruction and training to fire fighting and non-fire fighting departmental personnel, other agency personnel and individuals; ensures educational and training requirements are completed in the appropriate timeframe; assigns, reviews and participates in fire prevention inspections and investigations; reports defective or hazardous conditions and equipment and conducts re-inspections to insure correction of deficiencies; oversees daily maintenance of station, fire, medical and/or ambulance equipment; acts as Incident Commander and supervises personnel on scene of fire, emergency, hazardous material and medical responses including formulation of strategy and tactics for effective incident mitigation; supervises removal of equipment, supplies, documents and other items from burning structures or aircraft and preserves evidence necessary to determine cause of fire or crash; maintain records and submits pertinent reports; operates fire alarm communications and ascertains pertinent data concerning fires and other incidents; may be in charge of a total fire services program at branch facilities; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of fire fighting and crash rescue practices and procedures as applied to airports and aircraft crash situations; considerable knowledge of fire investigation, inspection and prevention methodology and procedures; considerable knowledge of and ability to utilize and implement Incident Command System in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS); considerable knowledge of fire safety and building codes; knowledge of emergency medical services techniques; knowledge of hazardous materials methodology; knowledge of training practices and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to evaluate emergency situations and develop effective course of action; considerable ability to work under pressure; supervisory ability; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience as a firefighter in an organized fire department or a state fire fighting service.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of Fire Lieutenant or higher in an organized Fire Department.


  • Current CT State Fire Marshal certification (required).
  • 7 years of experience conducting fire code inspections.
  • 5 years of experience ensuring compliance with FAA Part 139 fueling standards, hazardous materials, and ARFF equipment.
  • 3 years of experience conducting fire training.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Officer 2 certification.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and a retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate or Paramedic license.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain Office of State Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector certification.
  4. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license with proper endorsements.
  5. Incumbents in this class must successfully complete Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training within twelve (12) months of appointment.
  6. Incumbents in this class must complete annual recurrent Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting training.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate will be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  2. Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a moderate amount of lifting equipment, danger of injury or loss of life during fire fighting and crash rescue operations and handling of hazardous materials, significant mental stress in responding to life and death emergencies and to strongly disagreeable conditions including exposure to weather, loud noises and hazardous materials.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.