City of Tampa

Airport Fire Chief (#701800) MH

$50.82-$79.62 Hourly / $8,808.80-$13,800.80 Monthly / $105,705.60-$165,609.60 Yearly


This is highly responsible managerial and technical work in directing and coordinating fire suppression and rescue operations at the Tampa International Airport.

Nature Of Work

Under administrative direction, the employee in this class directs the department’s specialized airport firefighting and rescue operations provided by the City for the Tampa International Airport (TIA) under contractual agreement with the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Work is of unusual difficulty and requires the exercise of extensive initiative and independent judgment in developing and implementing policies and procedures, coordinating operations with TIA operations, and evaluating incidents and making technical firefighting and rescue decisions. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results achieved.

Examples of Duties

Plans, directs and supervises airport fire suppression and rescue operations, including the operation and utilization of two fire stations on the airport complex, specialized aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, and specially trained personnel; meets regularly with the Director of Operations of TIA to maintain awareness of activities and policy changes at the airport; develops contingency plans to deal with various types of disasters, cooperating with agencies associated with the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center. Facilitates continual training of assigned firefighters with department training personnel, representatives of TIA, and with other agencies to maintain employees’ certification in airport firefighting and rescue as required by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and National Fire Protection Association; compiles records for the FAA on personnel training and maintenance of equipment; interacts with the airport director of operations, the Aviation Authority, MacDill Air Force Base, Airline Pilots Association, and the Airport Managers Association on a variety of issues. Responds to emergency incidents at the airport to direct firefighting and/or rescue operations; evaluates situation and makes command decisions as to actions to be taken; directs placement and operation of apparatus and equipment; directs placement and activities of firefighting personnel to resolve emergency situation. Evaluates current and future staffing, training, and equipment needs of the division.  Prepares reports and correspondence; assigns, develops, and evaluates staff; manages unit budget and work processes. Performs related work as required.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: principles and practices of modern firefighting, fire administration, organization and programs, and fire apparatus and equipment; modern developments, current literature and sources of information relating to fire service administration and airport rescue and firefighting.

Considerable knowledge of: modern management practices and procedures.

Working knowledge of: labor relations, including negotiations, contract administration, and grievance processing.

Ability to: write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings; plan, assign, direct, and coordinate the work of fire service employees in a manner that promotes full performance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials and employees, representatives of airport related agencies and authorities, labor union representatives, the media, and the general public; deal with public relations problems effectively, courteously, and tactfully; plan, organize and refine procedures; set clear objectives and measures and monitor process, progress, and results.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in fire science, fire administration or related field and three (3) years of experience in fire service management and administration, including experience in airport firefighting and rescue; or an associate's degree in fire science, fire administration or related field and five (5) years of experience in fire service management and administration, including experience in airport firefighting and rescue.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid State of Florida driver’s license.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 701800; EST: 8/7/2013; REV: 2/28/2018;