Global Medical Response, Inc.

Airport Firefighter Paramedic in Columbus, OH
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Job Description

Job Summary:

Under supervision, the Airport Firefighter/Paramedic performs work in controlling and extinguishing fires; rescuing persons endangered by aircraft crash or fire, or by structural fire; preventing fire by reducing or eliminating potential fire hazards; responding to and providing advanced life support (ALS) assistance for medical aid calls, vehicle accidents, and Hazmat incidents. This job description applies to both full-time and part-time employees.


Essential Functions:

Fire Suppression:

  • Responds to and mitigates emergency incidents including, but not limited to, structural fires, aircraft accidents and/or fires, medical emergencies, automobile accidents, boating/water accidents, hazardous materials releases and confined space emergencies including tunnel emergencies, terrorist related emergencies, and weather related emergencies.
  • Participates in hazard reduction strategies, including risk assessments, safety audits of airside and landside sectors and other airport/customer facilities to enforce policies and fire codes used by the airport/customer, to include the issuance of required permits..
  • Inspects fuel storage areas and fuel service vehicles in accordance with airport/customer policy and FAR Part 139.
  • Performs runway safety inspections / self-inspections and runway friction monitoring.


Emergency Medical Services:

  • Responds to emergency medical calls by evaluating situations, providing emergency and non-emergency medical procedures both on scene and in a moving vehicle, and transferring patients to medical facilities.
  • Treat patients in accordance with level of training and established Emergency Medical Service Protocols and Rural/Metro Fire Department policy. 



  • Conduct daily and weekly vehicle and equipment inspections as assigned. 
  • Ensure all vehicle and equipment discrepancies are documented and reported to the on-duty supervisor.
  • Perform daily maintenance of facilities by cleaning, inspecting, and any other facility maintenance deemed necessary. 



  • Completes/Provides detailed written fire/EMS reports and fire station records as required.
  • Obtain through knowledge of corporate policies and local Fire Standard Operating Guidelines.



  • Participate in all required training sessions, including, but not limited to; live fire drills, performance evaluation drills, ongoing skills maintenance, practice and training, annual OSHA drills, EMS major skills and any other mandatory Company training
  • Participates in continuing education training courses to ensure FAA competencies are maintained at all times.
  • Participates in the on-going technical and practical training within the airport as required.


Customer Service:

  • Provides cooperative/supportive interaction with co-workers, supervisors, airport staff, local fire and EMS departments, and other state, local and federal agencies.
  • Participates in the Fire Department Public Education program by promoting fire safety through tours of the station, safety briefings, extinguisher classes and informational flyers.



  • Operates and inspects communications equipment.
  • Conduct all radio communications in a professional, respectful manner and in accordance with airport and FAA policies.
  • Prepares written documents for internal and external audiences.



  • Reviews paperwork for accuracy and correct process.
  • Must participate in scheduled and unscheduled onsite compliance audits.
  • Implements corrective/preventive measures as determined by the Corporate Compliance/Audit Committee.
  • Cooperates with Internal Audit, Compliance and HR on any recommendations and changes to compliance and legal workflow issues.
  • Takes swift and immediate action in accordance with Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance on any areas of concern.
  • Complies and enforces all policies and procedures.
  • Must successfully complete all required Compliance Training within the required time period.
  • Must have no compliance related corrective action during the current review period.


Additional Duties:

  • Perform other duties as directed or assigned that are specific to the local operation. 



  • Valid driver license with acceptable driving record in accordance with Rural/Metro policy. DUI within last 5 years is disqualifying.
  • Must be able to work any shift assigned, including nights, holidays and weekends to include scheduled and unscheduled overtime and as needed on an emergency basis.
  • Must pass airfield/customer driving test; and obtain/maintain Ramp, Apron, and Airfield driving clearances as required.
  • Must pass FBI fingerprint-based criminal history records check to obtain/maintain an airport/customer security badge.
  • Must meet local standards pertaining to qualifications, training and/or eligibility for promotion or placement.



The following certifications are required as a condition of employment and maintained for continuous employment:

  • Must be certified as an EMT-Paramedic (State or National Registry issued) to include ACLS;
  • Must be certified as an NFPA 1001 Firefighter II (State, IFSAC, or Pro-Board issued);
  • Must be certified to the NFPA 472, Hazardous Materials-Operations-Level (State, IFSAC, or Pro-Board issued).
  • Must be certified as an NFPA 1003 Airport Firefighter (State, IFSAC, Pro-Board issued) or completion of an FAA 40-hour approved course.


Education Requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.
  • Must complete NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800 within 30 days of hire date.
  • Firefighters will be expected to carryout continuous professional development throughout their role to ensure that skills are current, relevant, and valid.

Physical Requirements:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, fire department personnel are frequently required to walk, sit, climb, crawl, kneel, bend, stoop, lift, talk, see, hear, feel, use clear speech and operate machinery.   There is a need to reach and perform moderate (20-50 pounds) and frequent heavy (50-200 pounds) lifting during the use of tools and equipment, and while assisting others while extinguishing fires or treating ill/injured persons.


Cognitive/Psychosocial/Mental Requirements:

  • Occasionally:      Analyzing, judgment.
  • Frequently: Problem solving, decision making, reasoning.
  • Constantly: Work requires the ability to read and write reports, follow orders and instructions and read fire manuals.


Stress Factors:

  • Frequently: Repetitive tasks, high pressure.
  • Occasionally: Fatigue, intense tasks


Equipment Operated:

  • Office: Computers, printers, standard Microsoft Windows and Office software, fire/ems incident reporting system(s), etc.
  • Firefighting: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), personal protective equipment, ladders, portapower units, hammers, chain saws, portable light, etc.
  • EMS: Automatic defibrillators, Sphygmomanometer, pulse oximetry, angiocaheters, stethoscopes, glucometers, backboards, etc.


Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed primarily in an indoor office environment; Firefighting, Medical Services and Rescue duties may be performed in or outdoors in potentially adverse conditions, such as, but not limited to: extreme heat, cold, wet, humid, and loud situations.

EEO Statement

Global Medical Response and its family of companies are an Equal Opportunity Employer including Veterans and Disabled


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