Aviation firefighters fight fires in aircraft and buildings at airports, provide rescue and first-aid services for aircraft passengers and crew, provide technical advice about fire safety and assist in educating airport users about firefighting and safety.
Duties & Tasks
Aviation firefighters may perform the following tasks:assist in the evacuation of people in life-threatening situations using mobile high-performance vehicles and watercraftfight fires using a range of equipment, such as hoses, foam sprayers and monitorsadminister first aidprotect property endangered by firesprotect the environment (as necessary) in an emergency situationparticipate in organised drills for fire control and rescue workconduct fire safety inspections and inspect fire alarm boardstest and maintain fire vehicles, hoses and other equipmentassist in the operation of the Fire Control Centre at airportsobserve aircraft arrivals and departures.
The majority of aviation firefighters in Australia are employed by Airservices Australia in the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service.par Shiftwork is compulsory. At many locations, the ARFF service operates 24 hours per day. However, at smaller locations the service may be provided for fewer hours. The length of individual shifts varies between 10 and 16 hours, depending on the requirements of the location, with shifts organised around a rotating roster.
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job able to swim comfortable working at heights comfortable working in confined spaces able to work in a structured service environment able to work as part of a team good interpersonal and communication skills meet Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations for colour vision Australian citizenship or permanent residency.