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Airport Operations Specialist

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:11 am
by polarman
Just trying to find out some info on airports who have this position. Is it more positive or negative move on the airport to combine life/safety services with other occupations located at the airport.

How does the response fall in line with Transport Canada's guidelines for 3 min. response to middle of furthest runway serving passenger traffic? How is response posture maintained? Who looks after the finer things of running a fire service such as inspection, maintenance of appliances and tools.

Would love to hear opinions and possible wage structure on this.


Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:24 pm
by HookandLadder
Airfield Operations Specialists are the new breed of employee combining firefighting, runway maintenance and snow removal, basic mechanic and airport terminal maintenance. Most smaller and mid size airports have utilized this new position to dissolve the firefighter role, in which there was a lot of downtime in which firefighters aren't actually running calls or doing equipment checks, or fire prevention. Airports like Windsor, London and Hamilton, Waterloo and even Toronto Island airport use this position because there is not enough firefighting related work to keep an entire on shift crew busy. It was a cost saving measure.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 3:01 pm
by igniobstare
"even Toronto Island airport use this position"

Correction on your post:
The billy Bishop Toronto City Airport employs a minimum of 4 full time firefighters plus one Auxiliary firefighter per shift while the airport is operating.