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Airport Fire Fighter/Operations Technician Trainee

Minimum Qualifications

In order for County Personnel to determine a candidate's eligibility for a position the applicant must document in writing on the application how they meet the minimum qualifications related to the position.


Graduation from High School or possession of a High School Equivalency Diploma AND two years of  full-time paid (or the equivalent part-time and/or volunteer) experience in the field of airport maintenance, buildings and/or grounds maintenance, highway maintenance, equipment maintenance or any other similar maintenance related field AND certification in “Fire Fighter One,” or “Essentials of Fire Fighting”, or the equivalent certification in another field (e.g., military fire fighting, industrial fire fighting, etc.).”

Tompkins County is Committed to Equity and Inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.


Successful completion of the following requirements within 18 months of appointment will constitute successful completion of the trainee-ship and the trainee will automatically promote to the Technician title without further examination. 

  1. Possession of a valid New York State Commercial Drivers License (Class “B”) within 18 months of appointment. 
  2. Graduation from the New York State Basic Fire Fighter Training Program within 18 months of appointment.
  3. Possession of a NYS Emergency Medical Technician certification within 18 months of appointment.
  4. Graduation from a FAA accredited Basic Aircraft Rescue and Fire-fighting course within 18 months of appointment.