About the Department

In addition to specialized aircraft rescue and firefighting, the Airport Fire Department (AFD) serves as a full-service fire department providing structural fire response, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, water and ice rescue, and vehicle extrication. Under the direction of the Fire Marshal, the AFD is also responsible for fire code inspections, sprinklers, fire alarms, building plan review, fire cause investigations and fire prevention activities.

The department provides these services within the geographical boundaries of MSP Airport, which includes the surrounding roadways and waterways, as well as residential and commercial properties included in the department’s mutual aid agreements.

The department employs captains, driver/operators, fire fighters and an administrative assistant. Supported by two assistant fire chiefs, Fire Chief Bob Koenig leads this department.

Crash truck and firefighter during an exercise
Employment Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years fire fighter work experience (Full-time, part-time, paid on-call, volunteer, or military)
  • Valid government-issued driver's license that is unrestricted except for corrective lenses
  • Current MN Board of Fire Fighter Training and Education (MBFTE) Fire Fighter License. If no MBFTE license, the candidate must obtain one within 90 days of appointment
  • Completion of a HAZMAT Operations level course, NFPA 472 Hazmat Operations Level Certification, or equivalent as determined by the Airport Fire Department
  • Current Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board (MFSCB) Fire Fighter II, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Fire Fighter II certification, or ProBoard Fire Fighter II Certification
  • Current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification. In lieu of the NREMT, must have a current Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulation Board (EMSRB) EMT Certification and successfully obtain a National Registry EMT within one year of appointment. 
  • Clear and articulate written and oral communication skills
  • Operating telephone service
  •  Associate Degree in Fire Protection or Fire Science
  • Completion of Fire Protection or Fire Science Technical Certificate (40-60 Credits)
  • Completion of two or more year's post-secondary education
  • Completion of 40-hour Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training program, IFSAC Airport Fire Fighter Certification, or ProBoard Airport Fire Fighter Certification
  • Two or more years of ARFF work experience at a military base or Part 139 Airport.
  • Work experience in a Part 139 airport



How to Apply

Call: 612-713-8726
Visit: metroairports.org

Metropolitan Airports Commission
6040 28th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55450



  • Bi-weekly base rate of $2,684.00 (2022 wage scale)
  • Holiday value pay (equals 13 holidays per year)
  • Educational incentive pay (up to 5%)
  • $1,105 annual uniform allowance (2022 contractual amount)
  • All protective clothing provided
  • PERA Police & Fire pension plan
  • Union contract (IAFF Local S-6)
  • Medical, dental and life insurance plans
  • 7.5 (up to 14.5) paid vacation days per year
  • 6 paid days of sick leave per year
  • Deferred compensation plans
  • Wellness program


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