Military Firefighter

Bangor, Maine, United States | Maintenance & Operations | Full-time

Apply by: Jan. 26, 2021

Department of Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management

Opening Date: January 12, 2021

Closing Date:  January 26, 2021 

Job Class Code: 0086
Grade: 17
Salary: $49,773 – $66,144 
Location: Bangor

The Maine Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management is looking to hire a Firefighter to serve at the Bangor Air National Guard Base/Bangor International Airport.  This is investigative and protective services work involving the prevention and suppression of both structural and aircraft fires and the conduct of crash rescue operations. 


Responsibilities include firefighting, performing crash rescue activities and operating and maintaining firefighting equipment.  This work requests the functioning as a member of a team and involves potential life-threatening situations.  Positions in this class must be trained to respond to airfield rescue firefighting situations and to use and maintain specialized equipment and vehicles employed in airfield rescue firefighting. 


  • Knowledge of structural and aircraft firefighting and rescue methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of specialized firefighting and rescue vehicles, equipment, agents and protective clothing
  • Knowledge of the construction features and location of operating systems on all types of civilian and military aircraft to include jet aircraft, helicopters and various types of transient aircraft
  • Knowledge of basic emergency medical procedures and practices
  • Knowledge of basic hazardous materials spill cleanup methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of safety and clean up equipment used in containing hazardous materials
  • Knowledge of First Aid/First Response level medical methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of state and federal emergency communications network and teletype systems
  • Ability to operate firefighting and rescue vehicles used to respond to aircraft emergencies and disasters
  • Ability to use specialized firefighting and rescue equipment
  • Ability to perform First Aid/First Responder procedures
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment
  • Ability to work in stressful and potentially dangerous situations
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and climb and maneuver in and around high and confining areas
  • Ability to use and operate various communications equipment
  • Ability to read and comprehend aircraft operations manuals and schematics


Three (3) years of experience in an organized fire department.  Preference will be given to candidates who have previous experience in aircraft firefighting and rescue.  Graduation from a certified Military Firefighter Academy can be substituted for three (3) years of experience.

Successful candidates must complete an oral interview, an entry level firefighter exam and a physical agility test.


  • Training in handling hazardous materials leading to a Certification in HAZMAT – Operations Level,
  • Training in First Aid/First Responder Level.
  • Must hold both a valid State of Maine driver’s license and be able to obtain and hold a valid Government driver’s license commensurate with the firefighting vehicles located at the 101st Air Refueling Wing
  • Must have achieved a Level 5 state of proficiency in the AFC 3E751 Specialty. (Completion of a six-year term of enlistment in the Maine Air National Guard will be required if applicant has not achieved Level 5 state of proficiency)
  • Must meet NFPA 1582 Firefighter Candidate Medical Evaluation Standards
  • Must be eligible for and receive appropriate security clearance from the US Air Force and the Federal Aeronautics Administration

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at (207) 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Melissa Weiner, Human Resources Generalist at 

Why work for the State of Maine?

Benefits: (effective July 1, 2020)

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 15.57% of pay to retirement for Firefighters
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (up to $400.34).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.