Fire Benefits


Life happens, and when it does, we offer employees a range of options for medical plans. Dental and vision coverage is also available for employees and their families.

DFW Airport has an onsite LiveWell Center and LiveWell Health Clinic. The LiveWell Center provides access to a full weight room, cardio machines, group fitness classes, personal trainers and more at no cost for all employees. Employees can also take advantage of our onsite LiveWell Health Clinic as another resource to seek medical care such as immunizations, preventative screenings and more – no copay required.

To encourage healthy behavior, the Airport offers a Wellness Incentive Program where employees can earn up to three days pay each year.


DFW Airport is committed to providing competitive pay and medical, dental and vision benefits in order to attract and retain the workforce needed to be an employer of choice.

Employees are eligible for longevity pay after completing one full year of service as a regular full-time employee by end of fiscal year.

The Board is committed to a pay-for-performance philosophy in order to reward each employee for his or her contribution to the Airport. Merit increases or lump sum awards will be based on individual performance.

Basic term life insurance and AD&D coverage is provided and is fully paid for by DFW Airport as an automatic benefit to all employees.


Public Safety employees earn a defined benefit retirement plan funded both by DFW and the plan participants. DFW offers single life annuity, survivor annuity, and guaranteed period annuity options. The retirement plan works alongside a 457 plan to provide you financial security in your retirement years. Financial planning assistance and retirement planning sessions are also available.

Time Off

We recognize that an employee’s overall well-being includes being able to take time off. We encourage a healthy work-life balance.

At DFW Airport, we offer eligible employees paid time off including holidays, vacation days, sick time and also short-term or long-term disability coverage.


Employees can enjoy all the ‘extras’ of working at DFW Airport, like free Airport parking, employee discounts at shopping and dining locations in the terminals, tuition assistance and legal advice and services.

Fire Compensation

Fire Department
 Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7
Apparatus Operator/Specialist  $84,729$88,124$91,113$94,762$98,550
Battalion Chief**$128,743$133,895$139,249    

*Must be Fire Certified to move to this step.
** These positions will require two years between steps
*** The 2912 shift rate includes 53 regular hours and 3 scheduled overtime hours per week.

Lateral Transfers and Requirements:

  • Hold a current Texas Commission on Fire Protection Structural Firefighter Certification or challenge (Reciprocity), and hold a current Basic EMT or greater through the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry, and

  • Minimum 2 years continuous service as a paid, full-time certified Firefighter with a comparable fire service agency, including out of state agencies, as approved by the Fire Chief, and

  • Must not have more than a two-year break in service from the time they left a comparable fire service agency and the time they made application with the DFW Airport Fire Services.

Two years of service: Step 1 pay scale
Four years of service: Step 2 pay scale
Six years of service: Step 3 pay scale
Eight years of service: Step 4 pay scale



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Fire Qualifications


Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen

Age: 18 years of age at the time of application and no maximum age limit.

Language:  Must be able to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing

Special Requirement: Must be able to obtain a Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Paramedic Certification











License /

License: Must have a valid Texas Class C driver’s license or equivalent from another state

Shift Requirements: Must be willing to work various shifts including Fire Based shift schedules to include nights, weekends and holidays

Identify Colors: Red, blue, green, yellow and brown








Education /

Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D equivalent

Must have ONE of the following:

  • Possession of a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certification as a basic structural firefighter and Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Certification as an EMT (NREMT), or
  • TDSHS Paramedic Certification Only (we will send you to fire school) or
  • 24 college credit hours from an accredited college, or
  • 2 years full-time continuous Active-Duty Military service with honorable discharge, or
  • 2 years cumulative Active-Duty service with Military Reserves, National or Coast Guard with honorable discharge