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Municipal Fire Fighting & Prevention Supervisors

Also called: Fire Chief, Fire Captain, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Battalion Chief

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Fire Protection Craftsman; Fire Protection Manager; Fire Protection Superintendent

What they do:
Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.
On the job, you would:
  • Assign firefighters to jobs at strategic locations to facilitate rescue of persons and maximize application of extinguishing agents.
  • Provide emergency medical services as required, and perform light to heavy rescue functions at emergencies.
  • Assess nature and extent of fire, condition of building, danger to adjacent buildings, and water supply status to determine crew or company requirements.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE
  • Fire incident reporting systems
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel
Helpdesk or call center software
  • Computer aided dispatch CAD software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$70,040
per year, on average
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