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First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting & Prevention Workers

Also called: Engine Boss, Fire Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Fire Chief

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.
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
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • BehavePlus
  • Plume modeling software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$78,230
$47,450
$127,680
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