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First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting & Prevention Workers

Also called: Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Management Officer, Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor

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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
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • 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
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
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:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • BIO-key FireRMS
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • BehavePlus
  • FARSITE
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Geographic information system GIS software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$77,800
$43,150
$126,720
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