Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.

Median Annual Wage: $70,670

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (35%); Post-secondary certificate (22%); Associate's degree (19%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Fire Marshal; Fire Chief; Fire Lieutenant; Fire Captain; Fire Battalion Chief; Lieutenant Fire Fighter; Training Officer; Battalion Fire Chief; Shift Commander; Fire Suppression Captain

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  • 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.
  • Instruct and drill fire department personnel in assigned duties, including firefighting, medical care, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, and related subjects.
  • Inspect and test new and existing fire protection systems, fire detection systems, and fire safety equipment to ensure that they are operating properly.
  • Compile and maintain records on personnel, accidents, equipment, and supplies.
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on firefighting equipment, including vehicles, and write and submit proposals to modify, replace, and repair equipment.
  • Prepare activity reports listing fire call locations, actions taken, fire types and probable causes, damage estimates, and situation dispositions.
  • Evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel.
  • Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status.
  • Maintain required maps and records.
  • Recommend personnel actions related to disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves of absence, and grievances.
  • Present and interpret fire prevention and fire code information to citizens' groups, organizations, contractors, engineers, and developers.
  • Direct firefighters in station maintenance duties, and participate in these duties.
  • Attend in-service training classes to remain current in knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Evaluate fire station procedures to ensure efficiency and enforcement of departmental regulations.
  • Coordinate the distribution of fire prevention promotional materials.

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors.

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