Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

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About the Job

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

It is also Called

  • Assistant Unit Forester
  • Burn Crew Member
  • Crew Boss
  • Damage Prevention Coordinator
  • Dispatch Lead
  • District Fire Management Officer
  • Engine Boss
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Coordinator
  • Firefighter Type One (FFT1)
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What They Do

  • Communicate fire details to superiors, subordinates, or interagency dispatch centers, using two-way radios.
  • Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires.
  • Serve as a working leader of an engine, hand, helicopter, or prescribed fire crew of three or more firefighters.
  • Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
  • Train workers in skills such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.
  • Request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
  • Operate wildland fire engines or hoselays.
  • Recruit or hire forest firefighting personnel.
  • Observe fires or crews from air to determine firefighting force requirements or to note changing conditions that will affect firefighting efforts.
  • Maintain knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $72,930 with most people making between $45,720 and $101,760

Outlook

8.81%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 352 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 31 openings due to growth and about 167 replacement openings for approximately 198 total annual openings.



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