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33-1021.01 - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

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

Sample of reported job titles: Battalion Fire Chief, Fire Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Marshal, Fire Suppression Captain, Lieutenant Fire Fighter, Shift Commander, Training Officer

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Tasks

  • Assign firefighters to jobs at strategic locations to facilitate rescue of persons and maximize application of extinguishing agents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide emergency medical services as required, and perform light to heavy rescue functions at emergencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess nature and extent of fire, condition of building, danger to adjacent buildings, and water supply status to determine crew or company requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct and drill fire department personnel in assigned duties, including firefighting, medical care, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, and related subjects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and test new and existing fire protection systems, fire detection systems, and fire safety equipment to ensure that they are operating properly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile and maintain records on personnel, accidents, equipment, and supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on firefighting equipment, including vehicles, and write and submit proposals to modify, replace, and repair equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare activity reports listing fire call locations, actions taken, fire types and probable causes, damage estimates, and situation dispositions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain required maps and records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend personnel actions related to disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves of absence, and grievances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Present and interpret fire prevention and fire code information to citizens' groups, organizations, contractors, engineers, and developers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct firefighters in station maintenance duties, and participate in these duties. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend in-service training classes to remain current in knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate fire station procedures to ensure efficiency and enforcement of departmental regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate the distribution of fire prevention promotional materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct investigation of cases of suspected arson, hazards, and false alarms and submit reports outlining findings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or review building fire exit plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study and interpret fire safety codes to establish procedures for issuing permits to handle hazardous or flammable substances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise and participate in the inspection of properties to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, and standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee review of new building plans to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances, and administrative rules for public fire safety. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document efforts taken to bring property owners into compliance with laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in creating fire safety guidelines and evacuation schemes for nonresidential buildings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify corrective actions needed to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes and ordinances and conduct follow-up inspections to see if corrective actions have been taken. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct fire drills for building occupants and report on the outcomes of such drills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend to proper authorities possible fire code revisions, additions, and deletions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report and issue citations for fire code violations found during inspections, testifying in court about violations when required. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Acoustic sensors — Listening devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air bags for loading — Air bag lifting systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air exhausters — Smoke ejectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Basket stretchers or accessories — Stokes baskets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Search cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Automatic blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit — Intravenous IV administration sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars — Field emergency services neck braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories — Emergency suction kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Evacuation stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fans — Ventilation fans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire escape equipment — Fire shelters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers; Dry chemical fire extinguishers; Multipurpose fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire fighting watercraft — Water rescue boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire hoses or nozzles — Fire hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire or rescue trucks — Bomb response vehicles; Fire engines; HAZMAT response vehicles; Ladder trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire retardant apparel — Protective fire coats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire suppression hand tools — Fire axes; McLeod tools; Pike poles; Pulaski tools (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas-powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Navigation compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous materials protective suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective footwear — Chemical protection footwear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers; Thermal imaging cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Aluminum ladders; Extension ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Laryngoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Life rings — Life throw rings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Life vests or preservers — Life vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Aerial lifting apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Hydraulic extrication equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Multi-gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nylon rope — Self-rescue ropes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; K-12 fire rescue saws; Ventilation saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Chemical protection gloves; Fire resistant gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Halligan bars; Hux bars; Pinch bars; Wrecking bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories — Ambu bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety helmets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Hydrant shutoff wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spine boards — Backboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detection robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel chocks — Truck wheel chocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Truck-mounted winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Plume modeling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE; BIO-key FireRMS; Fire incident reporting systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Helpdesk or call center software — Computer aided dispatch CAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Geographic information system GIS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Incident command system ICS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document legal or regulatory information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess characteristics of fires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Issue warnings or citations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct fire fighting or prevention activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct criminal investigations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform others about laws or regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide safety training. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate employee performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identify actions needed to bring properties or facilities into compliance with regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop fire safety or prevention programs or plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct employee training programs. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 68% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 71% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 61% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 56% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 56% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 49% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 59% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 51% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 55% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 45% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 54% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 34% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 47% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
35   High school diploma or equivalent Help
22   Post-secondary certificate Help
19   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ERS

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.
Employment data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.
Industry data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.

Median wages (2014) $33.98 hourly, $70,670 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 62,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 30,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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