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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors Description

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

Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors Related Job Titles

County Forest Ranger, Crew Boss, Engine Boss, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Fighter, Fire Hand Crew Boss, Fire Management Officer, Fire Supervisor, Firefighter, Firefighter Type One (FFT1), Forest Ranger Technician, Forest Technician, Forester, Forestry Technician, Forestry Technician Supervisor, Hotshot Crew Squad Boss, Incident Commander, Single Resource Boss, Smoke Jumper Supervisor, Squad Boss, Strike Team Leader, Supervisory Forestry Technician, Wildland Fire Coordinator,


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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Operate wildland fire engines or hoselays.
  • Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires and request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
  • Monitor prescribed burns to ensure that they are conducted safely and effectively.
  • Identify staff training and development needs to ensure that appropriate training can be arranged.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
  • Communicate fire details to superiors, subordinates, or interagency dispatch centers, using two-way radios.
  • Serve as a working leader of an engine, hand, helicopter, or prescribed fire crew of three or more firefighters.
  • Direct and supervise prescribed burn projects and prepare postburn reports, analyzing burn conditions and results.
  • Maintain knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.
  • Recommend equipment modifications or new equipment purchases.
  • Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
  • Inspect stations, uniforms, equipment, or recreation areas to ensure compliance with safety standards, taking corrective action as necessary.
  • Schedule employee work assignments and set work priorities.
  • Direct investigations of suspected arson in wildfires, working closely with other investigating agencies.
  • Educate the public about forest fire prevention by participating in activities such as exhibits or presentations or by distributing promotional materials.
  • Investigate special fire issues, such as railroad fire problems, right-of-way burning, or slash disposal problems.
  • Appraise damage caused by fires and prepare damage reports.
  • 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.
  • Regulate open burning by issuing burning permits, inspecting problem sites, issuing citations for violations of laws and ordinances, or educating the public in proper burning practices.
  • Lead work crews in the maintenance of structures or access roads in forest areas.
  • Drive crew carriers to transport firefighters to fire sites.
  • Train workers in skills such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.
  • Review and evaluate employee performance.

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