What do Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors do?
Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
- 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.
- Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
- Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires and request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
- Operate wildland fire engines or hoselays.
- Monitor prescribed burns to ensure that they are conducted safely and effectively.
- Direct and supervise prescribed burn projects and prepare postburn reports, analyzing burn conditions and results.
- Identify staff training and development needs to ensure that appropriate training can be arranged.
- Maintain knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.
- Recommend equipment modifications or new equipment purchases.
- Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
- Recruit or hire forest firefighting personnel.
- 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.
- Observe fires or crews from air to determine firefighting force requirements or to note changing conditions that will affect firefighting efforts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Direct investigations of suspected arson in wildfires, working closely with other investigating agencies.
- Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
- Lead work crews in the maintenance of structures or access roads in forest areas.
- Drive crew carriers to transport firefighters to fire sites.
- 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.
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