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Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers oversee and coordinate the activities of personnel involved with fire fighting and fire prevention and control. They serve as the leader of a fire, helicopter, hand or engine crew. Some supervisors are involved with forest environments, whereas other supervisors work in municipalities. The vast majority of fire fighters supervisors are employed by government agencies.

Supervisors of firefighters protect the public and property from the dangers of fire. While on duty, firefighters and prevention workers supervisors need to be prepared to immediately respond to a fire. Supervisors assign specific tasks to fire fighters. A firefighter's duties can change several times while the crew is at a scene.

When a forest fire occurs, forest fire fighting and prevention workers supervisors oversee fire fighters suppressing the fire with heavy equipment and water hoses. They also supervise the construction of fire lines which includes cutting down trees and removing appropriate combustible types of vegetation in order to deprive the fire of fuel.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate the location, size and condition of fires
  • Provide the details of fires to subordinates and superiors and interagency dispatch centers
  • Position equipment in order to contain fires effectively and safely
  • Keep fire suppression equipment in good condition
  • Monitor prescribed burns to make sure they are performed effectively and safely
  • Determine staff training and development needs and arrange for appropriate training
  • Stay current with fire laws and fire prevention strategies and techniques
  • Determine best strategies for rescuing people
  • Provide emergency rescue services
  • Evaluate the performance of fire fighters

Job Characteristics

Fire fighting has a high risk of injury or death. Municipal supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers may also come into contact with radioactive materials and flammable, poisonous or explosive gases and chemicals which can have immediate or long-term negative effects on their health.

Many firefighters work about 50 hours per week or more. In some agencies, firefighters are on duty for 24 hours which is followed by being off duty for 48 hours and they get an additional day off at intervals. Other fire fighters have different work schedules. Fire captains and lieutenants often work the same hours as the firefighters they supervise.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 19 percent employment growth for fire fighters between 2008 and 2018 which is faster than average for all occupations. The employment growth of fire fighting and prevention workers supervisors may be linked to the employment growth of fire fighters. In addition, the median annual earnings of first-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers in 2008 was $67,440.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Candidates for fire fighter jobs are typically required to have a high school diploma. Completing some secondary education or acquiring an associate degree in fire science may improve an applicants chances for getting a fire fighters job. Numerous colleges and universities offer two-year and four-year degrees in fire engineering or fire science.

Promotions to supervisors and other positions depends on job performance, the results from written examinations, seniority and interviews. Increasingly, fire departments are utilizing assessment centers which simulate various job performance tasks, to screen for the best candidates for promotion.

Many fire departments require candidates for positions higher than battalion chief to have a bachelor's degree in fire science, public administration or a related subject. A master's degree is necessary for executive fire officer certification from the National Fire academy and also for State chief officer certification.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are local governments.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Supervisors Of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Supervisors Of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 310 $73,670
Hoover 310 $73,670
Mobile 110 $51,780
Huntsville 110 $51,930
Tuscaloosa 110 $60,580
Oxford 50 $60,240
Anniston 50 $60,240
Jacksonville 50 $60,240
Decatur 50 $70,750
Gadsden 40 $45,840
Montgomery 40 $52,960
Fairhope 40 $54,600
Daphne 40 $54,600
Foley 40 $54,600
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $89,010
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 1230 $69,280
Scottsdale 1230 $69,280
Phoenix 1230 $69,280
Tucson 270 $60,670
Prescott 210 $73,640
Douglas 200 $75,430
Sierra Vista 200 $75,430
Lake Havasu City 110 $76,950
Kingman 110 $76,950
Flagstaff 80 $53,180
Yuma 50 $61,300
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 300 $60,340
North Little Rock 300 $60,340
Little Rock 300 $60,340
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 370 $139,880
Los Angeles 370 $139,880
Long Beach 370 $139,880
Roseville 330 $92,950
Arcade 330 $92,950
Sacramento 330 $92,950
Arden 330 $92,950
San Diego 290 $96,060
Carlsbad 290 $96,060
Ontario 230 $79,290
San Bernardino 230 $79,290
Riverside 230 $79,290
San Francisco 200 $142,360
Oakland 200 $142,360
Hayward 200 $142,360
Santa Clara 110 $120,460
Sunnyvale 110 $120,460
San Jose 110 $120,460
Bakersfield 70 $97,370
Redding 50 $71,870
Fresno 50 $74,710
Arroyo Grande 50 $76,410
Paso Robles 50 $76,410
San Luis Obispo 50 $76,410
Santa Rosa 50 $92,750
Santa Cruz 50 $94,440
Watsonville 50 $94,440
Salinas 50 $103,270
Santa Maria 40 $126,340
Santa Barbara 40 $126,340
Stockton 30 $83,100
Lodi 30 $83,100
Visalia 30 $99,330
Porterville 30 $99,330
Modesto N/A $64,590
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 510 $84,610
Lakewood 510 $84,610
Denver 510 $84,610
Colorado Springs 150 $65,060
Boulder 80 $91,520
Fort Collins 70 $92,260
Greeley 50 $61,360
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 430 $84,630
Stamford 430 $84,630
Bridgeport 430 $84,630
Hartford 340 $75,280
East Hartford 340 $75,280
West Hartford 340 $75,280
New Haven 200 $75,940
Waterbury 70 $72,740
Danbury 40 $89,730
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1040 $100,730
Fort Lauderdale 1040 $100,730
Miami 1040 $100,730
Tampa 470 $69,490
Clearwater 470 $69,490
St. Petersburg 470 $69,490
Sanford 260 $72,700
Kissimmee 260 $72,700
Orlando 260 $72,700
Jacksonville 230 $59,480
Port St. Lucie 130 $91,620
Fort Myers 90 $91,690
Cape Coral 90 $91,690
Titusville 80 $72,260
Melbourne 80 $72,260
Palm Bay 80 $72,260
Ormond Beach 70 $66,030
Daytona Beach 70 $66,030
Deltona 70 $66,030
Ferry Pass 60 $58,080
Pensacola 60 $58,080
Brent 60 $58,080
Winter Haven 50 $57,900
Lakeland 50 $57,900
Panama City 50 $60,330
Crestview 50 $62,760
Fort Walton Beach 50 $62,760
Destin 50 $62,760
Ocala 40 $80,110
Tallahassee 40 $84,360
Marco Island 40 $109,030
Naples 40 $109,030
Immokalee 40 $109,030
North Port N/A $75,700
Sarasota N/A $75,700
Bradenton N/A $75,700
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 810 $62,780
Atlanta 810 $62,780
Roswell 810 $62,780
Savannah 100 $44,920
Dalton 70 $38,850
Albany 60 $47,620
Macon 60 $47,850
Clarke County 60 $60,970
Athens 60 $60,970
Warner Robins 40 $39,800
Valdosta 40 $50,790
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 290 $90,750
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 90 $53,770
Idaho Falls 30 $58,130
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 160 $72,590
Springfield 160 $83,220
Peoria 100 $73,130
Bloomington 30 $73,810
Urbana N/A $79,750
Champaign N/A $79,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 490 $62,340
Carmel 490 $62,340
Indianapolis 490 $62,340
Fort Wayne 90 $56,720
Bloomington 40 $67,200
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 90 $63,430
Des Moines 90 $63,430
Iowa City 30 $47,260
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 290 $57,350
Topeka 150 $68,000
Manhattan 40 $46,170
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 190 $55,770
Lexington 190 $55,770
Bowling Green 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 510 $48,360
New Orleans 510 $48,360
Baton Rouge 280 $54,950
Bossier City 260 $69,810
Shreveport 260 $69,810
Alexandria 120 $52,110
Lake Charles 90 $33,510
Lafayette 90 $44,730
Hammond 50 $45,990
Monroe 40 $41,520
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 110 $58,230
South Portland 110 $58,230
Bangor 40 $50,310
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1140 $79,100
Columbia 1140 $79,100
Baltimore 1140 $79,100
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 130 $72,280
New Bedford 90 N/A
Pittsfield 50 $70,760
Gardner 40 $64,260
Leominster 40 $64,260
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 520 $65,680
Detroit 520 $65,680
Warren 520 $65,680
East Lansing 100 $59,200
Lansing 100 $59,200
Battle Creek 70 $47,230
Ann Arbor 60 $70,270
Saginaw N/A $60,240
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 220 $40,200
Gulfport 170 $46,570
Pascagoula 170 $46,570
Biloxi 170 $46,570
Hattiesburg 50 $35,620
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 60 $50,660
Joplin 40 $46,920
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 80 $56,030
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 340 $80,930
Henderson 340 $80,930
Las Vegas 340 $80,930
Reno 110 $58,790
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 60 $76,850
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 110 $96,360
Hammonton 110 $96,360
Trenton 100 $93,590
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 370 $47,590
Santa Fe 70 $47,310
Las Cruces 50 $49,160
Farmington 40 $49,900
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 280 $73,990
Buffalo 280 $73,990
Cheektowaga 280 $73,990
Rochester 210 $83,380
Albany 120 $69,910
Troy 120 $69,910
Schenectady 120 $69,910
Syracuse 110 $68,980
Rome 60 $72,560
Utica 60 $72,560
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 230 $58,610
High Point 200 $71,610
Greensboro 200 $71,610
Winston 110 $63,210
Salem 110 $63,210
Asheville 90 $63,040
Fayetteville 60 $58,190
Durham 60 $59,080
Chapel Hill 60 $59,080
Lenoir 50 $46,770
Hickory 50 $46,770
Morganton 50 $46,770
Jacksonville 50 $54,850
Rocky Mount 40 $40,810
Wilmington 40 $68,760
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 50 $65,370
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 450 $85,840
Elyria 410 $71,790
Cleveland 410 $71,790
Toledo 200 $73,200
Dayton 130 $71,980
Akron 110 $65,060
Canton 70 $48,050
Massillon 70 $48,050
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 260 $57,320
Lawton 80 $48,250
Oklahoma City N/A $76,340
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 150 $80,420
Salem 90 $88,890
Medford 90 $97,510
Redmond 60 $82,260
Bend 60 $82,260
Albany N/A $59,110
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 110 $71,200
Barre 40 $57,090
Hazleton 40 $57,090
Wilkes 40 $57,090
Scranton 40 $57,090
Carlisle 30 $56,850
Harrisburg 30 $56,850
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 180 $30,200
Carolina 180 $30,200
San Juan 180 $30,200
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 240 $54,430
Mauldin 240 $54,430
Greenville 240 $54,430
Charleston 230 $56,130
North Charleston 230 $56,130
Columbia 160 $45,930
Spartanburg 70 $43,830
Florence 40 $47,860
Bluffton 40 $74,170
Hilton Head Island 40 $74,170
Beaufort 40 $74,170
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 460 $57,100
Franklin 460 $57,100
Davidson 460 $57,100
Nashville 460 $57,100
Knoxville 100 $49,850
Morristown 30 $38,080
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 420 $80,680
Fort Worth 420 $80,680
Dallas 420 $80,680
The Woodlands 380 $82,010
Houston 380 $82,010
Sugar Land 380 $82,010
Round Rock 160 $79,130
Austin 160 $79,130
New Braunfels 140 $68,310
San Antonio 140 $68,310
Temple 40 $60,410
Killeen 40 $60,410
Corpus Christi 40 $69,180
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 310 $79,550
Clearfield 140 $64,750
Ogden 140 $64,750
Provo 110 $45,990
Orem 110 $45,990
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 190 $79,240
Roanoke 80 $63,500
Charlottesville 50 $52,880
Waynesboro 30 $54,640
Staunton 30 $54,640
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1160 $97,890
Tacoma 1160 $97,890
Bellevue 1160 $97,890
Spokane Valley 120 $91,930
Spokane 120 $91,930
Bremerton 90 $107,780
Silverdale 90 $107,780
Richland 80 $88,410
Kennewick 80 $88,410
Mount Vernon 70 $63,670
Anacortes 70 $63,670
Yakima 50 $62,620
Bellingham 50 $87,350
Olympia 40 $74,890
Tumwater 40 $74,890
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 70 $60,640
Neenah 50 $67,040
Oshkosh 50 $67,040
Green Bay 40 $70,260
West Allis N/A $84,540
Waukesha N/A $84,540
Milwaukee N/A $84,540

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Supervisors Of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 52,280 98% $67,760
Office Services And Staffing 690 1% $46,650
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