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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.

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Major Employers

The top employers are local governments.

Schools for Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 260 $73,770
Hoover 260 $73,770
Huntsville 110 $54,280
Mobile 100 $52,480
Tuscaloosa 90 $61,810
Decatur 60 $59,590
Dothan 50 $54,240
Gadsden 40 $47,190
Montgomery 40 $53,920
Oxford 40 $61,130
Jacksonville 40 $61,130
Anniston 40 $61,130
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $91,630
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 1270 $70,990
Phoenix 1270 $70,990
Scottsdale 1270 $70,990
Tucson 300 $60,480
Prescott 200 $77,110
Lake Havasu City 180 $83,260
Kingman 180 $83,260
Douglas 70 $52,310
Sierra Vista 70 $52,310
Flagstaff 70 $52,820
Yuma 30 $60,160
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 310 $61,530
North Little Rock 310 $61,530
Little Rock 310 $61,530
Hot Springs 50 $42,570
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 320 $149,300
Anaheim 320 $149,300
Los Angeles 320 $149,300
Arcade 280 $91,110
Roseville 280 $91,110
Arden 280 $91,110
Sacramento 280 $91,110
San Diego 230 $97,700
Carlsbad 230 $97,700
Oakland 210 $155,200
San Francisco 210 $155,200
Hayward 210 $155,200
Riverside 160 $80,820
San Bernardino 160 $80,820
Ontario 160 $80,820
San Jose 110 $127,830
Sunnyvale 110 $127,830
Santa Clara 110 $127,830
Bakersfield 80 $106,120
Paso Robles 60 $77,100
Arroyo Grande 60 $77,100
San Luis Obispo 60 $77,100
Santa Cruz 50 $80,830
Watsonville 50 $80,830
Salinas 50 $118,600
Porterville 40 N/A
Visalia 40 N/A
Redding 40 $74,460
Fresno 40 $77,850
Lodi 40 $87,130
Stockton 40 $87,130
Santa Rosa 40 $94,390
Santa Barbara 30 $123,720
Santa Maria 30 $123,720
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 560 $87,020
Denver 560 $87,020
Aurora 560 $87,020
Colorado Springs 180 $65,400
Greeley 80 $62,400
Fort Collins 80 $93,900
Boulder 80 $94,170
Pueblo 50 $70,930
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 440 $86,550
Norwalk 440 $86,550
Stamford 440 $86,550
East Hartford 330 $78,080
West Hartford 330 $78,080
Hartford 330 $78,080
New Haven 210 $78,120
Waterbury 80 $74,900
Danbury 40 $92,090
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1060 $96,340
Miami 1060 $96,340
Fort Lauderdale 1060 $96,340
Clearwater 470 $71,820
Tampa 470 $71,820
St. Petersburg 470 $71,820
Orlando 260 $76,370
Sanford 260 $76,370
Kissimmee 260 $76,370
Jacksonville 250 $72,550
Fort Myers 90 $96,420
Cape Coral 90 $96,420
Deltona 70 $67,690
Daytona Beach 70 $67,690
Ormond Beach 70 $67,690
Brent 60 $59,710
Ferry Pass 60 $59,710
Pensacola 60 $59,710
Crestview 60 $63,660
Fort Walton Beach 60 $63,660
Destin 60 $63,660
Palm Bay 60 $76,130
Titusville 60 $76,130
Melbourne 60 $76,130
Tallahassee 60 $83,740
Immokalee 50 $99,650
Naples 50 $99,650
Marco Island 50 $99,650
Lakeland 40 $59,620
Winter Haven 40 $59,620
Panama City 40 $62,900
Ocala 40 $78,010
North Port N/A $84,610
Sarasota N/A $84,610
Bradenton N/A $84,610
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 850 $64,240
Roswell 850 $64,240
Sandy Springs 850 $64,240
Savannah 110 $46,820
Valdosta 60 $39,770
Dalton 60 $40,220
Albany 60 $48,560
Warner Robins 50 $41,450
Gainesville 30 $62,660
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 250 $91,610
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 80 $67,380
Coeur d'Alene 40 $63,630
Idaho Falls 30 $59,570
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 160 $85,760
Peoria 100 $73,950
Rockford 80 $72,550
Urbana 60 $73,950
Champaign 60 $73,950
Decatur 50 $82,930
Bloomington 40 $76,800
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 220 $70,910
Anderson 220 $70,910
Carmel 220 $70,910
Fort Wayne 110 N/A
Elkhart 60 $68,910
Goshen 60 $68,910
Bloomington 50 $58,380
Terre Haute 40 $51,590
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 90 $66,620
Des Moines 90 $66,620
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 240 $52,630
Topeka 160 $69,420
Lawrence 30 $68,150
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 220 $55,950
Lexington 220 $55,950
Fort Knox 40 $42,150
Elizabethtown 40 $42,150
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 560 $50,820
New Orleans 560 $50,820
Shreveport 300 $71,180
Bossier City 300 $71,180
Baton Rouge 240 $65,050
Lafayette 110 $46,530
Lake Charles 90 $31,470
Houma 60 $34,710
Thibodaux 60 $34,710
Alexandria N/A $54,080
Monroe N/A $57,400
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 100 $60,580
Portland 100 $60,580
Bangor 40 $52,010
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1090 $80,500
Columbia 1090 $80,500
Baltimore 1090 $80,500
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 160 $73,840
New Bedford 80 $100,050
Gardner 40 $58,950
Leominster 40 $58,950
Pittsfield 40 $72,390
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Lansing 80 $59,510
Lansing 80 $59,510
Battle Creek 50 $48,840
Ann Arbor 50 $73,510
Wyoming 50 $73,640
Grand Rapids 50 $73,640
Saginaw N/A $62,200
Dearborn N/A $66,080
Detroit N/A $66,080
Warren N/A $66,080
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 200 N/A
Biloxi 200 N/A
Gulfport 200 N/A
Jackson 200 $41,380
Hattiesburg 30 $37,230
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $58,230
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 60 $58,150
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 330 $86,100
Henderson 330 $86,100
Las Vegas 330 $86,100
Reno 90 $85,450
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 30 $88,690
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 110 $100,240
Hammonton 110 $100,240
Trenton 40 $114,260
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 420 $48,870
Las Cruces 70 $49,030
Santa Fe 60 $48,710
Farmington 40 $51,400
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 280 $76,150
Buffalo 280 $76,150
Cheektowaga 280 $76,150
Rochester 270 $86,850
Troy 110 $72,170
Schenectady 110 $72,170
Albany 110 $72,170
Rome 60 $74,680
Utica 60 $74,680
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 250 $60,850
High Point 170 $74,620
Greensboro 170 $74,620
Fayetteville 60 $58,990
Asheville 60 $59,330
Morganton 40 $49,900
Lenoir 40 $49,900
Hickory 40 $49,900
Wilmington 40 $63,500
Durham 40 $70,420
Chapel Hill 40 $70,420
Jacksonville 30 $58,750
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 60 $69,280
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 500 $73,250
Cleveland 500 $73,250
Columbus 460 $88,350
Toledo 210 $74,370
Dayton 130 $76,700
Akron 120 $67,310
Canton 100 $49,970
Massillon 100 $49,970
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 250 $60,120
Lawton 100 $49,850
Oklahoma City N/A $78,550
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 160 $83,520
Medford 80 $90,310
Salem 80 $90,820
Redmond 60 $86,060
Bend 60 $86,060
Albany 60 $89,540
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 110 $72,780
Hazleton 50 $60,090
Barre 50 $60,090
Wilkes 50 $60,090
Scranton 50 $60,090
Hanover 40 $81,740
York 40 $81,740
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 220 $30,530
Carolina 220 $30,530
San Juan 220 $30,530
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 250 $57,270
North Charleston 250 $57,270
Greenville 220 $57,010
Mauldin 220 $57,010
Anderson 220 $57,010
Columbia 200 $53,120
Spartanburg 80 $47,850
Florence 60 $46,900
Beaufort 50 $69,650
Hilton Head Island 50 $69,650
Bluffton 50 $69,650
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 70 $75,880
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 480 $58,170
Murfreesboro 480 $58,170
Davidson 480 $58,170
Nashville 480 $58,170
Knoxville 110 $61,180
Morristown 40 $38,670
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 400 $83,520
The Woodlands 400 $83,520
Sugar Land 400 $83,520
Fort Worth 310 $91,680
Arlington 310 $91,680
Dallas 310 $91,680
San Antonio 120 $72,040
New Braunfels 120 $72,040
Round Rock 110 $93,240
Austin 110 $93,240
Corpus Christi 50 $65,450
Killeen 30 $66,730
Temple 30 $66,730
Amarillo 30 $89,820
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 320 $81,850
Orem 110 $47,190
Provo 110 $47,190
Clearfield 100 $51,610
Ogden 100 $51,610
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $48,390
Burlington 30 $48,390
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 180 $83,330
Roanoke 80 $63,980
Charlottesville 50 $54,520
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1230 $99,100
Tacoma 1230 $99,100
Seattle 1230 $99,100
Spokane Valley 130 $94,750
Spokane 130 $94,750
Bremerton 110 $102,220
Silverdale 110 $102,220
Yakima 80 $45,230
Richland 80 $91,340
Kennewick 80 $91,340
Mount Vernon 70 $67,860
Anacortes 70 $67,860
Olympia 60 $93,520
Tumwater 60 $93,520
Bellingham 50 $92,520
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 340 $76,340
Waukesha 340 $76,340
Milwaukee 340 $76,340
Madison 100 $58,610
Neenah 50 $68,930
Oshkosh 50 $68,930

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

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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