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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.   (O'Net 33-1021.02)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant Unit Forester, Crew Boss, District Fire Management Officer, Engine Boss, Fire Captain, Fire Management Officer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers which includes:
                          - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
                          - Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.12   $ 21.49   $ 26.60   $ 33.77   $ 40.92   $ 27.83  
    Yearly $39,760   $44,690   $55,340   $70,240   $85,120   $57,890  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.16   $ 20.71   $ 23.26   $ 33.04   $ 42.11   $ 26.67  
    Yearly $39,850   $43,080   $48,390   $68,730   $87,590   $55,480  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.52   $ 26.08   $ 29.21   $ 32.43   $ 41.41   $ 29.77  
    Yearly $42,680   $54,250   $60,760   $67,460   $86,140   $61,920  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers which includes:
                                  - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
                                  - Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 30 32 0.6% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers which includes:
                                - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
                                - Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 92.9%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 2.9%
    Federal government, all industries 2.2%
    Administrative and support services 1.4%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    Knowledge
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    Skills
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    Work Activities
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    Interests
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Forester Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Forester Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors  updated December 2005
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Fire Services Administration.
     
    • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services. ( NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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