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First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Assign firefighters to jobs at strategic locations to facilitate rescue of persons and maximize application of extinguishing agents.
    • Provide emergency medical services as required, and perform light to heavy rescue functions at emergencies.
    • Assess nature and extent of fire, condition of building, danger to adjacent buildings, and water supply status to determine crew or company requirements.
    • 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.
    • Instruct and drill fire department personnel in assigned duties, including firefighting, medical care, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, and related subjects.
    • Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
    • Evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel.
    • Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status.
    • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on firefighting equipment, including vehicles, and write and submit proposals to modify, replace, and repair equipment.
    • Inspect and test new and existing fire protection systems, fire detection systems, and fire safety equipment to ensure that they are operating properly.
    • Schedule employee work assignments and set work priorities.
    • Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
    • Participate in creating fire safety guidelines and evacuation schemes for nonresidential buildings.
    • Maintain required maps and records.
    • Drive crew carriers to transport firefighters to fire sites.
    • Inspect stations, uniforms, equipment, or recreation areas to ensure compliance with safety standards, taking corrective action as necessary.
    • Evaluate fire station procedures to ensure efficiency and enforcement of departmental regulations.
    • Direct firefighters in station maintenance duties, and participate in these duties.
    • Recommend personnel actions related to disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves of absence, and grievances.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
    • Study and interpret fire safety codes to establish procedures for issuing permits to handle hazardous or flammable substances.
    • Direct investigation of cases of suspected arson, hazards, and false alarms and submit reports outlining findings.
    • Recommend equipment modifications or new equipment purchases.
    • Supervise and participate in the inspection of properties to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, and standards.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 79950/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 38.44/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,590
    • Yearly Projected Openings 170

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Pry bars
    • Power saws
    • Fire suppression hand tools
    • Fire pump sets
    • Fire or rescue trucks

    Technology

    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Map creation software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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