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Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors - 33-1021.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Assistant Unit Forester
  • Crew Boss
  • District Fire Management Officer
  • Engine Boss
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Management Officer
  • Firefighter Type One (FFT1)
  • Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor
  • Section Forest Fire Warden
  • Squad Boss

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Appraise damage caused by fires and prepare damage reports.
  • Communicate fire details to superiors, subordinates, or interagency dispatch centers, using two-way radios.
  • Direct and supervise prescribed burn projects and prepare postburn reports, analyzing burn conditions and results.
  • Direct investigations of suspected arson in wildfires, working closely with other investigating agencies.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires.
  • Identify staff training and development needs to ensure that appropriate training can be arranged.
  • Inspect stations, uniforms, equipment, or recreation areas to ensure compliance with safety standards, taking corrective action as necessary.
  • Investigate special fire issues, such as railroad fire problems, right-of-way burning, or slash disposal problems.
  • Lead work crews in the maintenance of structures or access roads in forest areas.
  • Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
  • Maintain knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.
  • Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
  • Monitor prescribed burns to ensure that they are conducted safely and effectively.
  • Observe fires or crews from air to determine firefighting force requirements or to note changing conditions that will affect firefighting efforts.
  • Operate wildland fire engines or hoselays.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
  • Recommend equipment modifications or new equipment purchases.
  • Recruit or hire forest firefighting personnel.
  • 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.
  • Request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
  • Review and evaluate employee performance.
  • Schedule employee work assignments and set work priorities.
  • Serve as a working leader of an engine, hand, helicopter, or prescribed fire crew of three or more firefighters.
  • Train workers in skills, such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assess characteristics of fires.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Direct criminal investigations.
  • Direct employee training programs.
  • Direct fire fighting or prevention activities.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Issue permits or other legal documents.
  • Issue warnings or citations.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Prepare activity or work schedules.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
  • Record information about environmental conditions.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
  • Write operational reports.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Firefighter (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Smoke Jumper Supervisor