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Forest Firefighters - 33-2011.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Management Specialist
  • Fire Rescue Technician
  • Fire Technician
  • Firefighter
  • Forest Fire Suppression Specialist
  • Forestry Fire Technician
  • Hot Shot
  • On-Scene Supporter
  • Wildland Firefighter

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-2000 Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
33-2010 Firefighters
33-2011.00 Firefighters
33-2011.02 Forest Firefighters

Related Occupations


  • Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.
  • Drop weighted paper streamers from aircraft to determine the speed and direction of the wind at fire sites.
  • Establish water supplies, connect hoses, and direct water onto fires.
  • Extinguish flames and embers to suppress fires, using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps.
  • Fell trees, cut and clear brush, and dig trenches to create firelines, using axes, chainsaws, or shovels.
  • Inform and educate the public about fire prevention.
  • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
  • Maintain fire equipment and firehouse living quarters.
  • Maintain knowledge of current firefighting practices by participating in drills and by attending seminars, conventions, and conferences.
  • Observe forest areas from fire lookout towers to spot potential problems.
  • Operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses.
  • Organize fire caches, positioning equipment for the most effective response.
  • Orient self in relation to fire, using compass and map, and collect supplies and equipment dropped by parachute.
  • Participate in fire prevention and inspection programs.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain high levels of physical fitness.
  • Patrol burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires.
  • Perform forest maintenance and improvement tasks, such as cutting brush, planting trees, building trails, and marking timber.
  • Rescue fire victims, and administer emergency medical aid.
  • Serve as fully trained lead helicopter crewmember and as helispot manager.
  • Take action to contain any hazardous chemicals that could catch fire, leak, or spill.
  • Test and maintain tools, equipment, jump gear, and parachutes to ensure readiness for fire suppression activities.
  • Train new employees to control and suppress forest fires.
  • Transport personnel and cargo to and from fire areas.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
  • Direct fire fighting or prevention activities.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain fitness.
  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
  • Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage.
  • Record information about environmental conditions.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Train personnel to enhance job skills.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Firefighter (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Superintendent (Air Force - 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

  • Fire Suppression Technician
  • Wildland Fire Fighter Specialist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Forest-Fire Fighter
  • Smoke Jumper
  • Wildland Fire Fighter Specialist