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Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

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Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.

    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.
    • Instruct and drill fire department personnel in assigned duties, including firefighting, medical care, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, and related subjects.
    • Evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel.
    • Prepare activity reports listing fire call locations, actions taken, fire types and probable causes, damage estimates, and situation dispositions.
    • Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status.
    • Attend in-service training classes to remain current in knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.
    • 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.
    • Compile and maintain records on personnel, accidents, equipment, and supplies.
    • Participate in creating fire safety guidelines and evacuation schemes for nonresidential buildings.
    • Maintain required maps and records.
    • 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.
    • Develop or review building fire exit plans.
    • Study and interpret fire safety codes to establish procedures for issuing permits to handle hazardous or flammable substances.
    • Recommend to proper authorities possible fire code revisions, additions, and deletions.
    • Direct investigation of cases of suspected arson, hazards, and false alarms and submit reports outlining findings.
    • Identify corrective actions needed to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes and ordinances and conduct follow-up inspections to see if corrective actions have been taken.
    • Supervise and participate in the inspection of properties to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, and standards.
    • Document efforts taken to bring property owners into compliance with laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and standards.
    • Report and issue citations for fire code violations found during inspections, testifying in court about violations when required.
    • Present and interpret fire prevention and fire code information to citizens' groups, organizations, contractors, engineers, and developers.
    • Oversee review of new building plans to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances, and administrative rules for public fire safety.
    • Conduct fire drills for building occupants and report on the outcomes of such drills.
    • Coordinate the distribution of fire prevention promotional materials.
    Skills
    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    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.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    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.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $71,040/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $34.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 160
    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:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail
    • Leadership
    Tools
    • Pry bars
    • Power saws
    • Fire suppression hand tools
    • Fire or rescue trucks
    • Fire extinguishers
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Helpdesk or call center software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.