CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land. 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.
 
Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
 
Recruit or hire forest firefighting personnel.
 
Train workers in skills such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.
 
Review and evaluate employee performance.
 
Observe fires or crews from air to determine firefighting force requirements or to note changing conditions that will affect firefighting efforts.
 
Inspect stations, uniforms, equipment, or recreation areas to ensure compliance with safety standards, taking corrective action as necessary.
 
Schedule employee work assignments and set work priorities.
 
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.
 
Direct investigations of suspected arson in wildfires, working closely with other investigating agencies.
 
Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
 
Lead work crews in the maintenance of structures or access roads in forest areas.
 
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.
 
Investigate special fire issues, such as railroad fire problems, right-of-way burning, or slash disposal problems.
 
Appraise damage caused by fires and prepare damage reports.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
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.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
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.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
County Forest Ranger
Crew Boss
Engine Boss
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Fire Captain
Fire Fighter
Fire Hand Crew Boss
Fire Management Officer
Fire Supervisor
Firefighter
Firefighter Type One (FFT1)
Forest Ranger Technician
Forest Technician
Forester
Forestry Technician
Forestry Technician Supervisor
Hotshot Crew Squad Boss
Incident Commander
Single Resource Boss
Smoke Jumper Supervisor
Squad Boss
Strike Team Leader
Supervisory Forestry Technician
Wildland Fire Coordinator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Fire Service
Benchmark Title: Forest Fire Fighting Prevention Supervisor
 
 
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