Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
SOC: 33-1021.01


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
63,500 employed

Projected (2024):
66,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Battalion Chief
  • Battalion Fire Chief
  • Chief of Fire Prevention
  • Chief of Operations
  • Deputy Fire Chief
  • Fire Battalion Chief
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Department Battalion Chief
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Prevention Bureau Captain
  • Fire Prevention Captain
  • Fire Prevention Officer
  • Fire Suppression Captain
  • Firefighter
  • Lieutenant Fire Fighter
  • Sergeant
  • Shift Commander
  • Training Officer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status.
  • Prepare activity reports listing fire call locations, actions taken, fire types and probable causes, damage estimates, and situation dispositions.
  • Maintain required maps and records.
  • Attend in-service training classes to remain current in knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Evaluate fire station procedures to ensure efficiency and enforcement of departmental regulations.
  • Direct firefighters in station maintenance duties, and participate in these duties.
  • Direct investigation of cases of suspected arson, hazards, and false alarms and submit reports outlining findings.
  • Recommend personnel actions related to disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves of absence, and grievances.
  • Supervise and participate in the inspection of properties to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, and standards.
  • Coordinate the distribution of fire prevention promotional materials.
  • 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.
  • Participate in creating fire safety guidelines and evacuation schemes for nonresidential buildings.
  • Inspect and test new and existing fire protection systems, fire detection systems, and fire safety equipment to ensure that they are operating properly.
  • Recommend to proper authorities possible fire code revisions, additions, and deletions.
  • Develop or review building fire exit plans.
  • 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.
  • Conduct fire drills for building occupants and report on the outcomes of such drills.
  • Document efforts taken to bring property owners into compliance with laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and standards.
  • Oversee review of new building plans to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances, and administrative rules for public fire safety.
  • Study and interpret fire safety codes to establish procedures for issuing permits to handle hazardous or flammable substances.
  • Compile and maintain records on personnel, accidents, equipment, and supplies.
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on firefighting equipment, including vehicles, and write and submit proposals to modify, replace, and repair equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerial lifting apparatus
  • Air bag lifting systems
  • Air chisels
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Aluminum ladders
  • Ambu bags
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automatic blood pressure cuffs
  • Backboards
  • Body harnesses
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bomb response vehicles
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers
  • Ceiling hooks
  • Chain saws
  • Chemical protection footwear
  • Chemical protection gloves
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Emergency suction kits
  • Evacuation stretchers
  • Explosive detection robots
  • Extension ladders
  • Field emergency services neck braces
  • Fire axes
  • Fire engines
  • Fire hoses
  • Fire resistant gloves
  • Fire shelters
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Glucometers
  • Halligan bars
  • Hand saws
  • Hazardous materials protective suits
  • HAZMAT response vehicles
  • Hux bars
  • Hydrant shutoff wrenches
  • Hydraulic extrication equipment
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • K-12 fire rescue saws
  • Ladder trucks
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Life throw rings
  • Life vests
  • Listening devices
  • Lug wrenches
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • McLeod tools
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multi-gas detectors
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Navigation compasses
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Personal computers
  • Pike poles
  • Pinch bars
  • Power saws
  • Protective fire coats
  • Pry bars
  • Pulaski tools
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety helmets
  • Search cameras
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Self-rescue ropes
  • Shovels
  • Sledgehammers
  • Smoke ejectors
  • Stokes baskets
  • Surface thermometers
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Truck wheel chocks
  • Truck-mounted winches
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Ventilation fans
  • Ventilation saws
  • Water rescue boats
  • Wrecking bars
  • Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE
  • BIO-key FireRMS
  • Computer aided dispatch software
  • Email software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Incident command system ICS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Plume modeling software
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610