Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
SOC: 33-1021.02


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

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:

  • Assistant Unit Forester
  • Burn Crew Member
  • Crew Boss
  • Damage Prevention Coordinator
  • Dispatch Lead
  • District Fire Management Officer
  • Engine Boss
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Coordinator
  • Fire Management Officer
  • Fire Supervisor
  • Firefighter Type One (FFT1)
  • Forest Fire Management Officer
  • Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor
  • Forest Manager
  • Forest Officer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Hotshot Superintendent
  • Incident Commander
  • Prevention Coordinator
  • Section Forest Fire Warden
  • Single Resource Boss
  • Smoke Jumper Supervisor
  • Squad Boss
  • Supervisory Forester

  • 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
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires.
  • Request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Backfiring fusees
  • Backpack pumps
  • Chain saws
  • Crew transport buses
  • Drip torches
  • Equipment transport trailers
  • Falling saws
  • Farm tractors
  • Fire axes
  • Fire hose nozzles
  • Fire resistant clothing
  • Fire resistant gloves
  • Fire shelters
  • First aid kits
  • Foam pumps
  • Fuel trucks
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Hard hats
  • Laptop computers
  • Marsh rigs
  • McLeod tools
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Navigation compasses
  • Passenger vans
  • Personal computers
  • Portable centrifugual pumps
  • Portable diaphragm pumps
  • Portable low-pressure pumps
  • Portable meteorological stations
  • Portable pumps
  • Power pumps
  • Psychrometers
  • Pulaski tools
  • Pyrotechnic flares
  • Safety goggles
  • Shovels
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Tracked bulldozers
  • Tractor-mounted mowers
  • Two way radios
  • Water tenders
  • Wildland fire engines
  • Wind gauges
  • BehavePlus
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Fire incident reporting systems
  • FlamMap
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Resource Ordering and Statusing System ROSS
  • Web browser software
  • Wildland Fire Assessment System WFAS

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    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610