Supervises fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Communicates fire details to superiors, subordinates, or interagency dispatch centers, using two-way radios.
- Evaluates size, location, and condition of forest fires.
- Serves as a working leader of an engine, hand, helicopter, or prescribed fire crew of three or more firefighters.
- Maintains fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
- Trains workers in skills such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.
- Requests and dispatches crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
- Operates wildland fire engines or hoselays.
- Recruits or hires forest firefighting personnel.
- Maintains knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.
- Monitors prescribed burns to ensure that they are conducted safely and effectively.