Enforces fire regulations, inspects forest for fire hazards and recommends forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Relays messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.
- Directs crews working on firelines during forest fires.
- Estimates sizes and characteristics of fires, and reports findings to base camps by radio or telephone.
- Administers regulations regarding sanitation, fire prevention, violation corrections, and related forest regulations.
- Extinguishes smaller fires with portable extinguishers, shovels, and axes.
- Locates forest fires on area maps, using azimuth sighters and known landmarks.
- Maintains records and logbooks.
- Examines and inventories firefighting equipment, such as axes, fire hoses, shovels, pumps, buckets, and fire extinguishers, to determine amount and condition.
- Directs maintenance and repair of firefighting equipment, or requisitions new equipment.
- Restricts public access and recreational use of forest lands during critical fire seasons.