First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.1% (slower than the average)


What First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers Do

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.

Other Job Titles First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers May Have

Engine Boss, Fire Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Fire Chief

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

CARES Team Coordinator ,

St. Paul Fire Department

I oversee a mobile crisis response team, which responds to mental health crisis, behavioral emergencies, unsheltered homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse crisis, and exploitation. I ensure that our clients are connected to services they may already have or need, and make sure those services are doing what they say they do so that our clients get the care they need.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • 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.

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