What does a Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
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