Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security > Emergency and Fire Management Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

Common job titles of Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 31.63% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 24.03% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Examine and inventory firefighting equipment, such as axes, fire hoses, shovels, pumps, buckets, and fire extinguishers, to determine amount and condition.

    Maintain records and logbooks.

    Compile and report meteorological data, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and velocity, and types of cloud formations.

    Patrol assigned areas, looking for forest fires, hazardous conditions, and weather phenomena.

    Direct maintenance and repair of firefighting equipment, or requisition new equipment.

    Educate the public about fire safety and prevention.

    Inspect forest tracts and logging areas for fire hazards such as accumulated wastes or mishandling of combustibles, and recommend appropriate fire prevention measures.

    Locate forest fires on area maps, using azimuth sighters and known landmarks.

    Estimate sizes and characteristics of fires, and report findings to base camps by radio or telephone.

    Direct crews working on firelines during forest fires.

    Relay messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.

    Conduct wildland firefighting training.

    Inspect camp sites to ensure that campers are in compliance with forest use regulations.

    Restrict public access and recreational use of forest lands during critical fire seasons.

    Extinguish smaller fires with portable extinguishers, shovels, and axes.

    Administer regulations regarding sanitation, fire prevention, violation corrections, and related forest regulations.


Wind vanes

Very high frequency VHF radios

Tractor mounted mowers

Tablet computers

Surveillance binoculars

Spotting scopes

Signaling mirrors

All Tools

Safety helmets

Remote reading digital thermometers

Protective safety glasses

Protective ear muffs

Power saws

Portable weather stations

Portable fire extinguishers

Passenger vans

Navigational compasses

Mobile radios


Laptop computers

Global positioning system GPS devices

Forestry axes

Fire finders

Emergency first aid kits

Digital hygrometers

Digital anemometers

Crew transport buses

Claw hammers

Brush hooks

Base radios

Backpack pumps

All terrain vehicles ATV


Fire incident reporting systems

Mapping software


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections


Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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