Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

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

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors 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.

  • 34.16% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 22.52% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel.

    Direct firefighters in station maintenance duties, and participate in these duties.

    Provide emergency medical services as required, and perform light to heavy rescue functions at emergencies.

    Evaluate fire station procedures to ensure efficiency and enforcement of departmental regulations.

    Prepare activity reports listing fire call locations, actions taken, fire types and probable causes, damage estimates, and situation dispositions.

    Compile and maintain records on personnel, accidents, equipment, and supplies.

Regular Tasks

    Perform maintenance and minor repairs on firefighting equipment, including vehicles, and write and submit proposals to modify, replace, and repair equipment.

    Study and interpret fire safety codes to establish procedures for issuing permits to handle hazardous or flammable substances.

    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.

    Supervise and participate in the inspection of properties to ensure that they are in compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, laws, regulations, and standards.

    Attend in-service training classes to remain current in knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.

    Direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing of supervisors with reports on training progress and status.

    Instruct and drill fire department personnel in assigned duties, including firefighting, medical care, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, and related subjects.

    Assign firefighters to jobs at strategic locations to facilitate rescue of persons and maximize application of extinguishing agents.

Occasional Tasks

    Oversee review of new building plans to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances, and administrative rules for public fire safety.

    Document efforts taken to bring property owners into compliance with laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and standards.

    Develop or review building fire exit plans.

    Inspect and test new and existing fire protection systems, fire detection systems, and fire safety equipment to ensure that they are operating properly.

    Coordinate the distribution of fire prevention promotional materials.

    Recommend personnel actions related to disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves of absence, and grievances.

    Direct investigation of cases of suspected arson, hazards, and false alarms and submit reports outlining findings.

    Maintain required maps and records.

    Assess nature and extent of fire, condition of building, danger to adjacent buildings, and water supply status to determine crew or company requirements.

    Conduct fire drills for building occupants and report on the outcomes of such drills.

    Present and interpret fire prevention and fire code information to citizens' groups, organizations, contractors, engineers, and developers.

    Report and issue citations for fire code violations found during inspections, testifying in court about violations when required.

    Recommend to proper authorities possible fire code revisions, additions, and deletions.

    Participate in creating fire safety guidelines and evacuation schemes for nonresidential buildings.

What Tools and Technologies do Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Wrecking bars

Water rescue boats

Ventilation saws

Ventilation fans

Utility knives

Two way radios

Truck-mounted winches

All Tools

Truck wheel chocks

Thermal imaging cameras

Surface thermometers

Stokes baskets

Smoke ejectors



Self-rescue ropes

Self-contained breathing apparatus

Search cameras

Safety helmets

Safety glasses

Pulse oximeters

Pulaski tools

Pry bars

Protective fire coats

Power saws

Pinch bars

Pike poles

Personal computers

Oxygen cylinders

Navigation compasses

Multipurpose fire extinguishers

Multi-gas detectors

Mobile data computers

Mechanical stethoscopes

McLeod tools

Manual blood pressure cuffs

Lug wrenches

Listening devices

Life vests

Life throw rings


Laptop computers

Ladder trucks

K-12 fire rescue saws

Intravenous IV administration sets

Infrared thermometers

Hydraulic extrication equipment

Hydrant shutoff wrenches

Hux bars

HAZMAT response vehicles

Hazardous materials protective suits

Hand saws

Halligan bars


Gas-powered generators

Fire shelters

Fire resistant gloves

Fire hoses

Fire engines

Fire axes

Field emergency services neck braces

Extension ladders

Explosive detection robots

Evacuation stretchers

Emergency suction kits

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Dry chemical fire extinguishers

Desktop computers

Claw hammers

Circular saws

Chemical protection gloves

Chemical protection footwear

Chain saws

Ceiling hooks

Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers

Bomb response vehicles

Bolt cutters

Body harnesses


Automatic blood pressure cuffs

Automated external defibrillators AED

Ambu bags

Aluminum ladders

Air purifying respirators

Air chisels

Air bag lifting systems

Aerial lifting apparatus


Geographic information system GIS software

Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE

BIO-key FireRMS

Computer aided dispatch software

Fire incident reporting systems

IBM Lotus 1-2-3

Incident command system ICS software

All Technologies

Plume modeling software

What Skills Do Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors Need to Have?

Let’s be real… take a look in the mirror! Do you have the what it takes to join the other Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors? The Skills? The Ability to succeed? If so, and you enjoy using these skills, then this job is for you. If not, GOOD NEWS, you can always pick up a new skill if you’re willing to put in the effort 💪


Critical Thinking

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


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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

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

Social Perceptiveness

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

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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

Active Learning

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

Time Management

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

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Management of Personnel Resources

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

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Learning Strategies

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


Teaching others how to do something.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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 › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Far Vision

See details at a distance.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Physical Abilities › Physical Strength Abilities › Static Strength

Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

Everything Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors Should Know…

Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓


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.

Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

English Language

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

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.


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

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.

Law and Government

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


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.

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.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


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


Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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