Fire Warden Job Description

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Fire Warden Job Description
Fire wardens are responsible for prevention and protection from forest fires. (fire department vehicle image by Jim Parkin from Fotolia.com)

Fire wardens have different duties and responsibilities depending on their locale and employers. They may work for cities, townships, counties, state or federal government. In some locales, they hold appointed positions, while in others they are elected to office or hired by the governing body. Fire wardens are responsible for prevention and protection from forest fires. They work with other fire supervisors and officials to provide supervision to firefighters and to educate the populace on fire hazards. Fire wardens maintain records of burn permits and fires within their jurisdiction. They enforce laws pertaining to fire prevention and may issue tickets or perform arrests.

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Education Requirements

Although a high school education is the usual requirement, most fire wardens have an associate's degree in fire science or a vocational school certification. Fire wardens are trained as firefighters in local fire academies and have some fire-fighting experience. Fire wardens must have an associate's degree in fire science or fire engineering to receive the executive fire officer certification from the National Fire Academy.

Job Duties

Fire wardens job duties include prevention of fires, education of the public and supervision of firefighters during fires. They are responsible for the procurement and maintenance of fire fighting equipment. Fire wardens enforce the laws and ordinances in their areas and may issue tickets or arrest individuals that break those laws. They write reports on fires and develop fire prevention tactics for their areas. Fire wardens are often asked to consult on investigations of suspicious fires. They may issue no burning orders and have jurisdiction over private lands when necessary.

Advancement

With continued education fire wardens may advance to become battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief or fire chief. They may also become fire inspectors or investigators.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsm, the projected job growth for firefighter supervisors will be average with a projected growth of 7-13 per cent from 2008 to 2018. There are 32,000 projected job openings expected from 2008 to 2018. Those with higher education and job experience will have the best chances at advancement.

Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of fire fighter supervisors was £43,836 in May 2008. The middle 50 per cent earned between £34,983 and £56,114. The lowest 10 per cent earned less than £26,552 and the highest 10 per cent earned more than £70,804. Fire fighter supervisors employed by local government earned a median annual wage of about £44,850.

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