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Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers

OaSIS code 40041.00

Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate firefighting operations and fire prevention activities in fire departments.

Overview

Also known as

  • Deputy fire chief
  • District fire chief
  • Fire chief

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for the operation of a municipal fire department, a district fire region or an industrial firefighting service
  • Plan, direct and co-ordinate firefighting strategies for fire departments
  • Evaluate the type of fire, the extent of damage to buildings and the danger to nearby establishments
  • Direct activities at the scene of a fire
  • Determine damage estimates and investigate the potential causes of a fire after extinguished
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of security and fire prevention campaigns
  • Represent the fire department in communications with government, the media and the public
  • Direct the training of personnel in firefighting methods
  • Co-ordinate and monitor budget and departmental resources.

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Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Applying New Knowledge
5 - Highest Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Coaching and Developing Others
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
5 - Highest Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
5 - Extremely important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Federal government
  • Industrial establishments with firefighting services
  • Municipal governments

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Explosive Strength
5 - Highest Level
Glare Tolerance
5 - Highest Level
Multi-Signal Response
5 - Highest Level
Multitasking
5 - Highest Level
Night Vision
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
5 - Highest Level
Management of Personnel Resources
5 - Highest Level
Monitoring
5 - Highest Level
Negotiating
5 - Highest Level
Time Management
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Leadership
5 - Extremely important
Service Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Social Orientation
5 - Extremely important