The career prospects are not linked to the growth of any particular sector of the economy. In fact, there will always be a demand for fire engineers because fire is a constant hazard that has to be guarded against. No doubt though, that career opportunities for fire engineers look brighter with investments in global size, hi-tech production facilities.
Foreign Direct investment (FDI) in India stood at US$ 31 billion during January – June 2015 ahead of even China and the USA;
Posco Korea, the multinational Korean steel company, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp group and its elevator unit, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, and Swedish home furnishing brand Ikea are all planning multi-billion dollar investments for establishing production and marketing facilities in India.
Options after 12th standard
Students who have completed the Higher Secondary Certificate or 10+2 or any equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible to study for certificate and diploma courses. The career courses available are Certificate Course in Fire and Safety Engineering, Diplomas in Fire Engineering / Fire and Safety Engineering / Fire and Industrial Safety Engineering / Fire and Safety Engineering Management. After completion of the diploma course, students are eligible to study for Post Graduate Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering. The duration of the Certificate Courses varies between 3 month and 12 months. The Diploma Courses have a duration of two years and the duration of the Post Graduate Diplomas is 12 months.
Options after graduation
To be eligible to study for award of a degree as a B.E.(Fire Engineering) or B.Tech (Fire and Safety Engineering), the career candidate should be a graduate Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) with either Physics or Mathematics or both these subjects as optional. . Admission to the B.E. / B.Tech. course also takes into account performance in the entrance examination – All India Engineering Entrance Examination or State Level Entrance Tests. Many institutes conduct in-house examinations. The duration of the course is 4 years.
Candidates are also required to fulfill specified physical criteria including minimum height of 165 cms., weight – not less than 50 kgs., chest measurement – 81 cms. with expansion of 5 cms., vision (preferably without aid) – 6/6
Leading institutes and colleges
i. Institute of Fire Engineers, Nagpur;
ii. College of Fire and Industrial Safety Engineering, Kerala;
iii. International Institute of Fire and Safety, Kerala;
iv. Delhi Institute of Fire Engineering, New Delhi;
v. Indian Fire Services Engineering and Safety Management College, Maharashtra;
vi. International Institute of Safety Management and Technology, Kochi;
vii. National Institute of Fire Management, Chennai;
viii. National Institute of Fire and Safety, Kochi,
ix. Institution of Fire Engineers, New Delhi;
x. National Fire Service College, Nagpur;
xi. National Fire Academy, Vadodara.
xii. Government Polytechnic College, Kerala;
xiii. National Centre for Professional Training, Kerala;
xiv. Institute of Fire and Safety Engineering, Mangalore;
xv. University of Technology and Management, Kolkata
The responsibility of a career Fire Engineer includes advising builders, architects, and engineers of other disciplines about the requirements of fire detection and fire prevention equipment required, the locations for their installation, the fire code and regulations applicable; as the clearance of Fire Authorities is a condition precedent for the grant of completion certificate for any building. The Fire Engineer also supervises the selection, purchase, installation, testing, maintenance and replacement of fire equipment.
i. Physical fitness and presence of mind (25%);
ii. Effective communication skills (15%);
iii. Leadership quality combined with team spirit (20%);
iv. Ability to make split second decisions (15%);
v. Empathy for others (25%)
There is good scope for employment in almost all industries but especially the large petroleum refineries. Factories
manufacturing fertilizer, plastic, textiles, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Liquefied natural Gas (LNG), chemicals, etc.
Generally, in the private sector, the monthly salary for a fresher would be in the range of Rs.8,000/- to Rs.14,000/-. The start salary depends upon the standing of the company.
Pluses and minuses
i. A feeling of satisfaction from protecting fellow human beings;
ii. Recognition of other for performing a life saving job
i. Working at odd hours;
ii. Hazardous and life threatening situations at disaster locations;
iii. Salary is not always commensurate with the risk involved