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Career in Fire Engineering Services

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Fire is a disaster that can happen at any time – at home, at the work place, in shops, factories, railway stations, airports, in vehicles, etc. While the risk of fire is omnipresent, its prevention and management is also important. A career fire engineer is a specialized person who foresees the risks of fire in the architecture and setting of a building at the time of design, is skilled in fire detection and prevention, and manages safety in the event of a fire disaster.

Industry prospects

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.

Academia

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.

Other requirements

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

Job profile

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.

Employment Skills

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%)

Prospective Employers

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.

Compensation Packages

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

Pluses

i. A feeling of satisfaction from protecting fellow human beings;
ii. Recognition of other for performing a life saving job

Minuses

i. Working at odd hours;
ii. Hazardous and life threatening situations at disaster locations;
iii. Salary is not always commensurate with the risk involved

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