About This Career
Researches causes of fires, determines fire protection methods, and designs or recommends materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and related hazards.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Advises architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
- Inspects buildings or building designs to determine fire protection system requirements and potential problems in areas such as water supplies, exit locations, and construction materials.
- Designs fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
- Prepares and writes reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.
- Consults with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
- Directs the purchase, modification, installation, testing, maintenance, and operation of fire prevention and protection systems.
- Determines causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
- Develops plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
- Develops training materials and conducts training sessions on fire protection.
- Attends workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.