Fire Engineers performing a safety drill; Image Courtesy: iiphsindia.ac.in
Fire Engineering can be classified into Fire Prevention Engineering, Fire Safety Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering and Fire Control Engineering as well, involving the technological knowledge to prevent people and property in case of a fire.
When fire expands, it is dangerous and can cause a disaster, which is when the services of the Fire Safety professionals are required.
All over the world services of a Fire Engineer are considered among top-notch professions as it plays a significant role in saving life and property which is why it is considered as one of the hot career options in academics.
Fire Engineering profession demands commitments to public services leaving aside the personal safety hence it is lucrative on one hand but very risky on the other.
Discipline, quickness, reliability, confidence are some of the traits of a good fire engineer. They need knowledge about fire fighting, different types of fires and how to prevent and control them as well as about the rescue methods and equipments in case of a fire breakdown.
Courses & Training Programs conducted under Fire Engineering are,
Three-and-a-half year B.E. (Fire Engineering) Degree including practical fire fighting training at major fire services
B Tech in Safety & Fire Engineering
3-year BSc. (Fire)
Firemen Training Courses
State Fire Training Schools conduct training programs for junior level fire professionals.
Training programs for officers are conducted at National Fire Service College (NFSC) Nagpur.
A minimum bachelor’s degree.
A degree in Fire Engineering can be a B.Sc. Fire Engineering or B.E./B.Tech. or an equivalent degree in Fire Engineering.
For admission into the postgraduate courses in Fire Engineering and similar disciplines, is BE in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering.
Certificates and Diploma programs are also offered to class 10 and 12 (with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English) pass out students.
The National Fire Service College (NFSC) Nagpur, is an apex body of the Government of India, which administers entrance exam for admission into 3 ½ years B.Sc Program in Fire Engineering.
To qualify for a course in fire engineering, certain physical parameters are to be met.
- Height: 5′ 5″ (minimum)
- Weight: 50 kgs
- Vision: 6/6 (without aid)
Good communication skills, organizational ability, skills in analyzing situations, presence of mind, making quick decisions and problems solving skills are some of the important skills needed in a fire engineer to grow in this field.
Candidates with degree in Fire Engineering have career prospects in the following industries,
Fire Service of government and public sector.
Business Corporations, educational institutions, consultancies and other government organizations around the world.
Fire Safety department in large multinational companies.
Petroleum refineries, petrochemicals, fertilizers, textiles, LPG and LNG handling, chemicals, etc.
Fire departments of various organizations, local, national and international.
An average salary of a fire engineer is Rs. 4.5 lakh per year. This is the starting salary and can increase based on the performance, abilities and experience of the person.
National Academy of Fire ans Safety Engineering, Nagpur; Image Courtesy: nafsindia.com
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|5||Swami Vivekanand University||Madhya Pradesh|
|6||Cochin University of Science and Technology||Kerala|
|7||National Fire Service College Nagpur||Maharashtra|
|8||Ganga Institute of Technology and Management||Haryana|
|9||Institute of Industrial Safety Management Vadodara||Gujarat|
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