Fire Engineering Career

Career in Fire Engineering :

Fire Engineering / Fire Prevention Engineering / Fire Safety Engineering / Fire Protection Engineering / Fire Control Engineering involves the technological knowledge to prevent people and property in case of fire breakdown.

Fire which is an integral part of daily living, may occur at any moment, anywhere; homes, shops, workshops, motor vehicles, railways, airports or anywhere.

Fire when expands becomes dangerous and takes form of disasters, and then services of Fire Safety professionals are called upon.

A person who studies Fire Engineering, including prevention and control is known as Fire Engineer / Fire Services Engineer. 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. This is why Fire Engineering is considered among hot career options in academics.

Fire Engineering is the study discipline, which investigates all possible options of preventing fire and controlling fire in case of a fire breakdown. The reason behind fire breakdown can be any like a loose electric circuit, leakage of a cooking gas cylinder, friction in motor parts etc, exposure of combustible materials to air and so on.

The prevention and control of fire involves use of scientific and engineering know – how in practice, supported by understanding of the causes and effects of fire and the reaction and behavior of people, property and the environment, and the impact of fire protection system including detection, alarm and sprinkler system.

Fire Engineering profession demands commitments to public services leaving aside the personal safety. The profession is very much lucrative, well paying but involves huge personal risk too.

The role of a Fire Engineer includes engineering design for fire safety and control, operations and management. Fire Engineer work in shifts in highly dangerous conditions and always at risk of exposure to chemicals, burns and smoke inhalation.

They need to be disciplined, quick in action, reliable, leveraged with confidence and full of energy. At the same time they also need to know about fire fighting, different types of fires and how to prevent and control them, and about rescue methods and equipments in case of a fire breakdown.

The principle responsibility of a fire engineer involves reducing the impact of fire in case of a fire breakdown. Fire Engineers are responsible to improve fire fighting techniques and equipments.

Fire Engineering Courses :

Courses & Training Programs conducted under Fire Engineering discipline are mentioned below.

  • Three – and – a – half year B.E. ( Fire Engineering ) Degree including practical fire fighting training at major fire services
    Sub – Officer’s Courses.
  • B Tech in Safety & Fire Engineering.
  • 3 – year B.Sc. ( Fire )
  • Firemen Training Courses
  • Fire Engineering Training

In India, State Fire Training Schools conducts training programs for junior level fire professionals. The training programs for officers are conducted at National Fire Service College ( NFSC ) Nagpur.

Fire Engineering Eligibility Criteria :

In general, candidates require minimum bachelor’s degree to enter into Fire Engineering profession. A degree in Fire Engineering can be a B.Sc. Fire Engineering or B.E. / B.Tech. or an equivalent degree in Fire Engineering.

Higher qualifications like Masters’ and PhD can also be obtained in Fire Engineering. The admission criteria for postgraduate courses in Fire Engineering and Allied Disciplines is BE in Chemical / Civil / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering.

Certificates and Diploma programs are also offered for class 10 and class 12th ( with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English ) pass out students. The National Fire Service College ( NFSC ) Nagpur, an apex body of Government of India administers entrance exam for admission into 3 ½ years B.Sc Program in Fire Engineering.

Note : To study fire engineering candidates are also required to fulfill the following physical parameters –

  • Height : Minimum 165 cms
  • Weight : 50 kgs
  • Vision : 6 / 6, Preferably without any aid
  • Chest measurement : 81 centimeters, with five centimeter expansion

To complete coursework and further to take job assignments a fire engineer needs good communication skills, organizational ability, skills in evaluating situations, making quick decisions and problems solving skills.

Fire Engineering Career Prospectus :

Candidates with degree in Fire Engineering are needed in management category in Fire Service of government and public sector. Services of a fire engineer are always in high demand in businesses corporations, educational institutions, consulting set ups and government organizations across the globe.

Fire Engineers find employment with Fire Safety department in large companies; the fire brigades also recruit them. In case of a fire breakdown, fire engineers are called to find the exact cause of fire and determine the extent of damage. They are responsible for the efficiency of fire safety equipments installed.

Manufacturing organizations like petroleum refineries, petrochemicals and plastic, fertilizers, textiles, LPG and LNG handling and bottling plants, chemicals and other plants where there are risks of fire offers enormous job opportunities to fire engineers.

Fire departments of local government bodies, insurance companies, architectural and building design, project management, aircraft industry, industrial processing, and any area of safety where the possibility of fire or combustion represents a hazard needs services of fire engineers. Fire engineers may also work as surveyors in insurance companies.

Fire Engineering Pay Packages :

In government sector job, a fire engineer can receive monthly salary of [rupee] 10000 to [rupee] 15000 in start along with other facilities and perks. In private sectors, the initial salary may increase little up to [rupee] 20000 along with other facilities. However, this is not the limit and salary increases with promotions in post and based on performance etc.

Fire Engineering Institutes / Universities :

Institutes Offering Courses in Fire Engineering and Fire Safety

1. Cochin Shipyard Ltd., Kochi ( Kerala ),
Perumanoor PO , Kochi ( Ernakulam District ) – 682 015,
Website : http://www.cochinshipyard.com.

2. Cochin University of Science and Technology : Safety and Fire Engineering ( A.S.F.E. ), Kochi( Kerala )
Cochin University P.O , Kochi ( Ernakulam District ) – 682022
Website : http://www.cusat.ac.in.

3. College of Fire and Industrial Safety Engineering ( C – F.A.I.S.E. ), Thrissur( Kerala )
IInd Floor, N.P. Towers, West Fort , Thrissur ( Thrissur District ) – 680 004.

4. College of Fire Technology, Ahmedabad ( Gujarat ),
86, Village Khoda, Sanand – Viramgam Highway Road, Sanand , Ahmedabad ( Ahmedabad District ) – 380 006,
Website : http://www.collegeoffiretechnology.com.

5. Delhi Institute of Fire Engineering, New Delhi( Delhi ),
579, Raj Nagar ( Near Dada Dev Mandir ), Sector – 7, Dwarka , New Delhi,
( Delhi ) – 110 045,
Website : http://www.dife.in.

6. Fairyland Polytechnic, Chandrapur( Maharashtra ),
Bhadrawati , Chandrapur ( Chandrapur District ) – 442 902.

7. Gemstech International Institute, Hyderabad ( Andhra Pradesh ),
Flat 402, Manzil Chambers, Mehdipatnam , Hyderabad ( Hyderabad District ) – 500 028,
Website : http://www.gemstechnologies.com.

8. Government Polytechnic College, Kalamassery( Kerala ),
Kalamassery ( Ernakulam District ) – 683 104,
Website : http://www.gptckalamassery.org.

9. H.I.F.E. ( Hyderabad Institute of Fire Engineering ), Hyderabad ( Andhra Pradesh ),
Flat No.101, Sree Gayathri Nivas Beside Shivani Lodge Lane Dilsukhnagar , Hyderabad ( Hyderabad District ) – 500 060,
Website : http://www.hifehyd.webs.com.

10. Institute of Fire and Safety Engineering, Nagpur( Maharashtra ),
2, Sita Sankul, Akar Nagar, Near Friends Colony, Katol Road , Nagpur ( Nagpur District ) – 440 013.

11. Institute of Fire and Safety Technology ( I.F.A.S.T. ), Tripunithura( Kerala ),
30 / 287 – A, Abhimannu arcade, Petta , Tripunithura ( Ernakulam District ) – 682 038,
Website : http://www.ifastindia.com.

12. National Centre for Professional Training ( N.C.P.T. ), Pathanamthitta( Kerala ),
PB.NO.50, Pandalam.P.O , Pathanamthitta ( Pathanamthitta District ).

13. National Fire Service College, Nagpur ( Maharashtra ),
Civil Lines , Nagpur ( Nagpur District ) – 440 001,
Website : http://www.nfscnagpur.nic.in.

14. National Institute of Fire and Safety ( N.I.F.E. ), Edappally( Kerala ),
50 / 1147, Railway Station Road , Edappally ( Ernakulam District ) – 682 024,
Website : http://www.nifeindia.com.

15. National Institute of Fire Engineering and Safety Management, Vishakapatnam ( Andhra Pradesh ),
#9 – 1 – 245, 2nd Floor, Rama Talkies Road , Vishakapatnam ( Vishakapatnam District ) – 530 003,
Website : http://www.nifsindia.net.