Researches causes of fires, determine 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.
- Determines causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
- Directs the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
- Develops plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
- Consults with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
- Studies the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
- Develops training materials and conducts training sessions on fire protection.