It is a dangerous profession that requires a strong sense of commitment to public service. The role of fire engineers span from engineering design to operations and management. Fire engineers play a pivotal role in ensuring protection and taking necessary precautions against fires. A fire engineer’s main responsibility is to contain the damage of a fire.
In India, the major fire engineering programme is the one conducted by the National Fire Service College at Nagpur. The college offers a three and a half year programme leading to a Bachelors of Engineering. Some of the other places offering these courses are NIFS India under Anna University, School of Engineering in Thrikkara, Kerala. There are also diploma courses available at the National Institute of Fire and Safety (NIFE) in Kochi, MIT in Pune, etc. One can follow it up with a post-graduate qualification and even get a PhD.
Scope of employment: A degree in fire engineering makes one eligible for the management cadre in the Fire Service in the government or the public sector. Apart from the government services, there is a vast scope of employment for fire engineers in the private sector– petroleum refineries, petrochemicals, plastic, fertilizers, textiles, LPG and LNG handling and bottling plants, chemicals and any other plants that face a high risk of fires.
In the government sector, the starting gross salary of a fire engineer could be in the range of Rs 5,000-7,000 per month. In private sector, salary on joining may gross around Rs 8,000-14,000 per month.
– Saurabh Datar