Fire protection specialists develop solutions that protect individuals, property, homes, and buildings from fire damage. These professionals often use sophisticated modeling software to analyze the risk of fire at various locations. Fire protection specialists can be fire inspectors or occupational health and safety technicians. This occupation requires at least a high school diploma; training and certification requirements can vary.
Through preventative work, a fire protection technician protects human life and property from fire damage. Fire protection technicians may be employed by the government, by firehouses, or by companies in the private sector, such as insurance groups, fire protection equipment manufacturers, or consulting firms. Technicians are sometimes trained in fire prevention techniques within a specific setting. For instance, they could train to work in the oil industry, at a nuclear power plant, or in an aerospace environment. Fire protection technicians may also travel frequently.
Like other safety technicians, successful fire protection technicians usually are responsible, pay strict attention to detail, and communicate well with others. Fire protection technicians often need to read and understand complicated technical documents. Other requirements might include knowledge of fire protection measures against terrorist threats or natural disasters.