What does a Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineer do?
Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend 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.
- Design fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
- Inspect buildings or building designs to determine fire protection system requirements and potential problems in areas such as water supplies, exit locations, and construction materials.
- Advise architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques, and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
- Determine causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
- Direct the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
- Consult with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
- Develop plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
- Study the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
- Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.
- Develop training materials and conduct training sessions on fire protection.
- Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.
- Conduct research on fire retardants and the fire safety of materials and devices.
- Prepare and write reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.