Quench the disaster
The study of Fire Engineering deals with not only fire safety but also prevention. The subjects are vast as it covers all aspects of safety of life and buildings, designing buildings and facilities that are fire proof. This filed involves use of scientific and engineering knowledge. The fire safety profession is considered one of the noblest as it is life saving and prevention of heavy loss to property and environment. This subject also deals with peoples’ reaction and behavior to fire accidents, property, fire protection equipment and environment. This study further extends to various systems for detection of fire, alarm and sprinkler systems. It is also involves high risk to life and requires a strong sense of courage and commitment to public service. The main role of fire engineers is to reduce the consequences of fire accidents. They also play an important role in educating the public about fire safety and prevention. They determine the cause of fire and device methods of prevention of fire. Another aspect of the profession is to device and maintain and improve fire fighting equipment.
They have to be disciplined and courageous as it involves danger to life and involves inhaling the smoke and being exposed to harmful chemicals. They have to be quick, reliable and confident to deal with the situation. They also have to have good knowledge of their areas, different types of fires and the ways to deal with the situation.
The Courses in Fire engineering are bachelors and post graduate degrees in Fire Engineering. There are courses up to the PhD level. Any engineering graduate can opt for courses in post graduate degree in Fire engineering. Selection is through entrance examination. In addition to educational qualifications, the candidate is required to possess specific physical attributes. They should also have good communication skills, ability to make quick decisions, organizational ability, understanding of situation, and leadership and responsibility. In this profession high standard of technical skills and a scientific approach are essential.
The candidates with fire engineering degrees can find employment in management cadre in the fire department in the government sector. They are also in demand in corporations and consulting firms and other institutions, fire brigades, large companies and bodies all over the world. They assess the extent of damage and investigate the cause of fire and efficiency of the fire equipment installed at the fire accident site. The fire engineers are in great demand in companies manufacturing petrochemicals and plastic, refineries, petroleum gas handling and bottling plants, chemical and fertilizer industries etc. They also find employment with insurance companies, architectural and building designing, management, aircraft safety and industrial processing where there is a possibility of fire and combustion hazard.
The Delhi Institute of Fire Engineering offers various courses in Fire engineering at the degree and Diploma levels.