Battling fire on a daily basis

Shaheen Khan takes us through what it takes to be a firefighter as well as what the life of a firefighter actually entails

Published: 29th August 2016 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2016 01:36 PM   |  A+A-

Fire-fighting is one of the most daring and challenging professions which needs carefulness and lots of commitment to do the work flawlessly. It uses the principles of Engineering and sciences to defend people from risky scenarios. Fire-fighters also teach them how to live and safeguard others from unhelpful significances of smoke and fire.

Industry Overview

Fire-fighting is one of the hardest and challenging fields. It is the most imposing field as it deals with preserving of life of many people around. The progress in this sector is growing on a day to day basis as numerous people are now getting conscious of safety and prevention. People are taking extra measures to learn all these things and apply it such that they can also practice it in case of a crisis. The growth is expanding due to upsurge in requirement of safety.


Fire-fighter Work Schedules:

Fire-fighters naturally work long and wide-ranging hours. Most fire-fighters work 24-hour shifts on sense of duty and are off the subsequent 48 or 72 hours. Some fire-fighters grind 10/14 shifts, which means 10 hours at work and 14 hours off.

Fire-fighter Education:

The entry-level education required to become a fire-fighter is a high school diploma or the like. Though, some class work further than high school, such as trauma care, is generally required to achieve the emergency medical technician (EMT) elementary certification. EMT necessities vary by city and state.

Fire-fighter Training:

Entry-level fire-fighters get a few months of exercise at fire academies run by the fire department or by the state. Through classroom teaching and hands-on training, recruits study fire-fighting and fire-prevention methods, narrow building codes, and emergency medical techniques. They also study how to fight fires with normal equipment, comprising axes, chain saws, fire extinguishers, and ladders.

Some fire departments have qualified internship programs that last up to 4 years. These programs aggregate technical training with on-the-job-training beneath the direction of qualified fire-fighters. Some fire-fighters join centralized training sessions supported by the National Fire Academy.


Fire Safety management is one of the highly waged careers in India as well as overseas. In India, preliminary salaries vary among `15000 to 20000 per month. Outside India, it varies between Rs 65000 to 80000 on a monthly basis.

Institutes in India:

Council of Education and Development Programmes Skill Institute

National Academy of Fire and Safety Engineering (NAFS), Nagpur

Institute of Fire & Safety Management Dehradun

National Institute of fire Engineering & Safety Management, Jaipur

The author is Founder, Director of Council of Education & Development Programmes Skill Institute, Mumbai

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