Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Senior Fire Protection Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Loss Control Manager
  • Lead Fire Protection Engineer
  • Fire Protection Engineer and Code Consultant (FP Engineer and Code Consultant)
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Fire Prevention Research Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Design Director
  • Consulting Engineer
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What They Do

  • Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.
  • Conduct research on fire retardants and the fire safety of materials and devices.
  • Develop training materials and conduct training sessions on fire protection.
  • Study the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
  • 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.
  • Direct the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
  • Determine causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
  • Prepare and write reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $84,850 with most people making between $48,260 and $126,850


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 24,100 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 26,700 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 260 openings due to growth and about 710 replacement openings for approximately 970 total annual openings.