Construction and Building Inspector
Fire science majors can also find work as construction and building inspectors, who are in charge of examining structures to ensure that construction and repairs meet building codes and regulations. Building inspectors examine the structural quality and safety of buildings, as well as fire safety. Building inspectors who work primarily in fire safety will inspect indoor fire sprinklers, fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire exits, as well as access to fire protection equipment, hazardous contents and fire risks within the building.
Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic
Many fire science majors are drawn to the rewarding task of treating patients who’ve been injured in fire-related incidents and other accidents as an EMT or paramedic. EMTs and paramedics are dispatched by 911 operators to report to the scene of any accident. EMTs are trained to assess a patient’s condition and check their vital signs. In extreme emergencies, they will transport patients to the hospital by ambulance, while managing their cardiac, respiratory and trauma needs. Whereas paramedics provide more advanced emergency care, such as administering medications, examining EKGs and performing intubations. Although all prospective EMTs and paramedics must undergo a formal training program, graduates of a fire science program will be prepared to manage emergency care situations, as taught in their emergency management classes and safety lessons.
Forester and Forestry Technician
Fire science majors are eligible to work as foresters and forestry technicians, who manage and examine forested lands for various economic and conservation needs. Foresters and forestry technicians are interested in the type, amount, location and worth of standing timber, so that they can examine wildlife habitats and stability, while complying with environmental regulations.
Occupational Health and Safety Technician
Occupational health and safety technicians aim to prevent harm or damage to workers, property, the environment and the public. Their main goal is to ensure safety in work places by inspecting machines, testing air quality and water, and possibly designing safe work spaces. They may also conduct safety inspections and issue fines when a company does not meet safety regulations. Occupational health and safety technicians can apply their fire science knowledge when measuring hazards, such as noise, radiation, as well as toxic and flammable materials that may endanger workers. Fire science graduates may be drawn to this career field because they can enforce fire safety and prevent disasters with their fire protection and investigation skills.
A fire science graduate with an analytical mind, a keen eye for detail and problem-solving skills, may be interested in becoming an arson investigator. Arson investigators examine crimes involving intentional fires. Like a police detective, arson investigators will report to the scene of a crime to look for clues and evidence to determine if the fire was intentional or not. In addition to collecting evidence, arson investigators are hired to find the arsonist who committed the crime. Fire science graduates have an upper-hand in this line of work, because they have a strong understanding of fire causes and are trained in fire investigations.
Fire Safety Director
Fire safety directors are leaders of fire prevention and protection. Fire safety directors plan evacuation methods, fire drills and safety plans that will be used by various companies, schools and public buildings. They are in charge of training the fire brigade, communicating with fire departments when incidents occur and participating in fire inspections
Fire Public Education Specialist
Fire public education specialists are in charge of designing, coordinating and implementing fire safety and prevention programs for private and public schools, industrial and commercial businesses, residencies and community groups. Fire public education specialists aim to inform the public about proper fire safety methods and evacuation procedures to be used in the event of a fire. Their main focus is on public awareness, fire and injury prevention education, emergency services, disaster planning, home safety and public relations. Fire science graduates are eligible to work in this career field because they have a strong understanding of fire prevention, emergency management, disaster and fire-defense planning and personnel management. In addition to their administrative knowledge of fire protection, fire science graduates are also well-versed in fire education and public awareness training.
Answered By: Freefromdrama - 6/21/2012