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Fire Engineering

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

Fire Engineering can be defined as the art and science of designing buildings and facilities for life safety and property protection in the event of an unwanted fire. This includes the application of scientific and engineering principles, based on an understanding of the phenomena and effects of fire and of reaction and behaviour of people, property and the environment as well as the impact of fire protection systems including detection, alarm and sprinkler systems. The most important responsibility of a fire engineer is reducing the impact of fire in case of a fire breakdown. Fire Engineering is one of the noblest as well as a dicey profession as it involves saving life and property amid unprecedented circumstances. Some of the prerequisites for becoming a fire engineer are good communication skills, organizational ability, skills in evaluating situations, making quick decisions and solving problems. The other qualities include physical agility, presence of mind and self discipline.

Courses & Eligibility:

The eligibility for BE in Fire Engineering is B.Sc with Chemistry and either Physics or Maths or both as core subjects. The age limit for joining BE is between 19 to 24 and the duration of the course is 31/2years. After completing class X or its equivalent examination, one can opt for a diploma or a certificate course in Fire engineering.

Career Prospects:

A degree in fire engineering makes one eligible for the management cadre in Fire Service in the government or public sector. Fire engineers have always been in great demand by corporations, educational institutions, consulting firms and government bodies around the world. They get employed in Fire Safety departments in local government bodies, insurance companies, architectural and building design, project management, aircraft industry, industrial processing, and other area of safety concerns. Manufacturing organizations like petroleum refineries, petrochemicals and plastic, fertilizers, textiles, LPG and LNG handling and bottling plants, chemicals and other plants offer enormous job opportunities to fire engineers as they are deemed vulnerable to fire and combustion. Fire engineers may also work as surveyors in insurance companies.


In Government sector, the starting gross salary of a fire engineers could be in the range of Rs 5,000-7,000 per month. In case of the private sector, salary on joining may gross around Rs 8,000-14,000 per month.

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