Fire Protection Consultants
The fire protection consulting industry is a varied one— full of many sub specialties. Consultants have backgrounds and training in consulting, fire and smoke prevention, and sales. Many are former firefighters. Because many of these professionals give regular seminars and workshops in front of large groups of people, they should have superior communication and public speaking skills. Time management skills are also important.
Fire protection consultants use their knowledge of local and building regulations, codes, guidelines, and policies to perform building inspections, evacuation drills, in-office and online training, and fire safety seminars. They often work on-site at other companies, meeting with employees and managers to go over proper fire and smoke prevention practices and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Sales are a big part of a consulting firm. They may make their own products, or sell a line of equipment and gear made by another firm. Products may include sprinkler systems, blankets, fire suppression systems, smoke detectors, and extinguishers. Other products include signage, inspection books, hoses, smoke damage cleaners, and nozzles. Some fire protection firms offer training institutes for fire safety directors and emergency action plan directors. Many consultants belong to some type of fire protection organization or association to keep up with the latest laws, techniques, emergency plan designs, and products aimed at fire and smoke damage prevention.
Fire protection consultants can have backgrounds in engineering, building inspections, consulting, sales, or fire fighting. They utilize their skills in these arenas to pass on their knowledge to individuals and companies through training programs, seminars, product sales, and client consultations.