related careers. Engineering is involved in the critical thinking portion of firefighting.Firefighters must be quick to think and able to make informed decisions. When graduating with aFire Safety degree, a person graduates first as an Engineer with a focus on fire safety. Having a
degree is imperative in today’s society
and to become a firefighter the degree helps make aperson stand out from a crowd.
Firefighting is a well-respected career that is a staple in any flourishing society.Firefighters are the brave men and women who run into burning buildings when everyone else isrunning out. Most people would never dream of doing what these people do every day. They usethe most up-to-date equipment and technology to adequately put out fire. The pay is roughly$35000 starting out with only a GED. As a civil servant, firefighters are in line with paramedicsand police officers. The ranks increase from firefighter 1-Fire Chief. With rank increase, pay alsorises (CollegeGrad). Fire Safety Engineering Technology is strongly pushed by the firedepartment but is not necessary for basic firefighters; however, a degree is required to advance inthe higher levels of the department.The Fire Department is set up so that shifts are not every day. Each shift rotates and isusually off at least 24 hours between work days. While on duty, firefighters will maintainequipment and apparat
us. This includes SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus),
protective gear, and trucks. If a call comes in, the firefighters enter the truck and head towardsthe scene of the incident. General response time is between two to five minutes thus ensuringmaximum possibility of survival for the victim. Once on scene, the captain or chief in charge willdirect operations and give orders. He or she must know information about the structure in flamesand the best way to contain/extinguish the blaze. Firefighters use many different tactics whenconfronting fire, but the main goal is always safety for the men and women entering the buildingas well as the victims. However not all of the calls made fire firefighters are fire related. Roughly80 percent of all calls are medical. As a result, all full-time firefighters are Emergency Medical
Technicians (EMT’s) as well.
Firefighters are well-rounded individuals who are trained to helpanyone in need (Hall, 6).Fire Safety Engineering Technology is the major directly related to a career in the fireservice. In the course, every aspect of the job is covered as well as the different careeropportunities possible. The main path is for those who want to be directly involved in fire. Otheropportunities include Fire Inspector/ Investigator, and Fire Prevention personnel. The group as awhole is referred to as a public safety organization (CollegeGrad). Fire Inspectors andInvestigators are responsible for building codes and determining causes of fire. Building codesare always being reviewed and changed to coincide with the change in construction and materialsof buildings. Investigation occurs after a fire takes place and is extremely important in makingsure a similar fire does not happen. Investigation also determines if the fire was accidental orintentionally caused. Arson is a criminal offense and is punished harshly because of the damageit causes as well as the potential for loss of life.Fire prevention is the base of the Fire Safety degree. Ronny Coleman said,
“There is nohonor in fighting a fire that could have been prevented.”
He understood the importance of fireprevention and pushed for increased knowledge and education involving fire safety. Fireprevention comes in three forms: passive, active, and education. Passive fire prevention covers