Industrial firefighters are different from the municipal firefighters we see rushing to emergencies in fire trucks entering buildings locating fires and extinguishing them. The website www.fireengineering.com says that industrial firefighters are less visible to most people because they are in charge of protecting various types of manufacturing plants and facilities. For the most part they are members of an internal fire brigade that handles industrial accidents that are not obvious to the outside world and are not publicized unless they are unusually severe. When there is fire an area in the facility they often try to isolate it so that it goes out on its own because in some circumstances extinguishing the fire could release toxic vapors. Industrial firefighters must be on the alert to dangers specific to their particular industry. For example there may be hazardous and highly flammable chemicals falling debris or high pressure lines. When they do want to extinguish a fire they often use foam as well as water. With regard to training the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have minimum standards for industrial firefighters. Some facilities have a requirement that all workers in a particular area be certified members of an industrial fire brigade. According to the website www.ehow.com industrial firefighters can obtain training at several universities around the country. However a number of independent institutions offer industrial fighting training programs. According to the website www.simplyhired.com the wages industrial firefighters earn depend on the employer industry location and experience. However the average annual salary is approximately $36000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Extinguishes fires at large plant facilities.
Deals with leaking fuel containers.
Protects large manufacturing plants.
Isolates fires and evaluates how to handle the situation.
|Also Called:||Municipal Firefighter
Industrial First Responder
Industrial Fire Brigade
Industrial Emergency Technician