Profession industrial firefighter

Industrial firefighters are responsible for emergency response in case of a fire outbreak or other hazardous situations in industrial areas or facilities. They actively respond to contain fires and the outbreak of other hazardous substances to protect the industrial crews and premises. They ensure the industrial facility complies with health and safety regulations. They also regulate the clean-up of the scene and assess the damage.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Social

Knowledge

  • Industrial engineering

    The field of engineering concerned with the development, improvement, and implementation of complex processes and systems of knowledge, people, equipment, etc.

  • Industrial tools

    The tools and equipment used for industrial purposes, both power and hand tools, and their various uses.

  • Fire-fighting systems

    The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.

  • Fire prevention procedures

    The regulations concerning fire and explosion prevention, and the equipment, systems and methods used in it.

  • Regulations on substances

    The national and international regulations on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, e.g. regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Hydraulics

    The power transmission systems that use the force of flowing liquids to transmit power.

  • Fire safety regulations

    The legal rules to be applied for fire safety and fire prevention in a facility.

Skills

  • Work as a team in a hazardous environment

    Work together with others in a dangerous, sometimes noisy, environment, such as a building on fire or metal forging facilities, in order to achieve a higher degree of efficiency while heeding the co-workers' safety.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Work with chemicals

    Handle chemicals and select specific ones for certain processes. Be aware of the reactions which arise from combining them.

  • Contain fires

    Take the appropriate measures to prevent fires from spreading.

  • Monitor chemical process condition

    Monitor the conformity of the chemical process, checking all indicators or warning signals provided by the instruments such as recording instruments, flowmeters and panel lights.

  • Assess risk factors

    Determine the influence of economical, political and cultural risk factors and additional issues.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Ensure public safety and security

    Implement the relevant procedures, strategies and use the proper equipment to promote local or national security activities for the protection of data, people, institutions, and property.

  • Manage emergency care situations

    Manage situations in which decision making under time pressure is essential to save lives.

  • Dispose of hazardous waste

    Dispose of dangerous materials such as chemical or radioactive substances according to environmental and to health and safety regulations.

  • Assist people in contaminated areas

    Assist workers in remediation activities as well as people at risk of exposure in safety operations, such as instructing on wearing protective gear, entering and leaving restricted areas, and usage of remediation equipment.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • Perform search and rescue missions

    Assist in fighting natural and civic disasters, such as forest fires, floods and road accidents. Conduct search-and-rescue missions.

  • Select hazard control

    Select appropriate hazard control measures and risk management, reduction or elimination techniques in a safe manner.

  • Use different types of fire extinguishers

    Understand and apply various methods of firefighting and various types and classes of fire extinguishing equipment.

  • Manage major incidents

    Take immediate action to respond to major incidents that affect the safety and security of individuals in private or public places such as road accidents.

  • Evacuate people from buildings

    Evacuate a person from a dangerous building or situation for protection purposes, ensuring the victim reaches safety and is able to receive medical care if necessary.

  • Extinguish fires

    Extinguish smaller fires such as electrical fires, oil fires, or propane fires, using the adequate portable fire extinguisher. Extinguish larger fires with water, using jet and spray nozzles. Extinguish fires with foam, powder or other chemical agents. Enter and pass through, with a lifeline but without breathing apparatus, a compartment into which high-expansion foam has been injected. Fight fire in smoke-filled enclosed spaces, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus. Extinguish a fire in a simulated engine room with heavy smoke. Perform rescue operations in a smoke-filled space, wearing breathing apparatus.

  • Manage factory operations

    Supervise factory operations, planning, formulating, organising, controlling. and directing factory production activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect industrial equipment assess impact of industrial activities monitor disposal of radioactive substances manage flammable substances liaise with industrial professionals