Fire and life safety technicians pride themselves on their commitment to protecting business assets, properties, and, most importantly, human life from the dangers of fire. The selfless and integral role fire and life safety professionals play in local communities contributes to the rewarding nature of a fire and life safety career.
Besides being viewed as respected community leaders, there are several reasons to work in the fire and life safety industry.
The Benefits of Working in the Fire and Life Safety Industry
There are many advantages for those interested in becoming the ‘superhero’ of their community. To get a better understanding, here are the top benefits future fire and life safety employees can expect to receive once entering the fire and life safety field.
Secure Your Position with Consistent Demand
According to the Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE), employment for the fire technology occupational group is expected to increase by 9% between 2019 and 2024 despite a staggering economy. The large growth in predicted employment rates paints a clear picture of the increased demand and growing necessity for highly qualified and trained fire and life safety technicians.
Fire and life safety technicians are in high demand yet there is a dwindling supply of qualified engineers. This shortage is making it more difficult for companies to recruit qualified professionals and creating a more lucrative opportunity for those looking to enter and start a committed fire and life safety technician career. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the unwavering demand and essential nature associated with the fire and life safety industry. When other industries are halted in the future due to unforeseen disruptions, fire and life safety personnel will remain employed, on-duty, and ready to serve their customers and community at large.
Make a Positive Community Impact
Fire and life safety does not exist in a vacuum. Fire and life safety personnel actively step beyond the scope of organizations and businesses and enter the community in which they serve. The fire and life safety industry perk not listed in your contract is the joy and pure satisfaction that comes with knowing that you have made a positive impact on individual businesses and the community at large.
At Impact Fire, our team of highly trained fire and life safety professionals take pride in developing long-standing relationships with local businesses to provide superior service and fire protection expertise in the communities we serve.
Work on a Variety of Projects in Many Different Industries
The installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of fire and life safety equipment is needed for countless projects and in a wide variety of industries. This equipment and services are needed everywhere from retail, to manufacturing, to government, to healthcare.
With a wide range of serviced products including fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire pumps, and fire sprinkler systems, fire and life safety technicians have a variety of different areas of specialization to explore early in their career development. Fire and life safety technicians can find themselves working on an extensive project implementing a fire sprinkler system for a commercial kitchen one day and inspecting and testing fire sprinklers for college campuses the next. There is never a mundane Monday or a typical Tuesday when working in the fire and life safety field.
Partake in Robust Career Development Opportunities
A fire and life safety company that values the career development of their employees will provide training opportunities to become more diversified in the industry. Robust training opportunities allow new employees to broaden their skills and interests in order to push their career forward. It’s important to choose a fire and life safety company that has established a collaborative company culture and environment that promotes and prioritizes training and certifications for its dedicated employees.
At Impact Fire, education and exploration is encouraged. New employees have access to the growing network of exceptional mentors and support spanning across the various Impact Fire locations including resources from our parent company AI Fire. In addition, all training opportunities are completely reimbursed upon achieving the required license or certification. This innovative approach allows employees to start earning wages and gaining on-the-job experience while taking part in accredited courses. These company-sponsored license programs include.
- National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).
- American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA).
- State-specific fire extinguisher, sprinkler, and alarm certifications.
- Factory training and certifications from distributors and other serviced product lines.
Explore Unlimited Career Paths
The fire and life safety industry has many career paths depending on an individual's passions, transferable skills, and prior industry experience. A fire and life safety service provider that prioritizes the growth of its employees should have an internship or apprentice program that allows novice fire and life safety technicians to explore and receive hands-on experience. Other career paths include but are not limited to:
- Sales Representative
- Field Technician
- Lead Technician
- Division Manager
- District Manager
At Impact Fire, new employees can master an in-demand trade with multiple career paths while benefiting from the mentorship and training provided by leading experts. The apprenticeship program provides the support and knowledge new employees need to go further in their career. Interested employees who meet the criteria are provided the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship in their division of choice.
Enjoy a Stable Salary and Competitive Perks
A career in fire and life safety not only provides continual satisfaction through the safeguarding of communities from fire, but also provides a stable salary and competitive perks. Since there is an overwhelming demand for fire and life safety specialists, they are among the highest paid technicians.
A competitive and stable salary is just one of the many benefits employees can expect when entering the fire and life safety industry. Additional perks include:
- Competitive benefits, including healthcare, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off and holidays.
- Company paid short and long-term disability.
- Immediately vested 401(k) contribution with match.
Become a Part of the Impact Fire Family
The combination of competitive benefits, career development opportunities, industry leading support, and the unshakeable feeling of positivity that comes from being viewed as a respected and knowledgeable community member are just some of the reasons many decide to start a career in the fire and life safety industry.
Individuals interested in joining the Impact Fire team should get in touch with us to learn more about how they can begin their unique fire and life safety journey.