Fire and security recruitment continues to expand, with more skilled and varied roles emerging as businesses look at how they can keep their premises and staff safe and secure at all times.
If you’re looking to potentially start your career in the fire and security industry, or you would like to know more about the different types of roles that this specialist sector has to offer, please read on.
Are you thinking about a job in the fire and security industry?
Fire and security roles can be extremely varied and wide-ranging. Typically, the average annual salary for a fire and security engineer can start from £32,000.
It’s also interesting to note that year on year pay for these positions has increased by 5.5% annually, compared to just 4.1% for all other vacancy positions.
But what does a fire and security engineer do?
These roles can range from installing new and updated fire extinguishers; you could service or commission commercial fire or intruder alarm systems, install CCTV or access controls throughout the building, and more.
All of these roles require training and an understanding of the technical aspects of fire and security equipment and procedures.
Apprenticeships are often a great way to get your career started. Providing you with hands-on experience and the right qualifications to match!
You will also find nationally recognised qualifications with:
- FIA (Fire Industry Association) certified qualifications – offering a range of career paths and various nationally recognised qualifications in the field.
- NSI training – offers various training courses in security and fire for those companies and individuals approved by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
These recognised professional industry bodies, including Nacoss, are seen as the Gold Standard within the fire and security industry. As a result, many companies require that professionals hold these associations to ensure compliance with best practices in the sector.
Jobs in Fire and Security
The fire and security sector is continuing to see positive growth in the industry when it comes to employment. (This is welcome news for many as the UK faces high unemployment in a period of economic uncertainty – find out more in our post “Can security vacancies support UK employment levels”).
To help you on your employment search and maybe your next career move, below you’ll find some further information on some of the fire and security engineering roles.
A service engineer, also known as a maintenance or service faults engineer, will carry out practical tests and general maintenance on all fire and security systems in commercial premises to ensure that everything is working correctly and up to standard.
Depending if systems are wired or wireless, this could include changing batteries in smoke alarms, running drills, etc. Ultimately the service engineer aims to test equipment and if any faults or issues are identified, repair these asap.
There are three levels within this role (1st fix, 2nd fix, and commissioning), as the role involves installing intruder alarms or CCTV systems. Not all engineers have the experience of commissioning, and this is something that install engineers work towards throughout their career.
Small works are carried out as part of an install and can include adding fire or smoke detectors, installing part of an intruder alarm, additional CCTV cameras, replacing broken systems for the same but working replacement, and more.
Fire Alarm Engineer
Working across fire alarms and emergency lighting, fire alarm engineers work with various different types of fire alarm systems, from addressable and conventional to open and closed protocol.
Note: Unless you are a qualified electrician, you cannot install emergency lighting. A fire alarm engineer will only service and test the systems.
Fire Extinguisher Engineer
To become a fire extinguisher engineer, you will need the right qualifications (usually BAFE or IFEDA) in order to be able to install, service, and replace fire extinguishers.
Often this role can also fall within the remit of a fire alarm engineer.
Engineers in these positions will work across intruder alarms, CCTV, access controls, and door entry.
These roles will require a large degree of skill, and experience with IP and networks are often extremely desirable.
Fire and Security Engineer
Fire and security engineers will work across all fire alarms, CCTV, intruder alarm systems, access controls, emergency lighting, and more.
At Secure and Recruit, we’re a specialist recruitment agency dedicated to fire and security recruitment.
Ultimately, we find the right candidates for the right fire and security job.
If you’re interested in current vacancies or you’re looking to fill a vacancy, call one of our professional team members today on 01480 275 700; we’d be happy to help.