Fire Safety Directors

Fire Evacuation Drill

Many cities have laws that require a fire safety director to be on duty at skyscrapers, large residential buildings, and public buildings such as museums and hospitals to ensure that fire safety systems are in place and are working correctly. In the event of a fire, they implement fire safety plans, communicate with building occupants by using two-way voice systems, and liaise with fire department officials. Fire safety directors (FSDs) may also assist a building’s occupants during natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) and human-made disasters (e.g., explosions, hazardous materials incidents, and terrorist attacks).  

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Ensure that buildings are in compliance with fire safety regulations; maintain fire safety systems, equipment, and records; implement fire safety plans during fires, and assist during evacuations
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Speech
Experience Several years of experience in management positions, in fire protection, or as a building superintendent
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must pass a background check, which may include a drug test
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Fire Safety Director
  • Deputy Fire Safety Director
  • Fire Guard

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