Fire Inspector Training
Certificate programs in Fire Inspection prepare students on how to inspect and evaluate commercial and residential buildings to ensure that fire codes and regulations are met. As part of the fire department team, inspectors typically rise from firefighter roles. Employment qualifications are established by national firefighting organizations, state government and local fire districts.
Typically, you’ll need to pass a qualifying examination offered by professional fire service organizations. For example, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides Certified Fire Inspector I and II/Certified Fire Plan Examiner examinations and training programs in 300 cities worldwide.
Fire Inspector Course Content
Courses offered within the Fire Inspector certificate programs cover the causes and effects of fires. Students will learn how to conduct effective fire inspections to prevent fires and determine the causes after a fire. They also learn how to analyze and determine the sources and materials associated with fires. Other courses offered may include the following:
- Hazardous materials
- Blueprint readinh
- Fire protection systems
- Building codes and inspections
Typically, Fire Inspection programs combine classroom and field training. Curriculum may also include studies in building codes, investigation protocols, reporting practice, hazardous materials identification and handling, testimony and evidence gathering, and courtroom procedure.
For a Fire Inspector course, professionals are looking for candidates who have strong communication and critical-thinking skills, have impartial legal ethics, and are very detail oriented. In this career, you may be called upon to develop fire exit plans, inspect and test fire detection and alarm systems, and write up and re-inspect violators who must make corrective improvements to facilities. Following completion of formal Fire Inspector training, you may be required to complete local department courses and successfully complete a probationary period on the job.
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