Each year in the United States over 3,000 people die and thousands are injured and $10 billion in property is damaged as a result of fire. Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that uses science and technology to make our homes, workplaces, schools, the economy and the environment safer from the devastating effects of fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affect people, buildings and property. Additionally, Fire protection engineers use the latest technologies to
a) Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger and provide means for escape;
b) Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them;
c) Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials; and
d) investigate fires to discover how fire spreads, why protective measures failed, and how those measures could have been designed more effectively.
For a person who is looking for a satisfying career that provides a solid income, flexibility, and the opportunity to make a difference, fire protection engineering is an excellent career choice. To find out more go to http://careers.sfpe.org.