Whether you are experienced and looking for a new opportunity or you feel like a career change is what you need right now, then, as with all industries, you need to ensure you have the right skills and aptitudes in order to apply for positions within Fire & Security.
Probably the most essential knowledge you’ll need to prove you have an understanding of is the current legislation surrounding Fire Security, Fire Detection & Fire Alarms which is publicised by the Fire Industry Association, the well renowned Industry Body who have been Leading Excellence in Fire since 1916. Essential for safety, the BS5839 code of practices cover the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of both fire detection and fire alarm systems, including voice alarm systems & automatic release mechanisms in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. If you are just starting out, or you want to brush up on any knowledge, you can purchase these practise codes directly from the FIA, and as an added extra bonus you can also book training courses with them which will further enhance your skills within this industry. Whether you are experienced or not, becoming a member of the FIA, will not only allow you to purchase these materials at a lower cost, but, it will also demonstrate your commitment to the Industry, and therefore to any employer who is looking to hire. If you want further information on the FIA, best to visit their website here. For some roles within this Industry, for example if you are looking to work as a Fire Extinguisher Engineer you’ll also need more specialist knowledge such as the BS5266, and as a Fire Systems Electrical Engineer, it’s the BS7671. Whatever you are applying for, just be sure to always check you are up to date.
Given that you will usually be working in either commercial or domestic environments there’s a few other essential skills you’ll need to have, and these include excellent decision making and organisation, excellent time management, interpersonal and communication (both verbal and written), ability to work in a team and on your own plus be a problem solver, not a problem creator. With many roles, a full UK driving license will also be needed as you’ll travel regularly between premises.
For most of the engineer roles that Fire Security Recruitment currently have on their books, candidates will mainly be expected to be proficient with servicing, installing, maintaining, commissioning and repairing of fire alarms, intruder alarms or CCTV Systems including IP Networking. Just some of the roles we are currently recruiting for include: Fire & Security Installation & Commissioning engineer, Fire Alarm Service Engineer, Security systems service engineer, Fire alarm Projects Engineer, CCTV & Intercom service & installation engineer, Fire & Security service engineer. As a specialist recruiter in this industry, we also cover most of the country, so finding a position for you shouldn’t be too difficult. Of course, if you are just starting out within the Fire Security Industry, or you have any questions we are here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact the team.