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...
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Fire safety directors earned median annual salaries of $54,997 in 2019, according to PayScale.com. Salaries ranged from $32,000 to $67,000 or more. Some employers offer benefits such as medical insurance and paid holidays, vacations, and sick days.
A typical workday for fire safety directors involves monitoring safety conditions in the building and identifying and remedying risk areas, interacting with fire wardens and fire guards to address problem areas, and talking with the building’s occupants about fire preparedness or fire safety violations. Once a month or so, fire safety directors conduct fire and evacuation drills to ensure that ...
Since the presence of a fire safety director in high-rises is required by law in many cities, and fires remain an ever present danger, demand should remain steady for workers in this field. The most-attractive job candidates will have extensive experience in leadership positions (ideally in emergency management or with police or fire departments).