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A number of jobs are associated with the industry of fire safety. While the public regards firefighters as the only authority related to this field, many other profiles assist the community against fire outbreaks.


Fire marshals or fire safety officers are important profiles that work to maintain a check on the means that prevent fire. While firefighters are called in to protect life and property in case of a fire outbreak, a fire marshal or fire safety officer tries to ensure that there is no fire outbreak, to begin with. This is the key difference between the two profiles, while one is about preventive measures the other is about active rescue operations.

What are the responsibilities of a fire safety officer/ fire marshal?

·         Planning, formulating, implementing, and supervising fire safety plans

·         Ensuring all fire and life safety equipment are well placed and accessible (within all properties/buildings).

·         Ensuring fire protection systems like smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, etc. are all installed properly and also functional at all times.

·         Organising and conducting fire drills/simulations that sensitise people with the correct safety protocol

·         Developing the action plan with fire services in case of an emergency

·         Conducting regular inspections of the property to ensure no hazardous materials are left unattended


How can I become a Fire Safety Officer/ Fire Marshal?

There are many government and private institutions that offer training courses for the post of Fire Safety Officer/ Fire Marshal. However, it is difficult to find a suitable course from a recognized institution that not only equips you with first-hand knowledge and technical know-how but also helps you find a job opportunity. One of the most coveted institutions in this regard is IFE (India).


What is IFE(India)?

IFE (India) or the Institution of Fire Engineers (India) was established on the recommendations of the Standing Fire Advisory Council constituted by the Chiefs of Fire Services in India and headed by DG CD, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. The Institution was founded in the year 1973 as a premier non-government organization (NGO) and professional body registered under the Societies Act, 1860 as resolved in one of the meetings held under the Chairmanship of the then Dy. Home Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India Sh. B.N. Datar. IFE (I) is dedicated to the cause of fire engineers and the fire engineering profession. 

What courses can I apply for at IFE (India) now?

Sr No

Name of Course

Course Code




Occupational Safety Health & Environment Management System


1 year



Fire Technology & Industrial Safety


1 year



Industrial Safety


1 year



Fire Fighter


6 Months

Minimum 10th


How can I enrol with IFE (India)?

To enrol with IFE (India) students need to give sit for IFENAT, the entrance test organised by the institution. IFENAT, that is, Institution of Fire Engineers National Aptitude Test, organised for 4 Undergraduate courses for deserving candidates who seek a future as trained firefighters. The test is conducted annually to find the select few who hold the calibre to be employed as skilled fire safety personnel.

To appear for the test, the applicants can apply at after checking their eligibility. The test is organised in two stages. The first stage includes an Aptitude test which is set to be held on August 15, 2022. Followed by this is the second stage, that is, the Physical exam which will be conducted from 22 August- 26 August 2022



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