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Did you know that there are more than 2.5 lakh jobs in the fire sector?

The fire sector has ready employment for well-trained professionals who can work in government sectors or private sectors at various profiles and levels, not just as firefighters. Further, entrepreneurship in the field of fire safety and disaster management has been steadily increasing in the past decade.

However, many positions in this dynamic field go unfilled because there is a lack of experienced professionals. There are only a handful of institutions that are able to turn a candidate into a good and trained professional who is job-ready and can easily be hired.

Taking into consideration this lack of good training institutions, 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 to bridge this gap. 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.

To become a part of this coveted institution and to unlock thousands of job opportunities in fire safety, candidates must apply for IFENAT.


IFENAT (UG)

What is IFENAT?

IFENAT, that is, Institution of Fire Engineers National Aptitude Test, is the entrance test organised by IFE (India) for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses for deserving candidates to prepare trained firefighters that are job-ready. The test is conducted annually to find the select few who hold the calibre to be employed as skilled fire safety personnel.

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 meeting 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 fire engineering profession.

About the Test

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. The Aptitude Test will be objective (MCQ based) and will also include 1 subjective (essay) answer writing section. The registration fee for the test is Rs 112.
LAST DATE TO APPLY- AUGUST 13, 2022

The course is open for all genders; anyone who has attained 18 Years of age and has passed class 10th and 12th from a recognised board can appear for the IFENAT test.
Other Requirements
Physical Standard (Male)
Minimum Height - 165cms (Relaxable by 5 cms in the case of Garhwalis, Assamese Gorkha and member of the Schedule tribes)
Chest - 81cms Unexpanded and 86 cm Expanded (Fully expanded with minimum of 5 cm Expansion)
Weight - min. 50 kgs.
Physical Standard (Female & Transgender)
Minimum Height - 157cms(Relaxable by 2.5 cm in the case of Garhwalis, Assamese Gorkha and member of the Scheduled tribes).
Weight- 46 kgs.

The Aptitude test will be an Online exam which can be taken by candidates remotely with a stable internet connection. The test will consist of objective and subjective questions.
Physical Exam
The following Medical Standards need to be maintained by aspiring Male, Female & Transgender candidates:
Vision: -Visual: Better eye - 6/6 (Eligible vision - 6/6 only ) Worse eye- 6/12
Colour Vision: - No Colour Blindness.
The candidate must not have knock-knees, flat feet, squinted eyes and stammering problem.
Must be in a good mental and bodily health and free from any physical ailment.

The final results for the test (Aptitude+Physical) will be announced on August 28, 2022.

After clearing the Aptitude Test, the top candidates will be short-listed for Physical examination. The final candidates (834) will have to get their documents verified at MSME TC Bhiwari or Institution of Fire Engineers (India) Janak Puri by August 29- September 2, 2022.

On completion of document verification, the candidates will have to submit the fee by August 29- September 2, 2022.

Here is a list of courses that IFE (India) offers:

Sr No Name of Course Course Code Duration Eligibility
1 Occupational Safety Health & Environment Management System OSHEMS 1 year 12th
2 Fire Technology & Industrial Safety FTIS 1 year 12th
3 Industrial Safety CIS 1 year 12th
4 Fire Fighter FF 6 Months Minimum 10th

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the minimum qualification required to become a firefighter?

    Aspiring candidates must have completed 10+2, however, the minimum qualification for Fire Fighter course is 10th pass. Upon completion they must enrol in a diploma or UG course which specialises in the field of firefighting.

  • How much does a firefighter earn?

    The starting salary for a firefighter is around 1.8 Lakhs per annum. An experienced firefighter can earn up to 4.8 Lakhs per annum. Firefighters have access to other benefits like healthcare, subsidised housing, annual leaves. Most importantly, a firefighter can rise up in the ranks through promotions.

  • How long is a fireman’s shift?

    For a full-time firefighter, an average week requires around 56 working hours that are divided into 24-hours shifts.

  • In which sectors can a firefighter be employed?

    Fire hazard affects all major manufacturing industries, however, they are not limited to this. A firefighter is employed both by government agencies and private firms. Some examples of these include:
    • Electricity boards
    • Construction companies
    • Refineries
    • Oil companies
    • Government Firefighting department
    • Aviation Industry
    • Fire Safety training institutes
    • Chemical plants
    • Hotels
    • Corporate offices
    • Industries
    • Hospitals
    • Residential High Rise Buildings
    • Shopping Malls
    • Banks

  • Why should I apply for these courses?

    1. These courses encompasse 7 out of 7 National Occupational Standards (NOS) of “Fire-fighter
    2. Identify type of fire and response required
    3. Carry out first-aid fire fighting using portable extinguishers
    4. Respond to the fire incidents using fire-fighting systems
    5. Carry out rescue operation and administer medical first
    6. Inspect installed fire safety equipment and systems and ensure their operational readiness
    7. Maintain health and safety of self and others as a firefighter
    8. Work effectively as a fire-fighter at the workplace

  • What skill set should a firefighter possess?

    Working as a firefighter is a challenging task that requires physical and mental agility. A firefighter must have complete technical knowhow about firefighting tools and techniques alongside possessing high stamina and decision-making skills in demanding situations.

  • What skills will the courses equip me with?

    • After completing these courses candidates will be able to:
    • Identify type of fire and response required.
    • Use portable extinguisher to put out small fires.
    • Keep big fires under control till arrival of help and equipment.
    • Identify types and construction of firefighting systems.
    • Respond to fires, hazards and other emergencies.
    • Operate various firefighting systems.
    • Respond to the fire incidents using fire-fighting systems.
    • Carry out rescue operation at an incident site.
    • Administer medical first-aid to victims.
    • Inspect installed fire safety equipment and systems for operational readiness.
    • Maintain health and safety of self and others as a fire-fighter.
    • Work effectively in a team as a fire-fighters

  • Why should I apply for these courses specifically?

    • Experts in the field of firefighting designed these courses in a specific way to impart all the core skills that are required to be job ready in the field. Some of the core Points that are a part of this course curriculum are:
    • You will be able to learn how to use Fire safety equipments like service pumps, foam-making equipment and fire extinguishing agents practically.
    • How to use various range of fire safety ladders in different environments.
    • Fundamental principle of working safety at heights: How to tackle fire in high-rise buildings or in basements.
    • Basic skills to be able to manage a variety of traumatic incidents
    • Recognize emergency care equipments to assist the health care professionals
    • Effective search and rescue techniques in carbonaceous atmosphere
    • Learn how to deal with Hazardous Materials
    • Learn how to deal with Road Traffic Collisions.

  • Will I get job assistance from IFE (India)?

    We, at IFE (India), provide you job assistance after completion of the course; our placement cell will help you in setting up interviews with the top-notch companies of the country. After finishing your course from IFE (India) you will be Job Ready. You will be able to find employment in any division, be it government or private.