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Become A Fire Prevention Officer

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Working As A Fire Prevention Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $30,160

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Fire Prevention Officer does

  • Supervised emergency operations, daily business operations for assigned apparatus and personnel for fire suppression and fire prevention activities for B-shift.
  • Assist guests/employees during emergency situations.
  • Assist local law enforcement officers with shoplifters
  • Provided camera and floor surveillance to reduce store theft.
  • Performed Fire Department Budget review.
  • Inspect installation facilities for complete fire safety, construction and NFPA code compliance.
  • Create and organize fire prevention training programs.
  • Inspected all public and private schools in the city to ensure compliance with life safety codes.Operated company issued take home vehicle.
  • Reviewed and evaluated plans for new construction, alteration, and self-help projects of existing structures.
  • Monitor CCTVAssist customersMonitor Load and unload truck
  • Performed and conducted scheduled fire and life safety inspections in diverse types of occupancies including hazardous materials and hazardous waste sites.
  • Ensured compliance to all laws and OSHA requirements.
  • Supervised the work of China team members, including Assistant Prevention Officers, and part-time outreach workers.
  • Complete a Loss Prevention shift summary/daily activity report.
  • Teach public education programs on fire safety and prevention.
  • Responded quickly to medical emergencies and fire alarms.
  • Issue warnings and citations for fire code violations.
  • Coordinated and interfaced with the Joint Staff, other unified commands, and federal agencies on preventive medicine issues.
  • Collected evidence in accordance NFPA 921, ASTM Standards E1188 and E860.

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How To Become A Fire Prevention Officer

Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need experience with security and video surveillance. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.


Security guards generally need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some jobs may not have any education requirements. Gaming surveillance officers also need a high school diploma or equivalent and may need experience with video surveillance technology depending upon assignment.


Although most employers provide instruction for newly hired guards, the amount of training they receive varies. Most guards, however, learn their job in a few weeks. During those few weeks, training from their employer typically covers emergency procedures, detention of suspected criminals, and proper communication.

Many states recommend that security guards receive approximately 8 hours of pre-assignment training, 8–16 hours of on-the-job training, and 8 hours of annual training. This may include training in protection, public relations, report writing, deterring crises, first aid, and other specialized training related to the guard’s assignment.

Training is more rigorous for armed guards because they require weapons training. Armed guards may be tested periodically in the use of firearms.

For gaming surveillance officers and investigators, some employers prefer candidates with previous work experience in casinos or individuals with a background in law enforcement. Experience with video technology can also be helpful in using surveillance systems and software.

Drug testing may be required as a condition of employment and randomly during employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require that guards be registered with the state in which they work. Although registration requirements vary by state, basic qualifications for candidates are as follows:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete training

Guards who carry weapons usually must be registered by the appropriate government authority. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards. Rigorous hiring and screening programs, including background, criminal record, and fingerprint checks, are required for armed guards in most states.

Some jobs may also require a driver's license.


Some guards advance to supervisory or security manager positions. Those with experience or postsecondary education should have an advantage. Armed security guards have a greater potential for advancement and enjoy higher earnings.

Some guards with management skills open their own security guard business. Guards can also move to an organization that needs higher levels of security, which may result in more prestige or higher pay.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Guards and officers must be able to quickly determine the best course of action when a dangerous situation arises. 

Patience. Security guards and officers may need to spend long periods standing and observing their environment without distractions.

Observation skills. Guards and officers must be alert and aware of their surroundings, and be able to quickly recognize anything out of the ordinary.

Physical strength. Guards must be strong enough to apprehend offenders and to handle emergency situations.

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Fire Prevention Officer Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Filipino

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Urdu

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Top Fire Prevention Officer Skills

  1. Safety Code
  2. Extensive Fire Prevention
  3. Emergency Situations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspected all public and private schools in the city to ensure compliance with life safety codes.Operated company issued take home vehicle.
  • Assist guests/employees during emergency situations.
  • Conduct investigations of theft situations and apprehend shoplifters after comprehensive monitoring and surveillance.
  • Conducted Fire Safety Inspections, as well as developed and maintained documentation of all required inspections and tests.
  • Supervised the work of China team members, including Assistant Prevention Officers, and part-time outreach workers.

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