How To Become A Fire Alarm Technician
Working as a fire alarm technician involves using your technical skills to protect the public every day. While firefighters may rescue people from burning buildings, fire alarm technicians are every bit as crucial as their frontline counterparts. Without effective fire alarm systems, many fires would do untold damage before the emergency services were even notified.
Needless to say, becoming a fire alarm technician requires significant technical knowhow. However, regardless of prior experience, it is an ideal career choice for the technically astute. Much of the required experience can be gained by completing an apprenticeship program here at Banham Academy. Read on to find out more.
What does a fire alarm technician do?
There are several facets to the role of fire alarm technician. These include:
- Installing fire alarm systems
- Carrying out regular inspections
- Repairing broken systems
- Educating clients on fire alarm functionality
- Designing effective fire alarm systems
All of these areas will involve site visits, with technicians often required to work directly with building developers, discussing which fire alarm systems are most appropriate and how they work. It is the fire alarm technician’s responsibility to ensure a newly-installed system is fully-functional before finishing a job, and to make sure it stays in working order through regular on site inspection visits. Fire alarm technicians also design and plan fire alarm systems to suit each new site.
Many fire alarm technicians specialise in one of the above areas, meaning the different types of fire alarm technician can be broken down into the following roles:
- Maintenance technician. Primarily concerned with maintaining pre-installed fire alarms.
- Installation technician. Dealing mainly with installing new fire alarms.
- System designer. Planning and designing new fire alarm systems for properties.
What are fire alarm technicians’ other duties and responsibilities?
As well as installing and maintaining fire alarms, fire alarm technicians are often tasked with letting clients know how their fire alarm systems function, how to make sure they work effectively, and even how to minimise fire risk in general. This means customer communications skills are also important for certain small aspects of the role.
What do I need to become a fire alarm technician?
● Knowledge and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications that a fire alarm technician needs, but knowledge about alarm systems and engineering will be a prerequisite for most employers.
Taking a fire alarm systems apprenticeship can give you a huge advantage when it comes to securing a job in the field. An apprenticeship with an established security company will give you firsthand experience, on-the-job training, and the chance to work closely with the kind of technology you will encounter as a fire alarm technician.
As one of the UK’s longest-running security companies, Banham is in the position to deliver fire, emergency and systems apprenticeships to aspiring fire alarm technicians who have already found employment. Our apprenticeship courses will not only instill you with the necessary skills it takes to become a professional technician, but they would also look hugely impressive on your CV.
Banham Academy holds Centre Approval status with Highfield and Edexcel’s awarding bodies, and most of our courses are QCF accredited. Apprentices receive training from experienced staff who are currently at work in the industry. If you’d like to apply for a Banham apprenticeship, you will need a provisional or full driving license, and to have passed and a DBS check.
Becoming a fire alarm installer also necessitates a technical mind, the ability to follow complex procedures, and an aptitude for hands-on work.
Other helpful skills include:
- Understanding of technical plans
Since technicians will be representing their employers when they speak to clients, you will also need to uphold the highest standards of professionalism at all times.
Where could I be working?
Most fire alarm technicians are employed by security companies, and they work on several clients, in many different locations. You could be working somewhere different every day, and you will likely work on every type of building that requires a fire alarm—which encompasses all of them. Everywhere from public institutions like schools to private shops, office buildings and residences. The nature of each location determines whether installers will need to work at extreme heights, carry equipment around, or drive from place to place.
What is a fire alarm technician’s salary?
Fire alarm technicians can expect to earn around £24,000 a year on average. Once you’ve gained experience, you can expect to earn up to £31,000. In most cases, you will also be able to earn more money by working more shifts or doing overtime. Perks can include a company vehicle, which may be provided for site visits.
Find out more about our fire, emergency and security systems apprenticeship by contacting us today.