On account of the changing scenario of our work, culture and industrial progress, the hazards due to fire is increasing day by day. Ironically, today in our country, even after more than sixty years of independence and rapid industrialization, profession of FIREMAN is still in its nascent stage.
Entry of multinationals, foreign investors and globalization of Indian economy have enhanced the employment potential in this sector to an astronomical height. In fact, this age of rapid industrialization has added a new dimension to the art, science and profession of fire fighting in India.
With the advent of petroleum and its derivatives, not only the nature of fire has changed but chances of fire have also increased exponentially. In the recent years, fires, explosions, detonations and hazards from the most unexpected sources have threatened the process plant, personnel, industries, docks, shops and work houses. Even the places of public gathering like cinema halls, railway stations, airports, ports, high rise buildings etc. have become more fire prone than before. The essence of this profession lies in the fact that the cost of fire prevention and protection is negligible as compared to what it saves from fire hazard.
Apart from our country there is huge demand for fire personnel and safety personnel in foreign countries too, especially, in the gulf where petroleum is in abundance. Today, Firemen are required in large numbers in petroleum refineries, industries, mines, docks, ports and other places of public gathering. Our Government has also made it mandatory to place fireman in high rise buildings so as to take timely action against any probable disaster. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the demand for trained fire personnel will keep on growing every day with the growth of mankind.