Firefighting sparked initial interest in Fire Engineering degree


William Rossister a firefighter from Wexford adds fire safety engineering skills to his knowledge of fire management and his on the job experience

William Rossister works as a fire fighter in Wexford and it was his work with the fire brigade that sparked his interested in the Bachelor of Engineering in Fire Engineering.

The innovative course was designed to meet employers’ needs for specific sets of fire safety engineering skills and is ideally suited to individuals with William’s background and skillset as well as Architects, Architectural Technologists, Qualified Tradespersons, Construction and Facilities Managers, Buildings Services Engineers and Design Consultants.

William says that “the course itself is definitely open for anyone who is interested in it. In my case it was my experience as a fire fighter that led me to it.

“The course itself has a lot of teamwork so it is a great chance to meet new people and get along with everyone in your course.”

This new industry focused programme is delivered on a flexible basis over three semesters (including summer), allowing students complete the degree in one calendar year. Students can also progress at their own rate, by taking individual modules or minor awards.

Life as a firefighter

William shared some of his experience at being a firefighter. “It certainly is challenging but it is also rewarding. It can be dangerous, but we have been taught protocols and how to handle situations”, he said.

How to get involved in firefighting

William was eager to share his knowledge about how people can get involved in firefighting.

“They should go to their local fire station. They are always looking for new recruits. You do not need any prior training as they will provide that for you but if you did have extra training it is definitely a bonus”, he said.

If concludes by saying that “if anyone wanted to get more knowledge and experience in this field, the BEng in Fire Engineering course offers a great insight into this.

Highlight of his experience

The highlight of William’s course was “when we had to complete a project as a group. Our project was a fire safety drill in a building. It is a rewarding experience, something everyone in the group will definitely benefit from”.

Interviewed by WIT student Nyomi Curry at the conferring ceremonies 2019

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