Fire Industry Association Survey: “Is there a recruitment crisis in the fire industry?”

In past surveys, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) has discovered in the comments section that a good number of people were saying how hard it is to recruit new staff within the fire safety sector, but is this really the case? Or is it just the case for certain sectors within? The FIA is now launching a new survey to discover the extent of the problem. Is hiring more difficult by sector, by job role or by location? 

Maybe hiring is most difficult for portable fire extinguishing services, but only in the South West, or maybe it’s a national problem? Or perhaps there’ll be the discovery that hiring is difficult for fire alarm manufacturers or installation companies?

Maybe all sectors have an issue, but only for certain job roles? At this stage, the FIA doesn’t know, but with the help of Risk UK’s readers, and the industry in general, the organisation is seeking to find out.

This survey will help the FIA to understand and pin down exactly what’s happening in the fire industry and where the biggest and smallest problems with recruitment reside at present.

Armed with the information gathered, the Association will then be investigating ways in which to solve the recruitment problem and develop a potential project aimed at 16 to 25-year olds to inform them about careers in the fire industry, thereby rejuvenating the sector with fresh new faces and skills.

The survey consists of 11 questions and takes roughly three minutes to complete (though if the respondent writes lots of comments that could vary). By entering your details you have the opportunity to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

*Take part in the FIA’s survey now

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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