“I find it confusing that we have a depleting resource of skills, yet universities are closing fire engineering courses”
CABE Member, Jamie Davies, MCABE C.Build E, is a Fire Engineer and Managing Director
at Nottingham-based Part B Consulting
Have you always had an interest in construction?
In my early 20s I joined the fire service, where part of the fundamental training touches on building construction.
After some time in operations, I was able to transfer into technical fire safety to learn more about fire protection in buildings. I loved it. What question are you asked most often about your work?
is it you actually do? My own mother doesn’t really understand it, and to be fair I do think that fire engineers have never really had the limelight in building engineering (rightly or wrongly). However, that has changed since Grenfell; as soon as
people know you are a fire engineer they want to understand the technicalities of the incident.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Study harder. Having an in-depth and experienced head
is crucial to success in this industry.
It is rather unfortunate, but speaking about fire engineering, it is quite unpopular. I studied Fire Safety as a single module when I was doing a BSc Building Engineering in early 2000, but then, it was an optional module. The whole programme has been discontinued. The school used to offer BSc Building Control Surveying, but that programme is also stoped from that same university these days which fire engineering should be a core module.