14 Apr SELECTING THE RIGHT TOOLS TO BE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TECHNICIAN
So you want to become a Fire Technician in Sydney? You don’t need a long list of tools to be a fire technician! When I first started my business in 2006 to get things off the ground I bought number punch, rag drill and some small fittings (mostly given to me). When combined with the small box of tools I already owned, I was in business!
It was that easy.
The tools you need to carry around as a fire technician will depend on the type of work you take on. Here is my tool collection:
I carry these tools in the truck with me at all times:
- Cordless Drill
- Cordless hammer drill
- Cordless Flashlight or iphone can work
- Cordless Shop Vacuum if you make a mess
- 6’ Step Ladder
- Stud Finder
- Continuity Tester and Volt/Amp Meter
- Tool Belt can be handy but not always
- Tape Measure for correct heights
- Eye and ear protection
- Gardening gloves for railway
- HIGH VIS vest and hardhat
- Number punch for tagging
- Level or iPhone APP (for signs and brackets)
- Rags for cleaning
- Small Bucket for fire hose reels
- Double Sided tape (most signs these days are self adhesive)
- Screw drives of all types
- Signs (so many types)
- 8w & 10w emergency exit light tubes
- Stickers with our/your logo
- Maintenance tags & rings
- 9V batteries for smoke alarms
- Compressed air for cleaning detectors and smoke alarms
- Red spray paint for hydrant and sprinkler street valves
Don’t let a lack of tools keep you from getting started as a Fire extinguisher technician. Using the money you earn along the way, build your tool collection as the needs arise. Make sure to keep your tools locked up at night and when working onsite. Sydney Extinguishers has had drills worth $500 + stolen before.
Being a fire technician in Sydney is a great job! Best of luck out there as there is plenty of buildings for us all to look after!
Thanks for reading Adrian Director – Sydney Extinguishers