Contract Fire Protection Information
After reading tons of thread about contract fire protection and all the questions as to what is going on where, who has what contract and the like I am starting this thread to help provide information in the contract world.
This thread will mainly focus on fire protection contracts in the overseas areas. This is to include non-DOD contracts as well, and yes there are several out there.
I and hopefully others can provide answers on your questions regarding training/certification requirements, how contracts typically work and expectations from employers.
Additionally, I have a network of resources to provide company names and addresses that recruit for contract fire fighters. In no way am I saying you are employed. I just want you all to have the same access to information as I do and have it help expand your career decision in the contract world.
Airport Fire Vacancies in Saudi
Here is current listing of fire protection vacancies at several major Saudi Airports. The company that is recruiting is DynArabia. Copy the whole line and paste to see the vacancy list.
Company Info: This company had major problems about 10 years ago. To include not paying employees on time. To date, this has changed. They were recently awarded a new extension on their contract to maintain fire protection at Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam airports. Additionally, they handle some hospitals in country.
Living conditions: Typically for non A/C positions, you will live in a communal housing area. A/C and above get private villas or apartments. Most positions are typically family status.
Considerations: Negotiate your contract. They will try to low-ball you. They will try to start out at 5000SR which is equal to $1200 a month. Totally insane. Average pay you should request is a minimum of 4K. Keep in mind that the overtime is paid for excess hours. I did a 30 day stretch due to a lack of manpower. The check was nice.
Airport configuration: All 3 airports are rated as a Cat. 9. You will be working with local nationals and third country nationals as well. The TCN will come from all over the place, so there are some learning curves to overcome.
All in all: If you are looking for a break from things and feel like telling everyone that you have been to Saudi, this is a good opportunity.