Who are they and what do they do? The job of a chimney sweep is to clean, inspect, maintain and repair chimneys, smoke flues and various heating equipment.
What are the activities of the job? S/he cleans chimneys and smoke flues, furnaces, central heating boilers, industrial boilers, baker's ovens and smoke houses - cleans chimney flues in industrial plants, collects and disposes of soot - cleans certain boilers, incinerators and their flues - carries out small repairs to heating equipment, removes defects, for instance by replacing simple parts - fires central heating boilers and chimneys - bricks up and lines chimneys with firebricks - does technical inspections where approval is required, and fire safety and prevention inspections.
Where is it done and under what conditions? S/he does the job in buildings and other constructions and often on roofs. You may have to put up with dust, working at heights, changeable weather conditions and, often, places of work that are hard to access.
What tools/equipment do they use? The tools most often used are cleaning brushes, cleaning devices, brick laying tools, and tools used to line fireplaces with firebricks, tin-plate shears, pliers, solders. You also need a good pair of arms and legs.
What do you need to succeed? You need to have completed an apprenticeship, have a nimble body, ability to react quickly, concentration and self-discipline.