Miri is one of the new generation of techs in the Fire industry and is a shining example of the importance of increasing the voice of women in the fire industry. Her love for technical work and experience on the ground as a fire technician has helped her to understand the pressures her team of 15 technicians face and how to motivate them.
Read her story below:
How did you end up working in this field? A love for all things technical. I am originally from an Electronics background and wanted a change of scenery.
I was blessed to have been given an opportunity back in 2017 to learn the ropes and be taught a Fire Testers role without the usual type of experience required.
What do you love about your role and the industry? My role is diverse, and helps me develop both management and technical skills.
Every day is different, new faults, new issues, new ways to fix things and the opportunity to be involved in getting sites compliant and protected.
What contributions do you give to make a difference in the industry? This is difficult for me to express, but I would like to think that my genuine concern for people’s welfare and safety will help me develop ideas that will put more stringent Preventative Maintenance processes in place for the Industry.
Do you see any particular challenges being a female in a non-traditional role in the industry? Like with any role it will have its many challenges, I think the biggest challenge, for me, is finding a strong female mentor in my field.
What are your future career goals, aspirations, positions/job titles? I would like to eventually build a wealth of industry knowledge and complete certifications on my way to becoming a Qualified Fire Engineer, with the dream of maybe owning my own Fire Protection company.