Women as fire alarm techs

Discussion of all things related to fire alarms, including alarm systems, fire alarm collections, sirens, sprinklers, fire drills, evacuations, actual fires, building architecture, other kinds of safety drills like tornado and earthquake drills and such, etc.
Post Reply
User avatar
ConorTheFAguy6
Casual Participant
Casual Participant
Posts: 101
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:00 pm
YouTube Username: CJ9899
Location: Cambridge, Ontario

Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:35 am

I wanted to make this topic to see if anybody here knows of or has seen any women in the fire alarm tech world. This is in no way meant to be offensive or anything like that, I just think it’s an interesting question if there are women who service and repair fire alarm systems. Let me know.
Life is like a free box of fire alarm parts, you never know what you are going to get
asengineered1
New Participant
New Participant
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:57 pm

Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:59 pm

I am a woman in the business. I don't go out in service anymore, but engineer systems, program (engineered networks) and commission. I hold 2 electrical licenses.
I think I have seen 3 or 4 women in the FA industry. We are rare.
User avatar
Simplex 4051
Dedicated Participant
Dedicated Participant
Posts: 2478
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2007 12:35 am
YouTube Username: Goldenrod636
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Contact:

Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:16 pm

Yeah you definitely are rare. Out of all the inspection videos I see on YouTube, they are all done by men.
I'm exclusively on Skype now. Add me at amazee_dayzee. I don't do voice or video chats though.
User avatar
Retired STR-SG
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 778
Joined: Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:22 pm
Location: west TN
Contact:

Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:27 pm

In my many years with Simplex I had contact with several women in various roles in fire alarm. On a large 2120 installation one of the electricians was a woman. While I was in tech support I received a call from a woman technician. Our branch office had several women inspectors over the years.
User avatar
Simplex 4051
Dedicated Participant
Dedicated Participant
Posts: 2478
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2007 12:35 am
YouTube Username: Goldenrod636
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Contact:

Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:06 pm

I guess that women ARE common in the industry but just not as hobbyists.
I'm exclusively on Skype now. Add me at amazee_dayzee. I don't do voice or video chats though.
User avatar
ConorTheFAguy6
Casual Participant
Casual Participant
Posts: 101
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:00 pm
YouTube Username: CJ9899
Location: Cambridge, Ontario

Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:40 am

Simplex 4051 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:06 pm
I guess that women ARE common in the industry but just not as hobbyists.
Oh there are women enthusiasts as well
Life is like a free box of fire alarm parts, you never know what you are going to get
User avatar
nightfly287
Wiki Team Member
Wiki Team Member
Posts: 911
Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:39 pm
Location: Mass

Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:10 am

ConorTheFAguy6 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:40 am
Simplex 4051 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:06 pm
I guess that women ARE common in the industry but just not as hobbyists.
Oh there are women enthusiasts as well
You know you just replied to one, right?
nightfly287 -- Director of Sarcasm
Housedays
Serious Participant
Serious Participant
Posts: 407
Joined: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:43 pm

Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:11 pm

An industry that women don't seen to be very common in is waste management. I've never seen a female garbage collector. Also men aren't very common in the dental hygiene industry. I've never seen a male dental hygienist.
User avatar
Simplex 4051
Dedicated Participant
Dedicated Participant
Posts: 2478
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2007 12:35 am
YouTube Username: Goldenrod636
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Contact:

Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:21 pm

Not sure about the female presence in waste management but I DID have a male hygienist.

And yeah, I'm a female but not a hobbyist because I don't collect alarms but I am an enthusiast.
I'm exclusively on Skype now. Add me at amazee_dayzee. I don't do voice or video chats though.
chris+s
Fire Alarm Technician
Fire Alarm Technician
Posts: 718
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:37 am

Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:15 am

We've had women in all positions, inspectors, service and installation techs, engineers, project managers, sales...

Technician wise the industry is definitely dominated by men, but it's not necessarily difficult to find women.
Post Reply