CELEBRATING WOMEN IN FIRE & SECURITY ENGINEERING

Apr 13, 2024

Meet Faye, a Regional Service Manager with over 15 years engineering experience in the fire and security industry. She tells us what made her choose this career path, what she loves most about working in the industry, challenges she has faced and her advice for anyone looking to get into the industry.

At Secure and Recruit, we’re proud to support and connect talented fire and security professionals like Faye with roles that align with their skills and aspirations.

What made you get into the Fire & Security industry?

By absolute chance. I left the army and was unsure what to do. I came across a trainee role and there was no looking back!

Tell us a bit about your current role and responsibilities?

After being an engineer for over 15 years, I have recently moved into the role of Regional Service Manager. I currently look after around 20 engineers based in the South.

What do you love most about working in this industry?

I am a self-confessed fire and security geek and genuinely love the work I do. Every day is a different day, even in a managerial role.

What do you find most challenging about working in this industry?

Misconceptions around the abilities of female engineers – there is still a lot of work to be done!

What are your future career ambitions?

I never thought I’d want or would end up in an office based job, it is something I’m still getting used to. I’m happy with the journey so far, but who knows what the future could hold.

How have you found being a female in a traditionally very male-dominated profession and have you faced any challenges as a result?

Yes! Not that I am phased by it and most of the time can laugh it off. I’ve often had people dismiss my knowledge but most of the time I would leave a site and the customer would express how pleased they are with my work. I used to ring and make a lot of my own appointments and if I had £1 for every time someone asked ‘what time is HE coming’ I would be a very rich person!

What advice would you have to anyone looking to get into this profession?

Do it! It’s such a great time to get involved with the industry, as stretched as it is at the minute.