TORONTO — Emily Taal recently earned her sprinkler fitter certification and became the first-ever female at Classic Fire + Life Safety to hold the role.
After five years of apprenticeship training, Taal received her certification in May.
With diversity as an important part of the recruitment strategy at the company, Classic Fire + Life Safety is seeing more skilled women technicians move up through its ranks and come through its doors, it said in a recent release. The company recently onboarded several women fire alarm technicians who have all made their place in an industry in which most positions are held by men.
The industry was once entirely male-dominated but is now appealing to more women. Classic Fire + Life Safety is investing in training and advancing female employees.
“Emily always expressed the desire for growth in the field and we are fortunate in our business to have the resources to support the growth of our employees and team members,” said Randy Bird, president at Classic Fire + Life Safety, in a statement. “She is an inspiration and reminds us all about the importance of continuous training and education.”
“I love that I get to see what I’ve accomplished at the end of each day — it is so rewarding. I have my own work van, I run my own jobs now, it’s a wonderful feeling,” said Taal. “I’ve worked hard and Classic FLS has helped me develop a solid career path. I have worked my way up and learned what I needed to learn, and the company has been there for me every step of the way.”