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20, Arian is 18, and they are the youngest employees at FirePro. “Arian and Arvin joined the Fire-Pro family with incredible enthusiasm to start their careers in fire protection. They have excelled at working and training alongside senior and

arnaz Shivaei,

experienced technicians and have a bright future ahead”, said


Patrick Oboril, RFPT, Service Manager, Fire-Pro.

Fire Protection

Technician (RFPT), immigrated family from Iran in 2014 through a skilled worker program as a midwife, seeking a better life for her family in Canada. After a settlement period, Farnaz came to realize that the time and money to upgrade her midwife certifications were not affordable. As with all her professional pursuits, Farnaz sought out an opportunity to continue a career in community service.

Farnaz has taken on an unexpected role of breaking down gender barriers in the field of Fire Protection. She explained that on some job sites, there is surprise and sometimes concern over the fact that a woman is preforming the job of testing and inspecting fire and life safety equipment in a building. At ASTTBC, currently female RFPTs account for only 2% of all registered RFPTs. Farnaz shared, “I have worked in different fields; however I was always looking for a job that serves the beautiful community that welcomed me and my family. Through

Through a friend, Farnaz was introduced to the ASTTBC’s

research I came to this

government funded 7-week Fire Protection Technician Training

knowledge that an RFPT

Program. Karen McDiarmid, Manager of the ASTTBC Fire

career requires all the items

Protection Technician Program commented, “From the get-go,

I’d ever wished for. I’m truly

Farnaz was enthusiastic about working in the fire protection

happy to say I feel more

industry and after graduating from the training program, she

determined every single day

was hired immediately. A year later she continues to add more

of my decision.”

fire protection endorsements to her list of accomplishments.” As a Fire Protection Technician, Farnaz tests and inspects commercial and residential buildings, in accordance with applicable codes and standards. Mo Hashemi, RFPT, Technical Trainer at Vancouver Fire said, “Farnaz is a symbol of determination and resiliency. She is highly ethical, has a great eye for detail and is a real pleasure to work with. Farnaz is smart and passionate about what she does and thereupon, a great asset to our team.”

Photo credit: Jay Fox

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Farnaz’s sons, Arian and Arvin, were intrigued by her career pursuit and participated in the final cohort of the ASTTBC Fire

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Protection Training Program. They have since graduated and

visit this page.

work together in the same company, Fire-Pro. Both are gaining work experience to apply towards RFPT registration. Arvin is APRIL - JUNE 2019


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