Yahya Salim Al-Namaani from Muscat, in Oman, began her training
two years ago at the Oman Fire Safety Engineering College (FSEC)
and completed a two month Health and Safety Engineering course at
the Oman Refining Oil Company. She has now come to the University
of Central Lancashire for one year to complete the BSc (Hons) Fire
Safety Engineering course.
explained her unusually career choice: "I saw a lot of women
in Oman were choosing to further their studies in computing and
IT. I felt I would stand a better chance of getting a job in a totally
different field, especially as fire engineering was something a
woman had never done before. I suppose I wanted to do something
more exciting that would really challenge me.
in my family has ever done this before. My parents have been very
supportive, although it is my husband who has really encouraged
me. If I felt as if I couldn't go on he would push me and tell me
I could achieve it."
has had to leave her two daughters, Malak aged two and Ethar aged
one, at home in Muscat with their father in order to complete her
studies at UCLan. She said: "I really miss my family but I
amambitious and want to complete my studies. I am going home to
see themat Christmas".
Oman, Farha has done everything in her training that the men do.
She wears the blue and yellow uniform with white stripes and uses
similar equipment to that of British firefighters. Farha remembers:
"At first the men were sceptical. They thought there was no
way I would be able to do it, but now they know I can and have a
lot of respect for me. We have become good friends."
added: "I don't think I will be afraid of my first real fire
when it happens. I feel that by the time I have completed my training
I will be ready for the job. I think it will be exciting."