Easthampton Fire Department makes history with first woman fire captain

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History has been made at the Easthampton Fire Department. City officials have promoted a firefighter who is now the first woman fire captain in the department.

Sandra Kraus, a 12-year member of the fire department was promoted by fire chief David Mottor and Mayor Nicole LaChappelle.

You just think about the young girls and boys out there that are looking at her picture on social media and reading about her in the newspaper saying this is exactly what firefighter captains can look like, Mayor LaChappelle said.

The promotion was announced last Tuesday. She begins her role as captain on April 4.

Kraus also wears many hats, she is a paramedic, an instructor for the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.

Sandy has been one of our best firefighters since the day she walked through the door, Chief Mottor said. She’s eager, always willing to learn, not afraid to accept a challenge. My favorite thing with Sandy is she knows no obstacles.

She was recently recognized by Governor Charlie Baker for her involvement with the technical rescue team for a difficult recovery operation in Berkshire County.

A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for May 9 at the fire department.

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