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Easthampton Fire Department makes history with first woman fire captain


WOOD STOVE STARTED THE FIRE. NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME, AND NO ONE WAS HURT. BARRY: HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE AT THE EASTHAMPTON FIRE DEPARTMENT. 22NEWS REPORTER NICK ARESCO IS AT OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU TO TELL US ABOUT AN APPRORIATE PROMOTION TO TAKE PLACE DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH. NICK ARESCO: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DEPARTMENT’S HISTORY — THERE IS A WOMAN FIRE CAPTAIN — AND THE COMMUNITY COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD. EASTHAMPTON CITY OFFICALS HAVE PROMOTED A FIREFIGHTER WHO IS NOW THE FIRST WOMAN FIRE CAPTAIN IN THE DEPARTMENT. SHE THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WOULD RUN THROUGH A WALL. SANDRA KRAUS, A 12 YEAR-MEMEBER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS PROMOTED BY FIRE CHIEF DAVID MOTTOR AND MAYOR NICOLE LACHAPPELLE. YOU JUST THINK ABOUT THE YOUNG GIRSL AND BOYS OUT THERE THAT ARE LOOKING AT HER PICTURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND READING ABOUT HER IN THE NEWSPAPER SAYING EXACTLY WHAT FIREFIGHTERS CAPTAIN CAN LOOK LIKE. THE PROMOTION WAS ANNOUNCED LAST TUESDAY. SHE BEGINS HER ROLL AS CAPTAIN ON APRIL 4. KRAUS ALSO WEARS MANUY 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. 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 GOV. BAKER FOR HER INVOLVEMENT WITH THE TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM FOR A DIFFICULT RECOVERY OPERATION IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY. NICK ARESCO: A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 9TH AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. NA, 22NEWS.

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