Palm Bay Gets First Female Fire Chief

First female fire chief announced in Palm Bay.
First female fire chief announced in Palm Bay.

PALM BAY, Florida – The first female fire chief has been named by the Palm Bay Fire Department.

Chief Leslie Hoog, who began her first day on Tuesday, is the first female to hold the job in Palm Bay. She’s also the first female fire chief in Brevard County.

“It’s very hard to believe that I’m sitting here in this position,” said Hoog. “It’s a big responsibility and you feel it.”

Hoog has been a firefighter for over 30 years. In that time, she married a fellow firefighter and had two daughters.

Hoog hopes she’s an inspiration to her daughters who are now women.

“I’ve been lucky in my career that I’ve had strong firefighters and chiefs beside me that didn’t treat me any different than any other male firefighter. I think it’s getting better.”

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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