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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