YUMA, Ariz. - Melissa Hilpert, a 22-year firefighting veteran, has become the first female fire chief in the 75-year history of Rural Metro Fire, a private firefighting company founded and based in Scottsdale.
"As a woman, I feel it’s important to let other women know that there can only be a barrier to their success if they allow one," Hilpert said.
Hilpert began her career with the Rural Metro Fire as a reserve firefighter and EMT in 2000. During her tenure with the company, she has also served as a certified paramedic firefighter, wildland firefighter, crew boss, rescue diver, emergency medical service captain, EMS chief and assistant fire chief.
"I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment at being named chief for our Yuma operations," she said. "I am fortunate that with very few exceptions, I have always been supported by my peers and leadership to take my career in any direction I was willing to go."
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