In 1995, Boone became the first black woman hired by Portland Fire & Rescue. Though there have been barriers she’s had to overcome, Boone said, she fell in love with the camaraderie of the fire bu

In 1995, Boone became the first black woman hired by Portland Fire & Rescue. Though there have been barriers she’s had to overcome, Boone said, she fell in love with the camaraderie of the fire bureau and helping make Portland better.

After 24 years, Boone was sworn in as chief in August, becoming the first African American to lead Portland’s fire bureau in its 136-year existence.

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Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone climbing historic ladders

Sara Boone was sworn in as chief in August, becoming the first African American to lead Portland’s fire bureau in its 136-year existence. She leads Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider with around 750 employees — in a sector where the demands continue to expand far beyond dous...

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