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Fountain Fire Dept. announces first female lieutenant in department history

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 18:32:48-04

FOUNTAIN — The Fountain Fire Department (FFD) announced Monday the promotion of its first female lieutenant and company officer in department history.

Veronica Garrett started her career with the FFD in 2011 as a volunteer EMT. She then became a paid firefighter EMT in 2012.

Garett officially started as a Lieutenant on August 15, 2020, after completing a comprehensive testing process including a nationally validated written test, interview panel, fire tactical scenario, peer review rating, and a Chief’s interview.

The FFD said Garrett is not only the first female but also the first African American promoted to an officer leadership position in the 107-year history of the Fountain Fire Department.

“I know that Lieutenant Garrett will be a great leader and truly make a difference for the citizens of Fountain," Fire Chief James Maxon said.