First Female Assistant Chief Takes Over

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM EDT



Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WKBW) - Susan Bull loves fighting fires.
“I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and my grandfather and I would like to watch the fire trucks and the parades. Then, I came here and started out as a fireman then EMS Captain and fire Captain. Now, I ran for Assistant Chief,” Bull said.
She has been a volunteer fire fighter for decades but now she is taking on a whole new position.
“In December, we had elections and I got voted in by my fellow fire fighters,” Bull said.
This is the first female assistant chief the Rescue Hose Fire Company in Cheektowaga.
“There is total 10 fire districts in the Town of Cheektowaga and I'm also the first woman in the town,” Bull said.
Although she has administrative duties, Bull still suits up and heads out on calls. She said it is her passion that helped her achieve this position.
“I'm caring compassionate. I care a lot about the guys in the district and the community and the people in it,” Bull said.
She said in the department there is a bond of brother and sisterhood that makes it an important part of the community.
“The guys I work with not only at this department but the other departments in town, they are great. They are there for you no matter what. Call them day or night and they are there and we're a big family,” Bull said.
Bull hopes to take this position as far as she can.
“I’m proud and I want to represent my department in a positive note and do well. I also want to be role model for other females in the town,” Bull said.
She also has some lofty goals.
“Maybe one day to be chief,” Bull said.

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