Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced Thursday that she has chosen Sara Boone as the city’s next fire chief.
Boone has been with Portland Fire and Rescue for 24 years.
She became the first African American female firefighter for the agency in 1995. Now, she’ll be the city’s first African American fire chief.
Boone said being a woman of color in such a white- and male-dominated field has been challenging but rewarding. Overall, she said, the fire bureau is “like family.”