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Illinois Department Promotes First Female Division Chief 
In 1994, Springfield got its first female firefighter, Melanie Bryant. In 2010, it got its female fire captain, Cristy Long. And on Wednesday, Heather Moore became the first woman to ever be a fire division chief in the city’s history. Fire Chief Allen Reyne promoted Moore from fire captain to division chief of training during a pinning ceremony. She is one of seven women to ever be a firefighter in Springfield. Five are currently on staff. Reyne, as well as Mayor Jim Langfelder, acknowledged Moore did not receive the promotion because of her gender but because of her stellar resume.
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