Illinois town’s highest-ranking female fire official: A preparedness expert

  • Source: Evanston Round Table
  • Published: 05/19/2022 12:00 AM

She may not know you personally, but Evanston Division Fire Chief Kimberly Kull says she thinks about your safety every day. Kull is the highest-ranking woman in the department, reporting directly to Fire Chief Paul Polep. She’s responsible for emergency management and logistics within the department and is also the Public Information Officer, also called a PIO. It’s Kull’s job to help those who live and work in the city prepare for a variety of emergencies, both natural and otherwise. She also must ensure the department is ready to respond. But she’s been training for this job her entire life. “Being a firefighter was something I wanted to do as a little girl, and emergency medicine has been a passion for as long as I can remember,” Kull told the RoundTable. “I’ve been called to a life of service, and I believe each of us has a responsibility to serve one another in whichever way we’ve been called.”


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