August 29, 2014

First Female Fire Chief

Naperville has a new fire chief in town, and she’s leaving a blazing trail behind her.

Amy Scheller joined the Naperville Fire Department in 1998 as a fire fighter/paramedic and about ten years later became the first female fire lieutenant.

After establishing a reputation built on hard work and dedication she moved higher up the ladder and recently became the first female bureau chief.

“Bureau chief of EMS oversees the whole division for EMS. Naperville has 10 ambulances, two are reserves, so we can staff 8 to 5 ambulances on a shift day,” said Amy Scheller, Bureau Chief.

Although she wasn’t always thinking about her part as a role model while moving up the ranks, in the back of her mind, Scheller knew the impact she could make.

“It’s just a reality that you ended up being one of the first females in that position so it’s nice it’s multi-facet. We think to be a role model for all the little girls out there to aspire and look to do what they want to do as they grow up and break though molds and challenge things,” said Scheller.

Scheller didn’t always dream of becoming a firefighter, she actually started out at college with a pre-med degree. But after a counselor recommended she visit a fire department to talk about para-medicine, she never looked back.

Scheller credits the Naperville Fire Department’s structure for success, her co-workers and her mentors for how smoothly she was able to move up.


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