Leadership/Management Mass. FF-Paramedic Named First Female Captain of City 03/21/2019 Jeanette DeForge Tribune News Service Print Related Content Ill. Fire Department Names First Female Fire Chief Tex. Fire Department Welcomes First Female Firefighter and Paramedic Minn. Fire Department Hires First Female Firefighter with Trifecta of Public Service Experience The Republican, Springfield, Mass. City officials have promoted a firefighter who is now the first female fire captain in the department. Sandra Kraus, a 12-year-member of the Fire Department was promoted by Fire Chief David Mottor and Mayor Nicole LaChappelle to a vacant captain position. The two announced the promotion on Tuesday. A swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled for a later date, Mottor said. Kraus is also a paramedic, an instructor for the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, he said. She was recently recognized by Gov. Charlie Baker for her involvement with the Technical Rescue Team for a difficult recovery operation in Berkshire County, he said.