Lexington’s first-ever female fire chief receives national support
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s first-ever woman fire chief, Kristin Chilton, says she does feel some pressure from her own gender to succeed, but is also getting tremendous backing and encouragement from women. “There’s been a lot of support, even national support. I’ve gotten letters and notes from other women fire chief’s from around the nation. They have sent me letters and cards of support,” Chief Chilton said.
Chief Chilton says she’s always put added pressure on herself, not because she’s a woman in a male dominated profession, but because she wants to be the best she can be, regardless of the job or position. Chief Chilton also says part of her vision for the department is to make it more diverse and truly reflect the makeup of the city.
She also says she’s in favor of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s proposed budget for the fire department for the next fiscal year, which was released Tuesday. It includes $5.2 million for a new fire station in Masterson Station. There are 24 stations total in the city. Work is already underway on replacing Fire Station 2.
The budget proposal also includes almost $3 million for five new fire vehicles and more than $2 million for repairs of fire stations and other needs.
Chief Chilton was a guest on ‘Kenny & Company’ on ABC 36 News at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.