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Meagan Muff promoted to rank of Fire Lieutenant
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Meagan Muff has been promoted to Lieutenant for Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Department, Coleman Station 25.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
In a step that honours her 10 years of commitment and dedication to the Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Department, Coleman Station 25’s Meagan Muff was promoted to Lieutenant on Dec. 15.

Muff was the first woman in the Crowsnest Pass to hold an officer rank in 2010, but the position was removed after a restructuring in the leadership roles in 2012.

Jesse Fox, Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services, conducted interviews to fill the post and expressed confidence that Muff was the right person for the job.

“After interviewing many very qualified and dedicated people, Meagan consistently proved to be the front runner,” he says. “She is a confident leader with the skills and qualifications to expertly lead in the fire service. Meagan is well respected by her peers and supervisors and will transition easily to the role of a working supervisor. We look for leaders that have critical thinking abilities and consistently use sound judgment.”

As Lieutenant, Muff will take on more of a hands-on leadership role while maintaining her previous firefighter duties.
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“Your primary role as a Lieutenant is the responsibility and the safety of the firefighters that you’re responding with,” says Muff. “Your secondary role is the maintenance of your haul and equipment and the stuff that you work with and work around.”

“She will be asked to assist in the development of junior members and the management of the fire station,” adds Fox.

Muff has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician since May 2006, a line of work that provides her with many transferable skills to her fire role.

“You have the same adrenaline-calming skills, we use the same radio system and the same incident command structure,” she says. “You have to be able to calm your adrenaline, calm your senses so that you don’t get tunnel vision so that you have situational awareness and take in the whole emergency scene and not focus on the one thing that your eye sees.”
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While firefighting is traditionally a role dominated by men, Muff spoke very highly of her team’s support.

“It’s like being part of one big family,” she says. “We all bring to the table different talents and strengths and we’re all celebrated for those. I’ve always felt that I’ve been supported and encouraged in any role that I’ve taken here.”

There are 49 firefighters in the Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Department, and Muff is one of three female firefighters.
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