“Some were cautious about a woman becoming chief,” said Breshear. “I’ve had good support though and we have a great bunch of guys in our department.”
Breshear, married to husband Steve, is a mother of four children. Her oldest sons are now members of the Cerulean Volunteer Fire Department. She said that her family farms 150 acres of tobacco and 1,000 acres of row crops near Cerulean. In the winter, she said that she works at the Phillip Morris Tobacco Receiving Station in Hopkinsville. She also serves as an H2A agent acting as a liaison between the Departments of Labor and Agriculture and local farmers hiring the services of migrant farm workers. Breshear said that she also volunteers for the Trigg County Rescue Squad, responding to situations on her end of the county.
“There are times in the day that (my family and I) are the fire department because other members of the department are at work,” Breshear said.
According to Breshear, her department boasts 21 fire fighters with active memberships and up-to-date training. The Cerulean Fire Department operates four trucks, two for brush fires, a tanker truck and a pumper unit. 2007 proved to be a busy year for the company, with a total of 39 fires fought. Breshear said that in 2005 and 2006, her department battled a total of 13 fires. “Thirteen of the fires in 2007 were strictly field fires. The drought played a factor in fire fighting last year.”
After her election by fellow members in March, Breshear said that she has been busy with projects within the department. “I’ve applied for a (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant for $350,000 to get a new truck. The average age of our fleet is 25 years old. We can use that money for a truck and some personal protection equipment.”
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