TAUNTON — Chief Timothy Bradshaw is pleased to announce that Firefighter Sarah Riendeau has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant, becoming the first female firefighter promoted to officer rank in the history of the Taunton Fire Department.
Lt. Riendeau was officially sworn into her new position on Tuesday, Feb. 1, during the City Council Meeting. She was sworn in by City Clerk Rosie Blackwell with Mayor Shaunna O’Connell, a large contingent of Taunton Firefighters and her family and friends in attendance.
“Over the course of the past 15 years, Lt. Riendeau has been an instrumental and invaluable member within our department,” Chief Bradshaw said. “In her many years on the job, she has continuously shown an unwavering commitment to helping the Taunton community. She’s the first woman within the Taunton Fire Department to achieve officer rank and I encourage everyone to join me in congratulating her on this latest achievement in her career.”
Lt. Riendeau began her career at the Taunton Fire Department as a E911 calltaker in August 2006. She went on to attend recruit training at the Fall River Fire Academy in October 2006 and graduated in January 2007.
Upon her completion of Fall River Fire Academy, Lt. Riendeau has spent the majority of her career on Engine 1, the busiest engine company in the City of Taunton, as both a hoseman and the Engine 1 driver.
Lt. Riendeau was the second female firefighter hired in the history of the Taunton Fire Department.