Josselin Ibáñez becomes first female captain in Loncoche Fire Department’s history

March 6, 2024

A landmark election in Loncoche Fire Department

On February 21, 2024, the Loncoche Fire Department marked a momentous event in its 115-year history.

Josselin Ibáñez was elected Company Captain during an extraordinary assembly, becoming the first woman to ever hold this role in the department.

This election marks a significant step forward in the history of the Loncoche Fire Department, reflecting a changing landscape in leadership roles traditionally dominated by men.

The Superintendent of Loncoche Firefighters, Gladys Cerda, and the Commander, Eduardo Martinez, extended their congratulations to the new Captain.

They expressed their hopes for her success and her continued contribution to enhancing the reputation of the Second Company.

The Superintendent said: “We are delighted to welcome Josselin Ibáñez as our new captain and look forward to her leadership and contributions to our department.”

Josselin Ibáñez: Breaking barriers in firefighting

Josselin Ibáñez’s election as Captain is not just a personal achievement but also a symbol of progress in the firefighting community, which has historically seen fewer women in leadership roles.

Her election may inspire more women to pursue careers in firefighting and aspire to leadership positions.

The new operational officers for the 2024-2025 period of the Second Company of Loncoche are now in place, with Ibáñez leading a team that includes First Lieutenant Patricia Oyarce, Second Lieutenant Juan Roa, Third Lieutenant Rodrigo Romero, and Lieutenant of Machines Paulo Standena.

This team exemplifies the diversity and teamwork that are crucial to the effective functioning of any fire department.

The significance of diversity in firefighting

The election of Josselin Ibáñez as Captain of the Loncoche Fire Department is a testament to the evolving nature of leadership in essential services like firefighting.

It highlights the importance of diversity in such roles and the positive impact it can have on the department and the community it serves.

Note: The production of this article used automated translation software and may contain errors.

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