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Polk Fire Promotes Two to Deputy Chief Including First Woman

The promotion of two long-time Polk County Fire Rescue veterans to deputy chief also brings a first for the division – it's first woman to hold the rank of deputy chief.

Jennifer Huff and Eugene Gorokhov were promoted to deputy chief this week by Fire Chief Robert Weech. They will serve in the Planning and Training Division respectively.

"Deputy Chief Huff's promotion is a huge milestone for Polk County Fire Rescue," Weech said. "In a profession dominated by men, Huff has stood out, broken her own ground and deserves this position – not because of her gender, but by her skill."

Huff, who began her career in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter, climbed the ranks over the years as an emergency Medical technician and paramedic, to firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, battalion chief and now deputy chief.

She will join Deputy Chief Gorokhov as members of the Executive Command Staff.

"Deputy Chief Gorokhov has a proven record as an operational battalion chief as well as a proven leader in various administrative functions," Weech added. "Their combined knowledge and experience will be a huge benefit to our organization."

Gorokhov, who is originally from Siberia, Russia, began his career as a volunteer with Polk County Fire Rescue in 2002 as a firefighter before being hired full time in 2005. He has also served as a firefighter paramedic, Medical battalion chief, and battalion chief and lead the division's quality assurance and improvement section in the Office of Medical Direction before his recent promotion.


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