First female firefighter in Tempe retires after 26 years


Courtesy: Facebook/Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department

PHOENIX – Tempe’s first-ever woman firefighter, Gretchen Chalmers, has officially retired after 26 years of service.

Chalmers, known as “Mama Gretch” by peers, commemorated her retirement at the Tempe History Museum.

An inspiring story made the news. Our first female firefighter, Gretchen Chalmers, hired in 1993 finishes up 26 years on the job.

Posted by Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

She was hired in 1993, and served as an engineer paramedic for the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. Chalmers, 56, is a long-time athlete, and a competitor and winner in the World Police and Fire Games.

While Chalmers has been able to physically keep up with her male counterparts for 26 years, she felt it was time to say goodbye to her dream job.

Congratulations to Captain Paramedic Scott Levandowski, Captain Paramedic Ed Sanchez, Engineer Paramedic Robin Grasser…

Posted by Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Gretchen Chalmers retired alongside three of her peers with a combined 104 years of experience, according to Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department’s Facebook page.

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