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Huntington hires 1st Female Fire Chief in the state

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Officials in Huntington say the city has hired what is believed to be the very first female fire chief in West Virginia.

Media outlets report the city council approved Jan Rader’s appointment on Monday.
Rader is a 22-year veteran of the department. She was promoted to deputy fire chief in 2015 and became interim fire chief back in December.

Huntington mayor Steve Williams calls her appointment historic. Rader says she’s “overwhelmed and humbled” by the support she’s received.

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Rachel Ayers started as a multi-media journalist at WOAY in October of 2015. She then moved to evening anchor in September of 2016. Read More