Biggs Sworn in as New Fort Wayne Fire Chief

By Scott Sarvay

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne’s first female fire chief was sworn in Monday.

Amy Biggs has been part of the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 17-years and is replacing former Fire Chief Pete Kelly.

Biggs steps in with a lot on her plate with a drought creating serious fire concerns and most recently, severe storm damage that ripped through the area increasing the departments concerns when it comes to fires.

Fire Chief Amy Biggs says, “We want to remind everyone the fire ban is still in full effect. So, the brush and limbs, we don't want anyone burning that during these extreme conditions. So that is a concern.”

Biggs also expressed concern of power surges sparking fires when electricity is turned back on saying it hasn't happened this year...but did in the ice storm a couple years ago.

Biggs, by the way, is one of only 40 female fire chiefs in the nation.

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