New fire house in East Point named after nation's first black female chief

The City of East Point dedicated its new Fire Station to a woman who made history in not just the city, but in the whole country.

On Friday the city hosted the Hose Uncoupling Ceremony for Fire Station #4 to dedicate it as the Chief Rosemary Roberts Cloud Fire Station and Training Facility.

In 2002, former Chief Cloud became the first black female fire chief in the United States. Cloud, who once worked for Atlanta Fire, retired in 2015. 

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In the meantime, Decatur Fire Chief Toni Washington and Thomaston Fire Deparment Chief Renee Harris currently serve as the nation’s only black female chiefs.

“The fact that she’s been a fire chief still for 10 years is an accomplishment, but this is a path they decided long ago,” said Brenda Brooks of the Intl. Association of Black Professional Firefighters. 
Chief Washington previously served as Cloud’s deputy chief for six years.

“She was my foot solider, she was my front and my back, my right and my left arm. She was everything to me.” Cloud said of Chief Washington. 

Cloud told FOX 5, she's getting bored with retirement and is thinking about teaching.