When Lisa Consie was promoted to the rank of captain with the Duluth Fire Department this spring, she wasn’t thinking about any historical significance of the move.

“I wanted to do the job, so I tested for it, and here I am,” said Consie, a nine-year veteran of the Fire Department. “I was just another candidate testing. I was lucky to be given a chance.”

Consie, 33, became the first female fire captain in the department’s long history when she was promoted to the position in April. Consie serves Fire Hall No. 7 in the Duluth Heights neighborhood. As a captain, she serves as an incident commander when her crew is deployed, directing firefighters, deploying equipment and calling in additional rigs.

“My main duty and responsibility is for the crew here,” she said. “To make sure they go home the next day.”

Consie, a Biwabik native who became a wildland firefighter at age 18, is continuing a family legacy of work in emergency services, as she noted that her family’s participation in emergency services dates back many years. She later graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and earned her paramedic certification, working at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Gold Cross Ambulance in Duluth.

Consie started in downtown Duluth as a firefighter before being promoted to fire equipment operator two years ago. She said she hasn’t thought much about the significance being Duluth’s first female fire captain, and admitted that it feels “kind of weird.”

Her husband, Mike Consie, also serves as a Duluth fire captain. The couple have a 9-month-old son, Thomas.

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