Sara Boone


Fire Chief Sara Boone is a Portland native and a 24-year Portland Fire & Rescue veteran. She grew up in Northeast Portland and attended St. Francis of Assisi grade school, where volunteerism and service to the community were instilled in her at an early age. She attended Lincoln High School and excelled as an athlete, earning all-state and allAmerican honors in track and field. She earned an athletic scholarship to Boise State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education. While completing her student teaching at Marshal High School, she had a chance encounter with a Fire Inspector who encouraged her to test for Portland Fire & Rescue’s first firefighter apprenticeship program. In1995, Chief Boone became the first African-American female firefighter to enter the ranks of Portland Fire & Rescue since its inception in 1883 and she is its first Black Fire Chief. Starting as a line firefighter, Chief Boone promoted up through the ranks in Emergency Operations, holding positions as Lieutenant, Captain/Staff Captain, Battalion Chief, and Bureau Safety Chief. She also brings executive level experience to the job, having served as the Deputy Chief of Logistics/Management Services Division and Division Chief of Medical Services & Training. Chief Boone is a member of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Boone, who is deeply respected by her colleagues, is considered a collaborative and team-oriented leader who champions the selfless service of others. Chief Boone’s extensive experience and success in the fire service has been recognized through the Fire Chief’s Certification of Appreciation and Portland’s Exceptional Wonder Woman (DEEP) Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland Award. Throughout Chief Boone’s career, she has remained heavily involved in community service, outreach, and education. The work she chooses to do is intentional and with purpose to help inspire, shape, and support the future generation of service leaders and improve the resiliency of our communities.