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Cleveland Hopkins Airport announces first female ARFF captain

Karen Moleterno is the first ever female captain of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport announced on Tuesday that Karen Moleterno will serve as the first-ever female captain of its Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team.

Moleterno has worked for the airport's ARFF team for 16 years and possesses more than 20 years of experience in emergency leadership services.

“It is a well-deserved promotion for Captain Moleterno,” Airport Director Robert Kennedy said in a press release.  “We are happy to have her on our team at CLE and honored to watch her continue to rise in her latest promotion.”

Prior to her time at Cleveland Hopkins, Moleterno worked for Chester Township Fire, where she served as the Assistant Fire Chief, Cleveland EMS, where she was a paramedic and East Cleveland EMS/Huron Hospital, where she was a paramedic supervisor.

Duties of ARFF include responding to aircraft emergencies as well as everyday occurrences such as medial calls, vehicle accidents on or near airport property and building fire alarms.