Bayonne Fire Department promotes Cailin Brodel, a registered nurse, as first ever female captain

About a decade ago, Cailin Brodel made an extraordinary career change when she abandoned her office job to pursue not just one new career, but two.

Her priority was being on her feet and leaving work at the end of the day knowing she’d helped someone, she said. Since then, she has become a registered nurse and the Bayonne Fire Department’s first female firefighter.

Brodel again broke a barrier last week when she was promoted to fire captain, the first woman to ever hold that title in the department.

Heidi Phillips