In 2015, Theresa became the first female officer in department history.

Theresa Montani is the first female member of the Braintree Fire Department in its more than 115 year history. Today, she is fire lieutenant and a company officer on an engine. She has deployed to New York for Hurricane Sandy, earned her Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, and co-founded her department’s Honor Guard.

Theresa Montani is an alumna from the class of 1983. Having grown-up in a large family with seven brothers, Theresa is used to living and working in a crowd, surrounded by men. Her desire to serve the public from a young age led her first to work as a Boston municipal police officer for a year, and then into her true calling - fighting fires. In 1990, Theresa became the first female firefighter and EMT in the long history of the Braintree fire department.

In 2010, Theresa completed her Master’s in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, earning high honors. As a member of the Barnstable County Incident Management Team, Theresa was deployed to New York City following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In 2015, Theresa became the first female officer in department history, being promoted to lieutenant. On shift, she is a company officer for either an engine or a ladder truck.

Theresa has earned numerous certifications and certificates in support of her decades of service and has been recognized by her peers for her achievements.