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Welcome to the official website for Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr.

Chief Kerr is a thirty-year veteran, and fourth-generation firefighter who is currently Chief of the Austin Fire Department and President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs where she continues to break glass ceilings.

Please continue to visit this website to learn more about Chief Kerr’s initiatives, her work within the Austin community, and the IAFC.

Q&A with IAFC’s Chief Kerr on zero fire deaths and culture changes


Despite knowing for some time that she’d be the first woman to preside over the International Association of Fire Chiefs, there was no wiping the smile off her face after U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell swore her in at last month’s FRI. The fourth generation firefighter and New Jersey native began her career in 1983, rose to second in command in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became chief in Little Rock, Ark. and has spent the past six years leading the Austin (Texas) Fire Department. Prior to her swearing in, I talked to Chief Kerr about her career, the fire service and her aspirations

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