I just watched your acceptance speech at FRI. What a historic moment! I am sorry we missed being there with you. While we missed your historic inauguration, we were representing our department well at the Redmond Symposium. We are proud to serve in the department with you as our Fire Chief. We are proud of you. Well done.
Chief Kerr’s election to the position of First Vice President of the IAFC just proves what we’ve known all along — that Kerr and the Austin Fire Department are one of the best, if not the best, in the country.
Chief Kerr has been breaking glass ceilings and paving the way for generations of women in the fire service since she began her career more than 30 years ago. After five years, I still often remark that she was one of the best hires I ever made.
The University of Texas, at Austin, works hand and glove with the Austin Fire Department and Chief Kerr. She and her staff are critical to the health and safety of the 53,000 students, 17,000 staff and faculty, and 3,000 visitors daily to the Austin campus. The spirit of cooperation and assistance is second to none. From all at UT special thanks to Chief Kerr and our full support.
Chief Kerr is a natural and energetic leader. Whether it be facilitating a gathering of elected and appointed official to leading the troops during a disaster, she excels in bringing people together for a common cause and effort. It has always been a pleasure to work with her and I believe that her leadership demands the same of all of us around her. As part of the community of responders Chief Kerr brings great value and integrity to the Austin area and would be key in promoting those values on a national level.
Chief Kerr is a great community partner. She combines professionalism with great care and concern for the human service needs of our community. These traits and others will be of tremendous benefit to any organization she serves.
As a past president of the Eastern Division and a past chairman of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, I have worked with Chief Kerr on many IAFC committees. She has always demonstrated her commitment to all aspects of the fire and EMS service. She has a critical understanding of the various types of fire and EMS organizations, career, volunteer and combination. It will be a positive leap forward as well as naturally enhancing and blending with the strides the IAFC has been making through the years. Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr will be a valuable asset to all the members of the IAFC as 2nd Vice President.
Chief Kerr is a leader by example, placing health and wellness as a cornerstone of her organizational goals.
After careful consideration, and because of your background with the Fire Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, you have my complete support.
It has been my pleasure to watch Chief Kerr grow to be a prominent leader of the U.S. fire service.
- Sherri Fleming, County Executive for Health and Human Services Organization: Travis County HHSVS
- Michael C. McDonald,Deputy City Manager, City of Austin
- Mike Martinez, Council Member, Austin City Council
- Maven Marketing Solutions, LLC
- Eastern Division, IAFC
- Great Lakes Division, IAFC
- Missouri Valley Division, IAFC
- Southeastern Division, IAFC
- Southwestern Division, IAFC
- Western Division, IAFC
- Canadian Division, IAFC
- Safety, Health, and Survival Section, IAFC
- Gary L. Aleshire, Jr., Assistant Fire Chief (ret.),Former President IAFC Western Division
- Gary Ludwig, Deputy Fire Chief Memphis Fire Department,Former Chair of the EMS Section for IAFC
Former IAFC Presidents
- 2011 Albert H. Gillespie
- 2010 Jack Parow
- 2009 Jeffrey D. Johnson
- 2008 Larry J. Grorud
- 2007 Steven P. Westerman
- 2006 James B. Harmes
- 2005 William D. Killen
- 2004 Robert A. Dipoli
- 2001 John M. Buckman III
- 1999 Luther L. Fincher, Jr
- 1998 Richard "Smokey" Dyer
- 1997 Richard A. Marinucci
- 1996 R.David Paulison
- 1995 Lamont Ewell
- 1991 James Halsey
- 1988 Ronny J. Coleman
- Michael Hemby, Team Lead, Capital Area Incident Management Team
- Larry Few, Vice President, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
- Ron Moellenburg, President, Capital Area Fire Chiefs Association
- Chris Barron, Executive Director, State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas
- Jerry Bower, Fire Chief (Ret.), Former Director, IAFC Southwestern Div.
- James B. Harmes,EFO/CFO, Grand Blanc Fire Department
- Mike ChiaramonteChief (Ret), Lynbrook Fire Department
- Gary L. Aleshire, Jr., Assistant Fire Chief (Ret.), Former President, IAFC Western Division
- Gary Ludwig, Deputy Fire Chief Memphis Fire Department, Former Chair of the EMS Section for IAFC
- Fred C. Windisch, EFO, CFO, Fire Chief, Ponderosa Fire Department
- International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services
- New England Association of Fire Chiefs
- Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
- New York State Association of Fire Chiefs
- Southeaster Association of Fire Chiefs
- Florida Fire Chiefs Association
- Southwestern Fire Chiefs Association
- Texas Fire Chiefs Association
- Firefighter Cancer Support Center