Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr reflects on blazing a trail in the fire service

A fourth-generation firefighter, Fort Lauderdale Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr was the first woman elected to serve as president of the IAFC


In this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast, Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr reflects on her fire service career, serving as a fire chief for multiple departments and as the first woman elected to serve as president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). A fourth-generation firefighter, Kerr also served as president of the IAFC’s METRO section and president of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers, and was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Chief Kerr discusses these opportunities and others, while also touching on the importance of higher education in the fire service. 

This episode of the Side Alpha Podcast is brought to you by Lexipol, the experts in policy, training, wellness support and grants assistance for first responders and government leaders. To learn more, visit Lexipol.com.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2022 Fire Chief. All rights reserved.