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About Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund

Joanne R. Rund is the Fire Chief of BCoFD

Joanne R. Rund was a member of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) from 1987 until her appointment this spring as Baltimore County Fire Chief.  

In Howard County, Rund held leadership positions in operations, administrative service, education and training. Prior to joining HCDFRS, she served as a volunteer emergency services (EMS) provider in Carroll County and in 1993 obtained her instructor certification.

Rund holds numerous certifications in the field of health and safety and is a Level 4 Certified Command Officer. She holds the National Fire Academy’s Advanced Safety Officer Program certification, and serves as associate faculty at the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. Rund has served as committee chair for the Maryland Metro Chiefs Life Safety Committee, whose mission is education of EMS providers on 16 life safety initiatives and reduction of line of duty deaths in Maryland.

At the national level, Rund works with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In 2014 she was named Region III Advocate Coordinator and remains on a roster of instructors dedicated to reducing line of duty deaths in the U.S. Rund serves as Director at Large with the Safety Health and Survival Section.

In 2018, Rund was accepted to the prestigious International Association of Fire Chief’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Program.

Rund is BCoFD’s first permanently appointed female chief.

Revised August 27, 2019         


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