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Guest blog written for Action Training Systems by Battalion Chief Robert Avsec (Ret.) Before she became a firefighter and began a 30-year (and still counting) career in the fire service, Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr was a coach and physical education teacher at the high school level for 12 years. It's not hard to imagine Kerr in that role, as she's widely known in the fire service for her infectious smile, laughter, and energy. When it comes to the embodiment of a leader as someone who strives to make the people around her better than they think they can be, Chief Kerr is a "five-star" performer. Chief Kerr is a fourth-generation firefighter with 30 years of experience who currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Austin (TX) Fire Department. She began her fire service career in 1983 with the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Fire Department where she