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‘I did my best to rise it up’: Chief Joanne Rund reflects on her Baltimore County career

As she steps down from the top spot in Baltimore County, Rund takes on a new, family-focused role with the NFFF

“It’s kind of surreal,” Joanne Rund says of her retirement from the Baltimore County Fire Department where she has served as chief for the past five years. But Rund isn’t done with her service mission. As she hangs up the helmet in Baltimore, she’s donning a new cap to serve as director of family programs with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. At this milestone moment, Rund reflects on everything from her early introduction to the fire service to that last major call – the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. Plus, we dig into all this:

  • Rund’s transition from hair stylist to firefighter
  • Rebuilding trust at the command staff level
  • Her proudest moment from her tenure at Baltimore County Fire
  • Advice for her successor

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Previously on the Better Every Shift Podcast