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Chief Joanne Rund Announced as NFFF’s Director of Family Programs

Chief Joanne Rund Announced as NFFF’s Director of Family Programs

Chief Joanne Rund, the first permanent female fire chief in Baltimore County’s history, is bringing her extensive leadership and fire service knowledge to the Family Programs division of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Chief Rund has a deep understanding of the challenges families and firefighters face after losing a loved one.

A Long-Time Supporter of the Foundation and Fire Hero Families

Chief Joanne Rund’s commitment to the NFFF is long-standing. Currently serving as the secretary of the Board of Trustees, Joanne has also held the roles of State and Regional Advocate and was an early adopter of the NFFF line-of-duty death prevention programs. She has served as a Flag Presenter at NFFF’s annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, where she has presented families with folded American flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

In her new role, Chief Rund will oversee NFFF’s Family Programs, providing year-round services to families of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD. This includes donation-funded kids’ camps, family retreats, peer support, and scholarships for children, stepchildren, and spouses of honored firefighters.

We are thrilled to welcome Joanne to the NFFF staff. Her impact on the Foundation has already been felt via her engaged role on NFFF’s Board of Directors. Now, her leadership will have an even more direct connection to the most treasured members of the Foundation’s community: our Fire Hero Families.