Hawkesbury Rural Fire District
Superintendent Karen Hodges is the Fire Control Officer for the Hawkesbury Rural Fire District with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS). She is in charge of 2794 sq km/1078 sq miles of both urban interface and remote rural areas.
Karen is responsible for the supervision of 23 Brigades and leads over 1900 volunteers.
Karen has been a member of the NSWRFS since 1988, starting as the youngest appointed Deputy Fire Control Officer then progressing to the first female Fire Control Officer.
Karen is responsible for all Brigade management, operational, mitigation and suppression activities within the Hawkesbury District. Operationally the District attends over 700 incident calls annually.
Karen is regularly appointed as an Incident Controller within NSW and has performed this role for over 20 major campaign fires.
Karen was appointed Incident Controller of the Gospers Mountain fire which occurred during the NSW 2019/2020 Bush Fire Season. This fire holds the unofficial world record for the largest fire from a single ignition point and was also Australia’s largest fire.
Karen has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, National Medal with 1st clasp, 30-year Long Service Award and has received the Commissioner’s Commendation.
Thursday, November 5, 2020