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Nadia Rhodes

Nadia Rhodes -
ACT Parks and Con­ser­va­tion Service

Nadia has worked as a Field Offi­cer and Ranger in the ACT since 1997 where she start­ed as one of the very few women with­in the ACT Parks and Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice. Her cur­rent role is Ranger in Charge of land man­age­ment pro­grams with­in the catch­ment area of Googong Fore­shores locat­ed in New South Wales to the South East of Can­ber­ra. Nadia under­takes var­i­ous fire man­age­ment roles includ­ing Inci­dent Con­troller, Divi­sion­al Com­man­der as well as spe­cialised avi­a­tion roles, such as Air Obser­va­tion, Spe­cial Intel­li­gence Oper­a­tions, Air radio and sys­tems oper­a­tions and Incendiary/​Igni­tion Supervisor.

Nadia has lead the ini­tia­tive of devel­op­ing the ACT Parks Fire Women’s Sup­port Group which aims to increase par­tic­i­pa­tion of females in the organ­i­sa­tion while pro­mot­ing and devel­op­ing staff. The Sup­port group work­shop and dis­cuss impor­tant issues such as fire ground hygiene, PPE/C, train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, fit­ness and men­tor­ing and also runs female focussed train­ing ses­sions based around fire­fight­ing oper­a­tions. This year the group will work on pro­duc­ing a set of repro­duc­tive health guide­lines for the organ­i­sa­tion as well as a return to work strat­e­gy to help women in the work­place under­stand their options when return­ing to work from mater­ni­ty leave.

Nadia has enjoyed her career in a more male dom­i­nat­ed work place and has wit­nessed the pos­i­tive change that an increase in diver­si­ty and inclu­sion has had in the organ­i­sa­tion. She men­tored, pro­vid­ed guid­ance and con­tin­u­al­ly inspires many new Rangers and fire fight­ers to chal­lenge them­selves in this reward­ing career. Nadia has been a mem­ber of WAFA since its ear­ly days and is excit­ed to become a board mem­ber to expand her skills, knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence and be able to bring back new inno­v­a­tive ideas to the ACT.