Quinn joined Queensland Fire and Rescue part time in August 2008 as an Auxiliary Firefighter in Bundaberg while she worked full time as a Business Manager at Target. In August 2011 Quinn commenced full time employment as a Firefighter with Queensland Fire and Rescue and upon completion at the Academy was appointed to Rockhampton, Central Region. Quinn was the first female employed to a permanent position in Rockhampton and is currently still the only female firefighter employed in Rockhampton.
Quinn completed her Cert III in Public Safety and Firefighting & Emergency Operations in 2015 and then went on to complete her Certificate IV in Public Safety/ Firefighting Supervision to become qualified as a Senior Firefighter in March 2016. During this time Quinn has undertaken further studies and qualified as a Chemical Detection Instructor and attained the qualifications to maintain and Service BA Equipment and Fully Encapsulated Chemical Suits.
Quinn is currently completing the Q-Balance Women leaders in public safety course through the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM)
In 2014 Quinn became involved with WAFA (Women in Firefighting Australasia) through the biennial conference, which saw her attend the conference again in 2016. Through her involvement with WAFA Quinn saw a need to implement and work towards improving communications and mentoring networks for female Firefighters in Rural Areas. As a result of this Quinn linked up with Superintendent Virginia Nelson QPS and formed a board to host the Central Regions first ever Tri-Agency Symposium linking QAS, QPS and QFES to work together towards joint outcomes. The Symposium held in October in Rockhampton focused on improving Inclusion and Diversity and the challenges that the three agencies face.
Her work in Central Region led to her being awarded Outstanding Female Leader in an Operational Role at the International Women's day PSBA awards in March 2017.
In her spare time Quinn is a competitive cyclist and has represented Queensland at a National Level with multiple medals at state and national level and was awarded QLD Elite Female Track Cyclist of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016.
The Gender Balance Overview of Australasian Firefighters 2015 is a WAFA initiative to establish the current state of... play for all Fire Agencies within Australasia....
As a base we hope it will encourage Agencies to set statistical objectives for gender balance and, in turn, improve all diversity reporting.
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