Biography of Karen D. Wilcox by biomaster


                                         Karen D. Wilcox

                  Educator/Trainer for the Prince George’s County, Maryland Hospital
                  Coalition, a consortium of seven county hospitals and Kaiser Permanente of
                  the Mid-Atlantic Region.

                    A retired 13-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS
                    Department, Karen began her career as a firefighter and was promoted through
                    the ranks to Acting Fire Technician, Fire Lieutenant, and was only the fourth
                    African-American female to hold the rank of Fire Captain. Some of her
                    assignments included Recruiter, Staffing Officer, High School Cadet Program
                    Coordinator, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Special
                    Operations. She also earned the Instructor’s Award for “Esprit de Corps”.
Prior to her fire service career, she worked as a mid-level manager in the cable television
industry. She is the President of Black Women in the Fire Service (BWFS), an affiliation of the
International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF), Miss January in the
“Essence of Fire Female Firefighters 2007 Calendar” (, a member of the
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialist, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Ms. Wilcox earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morris Brown College
in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981. She served in the United States Marine Corps (Reserve), and was
honorably discharged in 1987.

Some of her emergency management training includes Incident command/Unified Command,
Community Risk Assessment, Incident Command System (ICS) 100 thru 800, Instructor I-III,
Fire Inspector I, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Hospital Emergency Response Training
(HERT) Train-the-Trainer. Currently, Ms. Wilcox is completing requirements to become a
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
certified ICS instructor, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) designer,
and pursuing a Master’s Degree.

An accomplished speaker, trainer, and fashion consultant, she works with both
private and government entities that have an interest in professional and personal
growth, emergency response, management and preparedness, as well as diversity,
motivation, and women’s issues.

A native of Miami, Florida, and Maryland resident for the past 21 years, Ms. Wilcox is single.

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