As the first female firefighter-paramedic in the Dallas Fire Rescue Department Sherrie Wilson experienced constant questioning of her physical and mental abilities to perform in a man’s world. With a mixture of compassion, grace and humor she met these challenges head on.
Prior to retirement, she served the Dallas Fire Rescue Department with distinction in multiple barrier breaking positions. Honing her skills fighting fires and saving lives prepared her for further community service and leadership roles. Sherrie has been an advisor to Fire Departments and EMS organizations, a national trainer for the American Heart Association, an international speaker, workshop presenter, author and show host.
Sherrie is also a successful entrepreneur as the CEO of Emergency Management Resources, LLC (EMR), which has provided business and industry with health and safety training including CPR, First Aid and OSHA training for over 30 years. She also operates FirehouseCommunication.com, LLC; a marketing and publishing company founded to encourage the everyday heroes among us to share their inspiring stories with the world.
As an author, presenter and trainer, Sherrie entertains and motivates a variety of audiences from business and industry, faith based groups and organizations devoted to social change for women and minorities. Sherrie discusses her choices and the career that set her on a path that forced her to become a trailblazer and catalyst for change in her own life and that of many others in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She recounts her journey and the tactics she employed to lead a personal and professional life of integrity and fulfillment. With her unique background, she is particularly interested in empowering women while preserving their values and teaches them how they too can “Gut It Up Girl” and achieve their dreams.
She has authored a large collection of Fire, EMS and communications articles, and multiple books; Rescue Team Training, Medical Terminology, Faith on Fire, now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Sherrie is currently working on a new book, Courageous Leadership, in which she shares her most valuable life hacks for facing impossible situations with the goal of getting what you want and need in the end. With thriving through change as her emphasis, she communicates vital skills such as turning negativity into possibility, triggering the critical thinking process in yourself and others and the eight steps to great team dynamics.
Sherrie is a graduate of Hawthone University, received her paramedic training from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dallas, Texas, and serves as adjunct faculty member for Texas A&M, Texas Engineering Extension Service.