Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

July 12, 2009

Serino nominated as FEMA deputy

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 12, 2009

The President will nominate Richard Serino to serve as Deputy Administrator of FEMA.

Mr. Serino currently serves as Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Assistant Director for the Boston Public Health Commission. In this role, he has helped bolster the city’s response plans for chemical, biological, and radiological attacks and other emergency incidents.

Previously, Serino worked for Boston Emergency Medical Services for 35 years—beginning as a paramedic and rising to Superintendent-in-Chief and Superintendent for Field Operations. He has served as a guest lecturer on homeland security and emergency preparedness issues at Harvard University and Boston University and as a national faculty member for the Domestic Preparedness Program at the U.S. Department of Defense. Additionally, Serino has participated in Senior Leadership programs in national preparedness and homeland defense at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

More from the DHS news release.

More from the Boston Public Health Commission.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

July 13, 2009 @ 4:09 am

WOW! Great choice! I wonder how the grantsmen/women that dominate FEMA and disaster relief will be greeting real knowledge, substance, and proven comptence in a new DEPUTY. Will be interesting to see how Fugat and Serrino split their portfolio. FEMA has never had a strong deputy director or administrator. NEVER! I believe the historic line-up is Morris, Ryland, Walker, and Johnson. All brought something to the table but not like Serrino. Really an amazing assessment by White House Personnel of FEMA needs. No political hack here.

Comment by christopher tingus

July 13, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

A gentleman well respected here in Boston! He is well experienced in the field and understands the real needs unlike so many bureaucrats! I agree with William Cumming that this is a terrific choice.

At least we have taken one step in the right direction!

Christopher Tingus

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