WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FEMA now has a cadre of permanent fulltime Federal Coordinating Officers (FCO) for major disaster operations. Seventeen new FCOs have been appointed to the national cadre team following congressional approval and funding for a total twenty-five new FCO positions. The permanent, full-time FCOs are assigned to both FEMA headquarters and regional offices. Barbara Russell is the FCO Program Director in the FEMA Headquarters Response and Recovery Directorate. The new FCOs are now in the process of intensive, centralized training designed to produce a mission-ready team of senior disaster management personnel by the end of the fiscal year.
The rigorous assessment and selection process for this initial FCO cadre, lasting over a year, produced a diverse team of highly experienced people from across the nation. Most of the new FCOs have disaster management experience, including federal, state and local disaster operations response. Some have international management experience, and several have previous military experience in domestic and international disaster response. The crossflow of training, experience, and information within this multicultural and highly qualified cadre will increase FEMA's national response readiness as well as enhance management structure throughout the organization.
The new FCOs include:
David Rodham, Region I, Boston
Justo Hernandez, Region II (Caribbean Area Office on Puerto Rico)
Thomas Davies and Peter Martinasco Region III in Philadelphia
James Finan and Carlos Mitchell, Region IV in Atlanta
James Roche, Region V in Chicago
Joseph Bray and Brad Gair, Region VI in Denton, Texas
Curtis Musgrave, Region VII in Kansas City, Mo.
Stephen Emory, Region VIII in Denver
William Carwile and David Fukutomi, Region IX in San Francisco
William Lokey, Region X in Seattle
Lou Botta and Alexander Wells, FEMA Headquarters staff.