Mr. Thomas Fargione is on detail to Region 2 as the Acting Regional Administrator.
Mr. Fargione currently serves as the Team Leader for the National IMAT-Blue since 2017. He began his FEMA career in 2009 on the National IMAT. In his current role, Mr. Fargione is responsible for ensuring the Team has the capability and capacity to respond immediately and effectively to the worst disasters. Mr. Fargione served the Office of Response and Recovery’s Response Directorate in various roles including: Teams Operations Section Chief; Region 2 IMAT Leader; a Deputy FCO for Response; Assistant FCO charged with overseeing and directing the Operations and Planning functions; Operations Section Chief; and Assistant Operations Chief for Planning (Planning Ops).
Experienced in responding to incidents and threats throughout diverse geographic, cultural, and demographic areas – from NYC to the Pacific and Caribbean U.S. territories and commonwealths – Mr. Fargione worked several benchmark disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center response, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the historic 2004 and 2017 hurricane seasons.
Mr. Fargione served in leadership capacities at the federal, state and local levels across a wide range of incidents including: wildfires; large vessel capsize; missing person searches; human and animal disease identification/control; landslides; dam failure; severe flooding; snow emergencies; bridge failure; hurricane relief; mass fatality incidents, and major police tactical operations.
Before joining the National IMAT, Mr. Fargione was the FEMA Region 2 IMAT Team Leader, overseeing the development and maintenance of IMAT capability and capacity for the Region, including the development of deployment strategies that balanced response needs against Regional Response Coordination Center requirements.
In addition to his federal service, Mr. Fargione worked in various capacities as an emergency manager and first responder at the state and local levels. Before joining FEMA, Mr. Fargione was Deputy Director for Response for the New York State Office of Emergency Management and Incident Commander for New York State's Type 2 (All-hazard) Incident Management Team. Prior to his state and federal emergency management career, Mr. Fargione was a Police Officer for 31 years, spending 18 years in Special Investigations and 10 years in EMS rescue and emergency management.