Currently the Team Lead for the National IMAT-East, Tom is responsible for ensuring the team has the capability and capacity to respond immediately and effectively to the worst disasters likely to befall the country, and to engage within the FEMA Response Organization to develop and promulgate doctrine, policy, and procedures to support the Agencies mission to reduce suffering for all survivors. Previous to this Tom was the Teams Operations Section Chief, charged with ensuring there was a synchronized, integrated, strategic, and tactical approach to the federal response in support of survivor needs. Included in both mandates is the responsibility to work with OFA and regional partners to assure operational integration and coordination through planning, training and exercise. He is also responsible for creating and maintaining a dialog with similar teams at the state and local level, and to participate in programs aimed at improving the IMT system resident in FEMA, or elsewhere in the country as requested. Previous to this assignment Tom was the Region II IMAT Team Leader, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of the IMAT capability and capacity for the Region; including the development of deployment strategies that balanced the needs of the response against the requirements for running the RRCC. With FEMA he has responded to Incidents and threatened incidents in diverse geographic, cultural, and demographic areas from NYC to our Pacific and Caribbean territories and Commonwealths; assigned to these disasters as 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).
Tom was charged with managing the response for assigned states and territories during the 2017 Hurricane season, was OSC for Super storm Sandy (NY). Tom has also participated as an ICS/Response SME on the working groups charged with developing doctrinal manuals for FQS, Incident Response and the IAP. Prior to his employment with FEMA Tom was the D/Director for response for the NYS-OEM, and was the Incident Commander for New York State's Type 2 (All-hazard) Incident Management Team (IMT). Tom has commanded significant numbers of responders (5,500+) utilizing the concepts of Unified Command and Unified Effort in incidents as diverse as: 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. Included in these was a number of major, benchmark, disasters including the World Trade Center response and the Hurricanes of 2004 and 2017. Previous to this Tom was a Policed Officer for 31 years, spending 18 years in Special Investigations and 10 years in Critical Incident Management.