FEMA Deputy Administrator Addresses EMS Chiefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, in a joint presentation with Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Dr. Kevin Yeskey, addressed the International Association of EMS Chiefs at their leadership summit in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Administrator Serino spoke about the importance of planning for the entire community and working as a team to respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

“FEMA is not the team, FEMA is just part of the team.  As emergency managers, we can’t simply write our response and recovery plans based on our capabilities, we have to make our capabilities scalable and leverage the entire team in order to successfully respond to larger disasters,” said Deputy Administrator Serino.  “The EMS community, as an indispensible member of that team, is critical to this discussion.”

Deputy Administrator Serino has more than 35 years experience in local emergency services – starting as a volunteer on the Boston ambulance squad and retiring last fall as Chief of Department of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Yesterday’s remarks are just the latest way that FEMA is reaching out to all levels of government, first responders, non-profits, the faith based community, and especially the public to expand the definition of who is part of the national emergency response team.  During the presentation, Deputy Administrator Serino also stressed the important role that the public plays in emergency preparedness and response.  To learn more visit