For Immediate Release
July 10, 2009
Emergency Medical Services
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EMS Chief Serino Nominated for Federal Emergency Management Position
Boston's Best continue to be tapped for White House Appointments
Boston EMS Chief Richard Serino was named this afternoon as the White House's nominee for Deputy Administrator of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Serino has been with the Emergency Medical Services Department since 1973 and appointed to Chief by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in April 2000.
"This is a great honor and I am humbled that the President is submitting my name for nomination," Chief Serino said. "This is a clear indication that the tireless efforts of the Mayor and Boston's first responder agencies to ensure the safety of Boston residents have not gone unnoticed."
During his tenure as Chief, he has seen the agency expand and improve to become nationally recognized for the first-rate services provided by the agency's EMTs and Paramedics. In an ever-changing world, Boston EMS and our partner agencies Boston Police and Boston Fire are at the forefront of emergency preparedness and homeland security efforts.
"Chief Serino has been tireless in his efforts to improve Boston's emergency medical and preparedness response plans," Mayor Menino said. "It is because of his leadership we have been recognized nationally and why President Obama is tapping him to join his team." The Mayor added, "This is a well deserved appointment and one Chief Serino is well suited to successfully perform."
Chief Serino has been a contributing author for publications on emergency preparedness. He has acted as the Incident Commander for more than 40 mass casualty incidents in Boston as well as planned special events such as 4th of July, Boston Marathon, the 2004 DNC, and the Tall Ships.
In addition, Chief Serino has been the recipient of numerous awards for heroism, meritorious service and community service including "Chief of the Year" in 2007 by the National Association of EMTs. Most recently, Serino was named a "Top Innovator" in EMS by JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) magazine.
When confirmed, Chief Serino will join former Boston Housing Authority Administrator, Sandra Henriquez, as the second Boston leader to join the White House team.