Boca Raton Fire Rescue

Tom has been serving on the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department for 45 years.  Tom started as a Firefighter in 1974 and has worked his way up through the ranks.  He was appointed as the Department’s 6th career Fire Chief on August 21, 2006.

Tom holds a Master of Science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Among his many honors are:  

  • Three Outstanding Research Awards from the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program in 1992, 1993 & 1995.
  • State of Florida, Fire Marshal of the Year Award in 1996.
  • Fellowship for Senior Executives in State and Local Government in 2000 at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • One of eighty contributing authors in Pass It On: The Second Alarm, published in April 2016.
  • Completed the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense & Security at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California in June 2017.

Tom maintains two professional designations: CFO – Chief Fire Officer and FIFireE – Fellow Institution of Fire Engineers. Tom is currently serving as Secretary of the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch.

Tom has been married to Rose Wood for 44 years.   He has two married adult children, one child in college and two grandchildren.

Tom is a Paul Harris Fellow and was an active Rotary Club member from July 2003 through April 2013.