Richard D. Flinn Jr.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Rick Flinn was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in January, 2015 to serve as the Commonwealth’s of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Director.
Prior to his appointment he served as the Deputy Director of the Operations Division at FEMA HQ in Washington, DC since October 2010. He assisted the Director in overseeing the National Response Coordination Center, the National Watch Center, the FEMA Operations Center at Mount Weather, the National Incident Management Teams and the National Urban Search and Rescue Program.
From September 2005 until October 2010 Rick was the Deputy Director for Operations for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Prior to joining PEMA, Rick worked for the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Office of Administration as the Special Assistant for Continuity of Government. Previous to coming to state government, Rick was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. The Council is a non-profit 501 C-3 organization that is mandated by state law to serve as the state advisory council to the Secretary of Health on all matters pertaining to emergency health services. Rick worked for the Council for 24 years.
Rick has over 35 years of military experience and retired in December 2013 from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as the Commander for the Pennsylvania Medical Command with the rank of Colonel. Rick started his military career as an enlisted active duty combat medic and medical clinical specialist from 1973-1976.
Rick has a Masters in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science from The Pennsylvania State University in Health Planning and Administration. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School and is a Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers.
In addition, Rick has over 40 years of experience in emergency services serving as a firefighter, EMT and Paramedic. He served as a volunteer Fire Chief and a township Emergency Management Coordinator for over ten years.