Michael Marino is currently the Assistant Chief of Special Operations for the Prince George’s County (MD) Fire/EMS Department, one of the largest combination fire departments in the United States and has nearly two decades of experience as a professional first responder across multiple disciplines. He currently oversees tactical medicine, hazardous materials/WMD response, marine, technical rescue, and metro and rail coordination portfolios. His last assignment oversaw the fire investigations and explosives division for the County as a sworn law enforcement officer and investigator.
Chief Marino’s professional achievements include building significant interagency response capacity for high consequence atypical events. He has previously served as the Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services integration committee which in 2011 developed a model framework for interagency high threat response integration within the National Capital Region and currently serves on the complex coordinated attack planning team.
Previously, he was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow, National Medical Response Team Task Force Leader and holds a faculty appointment at George Washington University facilitating learning in both civilian special operations and high threat medical response. He also instructs within FEMA’s Integrated Emergency Management Course which assists localities in response planning for complex coordinated attacks and high threat incidents and has published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal and Special Operations Medical Association Journal.
He is a graduate of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) and Leadership in Crises Programs, an Executive and Chief Fire Officer, a certified public manager, currently completing the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, and his Master’s degree concentrated on mitigating homeland security threats. Michael is a board member for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), SME for the InterAgency Board (IAB), committee member for the NFPA standard on active shooter and hostile event response, and has served in an operational capacity for many years with one of the busiest SWAT teams in the country with over five hundred high risk search warrants personally served. He enjoys the outdoors in many different capacities in his spare time.