Deputy Chief Tom Richardson is a 34 year veteran of the FDNY. He presently serves as a Deputy Chief in the FDNY's 15th Division in Brooklyn. As a Battalion Chief, he served in the 38 Battalion in Brooklyn for 13 years. He is a past chief of the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department where he has been a member for 35 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at the FDNY Bureau of Training in the Battalion Chiefs Command Course and the Captains Development Program and has been an instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy for 15 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College and a Master's Degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.