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FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino on the scene of the Boston Marathon minutes after the explosions on April 15, 2013 (FEMA/Robert Rose).
FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino on the scene of the Boston Marathon minutes after the explosions on April 15, 2013 (FEMA/Robert Rose).
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A changing of the guard at the Federal Emergency Management Agency means a Boston-son is coming home.

For the last four years, Rich Serino has been the second-in-command at FEMA, which has undergone a dramatic reorganization since the dark days of Hurricane Katrina when the agency was criticized for its poor response to the catastrophe.

FEMA has tried to move away from a top-down approach toward working more with existing local agencies on the ground.

Serino was a big part of that change. Before going to FEMA, he worked at Boston Emergency Medical Services for 36 years, working his way up from EMT to the Chief of EMS.

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Rich Serino, former deputy administrator at FEMA and former Boston EMS chief

This segment aired on January 30, 2014.

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