Chief Paul M. Maniscalco, Ph.D.(c), MPA, MS, EMT/P, LP || President Emeritus || Founding Member
Paul M. Maniscalco has over 35 years of Public Safety & Emergency Management Response, Supervisory, Management and Executive service and presently serves as a senior executive consultant to several governmental bodies and private sector organizations. Additionally, he serves as a faculty member & subject matter expert to the Louisiana State University-National Center for Biomedical Research & Training-Academy of Counter-Terrorism Education. Previously he has held an academic appointment as Lead Research Scientist and Principal Investigator with The George Washington University—Office of Homeland Security-Center for Emergency Preparedness and Resilience. Paul is President Emeritus of the International Association of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs and is also a former President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Chief Maniscalco retired from the City of New York as a Deputy Chief / Paramedic after completing almost twenty-three years of service. During his tenure he has had the responsibilities of planning for, responding to and management of a wide array of emergencies and significant events including aviation & rapid transit emergencies; natural & technological disasters; civil disturbances and acts of terrorism. Maniscalco has been engaged in command roles for planning and managing large high profile special events such as dignitary visits, national political conventions, sport championships and a wide variety of mass gatherings. His responsibilities have also extended to planning, training, and exercising for multi-threat, multi-disciplinary, and multi-jurisdictional scenarios across a broad range of critical infrastructure environments including aviation, mass transportation, energy, petrochemical, commercial, hospitality & entertainment, education, healthcare, and communications. Paul has participated in variety of disaster response and capacity building projects for public safety, domestic security, and disaster preparedness/response in Cambodia, the Caribbean, China, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdon of Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Turkey.
Paul is widely published in academic & professional journals on disaster/crisis management, Emergency Medical Service, special operations, fire service, public safety, terrorism, and national security issues. He is the co-author of: "Homeland Security: Principles and Practice of Terrorism Response"; “The EMS Incident Management System: EMS Operations for Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents”; “Understanding Terrorism and Managing the Consequences”; “Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents: An Operations Management Guide”; “Terrorism Response: A Field Guide for Law Enforcement” and “Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Fire and EMS Organizations”; “National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice” and “Security Officers Guide to Terrorism Response”. He is a contributing author to the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institutes “Hype or Reality: The ‘New Terrorism’ and Mass Casualty Attacks” and the textbook “Disaster Medicine”. Additionally he was a collaborating author for the US Fire Administrations “Guide to Developing and Managing an Emergency Service Infection Control Program”; National Fire Service Incident Management Consortiums “Model Procedures Guide for Emergency Medical Incidents, First Edition”; and the International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Center for Disaster and Refugee Studies “Public Health Guide for Emergencies”. Additionally, he has developed and implemented innovative educational programs involving medical intelligence, counter terrorism, and catastrophic response which have trained more than 20,000 students.Chief Maniscalco was an appointee to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council - Senior Advisory Committee for Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and Public Health and Hospitals (2002-2011); a member of the Department of Defense, Defense Science Board (DSB), Transnational Threat Study and the DSB - Homeland Defense – Chemical Weapons Task Force; and is a charter member of the DHS/DoD/DoJ, Inter-Agency Board (IAB). He has served as: an Advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency; a member of the Board of Advisors for the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, and an appointee to the Centers for Strategic and International Studies—Homeland Security Task Force.
Paul M. Maniscalco also served as an appointee to the United States Congressionally commissioned National Panel to Assess Domestic Preparedness (Gilmore Commission). As a member of the Gilmore Commission he served as the Chairman of the Threat Reassessment Panel; State and Local Response Panel; and the Research Panel. Additionally during this five year Commission he served on the Cyber-terrorism and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Panels. Chief Maniscalco received an appointment to the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a three year Fellowship sponsored by DOJ.
Maniscalco has earned numerous awards and honors for professional achievement and service from government, corporate and professional organizations. Chief Maniscalco was awarded over 100 commendations from the City of New York during his career including the Medal of Honor. In 2003 he received the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians & National Association of EMT’s - Rocco V. Morando Life Time Achievement Award for significant sustained professional achievement and contributions of national impact to the profession. In 2010 he was elected President Emeritus of the IAEMSC in recognition for his lifelong commitment and contributions to the discipline.
Paul M. Maniscalco earned his Baccalaureate degree in Public Administration—Public Health & Safety from the City University of New York, a Master of Public Administration degree – Foreign Policy & National Security from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management from The George Washington University. He is concluding Doctoral studies with a research focus on organizational behavior, information processes, and complex emergency response to disasters & terrorism incidents.