Regional Continuity Manager, FEMA Region II
David Fortino has more than 15 years of experience in emergency management, specializing in emergency response operations, preparedness, recovery, business continuity, and crisis management.
Currently, Fortino is the Regional Continuity Manager at FEMA Region II. In this position, he acts as principal preparedness continuity advisor to the FEMA Region II Regional Administrator and senior staff. He is responsible for the delivery of ongoing continuity training and exercise opportunities to New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After hurricane Maria, Fortino acted as lead in implementing continuity for the public and private sectors in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.
Previously, Fortino was the Regional Fire Program Specialist for FEMA Region II. He provided strategic implementation of over $25 million in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), SAFER, and Fire Prevention and Safety grant programs. He also assisted the nuclear radiological team as a certified evaluator for mandatory exercises. Prior to that, he was the Community Preparedness Officer for FEMA Region II. In this role, he researched and developed community emergency preparedness procedures to all aspects of governments. In addition, he was responsible for developing the first elementary school community preparedness program across New York and New Jersey.
Fortino also spent nine years at the Madison Ambulance Association and North Branford Fire Department. He is certified as an EMT, Firefighter II, Fire Instructor, Hazmat Operations, and Level II Continuity Instructor. He has his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Urban and Regional Studies.