Bio:Tom Richter joined IFSI in 2005 and currently serves as the Wildland/Prescribed Fire Program Manager. Tom has also taught numerous Incident Management classes for the NIMS, Command & General Staff and ICS 300 & 400 programs. During IFSI’s campus events, Tom serves as part of the Command & General Staff. Tom has been and continues to be particularly well-known with the wildland fire community for more than 30 years and with the All Hazards Fire Service community for 26 years. He is qualified at the Command (Chief Officer) level as well as at the single resource (Company Officer) level.
Tom serves the public through deployments during large scale natural and man-made disasters here in Illinois as part of the Illinois Type III All Hazard Incident Management Team and nationally as part of various Type I, II & III incident organizations. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Wildland Urban Interface and Cooperative Leadership Issues curriculum programs at the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute in Emittsburg, Maryland. Tom was recently appointed as the IFSI Liaison to the Illinois Prescribe Fire Council and also works as a Prescribed Fire Specialist consulting with private industry.
Tom attended Black Hills State University and regularly attends the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute in Emittsburg.