Firehouse Contributor

Robert T. Mahoney

ROBERT T. MAHONEY is the executive director of the Emergency Management Group LLC and a retired FBI agent whose career included many terrorism matters. He served as the national manager for all FBI Special Operations Groups, assistant legal attaché for terrorism in London and acting assistant special agent in charge in New York. Mahoney was in the World Trade Center on 9/11, leading an FBI search team into the site between collapses, and a supervisor in the FBI Crisis Command and Recovery Center thereafter, working at the World Trade Center and Fresh Kills Recovery sites. After retiring from the FBI, he was a team leader in the development of the weapons of mass destruction terrorism threat and vulnerability-assessment process for critical infrastructures produced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Domestic Preparedness and served as general manager of security programs for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he managed all risk assessments, threat studies and threat-mitigation measures. Mahoney was a member of the Lower Manhattan Counterterrorism Advisory Team, managing the writing of the master security plan for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. He attended the FDNY’s “Battalion Chief Command Course” and holds a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York and a master’s degree in national security studies, with a focus on homeland defense and security, from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been an EMT, an EMT instructor trainer and commanding officer of a rescue squad.