Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization which unites the skills of military veterans with first responders, has appointed Vince Moffitt, director of field operations, to take on a new role as incident management team chief.
Moffitt splits his time between Los Angeles and his Farmington, N.M, home.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the work my team has done to accomplish our goals while achieving a great deal of growth,” said Moffitt. “This is the next step in the evolution and I feel this position suits my strongest skill sets which are boots on the ground, field leadership.”
Moffitt became director of field operations nine months ago, during which he guided field operations through a time of tremendous growth and was at the helm during 19 disaster responses, including Team Rubicon's response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Prior to that, he volunteered as Region VI’s regional administrator, and has been with Team Rubicon since July 2012. As incident management team chief—a newly-created position at TR—Moffitt will expand upon Team Rubicon’s efforts to professionalize and institute the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS)—used by FEMA and emergency agencies across the country. Incident management teams will help mentor and guide regional staff in the field to help ensure operational success.
“I am really excited about the possibilities of the development of our field leadership,” said Moffitt. “I have witnessed the challenges that our leaders face in the field, as well as understand how to balance the needs of headquarters. This is a great opportunity to better engage and empower our field commanders."
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Team Rubicon enlists volunteers from across the country. The nonprofit has experienced explosive growth—from a team of eight to more than 16,000 members—since its founding in 2010.
“Vince is a selfless leader,” said Jake Wood, CEO and cofounder of Team Rubicon. “His vision will take Team Rubicon to the next tier, as we look to provide our members the training, tools and mentorship needed to perform our mission in a safer, more organized fashion.”
Team Rubicon was founded in the wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake by Wood and William McNulty, both Marine veterans. It now has more than 60 operations under its belt, including Haiti, Superstorm Sandy, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The nonprofit has already responded to more than a dozen tornadoes and floods this year. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose—vital as many return to civilian life after more than a decade of war. Moffitt is from Farmington, N.M., and has over 20 years of international and domestic emergency response experience.
In 2010 he retired as a fire battalion chief, and is a task force leader with New Mexico Task Force 1, a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team. Moffitt also owns and operates a rescue and disaster consulting company that provides training domestically and internationally.
To learn more about Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.
About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.