Paulison tapped for FEMA slot

President Bush has nominated former Miami fire chief R. David Paulison to be undersecretary for federal emergency management at the Homeland Security Department. The position formerly was known as under secretary for emergency preparedness and response.

Paulison now is acting under secretary for emergency preparedness. and response.

He formerly was administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration, a DHS agency. While he held that job, Paulison also was director for preparedness with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In his preceding job, Paulison worked as fire chief for the Miami-Dade Rescue Department in south Florida. He began his career as a fire fighter in 1971, and worked his way up through the ranks of the department. He previously has managed the response to disasters such as Hurricane Andrew and the crash of a ValuJet commercial airliner. Paulison holds a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Paulison was confirmed by the Senate in 2001 for his job as head of the fire administration.

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