Team - Louis Cook
Louis Cook, MS, MEP, EMT-P, is an Master Exercise Practitioner with Incident Management Solutions, Inc., a New York-based certified emergency management consultancy specializing in planning, training, and operational leadership for emergencies and major events. An associate with the practice, Captain/Paramedic Cook brings a wealth of leadership, public safety, and emergency management experience to our clients’ benefit every day. Louis recently retired as the Commanding Officer of FDNY EMS Special Operations HAZ TAC Battalion, and as a member of the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness exercise design team as a FEMA/ EMI trained Master Exercise Practitioner. He is a highly decorated 28 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department EMS Command, and a 2001 World Trade Center attack survivor.
His involvement with disaster medicine begins with him serving as a Lieutenant in the FDNY Special Operations Command – Haz-Tac Battalion and member of the National Disaster Medical System - Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NY4) as an Emergency Medical Specialist. During his FDNY career, he served as a Course Coordinator for EMS First Line Supervisors (Lieutenants) and Captain’s Training programs as well as teaching NIMS Incident Command System and Mass Casualty Event Management Strategies for Executive Level and Senior Command Staff Officers, and Medical Management of First Responder Mayday Situations. He also teaches Medical Planning and Support of Dignitary Protection and National Special Security Events. Captain Cook has also been an invited lecturer for the Ana Maria College Emergency Management programs. He also has experience in Medical Countermeasure Program planning, management and exercises.
Additional instructor qualifications includes; EMI Trained NIMS / ICS Instructor, DHS/FEMA WMD, AAOS Trauma Care, WMD/CBRNE-Radiological- Nuclear Responder, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Biological Weapons Responder Awareness, and WMD Standardized Awareness. He is a FEMA certified Instructor/ Trainer. He has also served as a Lead Instructor for FDNY's Rescue Medic program, EMS Hazardous Materials First Response Operations and Technician level programs. He served as one of the original clinical preceptors for the United Stated Army Joint Special Operations Medical Training program.
Louis’s many experiences with FDNY include many high profile novel mass casualty events, technical rescue and CBRNE response like the 2014 Bronx Metro-North Derailment, 2008 fatal Tower Crane Collapses, 2009 Steam Explosion, Fatal Deutsche Bank Fire, US Airways Flight 1549 - Hudson River Landing Flight 1540, 2006 “Corey Lidle" Aircraft Crash, 2001 World Trade Center Attack Survivor, 1990 Avianca Flight 52 Mass Fatality Incident, Anthrax and Hoax Material Letter attacks.
He possesses Diver Medical Technician, Technician Level Certifications in Rope Rescue, Extrication, Trench Rescue, Confined Space, Structural Collapse, Hazardous Materials Technician Level II and Draeger Rebreather SCBA Operation qualifications.
Louis is a lecturer and frequent contributor to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and has published articles in Critical Care Medicine and Fire Engineering. He holds both Baccalaureate and Master’s Degrees in Disaster and Emergency Management, and is a graduate of the Joint FDNY / US Military Academy West Point Counterterrorism Leadership Course. He is currently an adjunct instructor for the State University of New York - Empire State College’s Emergency Management Residency Program.