Captain Christopher Flatley
Capt. Christopher Flatley is a 26-year veteran of the FDNY having worked most of his career in the borough of Manhattan. He is currently assigned to Division 6 in the South Bronx, but is working in the FDNYs Center on Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP) in the Intelligence and Risk Management section.
He has recently returned from a one year fellowship to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Washington, DC. He worked in the Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group (ITACG) and the follow-on program the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) where he wrote and developed finished intelligence products for the state and local first responders and provided fire service perspective to the intelligence community.
He is a graduate of the West Point Military Academy Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Counterterrorism Leadership Program and the Department of Homeland Security’s Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) program
Captain Flatley has lectured nationally on various fire service topics and has written articles for leading fire service publications including Fire Engineering and Firehouse magazines, Size Up the quarterly magazine of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and WNYF, the Official publication of the Fire Department City of New York. He has authored chapters in Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter 1 & 2 published by Pennwell in 2009.
Rob has served for 10 years as Deputy Director of Planning and Land Use Agency for the Town of Newtown, where he oversees the inland wetlands, aquifer protection, open space acquisition, flood management, forest practices, and planning & zoning enforcement for the town. Rob also serves the Town of Newtown as staff for Emergency Management team where he serves in disaster recovery and mitigation capacity. He has advanced degrees in Biology, Computer Science and is a member of Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Rob has spent over 25 years as a volunteer firefighter, and has spent the last 8 of those as an Engineer at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue. He is trained for service as Fire Officer, Pump Operator, Search and Rescue Diver, EMT, and HAZMAT
Rob lives in Sandy Hook Connecticut with his wife, Barbara, and three young boys, Daniel (10), Stephen (6) and Brian (6).
On 12/14/2012 at approximately 09:30 hours, Rob responded to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His three boys attend the school and his wife was present at the front door of the school at the time of the shooting. All survived physically uninjured. Rob remained on scene for the next fourteen hours and served as an emergency management coordinator, a firefighter, a husband and a father. Over the next few days Rob continued to coordinate the municipal response to the incident. He has since served as one of the principal municipal liaisons to the federal, state and NGO agencies which are assisting the town’s recovery and the re-building of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Rob also serves on the board of directors of a number of foundations in memory of victims of 12/14.