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FEMA’s No. 2 official returning to Boston By John R. Ellement | GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 05, 2013 ARTICLE COMMENTS ( 3 ) SUBSCRIBE FEMA official Richard Serino (left), President Obama, and FEMA chief Craig Fugate at a 2012 Hurricane Sandy briefing. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES FEMA official Richard Serino (left), President Obama, and FEMA chief Craig Fugate at a 2012 Hurricane Sandy briefing. Richard Serino is coming home. Serino, widely considered a founding father of Boston Emergency Medical Services, has been the No. 2 man at the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2009. He is leaving the agency next month. “It's been great,'' Serino said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “But it’s time to come home.’’ Serino, 59, was part of a wave of emergency management professionals put into leadership positions at FEMA following its widely criticized response to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. As FEMA’s chief of operations, Serino worked closely with FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, who led disaster relief programs in Florida before taking on the top federal disaster response job the same year as Serino. Serino said it would be up to others to determine what his legacy at FEMA will be. But among the programs and improvements he played a role in creating is FEMA Corps, which provides annual stipends to people between 18 and their 20s who respond to disasters around the country for one year. After one year of service to the country, they are paid $6,500 towards college loans or tuition. He also said he is proud that FEMA has reoriented the way it views disaster relief. Instead of a top-down approach, Serino said, planning and responses are designed as if they were being viewed “through the eyes of a survivor.’’ “Survivor-centric is what we do, and how we do it’’ at FEMA now, he said. As he has been for many years, Serino was at the finish line for the Boston Marathon this year, but left about 15 minutes before two bombs were set off, killing three people and... more... - p01yN0Nym0u5