Assistant Deputy Chief Tom O’Connor joined the San Francisco Fire Department in February 1993. After serving as a firefighter for over 13 years, ADC O’Connor began working as an Acting Lieutenant in the SFFD EMS Division at Station 49. In 2008, he promoted to Lieutenant, to Captain in 2011 and then to Battalion Chief in 2013 working in Battalion 1 until 2021.
In 2021, Tom was appointed Assistant Deputy Chief, PUC Liaison. Tom is tasked with overseeing all efforts related to the PUC’s management of the Emergency Firefighting Water System (EFWS). ADC O’Connor also coordinates all projects improving and expanding the EFWS funded by the various Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond measures approved by San Francisco voters in 2010, 2014 and 2020. Lastly, Tom works on strategic planning efforts with community groups and related committees to further expand the EFWS into additional San Francisco neighborhoods.
In addition to his fire department duties, ADC O’Connor has also served in other related roles. Tom has previously been the President of the San Francisco Firefighters Union and a founding member of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from U.C. Davis and is a devoted father.