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Captain Thomas Christensen

Waukegan Fire Department

Bomb Squad

Battalion Chief Tom Christensen currently serves as the Waukegan Fire Department Bomb Team Coordinator, which provides protection to Lake and McHenry Counties.  He has over 29years with Waukegan, with 20 of those years as a Certified Explosives Technician.   

Tom received his bachelors in Fire Science from Southern Illinois University. He continues further his education acquiring multiple certifications through various State & Federal Agencies.  

Tom teaches explosive safety as an instructor for the DHS Sponsored Incident Response Program at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and at the College of Lake County.

Tom is also a Member of the F.B.I. Chicago Stabilization team, providing response for Midwest incidents involving radiological and explosive threats.

In 2010 Captain Christensen received the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Medal of Valor and in 2012 the American Legion's National Firefighter of the Year.

Tom is a member of LCRCIP and has worked with numerous agencies and businesses within the organization in developing bomb threat plans and responses.

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