George Buck is a proud father of two, Military Veteran, Retired Firefighter, and has written books on counter-terrorism and emergency management. He is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-business America-First conservative who has demonstrated energetic leadership, clear vision, and a passion for service. George is a proven servant-leader who will be a strong voice for the 13th District.
George’s “boots on the ground” vision and interaction, holds the trust of personal and professional relationships at many levels of Pinellas, Local, State, and Federal as well as international officials.
With this brief summary below, George knows the impact of outside forces that can affect our local communities and what it takes to build strong, resilient economies.
The start of his history of service began in a small town in Eastern Long Island, New York. Following a tradition of public service in the firefighting community that started with his Great Grandfather, Great Uncle, and Father, George is carrying on this tradition as a professional firefighter.
George’s service to the community began as a junior firefighter at the age of 14! His fire service career spans military and civilian firefighter, starting as a volunteer, joined the U.S. Army, trained and served as a crash rescue firefighter, with the elite 101st Airborne Division. Honorably discharged, George then joined the U.S Air Force Reserves, again, as a firefighter. After 3 years with the USAF-R, he enlisted into the Florida National Guard cross trained as an operational intelligence analyst (during the Persian Gulf War One era).
After active duty military service, George pursued his family tradition of public service as a first responder. During this time, he pursued and obtained Associates and Bachelors degrees, along with a Masters and PhD. His service ended upon a duty related injury, but not his desire to help educate and train others.
As an educator at Saint Petersburg College, he took over the fire science program, and developed, wrote and implemented the first emergency management degree program in the State of Florida. After obtaining a federal grant, George designed, developed and opened the first training center in the nation for preparing first responders for terrorist attacks. That center is still in operation today as the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute.
At the University of South Florida College of Public Health, George became an assistant professor, teaching Ideology of National and International Terrorism and taking on additional projects at the Center of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Action. He also served as co-founder to The Center for Biological Terrorism Defense, and designed, wrote and implemented a masters level certificate program in Emergency Management.
Following his career in academia, George transitioned to consulting in the field of emergency / terrorism management. During this time he authored and published six books on these subjects, many still being used today in the education system.
George has proven knowledge and expertise in emergency response to Congress, having worked on projects with the U.S. military, Department of Defense, and all levels of government. These include projects with the Department of State, Department of Defense, the State of Florida, the Florida National Guard, FEMA, SOCOM, SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, and with a wide array of Local, State, and Federal officials.
George has used his cumulative experience to manage response to catastrophic events such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and was one of the first four Americans on the ground in Banda Acha to establish relief operations of the largest disaster in world history. He managed response to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Frances, and domestic and international terrorist attacks, and has used his experience to assist in policy development at the Local, State, Federal and International levels. In times of crisis, you can count on George to keep our communities safe.