100 Making a Difference

Tad Agoglia, highlighted as one of the most impactful social champions in the world and featured in the book, 100 Making a Difference, photographed by John Russo.


Tad Agoglia chosen as a 2008 CNN Top Ten Hero.

Wall Street Journal

Team seeks corporate cash to continue providing disaster aid. services

Jefferson Award

Tad Agoglia accepting his Jefferson Award Washington DC 2010.


One man takes on — and funds — mission to clean up gulf.

Mike Rowe Works

Mitchum Announces Top Ten Finalists.

People Magazine

Tad Agoglia chosen as one of People Magazine’s Heroes Among Us.


The First Response Team of America load all their equipment on a cargo ship and help out the earthquake victims in Haiti.


The team locates to the shores of Louisiana where they help clean oil from the beaches.


Tad Agoglia and The First Response Team of America featured in the GQ “The Gentlemen’s Fund 2010.”

USA Today

The team races against the clock to beat Hurricane Earl as it tracks up the east coast to Cape Cod.

US News & World Report

The First Response Team of America is chosen as 1 of 10 service groups making a difference in innovative ways.


CNN captures Tad and the team cleaning up after a tornado devastates Ringgold, GA.


The team responds to West Liberty, KY where a large tornado destroys the small Kentucky town.


The Team responds after Tropical Storm Debby in Live Oak, Florida using high-powered water pumps to get the city’s main pumping station back in working order.

Equipment World

“No one organization can fix everything, but it’s extremely important we all make a contribution.”

Lancaster Online

Q&A with Team founder, Tad Agoglia, on why he loves his job, his most memorable experience in the field, what’s in the back seat of his car, and his favorite super hero.


Elmira City Mayor presents The Team with a key to the city of Elmira, NY for their dedicated cleanup work post-tornado.

Construction Business Owner

How Tad Agoglia, once a successful contractor, devoted his life to saving lives and clearing the way for hope.

Destruction from Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy leaves behind a trail of destruction, and the Team is there to clear the way to recovery.

Fox 43 News

The Team joins the local community in search and rescue efforts to locate a missing man with Alzheimer’s and uses their advanced technology to help in the search.


Catch up with Tad Agoglia before the CNN 2012 Heroes Tribute on the Team’s work since Tad was first honored in 2008 as a Top 10 Hero.

Susquehanna Style

Honoring local heroes, Susquehanna Style showcases Tad Agoglia for his nonprofit’s inspired contributions to disaster-stricken communities.

CNN Heroes

CNN Heroes follows Tad Agoglia and the Team in the hours after the EF-5 Moore, OK tornado. Despite responding to over 50 large-scale disasters, nothing prepares you for the difficulty of having to dig through the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Moore, OK

A day after the Moore, OK tornado, Tad Agoglia discusses the historic storm and its immediate impact on the community as well as the long road ahead to clean-up and recovery.

Moore, OK – One Month Later

One month later, the Team continues to help families clear debris in Moore, OK. Despite the constant weather challenges, the people of Moore are resilient and look ahead to recovery.

Men’s Health Magazine

Read how Men’s Health shines a spotlight on the Team’s lifestyle as they travel and respond to disasters throughout the United States.

CNN Heroes

The Team was recognized at this year’s CNN Heroes Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Challenge Magazine

In the wake of the Moore, OK tornado, go back in time with the Team to see how it all started. Since its first response to Greensburg, KS in 2007, read about how Tad Agoglia’s idea became a reality in helping dozens of communities take those first steps toward rebuilding.


Sam Champion of Weather Channel’s AMHQ morning show tours the First Response Team’s fleet of response and recovery equipment, and spreads the word about the Team’s efforts to respond to tornadoes in the U.S.


Announcing a fourth year of support; Lowe’s generously contributes $750,000 to keep our boots on the ground and prepared to work together through whatever nature brings.

Hattiesburg American

An EF3 tornado rendered this holiday season less than ideal for Columbia, MS. Local Hattiesburg news covers the First Response Team and Lowe’s volunteers teaming up their positive attitudes in efforts to work through mud and rain.

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel interviews Tad live during the South Carolina flood response to learn more about the current flood situation and what the Team is doing to help.

RUMI Forum

The RUMI Forum of Washington, DC, a non-profit dedicated to bringing global peace through education and interaction, awarded the Team’s founder, Tad Agoglia, the Extraordinary Commitment of Service to the Community Award.

Good Morning America

In an interview with Chris Stapleton at the Country Music Awards, Good Morning America recognizes the Team’s work in the South Carolina flooding, in partnership with Ram Trucks.

The Weather Channel

Tad is interviewed live on The Weather Channel for a first glimpse into what the Team faces in Rowlett and Garland, two Texas neighborhoods devastated by a deadly tornado that struck so close to the holidays.

FCA Foundation

For the past 5 years, the FCA Foundation has financially supported the First Response Team, ensuring that we can be there for our fellow Americans in their hour of need. When NC and FL were struck with powerful hurricanes, the FCA Foundation was there to support us and those who were affected by these tragic storms.

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