Diane Pitts, Senior Intelligence Analyst
I & A, Washington, DC
On September 11, 2001, Diane Pitts was a volunteer Master Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Montgomery County, MD. Immediately following the attacks, Pitts served in the Air Specialty Unit at the Pentagon, working through the night to provide life-saving compressed air to the countless firefighters who were entering the fire scene. She filled hundreds of tanks and provided lighting for the first aid tent and the temporary morgue throughout the night.
In the days following the attacks, Pitts treated personnel exiting the crash site, who were covered in toxic substances and fluids. She also organized a food drive through her church to feed 100 first responders. Five months after the attacks, Pitts was hired as the Pentagon’s first Fire Marshal to oversee life safety and emergency management issues.
In addition to her role as a volunteer Master Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician, Pitts currently serves as a Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, where she leads information sharing efforts across the Department related to the Southwest and Northern borders.
The DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis leads the Department’s efforts to provide the homeland security enterprise – including Departmental components and partner agencies as well as state, local, tribal and private sector partners – with intelligence and information to support keeping the homeland safe, secure and resilient.