Thomas A. Merrill is a 40-year veteran in the Snyder Fire Department in Amherst, New York. He served 26 years as a department officer including 15 years in the chief officer ranks. He was chief of department from 2007–2012 and currently serves as a fire commissioner for the Snyder Fire District. He is also a professional fire dispatcher for the Town of Amherst Central Fire Alarm Office.
Merrill has written articles for Fire Engineering magazine about the professional volunteer fire department and continues to teach on the subject. Merrill also has a number of courses on The Fire Academy.