Activated with speed and simplicity
Withstands high velocity impacts.
Low Tech (“KISS Rule,” keep it simple).
The Co-founders of Anchorman Inc. are Tom Giandomenico and Jeff Coates, two decorated SWAT trainers and tactical officers from Los Angeles. Giandomenico and Coates have breached hundreds of entries over their careers. During a raid in 2003 on a well known outlaw biker gang’s safehouse they were unable to breach the door. After many failed attempts and once the warrants were served, they noticed a device installed by the bikers to prevent entry. An idea was born and this was the precursor to the ANCHOR we have today. The patented “SAFE ZONE creation device” has gone through many design improvements and has come to be recognized as the finest tool of it’s kind among top security professionals.
The ANCHOR is safer and more effective than other door barricading device
After his service to his Country, Thomas followed his passion for law enforcement by joining the highly respected Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1990. He was assigned as a Patrol Deputy in East Los Angeles, which is one of the most highly gang and crime ridden areas in Los Angeles County. After patrolling ELA for years, he was hand picked by his superior officers for his tactical experience, leadership, and command presence to serve as a drill instructor for the Department’s Recruit Academy.
In 1999 Thomas was chosen as a member of one of the busiest full time SWAT teams in the world, the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB). As a member of this team, Thomas was a Sniper, Entry Team member and most notably a California State Licensed Explosive Breacher.
Due to Thomas’ leadership, outstanding composure under crisis situations, and common sense tactical abilities, he was encouraged by Department leaders to test for Sergeant. After receiving the highest score on the Sergeants exam, he was promoted.
Currently Thomas is a Team Leader / Paramedic for his unit and a Crew Chief for the Sheriff’s rescue helicopter known as Air Rescue 5. He holds well over 25 State and Federal certifications in disciplines directly related to all areas of the special weapons teams and tactics (Firearms Instructor, Weapons of Mass Destruction tactical response team, Captain’s Commercial Boat License, Public Safety Diver and many others).
Thomas has applied his extensive background in special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and explosive breaching with three generations of machinist knowledge taught to him in his families’ machine shop. Currently he holds (7) tactical tool patents, to include chemical agent deployment devices and most recently the Active Crisis Tool (ACT), which was designed as an emergency barricading system to barricade school doors against active shooter/assailant incidents. Thomas has deployed and authenticated the effective and efficient deployment of all these devices under real operational conditions while fighting crime in Los Angeles.
Thomas works with the State Department’s Global Anti-Terror Assistance Team and has deployed to foreign countries such as Africa, Thailand and Jordan. Thomas is one of team’s lead instructors and teaches tactics and strategies that apply to urban law enforcement.
He was then assigned to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS) where he was a member of the Century Station Gang Enforcement Team. After a period of time working street gangs, he was assigned directly to the Sheriff’s Special Operations Group, working major crimes cases as a detective throughout Los Angeles County. He has testified multiple times in Superior Court as a court recognized Gang Expert and Narcotics for Sale Expert. During this time he was also deputized as a Federal Marshal and worked on a task force with the Marshal’s Office.
In 2003 he was selected as a member of his Department’s full time SWAT Team, the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB). He held every position up to Back-Up Scout. Jeff is a certified Sniper, Entry Team member, California State Licensed Tactical Explosive Breacher, and Crisis Negotiator. He also holds a California POST and DEA Firearms Instructor Certification. He was selected as the lead breacher and in charge of training for the Special Enforcement Bureau for six years. Jeff has attended every major tactical explosive breacher’s course in the U.S. He has also trained with Special Forces in Israel, Europe, and Canada. He has participated in over 1,000 high-risk SWAT operations (armed barricaded suspects, hostage rescues, active shooters, high risk homicide suspect arrest warrants, and high profile dignitary protection).
He was then selected to the elite Emergency Services Detail (ESD) where he continued to work as a team member and in addition was trained as a State and Nationally certified Paramedic, Public Safety Diver, and Technical Rescue Operator on the Departments Air-5 Rescue helicopter. He also holds an FBI Tactical Paramedic certification.
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department, Jeff was an active duty Marine for 7 years. He served as an Infantryman, Squad Leader, and a Platoon Sergeant. He also served several years with the Marine Security Forces Company on the East Coast and had multiple deployments overseas.
Jeff has numerous citations and awards for his leadership, handling of cases as a major crimes detective, and for his tactical excellence during high risk operations. He has been awarded two Medal of Valor’s and several exemplary performance commendations for his conduct during officer-involved shootings and highly volatile tactical operations