Activated with speed and simplicity
Withstands high velocity impacts.
Low Tech (“KISS Rule,” keep it simple).
The Co-founders of Anchorman Inc. is 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 one particular 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 a large Sheriff’s Department in 1990. He was assigned as a Patrol Deputy the Los Angeles area, which is one of the highest gangs and crime-ridden areas in the County. After patrolling this area 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. 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. 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.
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 the team’s lead instructors and teaches tactics and strategies that apply to urban law enforcement.
His next assignment was to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS) where he was a member of LASD’s 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 the Los Angeles County area. 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 Jeff was selected as a member of his Department’s full-time SWAT Team. He held every team position up to Back-Up Scout. He was a certified Sniper, Entry Team member, California State Licensed Tactical Explosive Breacher, and a Special Weapons Team Tactics Instructor. He holds a California POST and DEA Firearms Instructor Certification and has attended over 100 advanced tactics military and law enforcement firearms and tactics courses.
He was selected as SEB’s lead breacher and in charge of the Bureau’s training cadre for six years, Jeff has attended every major tactical explosive breacher’s course in the U.S. He has worked and trained with US Military, Israeli, European, Kuwait, and Canadian Special Forces. He has PERSONALLY and directly participated in thousands of high-risk SWAT operations (armed barricaded suspects, hostage rescues, active shooters, high-risk homicide suspect arrest, and high profile dignitary protection).
After completing an arduous and competitive testing process, in 2010 Jeff was selected to the elite Emergency Services Detail within SEB where he continued to work as a SEB team member and in addition, was trained as a State and Nationally certified Paramedic, Public Safety Diver, and Technical Rescue Operator on the Department’s Air 5 rescue helicopter. He holds an FBI Tactical Paramedic certification and was a Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Instructor.
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department, Jeff was an active duty Marine for 8 years (1981-1989). He served as an Infantryman, Squad Leader, and a Platoon Sergeant. He also served several years with Marine Security Forces on the East Coast and has had multiple deployments overseas where he trained and worked with Foreign Military Forces.
Jeff has many citations and awards for his leadership, handling of cases as a major crimes detective, and for his tactical excellence during his tenure with the Special Enforcement Bureau. He has been awarded two Medal of Valors and numerous exemplary performance commendations for his conduct during highly volatile and violent tactical operations.
After a medical retirement in 2017 due to having his back broken, Jeff continues to work as the Chief Operations Officer of Anchorman, Inc., and as the Lead Instructor of Anchorman Tactical where he teaches and continues to update his own Urban Warrior Tactics training. He attends numerous outside tactical training courses yearly and actively teaches his own IBEST (Initiative Based Evolving Sills and Tactics) courses.