BROWARD’S RESPECTED DEPUTY CHIEF AND FIRE MARSHAL RETIRES
- Date: June 11, 2012 PIO# 12-6-11
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Station #17
2308 SW 42 St., Ft. Lauderdale
A 36-year veteran of the fire service and longtime Broward County fire marshal will be honored for his service at a traditional firefighter’s retirement ceremony Tuesday, June 12.
Since 2011, Deputy Chief Charles Raiken has served in an executive command position in the Office of the Fire Chief. Prior to this appointment, Chief Raiken served as the Broward County Fire Marshal since 1990, for then-Broward County Fire Department, which later combined with the county’s EMS department and, in 2003, merged with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
“Charlie has been dedicated to the residents and visitors of Broward County and has always had their safety as his number one concern throughout his career,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti. Chief Raiken has been active in creating the model for fire and life safety codes throughout the state. He has been twice-appointed to four-year terms by Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and Fire Marshal and served on the Florida Fire Code Advisory Council, representing the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. He also served a four-year term as chair and member of the same council, representing the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association. “Since becoming the fire chief I have relied heavily on Charlie’s vast experience and institutional knowledge. He was an invaluable asset to me through the transition period and he is going to be greatly missed,” said BSO Fire Chief Neal de Jesus.
Chief Raiken has been honored over the course of his career with a plethora of prestigious fire service awards, including the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Fire Marshal of the Year Award in 2008, the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County’s Executive Leadership Award in 2005, the Florida Fire Marshal of the Year in 1997 from the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, and twice received the Fire Safety Inspector of the Year Award by the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County in 1989 and 1996.
Chief Raiken began his fire service career in 1976 as a volunteer firefighter with the Davie Volunteer Fire Department. In 1979, he joined the Broward County Fire Department as a firefighter where he rose through the ranks during his tenure. He is also President Emeritus and a lifetime member of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 4321, having served as one of the inaugural presidents of then-IAFF Local 2378 from 1981 – 1988.
This report by:
Mike Jachles / PIO