Meet The Chief

Chief Richard A. Braun

Fire Chief Richard A. Braun

On Jan. 16, 2011, Richard A. Braun became Cincinnati's 16th Fire Chief.

Chief Braun served as an Assistant Fire Chief with the Columbus Division of Fire for 11 years, and worked for the Columbus Fire Division for more than 36 years. Chief Braun was hired in the position because of his well-rounded experience in administrative functions, fire suppression, and medical services. Which is important as the Cincinnati Fire Department faces the challenges and opportunities ahead.

As Assistant Chief in charge of the Columbus Emergency Bureau since 2005, Chief Braun has had responsibility for all emergency services operations, deployment, and emergency scene command, including EMS. He directly supervised payroll, recruitment, background investigations, and the professional standards unit for the bureau as well.

Chief Braun has overseen training programs as well as EMT Basic and EMT paramedic programs, developed a five-year training plan, and oversaw the disaster preparedness program. He has been instrumental in implementing technology-based solutions for the Columbus Fire Division, particularly for staffing and dispatch. He represented Fire in contract negotiations, resulting in contract ratification without third-party arbitration. He oversaw a $158 million budget. Additionally, Chief Braun has managed all operations at Columbus' 911 Call Center. 

Chief Braun holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, Ohio); has training in instruction techniques for company officers, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, incident command system, and fire arson detection from the National Fire Academy; has completed National Incident Command System training in NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800; and received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in emergency response to terrorism.

The City of Columbus is divided into seven (7) Battalions, which includes 32 Stations, 34 Engine Companies, 15 Ladders, 32 EMS (Advanced Life Support Transport Units) 5 Heavy Rescues, and 13 Rescue Boats.