By Kevin Kelley
Capt. Anthony Raffin will become the next chief of the Fairview Park Fire Department, succeeding Bud Williams, who is retiring.
Raffin was the top scorer on the promotional exam administered in early February by the city’s civil service commission. Under the city’s civil service rules, the top scorer automatically becomes chief. Lt. Christopher Kavulic also took the test.
Raffin, who goes by “Tony,” will take over leadership of the department at the end of April.
A 15-year veteran of the Fairview Park Fire Department, Raffin is a lifelong resident of the community. He attended Capital University in Columbus, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked for five years as an accountant before his career switch to firefighter in January 1999.
Raffin earned state certification as a fire service instructor, emergency medical services instructor and fire safety inspector. He also attended training at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.
Raffin and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 17 years and have four children, ages 7 to 14.
In November, Williams announced his plans to retire. Williams has been a member of the fire department for 31 years. He succeeded David Simon as chief.