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Dave Raborn is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he began his career as a firefighter with the Eddington Fire Company in 1978. He retired as a Battalion Chief in 2005 and moved to Florida where he attended the Florida State Fire College to earn his fire inspection certification. He became an inspector with Pasco County Fire Rescue in February 2006. From 2005-2009, he held the elected position of Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commissioner, serving as Board Chair for two of the years. He began working for the Cape Coral Fire Department in May 2009 as a Fire Inspector/Investigator and was promoted to Fire Marshal in January of 2015.
Fire Marshal Raborn has an associate degree in Fire Science and a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University. He holds many certifications including Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Instructor, EMT, and Florida Fire Officer. Fire Marshal Raborn also earned the Fire Code Administrator certification in 2017; he is one of only 26 in the state who have achieved this certification. He is also an NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist and is fire marshal credentialed through the Commission of Public Credentialing. He is the principal member of the NFPA 25 Technical Committee on Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems. In 2019, Fire Marshal Raborn was selected as Fire Marshal of the Year by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association. This award honors a fire marshal who has demonstrated a commitment to reduce losses associated with fire and other hazards through progressive leadership, dedication, and valuable contributions to the field of fire prevention.
The Fire Marshal reports to the Fire Chief and is responsible for ensuring all existing commercial buildings and new construction follow all federal, state, and local fire codes and ordinances. Fire Marshal Raborn’s philosophy is to provide a safe community through prevention.