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Cincinnati hires new fire chief

Richard Braun Richard Braun

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney has announced the hiring of the city's next fire chief.

Richard A. Braun has been serving as assistant fire chief with the Columbus Division of Fire for the past 11 years. He has been with the Columbus Fire Division for more than 36 years. He will start as Cincinnati's chief in mid January. 

"Chief Braun's well-rounded experience in administrative functions, fire suppression, and medical services is important as the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) faces the challenges and opportunities ahead," said Dohoney.

The department's proposed 2011 budget is $62 million.  City Manager Dohoney has fully apprised Chief Braun of the 2011-2012 budget recommendations that are currently before City Council, which include the layoffs of 144 firefighters.

"This is where Chief Braun's abilities in strategic planning, resource allocation, and rapport building will be especially useful right off the bat," said Dohoney.

As Assistant Chief in charge of the Columbus Emergency Bureau since 2005, 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. 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. Additionally, Braun has managed all operations at Columbus' 911 Call Center. 

"I am honored to join such a well-respected department," said Braun.  "I am looking forward to leading the men and women of the CFD in reaching their goals for serving the people of Cincinnati."

Braun replaces former chief Robert Wright, who retired.

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