City of Saginaw, Michigan

JULY 2, 2021 SAGINAW, MI – City Manager Tim Morales has appointed Thomas Raines Fire Chief effective Friday, July 2, 2021. Tom has served on the Saginaw Fire  Department for 27 years and as Acting Fire Chief of the Saginaw Fire Department since May 2021.

Chief Raines began his employment with the City of Saginaw Fire Department in 1994
as a Fire Fighter. He was promoted Fire Chauffeur/Engineer in 1997, Fire Lieutenant in 2006, Fire Captain in 2011, Fire Battalion Chief in 2014, and Acting Fire Chief in 2021. Fire Chief Raines earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science from Delta College and has served in the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

After serving on the department for nearly three decades, Raines is humbled and
honored to step into the role of Fire Chief. “I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity. I know how committed this team is to our community, and I am excited to lead them into the future.”

As Acting Fire Chief, he was responsible for the overall operation of the Fire
Department. His responsibilities included the development and administration of the Fire Department’s budget, management of the department’s grant program, and oversight of all fire operations, fire apparatus, fire prevention, and fire training activities. Fire Chief Raines has served as the team leader of the Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team, he has managed the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus program, and he has assisted with the development and implementation of the Fire Department’s standard operating procedures.

Throughout his Fire Department Career, Raines has received numerous
commendations which include two Chief’s Special Recognition awards, a Distinguished
Service award, four Unit Citations and five Meritorious Service awards. Fire Chief Raines was selected as the Saginaw Fire Department Fire Fighter of the Year in 2010.

Raines, who has lived in Saginaw for over 30 years, commented on serving in the City
of Saginaw. “My wife and I have raised 4 children here in this community. We love our city and are proud to call Saginaw our home.”

“The city has already greatly benefited from Tom’s commitment to the fire service in
Saginaw," said City Manager Tim Morales. "His enthusiasm for improvements to safety and additional resources has made him an excellent candidate for the position. We know he will excel, and we look forward to what he will continue to bring to the city."
For additional information, please contact Tim Morales, City Manager, at 989 759-1401.

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