The City of Raleigh has selected Herbert Griffin to serve as the Fire Chief effective September 8. Mr. Griffin’s 24-year career in fire service began in the City of Houston, Texas. Griffin is an accomplished and technical expert in Fire and Emergency Services, who earlier this year received Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Since 2017 he has served as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations for the Houston Fire Dept. Previously, Griffin served as the Assistant Fire Chief of Human Resources, Assistant Fire Chief Logistics Management & Special Projects, and Incident Safety Officer (Senior Captain). Griffin also served in the United States Army deploying to Northern Iraq during the US Persian Gulf War.
After a national search, Griffin was selected from a pool of approximately 65 applicants. The comprehensive process included interviews with staff members from the Raleigh Fire Department, various city departments, city executives, as well as external fire professionals.
“I am excited to welcome Chief Griffin to the City of Raleigh,” said City Manager Ruffin Hall. “We had several strong candidates, but Chief Griffin’s commendable service including proven success in operations and incident command demonstrate his ability to proactively resolve complex problems. This along with his executive management experience will be an asset to the City of Raleigh’s Management Team as well as the Raleigh Fire Department.”
During his time in Houston, Griffin led efforts to save lives, protect property, and serve the community of 2.3 million residents with courage, commitment, and compassion. The Houston Fire Department consists of 4,000 uniformed members serving in Fire Suppression, Arson, Life Safety Bureau and EMS. With 845 firefighters staffed daily to respond to approximately 1,100 calls for service per day, Griffin assisted in transitioning the Houston Fire Department into a highly sophisticated public safety organization that strives to protect lives and property.
“I would like to graciously thank City Manager Ruffin Hall and Assistant City Manager Marchell Adams-David for the opportunity to lead the Raleigh Fire Department, while serving the Mayor, City Council, community stakeholders and citizens of Raleigh with courage, compassion and professionalism. I look forward to the Raleigh Fire Department setting the industry standard for the American Fire Service through: education, training, health & safety, communication, and customer service. My passion for the job has led me to develop my personal mission to lead a very dynamic organization into the future highlighting community needs and developing a robust Community Risk Reduction Plan.”
Chief Griffin is a native of central Louisiana but has called Houston home for the past 26 years. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fitness, and classic cars.