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Fire Chief, Thomas R. Wood, CFO
Chief Thomas R. Wood, CFO, MIFireE
Tom was appointed as the Fire Chief on August 21, 2006.
He first joined the Department on June 6, 1974.
Tom has served in nearly every position prior to his being selected as Fire Chief.


Chief Bruce W. Silk Chief Kerry Koen Chief John Withrow
Chief Bruce W. Silk


Bruce Silk was Fire Chief from 1998 to 2006. He joined the Boca Raton Fire Department as a Firefighter on October 10, 1973. Almost twenty-five years later, he became the Fire Chief of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services when he was officially appointed on March 19, 1998.
Chief Kerry Koen

Fire Chief from 1994-1998, Kerry Koen was instrumental in the creation of many of the City’s fire and life safety codes and ordinances, including the installation of automatic fire sprinkler and alarm systems in the city’s larger buildings. He was also instrumental ...Click for more
Chief John Withrow

1976-1994
Under his leadership, the EMS/ Paramedic program was developed as well as the Hazardous Material Team. Three more stations were built, and over 100 new firefighters we employed.
Chief Daniel Andrews Chief John Loughery Chief Harry Purdom
Chief John Loughery

1965-1976
During his time as Fire Chief, the department slowly shifted to paid firefighters, rather than volunteers. He was elected during a city boom. Two stations were built, and 23 new firemen were hired.
Chief Daniel Andrews

1946-1964
He was the first paid, full-time firefighter. Loughery painted Old Betsy white to match his hair. One day while on his police beat, Loughery received a call that he was elected Fire Chief by the Boca Raton City Council, even though he had never applied for the position.
Chief Harry Purdom

Chief of the Fire Department Volunteers from 1934-1946. Purdom and his family were early pioneers in Boca when they arrived in 1905. During his time as Fire Chief there was a large forest fire near Floresta. He retired in 1946, and moved to Lake Worth to raise cattle.
Chief Guy Bender    
Chief Guy Bender

The first Fire Chief for the City of Boca Raton. He served from 1925-1934. At this time the Fire Department was made up of volunteers. During his time as chief, Old Betsy was purchased as the city's first and only fire apparatus. He also served as a member of the City Council.