Steve E. Abraira served from Dec. 5, 2011, as the Chief of the Boston Fire Department, the oldest professional fire service organization in the nation. He was Chief during the Marathon bombing incident, resigning shortly thereafter. He currently lives in Florida, and is on the Adjunct faculty of Eastern Florida State College.
Since age nineteen, Abraira has been in the fire service working his way through the ranks of firefighter, driver engineer, state certified fire service instructor, state certified fire inspector, fire lieutenant, station captain, hazmat commander, district chief, deputy division chief in operations, division chief over training and safety, assistant chief of management services, and the emergency response division.
Chief Abraira had served the Miami, Florida Fire-Rescue Department for over 26 years, retiring as an Assistant Fire Chief in 2000 when he was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Dallas, Texas Fire-Rescue Department. Chief Abraira served as the City’s first Hispanic fire chief of the City of Dallas for over 5 years before retiring and returning to Florida. In 2007, Abraira came out of retirement to assume the position of Fire Chief in Palm Bay, Florida. He holds a Bachelor degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a dual Masters degree in Human Resources Management and Management and Leadership from Webster University. Abraira also holds the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing and is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.