Fire Marshal/Building Official, City of Altamonte Springs
City of Altamonte Springs Building / Fire Safety Division
225 Newburyport Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone: 407-571-8430 Fax: 407-571-8445
Tony Apfelbeck has served as the Fire Marshal and Building Official for the City of Altamonte Springs Building/Fire Safety Division since 2000 following a 10-year career as a Division Chief/Fire Marshal with the City of Oviedo. He began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Winter Springs in 1985 before becoming a fire inspector with Volusia County.
Fire Marshal Apfelbeck is currently a member of the NFPA 1 Fire Code Technical Committee, the Florida Building Commission Fire TAC, NFPA Southern Regional Fire Code Development Committee and participates on a number of projects with the Fire Protection Research Foundation. He previously served as Chair of the Florida Fire Code Advisory Council, director of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, director of the IAFC Fire/Life Safety Section, member of the ICC Fire Code Action Committee and ICC Fire Safety Committee. In addition, he has been recognized by his peers as a Fellow in the Florida Fire Marshals’ and Inspectors’ Association and is a Fellow in the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue
7434 160th Street North
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
13592 Pine Villa Lane
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Began career in fire service with City of Delray Beach Fire Rescue in 1975. Started as firefighter, then promoted to fire inspector in 1977, then fire marshal in 1979. Served as fire marshal until retirement in 2000. Hired as fire marshal for Estero Fire Rescue District in 2001 and served 5 years retiring again in 2006. Charter member of the then “Florida Fire Marshals Association” chartered in 1977 at the annual Florida Fire Prevention Conference. This conference was, for approximately 35 years, under the direction and control of the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal.
Continued to serve as Past President; on several nominations committees; legislative chair and legislative committee; and several conference committees. Lobbied in Tallahassee for several years working closely with the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. Represented the fire service during hearings by the Florida Building Commission for the purpose of a state-wide building and fire code.
Director of Regional Operations
National Fire Sprinkler Association
200 W. College
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1019
Phone: 850-222-2070 Fax: 850-222-1752
Buddy Dewar is the former Director of Florida’s State Fire Marshal’s Office and is an internationally known fire safety expert. His fire service career includes US Army arson investigations, fire suppression chief, and former Superintendent of the Florida State Fire College. Buddy received a BA degree in Economics and a MBA, and was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in business, management, and administration in recognition of his academic achievements.
Buddy first entered the fire service as a Cadet in 1961 with the New River Fire Department in the Ft. Lauderdale area. He entered the U.S. Army in 1966, and served as a company commander in Viet Nam where he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” Device for Valor and First Oak Leaf Cluster for taking command of abandoned fire apparatus at a petroleum tank farm fire that was under rocket attack.
Sanibel Island Fire Department
Sanibel Island, Florida
Largo Fire Chief / Retired
Chief Dan Fries was very instrumental maintaining direction as outlined in the By-Laws and the wishes of the membership. He retired after serving 40 years in the fire service. He retired from the St. Petersburg Fire Department in 1974 and with the Largo Fire Department in 1997.
Bureau Chief / Retired
Florida Division of State Fire Marshal
2324 Swordfish Avenue
Holiday, FL 34691
Fire Chief / Retired
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue
204 47th Street Court N.W.
Bradenton, FL 34209
NFPA / Retired
4536 Argyle Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Developed the first fire code for the City of Miami - (Ordinance 7126). First Director of the Division of State Fire Marshal for the State of Florida. Transferred the Florida Fire College, and Bureau of Firefighter Standards and Accreditation through legislative action to the Division of State Fire Marshal. Successfully initiated action that permits self-serve gasoline within Florida. Conversely, successfully defended against legislation intended to create self-serve gasoline dispersement in Oregon. One of only two States that do not permit self-service. Successfully transferred the Bureau of Standards and Accreditation, (in Oregon) from the Department of Commerce to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Director, Fire EMS Academy
P.A.M. @ Loften HS
3000 E. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: 352-955-7298 ext. 306
Deputy Fire Marshal
City of Altamonte Springs
225 Newburyport Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone: 407-571-8432 Fax: 407-571-8445
Steven Peavey is the Deputy Fire Marshal with the City of Altamonte Springs, Florida. He has been in the fire service for more than 36, years, the past 33 years assigned to various positions in the Fire Marshals Office. He was appointed to Deputy Fire Marshal in 1995 to oversee all day to day fire inspection, investigation, plans review and code enforcement activities.
Steve is an active member of several fire service organizations. He is a Past President of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association and currently serves as President of the International Fire Marshals Association Executive Board. He also serves as a representative on several other State and National Fire Service related committees and groups.
Steve is certified by the State of Florida as a Fire Inspector, Fire Code Administrator, Building Inspector, and EMT.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Community Education Coordinator
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-4815
Phone: 561-616-7024 Fax: 561-616-7084
Dr. Gerri Penney chairs the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1035's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist Task Group. This national task group is a geographically diverse team of subject matter experts in the field of juvenile firesetting. Mental health, law enforcement, fire and life safety education, burn prevention, and USFA‘s National Fire Academy (NFA). This task group is responsible for updating the professional qualifications, including job duties, job performance requirements (JPRs), knowledge and skills of Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I and II’s, for NFPA 1035. Dr. Penney also chairs the Palm Beach County Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program, which has a secure database.
Since 2003, Gerri has chaired the National Fire Prevention Professional Development Committee (NFPPDC) for the USFA’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program. Gerri received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, in 2010.
Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal (Retired)
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue
Phone: (561) 225-6756
Deputy Fire Chief Charles Raiken, a retired 36 year veteran of the Florida fire service, began his fire service experience in May 1976, as a volunteer firefighter with the Davie Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Raiken began his professional fire rescue career in 1979 as a Firefighter for Broward County Fire Rescue. Chief Raiken was promoted to Fire Captain in 1982 and was assigned to the Fire Marshal’s Bureau where he was promoted through the ranks of Battalion Chief and Division Chief/Fire Marshal. In 2003, fire rescue services merged with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and Chief Raiken continued to serve as Fire Marshal for the BSO Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, Fire Marshal’s Bureau, subsequently promoted to Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, and later, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal. In February 2011, Chief Raiken was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief of Administration where he served as an executive command officer for the Office of the Fire Chief until his retirement in June 2012.
City of Altamonte Springs
Steve was the past president of the Florida Fire Marshal Association and served on the Executive Board of the International Fire Marshals Association. He was the first fire service representative to the Florida Building Commission. He was named the Florida Fire Marshal of the Year in 1999, served on the NFPA 1 Fire Code Committee and the NFPA Southern Regional Fire Code Development for the National Fire Protection Association. He was also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officers Program in Emmittsburg, MD.
Robbie Robertson was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He spent his live in the fire service and recently finished the revision on the 8th Edition of his nationally recognized book, Introduction to Fire Prevention, with publication in progress at the time of his death. After attending Oklahoma State University School of Fire Protection, he was graduated from the University of Southern California. He served in the US Coast Guard Reserve for many years, rising to the rank of Commander. Robbie Robertson's distinguished career included serving as Maryland State Fire Marshal (1962-82), a Field Representative for the National Fire Protection Association, as Fire Marshal in Gainesville, Florida and as a consultant with Mizelle Hodges & Associates.
Pinellas Park Fire Department
Tony Verducci began his career with the City of Pinellas Park Fire Department on October 12, 1983. He began his career as a Fire Inspector. In 1990, he was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief of Fire Prevention (third in command of the Fire Department). During his 14 years with the PPFD (he retired in December 1997), Tony was instrumental in developing several programs for Fire Safety and Prevention. He played a major role in building the Tampa Bay area’s first Children’s Fire Safety Trailer, which was used to educate over 33,000 children on fire safety for the first seven years of its creation. Tony helped plan the transformation of an out-of-service rescue truck into a mobile puppet stage complete with a sound system, which was used to educate the community on fire safety.
Deputy Fire Chief / Retired
Maitland Fire Department
2633 Pineland Circle
Hartsville, SC 29550-8069
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mr. Wright entered the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in Little Falls New Jersey in 1968. Through 1972, Mr. Wright worked in various capacities as a volunteer firefighter, attaining a New Jersey Fireman’s Association certification and then the American Red Cross First Aid certification. He moved to the Melbourne Florida area with his wife later that year. Continuing the fire service career, Chief Wright signed on with the Palm Bay Fire Department in Brevard County in 1972, moving in the latter part of 1974 to Cocoa Fire Department where he remained until the fall of 1978. While at Cocoa, Chief Wright received paramedic training and certification from Brevard Community College.