Chief Raynes is the fire chief of the Starling City Fire Department.
Raynes was a member of The Fireflies, a unit of firemen in Starling City Fire Department. In 2009 during the Nodell Towers fire he led his crew out of the building, but Garfield Lynns was left in it trying to extinguish the fire. He was pronounced dead, but actually survived with severe burns and started to target the members of his team, including Raynes, who, at the time, had become a fire chief and was throwing a fundraiser at a then-unnamed Oliver Queen's night club. Raynes was doused with a flammable liquid but was rescued by the Hood.