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Fire Chief Recognized by Council

Posted on Tuesday February 06, 2018

At their Regular Meeting on Monday, February 5, Town of Essex Council recognized Fire Chief Rick Arnel, who was recently honoured for his commitment to protecting and serving the community.

At a public ceremony in December, Arnel received a Canada 150 medal from Essex Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey. The ceremony recognized the incredible contributions of a wide ranging group of community leaders.

Rick started in his position of Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town in January of 2015, but his impact on the community started long before that.

He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Tilbury in 1975 and was promoted to Chief in 1992. He also served the Municipality of Chatham Kent before arriving in Essex.

“Rick is a talented and knowledgeable Fire Chief and our community is safer thanks to his leadership,” said Mayor Ron McDermott.

His accomplishments also go far beyond protecting the communities he serves. Rick is currently the Executive Vice President of the Board of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and President of the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial. He also serves on the Fire Marshals Public Safety Council, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Advisory Council, and the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers.

“I have the wonderful opportunity to work with people in our communities who dedicate themselves every day by showing how much they care about their neighbours, making life better for all those around them. I am honoured to be able to recognize them for their outstanding efforts to make our community a better place with these special symbols of Canada 150,” said MP Ramsey in a media release.