Essex Fire Chief Elected VP of Provincial Association

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has an Essex voice on its executive committee.

Essex Chief Rick Arnel has been elected as the Executive Vice President for a second year.

The organization is a voice in government when it comes to implementing legislation affecting firefighters.

"We are that trusted person in the service and is one of the organizations that they [government] call and we represent the fire chiefs in the province," says Arnell.

He points out the organization represents fire services, both big and small from a Toronto dept. with 3,300 careeer firefighters to the town of Essex that has 63 volunteer firefighters.

95% of the 448 fire departments in Ontario are members of the association.

It provides an authoritative voice when it comes to management and delivery of fire and emergency services in Ontario.

--With files from AM800's Rob Hindi and Teresinha Medeiros