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Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Posted at 6:49pm

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The Town of Essex has named a new Fire Chief.

Richard Arnel will replace current chief Ed Pillon who retires at the end of this year.

Arnel has over 38 years of fire-related experience, including the last 10 years as Assistant Fire Chief with Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency.

Chief Arnel started his career as a firefighter in 1976, working his way through the ranks at the Tilbury Fire Department until he became Fire Chief for the Town of Tilbury in 1992. Upon amalgamation he became a Station Chief and, in 2004, assumed the role of Assistant Fire Chief for Chatham-Kent, leading and coordinating activities at 19 fire stations with 67 full-time firefighters and 340 volunteer firefighters.

Chief Arnel’s appointment is effective January 5.

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