Brent Barnes retiring after 35 years; over a decade as Arthur’s Fire Chief

After 35 years of service to the local community, Arthur Fire Chief Brent Barnes is stepping down.
On Monday night, Wellington North Township councillor Ross Chaulk read Barnes’ letter of resignation.
“Please accept this letter as notice of my decision to retire from the Arthur Fire Depart­ment effective Dec. 31, 2007.”
“It’s been a great 35 years but I feel the time has come to do some other things I have been unable to do.”
“I will be more than happy to work with your new chief for the first couple of months to help them get to know the different suppliers etc., and to show them all the reporting systems that need to be done.”
Barnes served as Arthur’s Fire Chief for over a decade.
Chaulk said he met Barnes 17 years ago when both served on the Arthur recreation committee.
He noted Barnes efforts host­ing the Ontario firefighters convention two years in a row.
“He always supported the community and his heart was in the right place,” Chaulk said.
“We must respect his wishes, and wish him the best.”
Mayor Mike Broomhead also recognized Barnes’ contributions to the community.