Adelaide Metcalfe fire chief retires
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Longtime Adelaide Metcalfe fire chief Arend Noordhof is retiring at the end of this year.

Noordhof has been department fire chief for 20 years after first joining as a volunteer firefighter in 1982. He rose through the ranks serving as firefighter, training officer, captain and deputy chief before taking the top position as a volunteer. He was then hired as a full-time employee as fire chief, alternate CEMC, health and safety coordinator and KWWTP worker in 2011.

“The retirement announcement was made at the Township’s Oct. 4 council meeting.

This decision didn’t come easy as the fire service has been a huge part of my life for almost 40 years, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is mainly due to the members of the Fire Department who are the best anyone could ever work with,” Noordhof told council.

He also chaired the Middlesex County Fire Training Association for six years, performing training for the MLHU CERV team. In 2013, he was appointed by the fire marshal as fire coordinator for the County of Middlesex.

Mayor Kurtis Smith recalled his first council meeting in December 2010 when the fire chief first made the switch to being a full-time employee.

“I just want to say thank-you on behalf of council for all the hard work you put in over the last number of decades in Adelaide Metcalfe. You’ve worked with a lot of firefighters, you’ve worked with a lot of different administrative staff, mayors, councils. You have the respect of a lot of members of our community. It’s amazing the work that you’ve done and it’s not an easy job either to be the fire chief,” said Smith.

“We have some very big shoes to fill.”

This means a new chief is needed to start 2022.

Council passed a motion to form a fire chief hiring committee consisting of Deputy Mayor Mary Ann Hendrikx, Coun. Mike Brodie and CAO Morgan Calvert. Interviews are scheduled for mid-November with a report hoped for by the end of November for council, with council passing necessary documents the first week of December.

Noordhof said he will be helping with the hiring process and supporting the incoming fire chief next year.

 

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