Atlantic Beach officials announced on Monday who will fill the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief positions after Chief Adam Snyder passed away in a snow skiing accident in Virginia on March 11, 2019.
Atlantic Beach Town Manager David Walker said Deputy Chief Michael Simpson has been promoted to Fire Chief, and Senior Captain Casey Arthur has been promoted to Deputy Chief of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.
The 14-member Atlantic Beach Fire Department provides Firefighting, EMS and lifeguard services to the Atlantic Beach area, which has a summer season population of over 35,000.
Town officials say 47-year-old Michael Simpson is a 25-year veteran firefighter, having served the last 19 years with the ABFD, and previously serving at fire departments in Beaufort and Goldsboro, NC.
He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College, along with multiple certifications in Fire Fighting and EMS Services – including Advanced Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Inspection, Fire Code and Rescue Instructor, Rapid Intervention, and Technical Rescue.
36-year-old Casey Arthur has been a member of the ABFD since 2005, and previously worked for the Sea Level Fire Department. For the past 8 years, he has also served as the Fire-Rescue Training Coordinator at Carteret Community College.
He holds credentials from the National Fire Academy, along with numerous certifications – including Paramedic, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Rapid Intervention, Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rescue, and Technical Rescue.
The promotions will become effective at a formal pinning ceremony and luncheon to be held in the ABFD fire station bays on Thursday, April 25th at noon.