Long-time Deputy Chief, Michael Simpson, is now the Fire Chief of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.
The promotion comes in the wake of the loss of Fire Chief Adam Snyder who died in a snow skiing accident last month in Virginia.
Michael Simpson began his career in March of 2000, as a firefighter MTI after obtaining his paramedic certification. He has since worked his way up the ranks.
“From then I realized that Atlantic Beach was the home that I wanted to stay in for my career, so I continued to develop myself taking leadership classes and multiple certifications,” Simpson said.
In 2006, Simpson was promoted to Deputy Chief where he worked alongside late Fire Chief Adam Snyder as his right hand man for 15 years.
“I think the best thing that I can do to honor Chief Snyder is and fulfill his vision is to continue on with our plan- his plan,” Simpson said. Promote the development of our personnel and our command staff and continue to improve upon the basis that he built and make our department continue to be one of the best in the state.”
Simpson said during his time working beside Chief Snyder, he was able to prepare for this position.
“So I’m looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to helping out department to recover and heal and grow,” Simpson said.
A formal pinning ceremony and luncheon will be held on Thursday, for both Chief Michael Simpson and Casey Arthur, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief, to make their transitions official.