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Guelph hires its new fire chief

Guelph's gain is Cambridge's loss as Brian Arnold takes over the Guelph Fire Services
Brian Arnold, fire chief for the city of Cambridge, is leaving to become Guelph's new fire chief.

The City of Guelph has a new fire chief and general manager of Guelph Fire Services.

Brian Arnold, currently fire chief in Cambridge, will be taking over in Guelph.

“Chief Brian Arnold is a highly experienced and well-respected member of the fire community and we’re pleased to welcome him to the City of Guelph,” says City of Guelph deputy CAO Colleen Clack-Bush in a news release. “As an employer of choice, our organization is able to attract top talent like Chief Arnold who will help us provide excellent services that uphold Guelph community safety and well-being.”

Arnold brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as chief and general manager of Guelph Fire Services. He began his career in 1993 as a firefighter in Toronto and has since honed his leadership skills with roles in London, Woodstock, and Sarnia, most recently serving as fire chief with Cambridge Fire Department.

“I look forward to working with the talented team at Guelph Fire Services,” said Arnold. “I’m eager to apply my steadfast commitment to community safety and equity, diversity and inclusion within the fire service to help advance Guelph’s shared vision of an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.”

The City of Guelph and City of Cambridge are working together to develop a responsible transition plan with Chief Arnold set to start with the City of Guelph on July 31, 2023.

Arnold replaces Dave Elloway, who recently retired.