Matthew Arnold

Fire Station 3
Title: Fire Chief
Phone: 919-775-8310

Arnold has 23 years of leadership experience with 14 of those in fire and emergency services. Most recently, he served as Battalion Chief for York Area United Fire & Rescue in York, Pennsylvania, a city of approximately 54,000 residents. At York, Arnold oversaw operational and emergency duties and served as the assistant accreditation manager, among other responsibilities, for the department of more than 60 employees and 5 stations. 

The City of Sanford considered candidates’ records of community engagement, adaptability, and innovation during the selection process. At York, Chief Arnold designed and implemented an adult safety academy and a youth safety academy, coordinated the location of a new fire station, and pursued accreditation for his department. 

Former Chief Wayne Barber was known for his push to modernize the Sanford Fire Department. Incoming Chief Arnold has a background in information technology and will continue to invest in data- and technology-driven solutions, strategic planning, and developing relationships that further the mission of a department.

Chief Arnold will begin work on Monday, October 3, 2022. He will have complete oversight of all fire operations.


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