After two years as Norfolk County’s Fire Prevention Officer, Michael Atkins is stepping away to be closer to family.
Atkins has held the title since December 2017. Jan. 17 was his last day in the position.
“The entire experience has been outstanding,” said Atkins. “The work environment that I have here at the fire headquarters has just been an awesome atmosphere.”
Welland Fire and Emergency Services will be Atkins’s new home, where he will continue his time as a fire prevention officer.
Atkins has been living part-time in Simcoe and the rest of the time in Fort Erie during his two years in Norfolk. This job move will allow him to be closer to family full time.
“Leaving Norfolk was not an easy decision to make,” said Atkins. “I’m going to a smaller department that pays a little more and has four-day work weeks. So there were a lot of benefits to moving there, but it’s still hard leaving here because of the people in the office, the people in the fire department, and the people in Norfolk.”
Interviews will be starting soon for Norfolk’s next fire prevention officer.
“Get involved in the community, and build relationships,” Atkins said as a word of advice to whoever will be taking over. “It’s a fantastic place to work and live, but they’re going to find that out for themselves pretty quickly.”