Fire Chief Bob Himes, who’s run the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department for the last 18 years, announced this week he plans to retire. He’s given the department plenty of time to hire his replacement; he will stay on until Dec. 31, 2014.
Himes first came to the Emerald Isle as a Coast Guard firefighter. He’s also worked as a village public safety officer in Port Lions. As the Bayside fire chief, Himes led a group of about 30 volunteers from the fire station on Mill Bay Road.
Himes said he chose this year to retire because it marks 30-years of work for either the Coast Guard, state or borough and qualifies him for full retirement benefits.
In retirement he’s moving to a property he bought from a friend near Baguio City in the Philippines. He’s visited the site on recent vacations and he plans to build a house there and volunteer as a firefighter, he said.
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