FORMER ASSISTANT CHIEF ART RENFRO PASSES AWAY
(Palm Bay)—Palm Bay Fire-Rescue is mourning the loss of one of its long-time leaders. Retired Assistant Chief Art Renfro died Tuesday from health related issues. He was 62. Assistant Chief Renfro served the citizens of Palm Bay for 26 years before retiring on September 30, 2012. “Our hearts are very heavy today,” said Chief Jim Stables. “Art was a friend to many and a dedicated public safety professional who served the citizens of Palm Bay well. He will be greatly missed.”
Assistant Chief Renfro began his career in the fire service in 1974 with the City of Melbourne Fire Department. He achieved several promotions there before leaving his position of training lieutenant to take a position as chief with Pan Am World Services. Upon returning from his overseas tour, he joined the City of Cape Canaveral as its fire marshal and was later selected as the city’s first paid fire chief. Renfro joined Palm Bay Fire-Rescue in 1986. He was promoted to battalion chief in 1992 and then to assistant chief in 2000. Assistant Chief Renfro had more than 35-years of progressive experience in the fire service and led the department’s Administrative Bureau, which consisted of emergency preparedness, apparatus and facilities, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), inventory control, records and the Fire Prevention Division. During his tenures in Palm Bay he also led the Fire-Rescue Operations Division. Assistant Chief Renfro also served in leadership roles within the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2446. He was instrumental in negotiating the city’s first supervisory contract for the firefighters.
Funeral services will be kept private at the family’s request.