The North Myrtle Beach fire chief, who has been in the chief’s position for 18 years, has announced his retirement.
Chief Tom Barstow’s retirement was confirmed to News13 by Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez.
Barstow’s letter of retirement has already been distributed to the North Myrtle Beach City Council.
Barstow’s last day with the fire department is February 20th
The Fire Chief’s position will be posted this week with a closing date for applications on Jan. 28.
North Myrtle Beach City Council will form a committee for interviewing candidates so they can have a new chief in place soon.
Barstow started with the department on November 1, 1980. He was appointed Chief of Fire Rescue on February 14, 1996.
Chief Barstow holds a Bachelor of Professional Study in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Chief Barstow is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, South Carolina Fire Chiefs Association, and Horry Georgetown Fire Chiefs Association.