Heber Springs welcomed a new fire chief to lead the Heber Springs Fire Department at the recent City Council meeting. Chief Jason Robitaille comes to Heber Springs with 16 years of fire experience and a degree in business administration which helps him run an efficient, effective unit.

            Robitaille and his family relocated to Arkansas from California where he became deputy chief of the Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District in 2012. He was then was promoted to chief in May of 2014.

            Arkansas is where Robitaille first began his career in firefighting. Shortly after graduating college from Harding University he got his first job in the Sylvan Hills District in Sherwood. In addition to a business degree, he also has an associates degree in fire technology and another in paramedics/EMS.

            Chief Robitaille says that he and Mayor Jimmy Clark share a common philosophy. They both believe that public safety is very important while being responsible for taxpayer dollars. He says it is his responsibility to be fiscally conservative, yet provide the best service within the department’s means.

            This is a philosophy Robitaille expressed to the Calaveras Enterprise in 2015 when he said, “We value every tax dollar we get and we try to stretch it and use it as well as we can so we are being good stewards of the money.”

            Robitaille hopes to educate the community and the youth, through social media and the newspaper, as to what services the fire department has. Besides having a Facebook page, the department is working to update their website.

Another goal for Robitaille is that he wants a good working relationship with the community and wants people to know the value of their services. “I want to invite anyone who has any questions to come down and visit. I’m very transparent.” The chief’s office is located in City Hall on Main Street.

He has promised to help The Sun Times keep the community informed about fires and fire safety.

Watch the Sun Times for more about the new fire chief.