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Mr. Arney has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Burns Harbor since July 6, 1988. Later, he was hired as a part-time Street Department laborer in January 1995. His role expanded in June 2008 when he was hired as the full-time department head over the Fire Department, Building Department and Sanitation Department.
Today, he serves the Town officially as Fire Chief/Building Commissioner/Sanitation Superintendent. Most recently, Mr. Arney was named the MS 4 Coordinator. Additionally, he holds numerous certifications from the Department of Homeland Security, including: Building/Fire Inspector, EMT, Firefighter I/II, Instructor II/III, Fire Officer I, Strategy & Tactics, Hazmat Operations, Driver Operator, C.E.V.O. Instructor, Dive Master as well as remains as an active dive team member. Further, he voluntarily pursues continuing education on the Indiana Building and Fire codes.