The Grand Rapids Fire Chief is retiring. A little earlier than he originally anticipated but effective March 31st of this year his 21 years of service protecting Grand Rapids will come to an end. He will not, however, stop his association with fires. He has taken a full time position with the state as the Executive Director for the Minnesota Board of Fire Training and Education, necessitating a relocation for he and his family to St Paul.  Fire Chief Flaherty said he will be reflecting fondly on his years of service in Grand Rapids and it has been an honor serving the city.