When Chief Officer Rooke announced his intention to depart from the Island in 1968 a vigorous process to identify his replacement settled on Arthur Perks who once appointed explained to the County Press that he had enjoyed many holidays on the Island as a child and both he and his wife were very keen to integrate into the local community. They took possession of the house vacated by the Rooke's at Sandown.
Arthur proved to be a popular chief officer from 1968 to 1979. The County Press often featured columns written by Arthur directly to the local community, giving them practical fire prevention and safety advice in a non-condescending fashion. In 1975 his work was recognised with the award of an O.B.E.
When he retired in August 1979 even the local branch of the Fire Brigades Union celebrated his service with a special presentation made by local representative John Hellyer which was featured in the Union's national magazine. Coming just two years after the bitter strike of 1977 this act evidences a respect between the men and their chief.
In the following April when the Island's firemen were invited to an event staged by the Council's Public Protection Committee to issue long service medals to qualifying members, Arthur was invited to attend and was presented with a silver salver bearing the engraved names of each of the fire officers in service with him at the time of his retirement in the previous summer.
He and his wife Helen appear to have returned to the mainland during his retirement as his passing on 31 July 1993 was at Tunbridge Wells. However the notification that appeared in the County Press noted that if persons were considering sending flowers to not do so and alternatively make a donation to the charity's supported by the Yarborough Masonic Chapter of Old Reservoir Lane, Sandown, suggesting there were still strong ties with the Perks' and the Island.
Rest in peace Chief Officer Perks.