Biddeford’s fire chief will retire after 42 years of service with the department.

Joseph Warren, who has served as chief for the past six years, said he will leave the department March 27. The City Council is scheduled to accept his resignation during the March 3 meeting.

“I am looking forward to playing golf, doing projects and going on motorcycle trips,” Warren wrote in a Feb. 10 letter announcing his retirement. “My wife has been retired for three years now and it’s time for us to enjoy our so-called ‘twilight years’ together.”

Warren said he is confident he is leaving the department in “good hands.”

“I will miss the camaraderie with department members and the good feelings associated with a job well done,” he said. “I’m very proud of this group of men and women and of what we’ve accomplished over the years.”

The department, founded in 1855, includes a central station staffed by three chief officers, 40 full-time employees and supplemented by 25 call personnel. The sub-stations are staffed by 20 volunteers, according to the department website.