Orange County Fire Chief Elected President of International Association

Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III

Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III

The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association held its annual conference in April and elected Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III president of the organization. Approximately 120 fire chiefs from metropolitan fire departments in the U.S., Canada, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom attended the conference.

“I am honored to lead this distinguished group of my peers as we discuss major issues affecting the fire service in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said Chief Drozd. “It is a privilege to represent Orange County in leading significant national conversations on policies and best practices that advance the fire/emergency medical services profession and impact the international community.” Chief Drozd’s term began April 13, 2017.

“I am so proud to see Chief Drozd recognized and elected to serve as president of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association,” said Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County, who spoke at the conference’s opening ceremony. “Chief Drozd represents the exceptional quality of leadership we have among Orange County’s public safety management team. He serves as a reflection of the extraordinary men and women who comprise the Orange County Fire Rescue Department.”

During the conference, a comprehensive educational program included updates and presentations on numerous topics focusing on the following three major themes: fire dynamics and data; occupational health and safety with emphasis on cancer and mental health; and terrorism/active shooter response.

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