City of Orange

Paul Sitkoff
Business & Public Affairs Manager
230 East Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Phone: (714) 288-2590


Subject :

The Orange City Council Appoints New Fire Chief
Contact :Paul Sitkoff    (714) 288-2590
ORANGE, Ca. –   The City Council of Orange, Ca, is proud to announce the appointment of Patrick "Pat" J. Dibb as Chief of the City of Orange Fire Department, effective immediately.

Chief Dibb has been acting as Interim Fire Chief since July of 2011.

“Chief Dibb's record of service is exemplary, and I can think of no one better qualified to lead our Fire Department forward,” said City of Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche. “His strong commitment to those under his command, and to the public they serve, made him the City Council’s obvious choice.”

A firefighter with the City of Orange since 1985, Chief Dibb has served the residents and business of this City for 27 years as a paramedic, fire engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief.  In 2008 he was promoted to Division Chief, Services Division, which oversees Administration, Fire Prevention, Investigation, Hazardous Materials regulation, and Emergency Management Services.

“The Orange City Fire Department has a hundred year history of service to the community, and I am honored by City Council’s confidence and trust in my ability to continue that tradition,” said Chief Dibb. “I look forward to the privilege of leading the extraordinary men and women who serve with the Orange City Fire Department.”

Chief Dibb, in keeping with Orange’s commitment to providing excellent customer service, directed the Fire Department’s oversight of many of the major developments within the City, including Chapman University’s expansions, CHOC Hospital, St. Joseph Cancer Center, UCI Medical Center, Best Buy, Archstone, and various residential communities throughout the city.

Since becoming Interim Fire Chief in 2011, Chief Dibb has been busy overseeing the Orange Fire Department as it protects the health and safety of Orange’s residents and businesses, while also making sure it is prepared to meet future challenges.  Over the past twelve months, Chief Dibb has reorganized the fire suppression deployment model to more efficiently use equipment and personnel, instituted a Department-wide staff reorganization, and reduced budgetary expenditures by identifying cost savings within the current training models.

Chief Dibb took over as Interim Chief from Bart Lewis, who retired in July of 2011.  Chief Lewis served the citizens of Orange as Fire Chief from 2006-2011.