Since July 2011, Chief Dibb has served the Orange City Fire Department as Fire Chief. He is responsible for leading, managing, planning, directing and overseeing the 125-person department which protects the twenty five square-mile community of Orange. Under his direction, the department protects a population of over 250,000 people. Chief Dibb reports directly to the City Manager. In the course of his duties, however, he communicates and collaborates with representatives from all areas of the community including city councilmember’s, department heads, business owners and citizens. While respecting the chain of command, Chief Dibb constantly looks for input and perspective from all members of the organization.
Chief Dibb joined the department in 1985. Since then, he has served the community as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Deputy Chief. He has also served as a management liaison to the Apparatus and Equipment, Centennial and Technical Rescue Committees.
As part of his management duties, Chief Dibb oversees the Fire Department budget and has been responsible for numerous grant monies awarded to the City through Federal programs designed to assist local communities with terrorism preparedness. His budget management duties include the oversight of all grants, equipment and apparatus procurement, training programs, regulatory compliance and departmental staffing.
Chief Dibb possesses significant emergency response experience to complement his management abilities. As a rescue team manager on California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5, Chief Dibb responded to the disasters left in the wake of hurricane’s Rita and Katrina. He also served as a division supervisor for a week during the Santiago Fire in October 2007, during which he commanded 80 fire companies. These resources protected homes in Tustin Ranch, Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, Live Oak, Rose and Trabuco Canyons with no losses to either the homes or the lives of the people living there.
Chief Dibb has established a career which has left his feet firmly planted in emergency response and management arenas. His involvement with all facets of the Fire Department, multiple college degrees and his continued willingness to mentor the future fire service as a “Master Fire Academy Instructor” help to round out Chief Dibb as an exceptional leader for the Orange City Fire Department.