Orange City Fire Department

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Orange City Fire Department
Operational area
Country United States
State California
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls15,102 (2014)
Annual budget$29,567,744
Fire chiefJack Thomas
EMS level7PAU 1 BLS y
Facilities and equipment[1]
Stations8- 7 PAU Engines 1 PAU Quint
Engines7- frontline
4 - reserve
Trucks1 BLS (T1) 1 Reserve
Quints1 PAU (T8)
Rescues4 - frontline
3 -reserve
Wildland1 - Type 3
Official website
IAFF website

The Orange Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Orange, California.[2] The department is responsible for a population of approximately 140,000 people spread across 27 square miles (70 km2).[2] Along with their standard firefighting apparatus, the department also has a swiftwater rescue team that is available for deployment anywhere in Orange County.

Metro Cities Fire Authority[edit]

The Orange City Fire Department is part of the Metro Cities Fire Authority which provides emergency communications for multiple departments in and around Orange County.[3] The call center, known as Metro Net Fire Dispatch, is located in Anaheim and provides 9-1-1 fire and EMS dispatch to over 1.2 million residence covering an area of 200 square miles (520 km2). Other departments included in Metro Net include Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Brea Fire Department, Fountain Valley, Fullerton Fire Department, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach Fire Department, and Newport Beach Fire Department.[3]


The Orange Fire Department, as it was known in the beginning, came into existence on December 14, 1905 at a meeting between the city's Fire and Water Committees.[4] Twenty-nine men signed up to join the all volunteer fire department. The volunteers were paid 50 cents a call if they didn't have to use water, $1 if they did and were also paid $1 per false alarm. Early on, there were often fights between the volunteers when an alarm went off, as they battled to see which would be the ones to pull the ladder wagon or hose cart to the fire, thus earning the pay for the call.[4]

In 1906, the City built a $467 Fire Hall to house the fire apparatus and the 40 foot (12 m) bell tower used to sound fire alarms. The original apparatus was a horse-drawn hook and ladder wagon and two-hand drawn carts. It wasn't until 1912 that the department acquired it first motor-driven equipment, a Seagrave pumper.[4]

By 1966 the department had fully transitioned from a volunteer department, to full-time career. In 1973, the department became one of the first in Orange County to provide paramedic rescue service.[4]

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

The department has 8 stations spread across the city.[5]

Address Engine EMS Truck Other
1 176 S Grand St Engine 1, Engine 301 Rescue 1 Truck 1 Battalion 1
2 2900 E Collins Ave Engine 2
3 1910 N Shaffer St Engine 3 Rescue 3
4 201 S Esplanade St Engine 4 Rescue 4
5 1345 W Maple Ave Engine 5
6 345 City Dr Rescue 6 Truck 6 USAR 6
7 8501 E Fort Rd Engine 7, Engine 307
8 5725 E Carver Ln Engine 8


  1. ^ a b "Orange City Fire Annual Report". City of Orange. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Fast Facts". City of Orange. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "AboutUs". Metro Cities Fire Authority. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "History". City of Orange. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Stations". City of Orange. Retrieved 26 February 2015.

Coordinates: 33°48′11″N 117°49′57″W / 33.80306°N 117.83250°W / 33.80306; -117.83250