Important Updates

Executive Management

Interim Fire Chief
Patrick McIntosh
Chief Patrick McIntosh was appointed Interim Fire Chief by the OCFA Board of Directors on September 28, 2017, and will serve in this capacity until a permanent fire chief is selected.
Chief McIntosh is a 36-year veteran of the fire service who previously served as the OCFA’s Deputy Fire Chief before being appointed the Fire Chief for Huntington Beach in January 2010; he retired from that post in November 2015. Chief McIntosh began his fire service career in 1979 as a firefighter in the City of San Gabriel and joined the Orange County Fire Department as a firefighter in 1982. During his 36-year career, Chief McIntosh worked up through the ranks and served in a wide variety of Operations and Administrative positions including Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and, at the City of Huntington Beach, Fire Chief. He has been a Chief Officer for over 25 years.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Administration from California State University Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s four-year Executive Fire Officer Program.
Assistant Chief of Support Services
Dave Anderson
Assistant Chief Dave Anderson began his career as a Reserve Firefighter for San Clemente Fire Department in 1988 and transitioned to the Orange County Fire Department in 1994. Before being named Assistant Chief on March 2, 2017, Chief Anderson promoted through the ranks of Fire Captain, Fire Investigator, Administrative Captain, Battalion Chief, and, most recently, Division Chief for the City of Santa Ana.
Chief Anderson participated on the following special assignments: Technical Lead on the AVL Project, Academy Cadre for Academies 30 & 31, Medical Specialist for CA Task Force 5, CAD/AVL display on SharePoint, Peter's Canyon Mapping, Turnout Timer Pilot, CA-TF5 and OCFA Benevolent websites, check-in forms to FIRE Scope, Fire Friends forms re-design, and iOS Incident Notification.
Assistant Chief of Business Services
Lori Zeller
Lori Zeller, Assistant Chief of Business Services, has been with OCFA 17 years. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Chief in 2004, Lori served as OCFA's Assistant Treasurer from 1997 to 2000, and then as OCFA's Treasurer from 2000 to 2004. Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Assistant Chief & Fire Marshal
Lori Smith
Lori Smith serves as the Assistant Chief & Fire Marshal. She has over 30 years of experience in the fire service, having served 12 years in management and executive management positions. She is a Cal State Fullerton graduate in Political Science and also holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Fire Administration. She is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officers program.
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources Director Brigette Gibb joined the OCFA family in 2014, after serving the City of Anaheim for 21 years. Her human resources career began in organizational training and development, and evolved into employee and labor relations, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, and benefits. She started her public-sector career as a teenager working for the City of Monrovia as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and recreation leader. She also had the pleasure of serving the cities of Sierra Madre and Irwindale. Brigette is a certified Labor Relations Master (CalPELRA) and holds two degrees, a Bachelor's from California State University, Long Beach and a Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Assistant Chief of Operations
Brian Young
Brian Young is an Orange County native who began his fire service career in 1990 with the Orange County Fire Department. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Brian has been actively engaged in numerous specialty assignments. Some of these assignments include; Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Team, Urban Search and Rescue (California Task Force 5), Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator and Fire Investigator. Brian is married and has a son and daughter.
Assistant Chief of Organizational Planning
Mike Schroeder
Mike Schroeder was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of Support Services on January 9th, 2015. His fire service journey began in 1987 as a Fire Explorer with the Orange County Fire Department, (OCFD). He then was hired as a Paid Call Firefighter with the OCFD while also working as an Emergency Medical Technician on an a private ambulance. In 1993, Mike was hired as a fulltime Firefighter with the City of Tucson Fire Department in Arizona. While serving at Tucson Fire, he became a certified Engineer and completed paramedic school. Mike worked as a Firefighter/ Paramedic until being hired by the OCFA in 1999.
Since returning to Orange County Mike has served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Captain, Fire Investigator and Battalion Chief before being promoted to Assistant Chief.
He has three Associates Degrees: Fire Administration, Liberal Arts and Paramedicine. Mike is married and lives in Mission Viejo with his wife and two sons.