We are proud to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief Doug Fackiner as Chief of the Orange City Fire Department, effective September 11, 2018.
The City of Orange officially presented newly appointed Fire Chief Doug Fackiner his official badge in a Pinning Ceremony held at Orange City Hall. A tradition practiced by Fire Departments around the world, the Badge Pinning Ceremony is meant to symbolize the immense obligation to life and property that comes with the uniform.
Standing before a crowd which included the entire Orange City Council, City Officials, currently serving Firefighters, and family members, the badge was pinned to Chief Fackiner’s uniform by his wife, Teresa. The Oath of Office was then administered by Chief City Clerk, Robert Zornado.
As the 17th Fire Chief of the Orange City Fire Department, Chief Fackiner takes over from now retired Chief Jack Thomas, who served the citizens of Orange from 2015-2018.
As a young man in 1986, Chief Fackiner was introduced to the life of a firefighter by a man he considers a mentor, a Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief. His mentor urged him to consider a career as a Firefighter and to become a Fire Explorer as his first step towards that goal. Fackiner sought out, and joined, the Department with the most robust Fire Explorer program…the Orange City Fire Department.
Hired full-time in 1989 as a Fire Safety Specialist by the Orange City Fire Department, Chief Fackiner only held that position for three months. His exemplary performance in that job allowed him to take his firefighter test, and become a full Firefighter. During his 30-year career with the Orange City Fire Department, Fackiner has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, and Deputy Chief of Services/Fire Marshal.
Chief Fackiner inherits a Fire Department that continues to prove itself a leader in public safety and customer service. As proof, he points to the successful protection of life and property during the October 2017 Canyon 2 Fire incident and he strongly believes that, “The teamwork and sense of family in the Orange Fire Department is second to none.” As Chief, Fackiner feels one of his most important roles will be to make sure his team of Firefighters, Life Safety professionals, and administrative personnel have the support, tools, and training necessary to be successful in their mission to provide excellent customer service.
“Most people have a pretty good idea about the larger services the Orange Fire Department performs,” said Orange City Fire Chief Doug Fackiner. “It’s the many little ways we serve them, the ones that aren’t so well known, that I think would really impress our residents and businesses. During my time as Chief, one of my jobs will be to help our community understand the value they get from their Fire Department.”
Chief Fackiner resides in Tustin with his wife, Teresa. He is grateful for her support, and that of their daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Chief Fackiner will be taking over from Chief Jack Thomas, who is retiring this August. Chief Thomas served the citizens of Orange as Fire Chief from 2015-2018.