Chief Eickhoff commands the Operations Division of the Fire Department, which includes The city’s eight fire stations and 111 firefighting personnel, and directly supervises the emergency medical services manager.
Hired as a firefighter in September, 1983, Chief Eickhoff was assigned as a firefighter/paramedic two years later. After rising through the ranks of fire captain and battalion chief, he was promoted to his current position in August, 2004. Chief Eickhoff is considered by his peers to be a fire command expert who works extremely well under emergency conditions. Regardless of whether the personnel under Chief Eickhoff’s command are working in emergency conditions, training, or simply performing routine duties, their safety is one of his top priorities.
Chief Eickhoff has performed the duties of fire chief many times throughout his tenure as Operations Chief, including a 45-day period between the retirement of the past fire chief and the arrival of Chief Lewis. During this period, Chief Eickhoff distinguished himself by keeping the Department functioning effectively and efficiently, as well as commanding the Operations Division.
After serving as acting chief, Chief Eickhoff provided equally valuable assistance to Chief Lewis upon his arrival. For over a month, Chief Eickhoff briefed the new chief on how the Orange City Fire Department did its business and why business was done that way. Chief Eickhoff’s ability to communicate all facets of the department effectively allowed Chief Lewis to transition smoothly to the organization. Chief Eickhoff continues to serve the organization safely, efficiently and effectively.