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A Conversation With Jim Fitzgerald, Orange County’s New Fire Chief

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Orange County Fire Chief Jim Fitzgerald. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE.

Jim Fitzgerald became a firefighter when he was 18, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.  He’s been in the fire service for some 42 years, and in what he calls one of the proudest moments of his career, he’s been named Orange County fire chief.

Fitzgerald sat down to talk with Intersection about the challenges of fire rescue in a growing county, and what the success of the recent firefighter cancer bill means for the health of firefighters. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »