Orange County Fire Rescue Department (Fla.)
Fire Chief Otto Drozd III was appointed Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department on December 3, 2012.
Chief Drozd began his career with the Hialeah Fire Department in 1986. During his tenure at HFD he progressed through all ranks from firefighter to Deputy Chief before becoming Fire Chief in 2001. Throughout his career, Chief Drozd was an active member of the department’s special operation teams and served as a paramedic.
In 2009, Chief Drozd became Fire Chief of El Paso Fire Department and led the El Paso Fire Department to become one of only five Metro Department’s to achieve international accreditation and an ISO Class One rating.
In 2017, under Chief Drozd’s leadership, Orange County Fire Rescue was awarded the Congressional Fire Services Institute award for excellence in Fire-Based EMS and improved its ISO rating from a Class 4/8b to becoming one of the largest departments in the nation to receive a Class One ISO rating while maintaining International Accreditation.
Chief Drozd is a frequent presenter on a variety of fire service topics, and has recently presented at NFPA Summit on Independent Living, Fire Rescue International, Firehouse Expo, Fire Rescue East, Indian Fire Conference, Congressional Fire Services Institute, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference and various local events.
After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fl (June 12, 2017), in which 49 people were killed Chief Otto Drozd recognizing the role of all first responders in these tragedies, asked the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to develop the first ever National consensus standard. The resulting NFPA 3000 outlines the Whole Community Approach to preparing, preventing, responding, and recovering from active shooter/hostile events.