I wasn’t sure I had a story, but I was confused enough to begin asking questions.
What followed were more than 15 articles on mandatory hazardous material inspections that were skipped over a span of five years, and more than $1.7 million in refunds that the county’s largest fire agency would have to issue to local businesses.
The Orange County Fire Authority’s Fire Marshal was suspended and later placed on leave. A few months later she suddenly retired as pressure increased on administrators.
Now elected officials are demanding reform and the Fire Chief is developing a plan to change Orange County’s largest fire agency.