Battalion Chief Cathy Orchard was named chief of the Monterey Park, California, Fire Department, effective July, 2005.
Orchard has been in the fire service since being hired as a firefighter for the City of Poway, California, in 1984. She became a captain with the Laguna Beach F.D. in 1995, and then came to Monterey Park as a battalion chief in 1999.
She is also a long-time member of WFS and has served on its Board of Trustees, including a term as president.
NETWORKING THE WOMEN OF TODAY'S FIREFIGHTING WORLD, AND PROVIDING RESOURCES TO HELP BUILD THE FIRE SERVICE OF THE FUTURE