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Chief John Abel
Division Chief

Division Chief John Abel is the Chief of Fire Services for the Cities of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and the unincorporated areas of eastern Orange County.

John has a diverse background in the fire service with over 30 years’ experience. John began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1983 with the Orange County Fire Department. He was hired as a full time firefighter in 1987, John has served in the positions of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, and currently holds the rank of Division Chief.

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach and numerous certifications for Incident Management positions, including Task Force Leader for California Task Force 5, one of 28 National Urban Search & Rescue specialty task forces.

John also spent seven years in Law Enforcement while assigned to the OCFA Fire Investigation Section. His most recent assignment was as the Orange County Fire Authority Chief Investigator.

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