Orange County Fire Rescue fires former battalion fire chief

Department made decision after review from Orange County Office of Professional Standards


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Fire Rescue announced the department has fired former battalion chief David Hollenbach.

This comes after an internal affairs report sustained him on multiple violations of willful misconduct, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.

The department said Hollenbach was relieved of duty after he was arrested for domestic violence on Oct. 16.

Seminole County online court records show the charge was dropped.

Investigators with the Orange County Office of Professional Standards reviewed the incident.

“It was at my request that a secondary investigation be conducted to review the additional allegations of misconduct that surfaced during the Hollenbach investigation. As the Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department, it is my commitment to hold the members of this agency to our core values of duty, integrity, and respect to the fullest. We will not tolerate misconduct within this organization,” Fire Chief James Fitzgerald said.

Investigation records show Hollenbach is accused of having a relationship with a subordinate and failed to share the information with the department as required by policy.

He is also accused of having knowledge of possible sexual harassment in the department and failed to share all the information with the department, according to investigation records.

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