City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 111814
Gonzalo Medina Appointed Marine Safety Chief
Mike DuRee, Long Beach Fire Chief

Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee today announced the appointment of Capt. Gonzalo Medina, a 19-year veteran of the Fire Department, as Marine Safety Chief, effective December 5, 2014.

"Gonzalo Medina has a long history of dedicated and professional service in the Long Beach Fire Department, and he will provide steady leadership for the Marine Safety Division," Chief DuRee said. “I am confident that he will continue to seek out new technologies and methods of service delivery that will benefit everyone who visits our beaches and waterways."  

The Marine Safety Division is responsible for the safe and lawful use of the City's beaches and waterways, and includes Rescue Boat Operations, Lifeguards, Public Safety Dive Team and Swiftwater Rescue Team.

"I am humbled to lead an organization with such deep history. The men and women that make up our organization are the most highly trained and passionate marine safety professionals in the United States," Capt. Medina said.  

Gonzalo Medina has held many positions in the Department, including, Ocean Lifeguard, Marine Safety Officer, Marine Safety Beach Sergeant, Dive Team Supervisor, Dive Officer for the Long Beach Public Safety Dive Team, Administrative Marine Safety Captain and Acting Marine Safety Chief. He also oversees the lifeguard cadet training program and probationary officer training program. 

Capt. Medina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, with a Minor in Philosophy, and a Masters degree of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a lifelong resident of Long Beach, a graduate of Leadership Long Beach, and has served on the board of various community groups like the Arts Council for Long Beach, and Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was the first full-time Latino lifeguard in the Department and will be the first Latino Chief of the Marine Safety Division.

Capt. Medina is replacing Marine Safety Chief Randy Foster, who will retire on December 5, 2014.