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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 012215
Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee Appointed President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association
Jake Heflin
Firefighter/Paramedic, Public Information Officer

Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee has been appointed President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association (LAAFCA). Comprised of 31 Fire Departments within Los Angeles County, LAAFCA focuses on regional training, grants administration, legislative advocacy and Firefighter safety and survival.

"I want to congratulate Chief DuRee for being selected by his peers for this important leadership role," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This appointment highlights his commitment to providing excellent fire service to the community."

Chief DuRee's one-year term began on January 1, 2015. His primary focus will be to further enhance regional training opportunities and work toward developing even more effective collaboration across municipal boundaries.  A key focus area will be in developing grant strategies for training and equipment that will benefit the entire region in the event of a large scale man-made or natural disaster.

“We are very fortunate to have an extremely solid group of Fire Chiefs in the region, and I am very proud to have been selected by my peers to serve as President of LAAFCA,” said Chief DuRee. “The Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association is on the forefront of issues facing the Fire Service and constantly strives to find new, creative and collaborative ways to enhance the way we deliver service to our communities, while at the same time, ensuring that the Los Angeles region has the best equipped and best trained Firefighters in the nation.”