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Congratulations to New Fire Chief Xavier Espino

Release Date: 2018-10-02

We are happy to announce the appointment of Xavier Espino to Fire Chief. Espino is a Southern California native who has served Long Beach in the Fire Department since 1986, where he has most recently served as assistant chief. He is a second-generation firefighter; his father retired as a Los Angeles County Fire Department captain.

Prior to becoming assistant chief, Espino had served many roles in the Department, including firefighter/paramedic, captain, and battalion chief. During his time in the Department, he has had many achievements, including being a principal representative in the concept, design, operation and management of the first dual Fire Academy in the Department’s history, and as Fire Boat program manager, leading the design, construction, acceptance, training and delivery of two world-class fire boats. Espino has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Espino has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 30 years and has two adult children. Espino will succeed current Chief, Mike DuRee, when Mike retires after 24 years of service in the Department. Espino’s first day as Fire Chief will be October 6, 2018. I look forward to working with him during this transition and in the years to come.