City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:100118
City Names Xavier Espino as Next Long Beach Fire Department Chief
Alejandra (Alex) Basquez
Department of Human Resources

Today, City Manager Patrick H. West announced 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.

“The City is excited to name our next Fire chief, Xavier Espino. He has risen through the ranks at the Long Beach Fire Department and has proudly served our community for over three decades,” said Mr. West. “We look forward to our soon-to-be Chief leading the dedicated women and men of our Fire Department.”

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, Espino has had many achievements. Most recent notable achievements include: being a principle representative in the concept, design, operation and management of the first dual Fire Academy in the Department’s history; and leading, as Fire Boat program manager, 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.

"Thirty-two years ago, I was blessed to be hired by the finest fire department in the country,” said Espino. “I have enjoyed a career, where co-workers quickly become family; shared victories and loss, laughter and tears. Today, I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead the tremendous men and women of the Long Beach Fire Department. I intend to continue our department's history of exemplary service to the residents and visitors of this great city. Semper Paratus."

Espino has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 30 years, and has two adult children. Espino will succeed current Chief, Michael A. DuRee, when DuRee retires after 24 years of service in the Department. Espino’s first day as Fire Chief will be October 6, 2018.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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