With nearly two decades of service to the Long Beach Fire Department, Mike DuRee is recognized as a leader in the field of fire and emergency services. Chief DuRee is a 5th generation City of Long Beach employee and a 4th generation Firefighter in Long Beach. Serving the Long Beach community since 1994, DuRee has a broad understanding and knowledge base on Fire service issues that face our densely populated, urban community. Chief DuRee has a proven record of leadership and strategic planning in the fields of fire suppression, EMS, all hazards emergency response, and fire prevention.
Mike’s operational experience includes serving with distinction as a Chief Officer, incident commander, company officer, paramedic, and public information officer. Mike has served as a Captain with the Marine Safety Division rescue boat program and public safety dive team member, giving him extensive knowledge of the maritime environment.
Mike and his wife Aimee, and daughter Claire lived in Long Beach for many years and now reside in Orange County. Born and raised in Long Beach, Mike has taken an active role in numerous community groups and local non-profit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in Long Beach for all residents.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on communication and public relations. Mike is a graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy School of government executive fellowship program for senior executives in State and Local government and has been certified by the State of California as a Public Information Officer for large scale incidents.
Over his career, Chief DuRee has provided strategy, planning, leadership and management advice to international organizations, non-profits, government agencies at all levels, educational institutions, and private businesses. Mike has strong ties to the local community and is a recognizable presence throughout the City.