Chief's Message

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Chip Duncan, Fire Chief

Newport Beach’s idyllic location and Mediterranean climate make the City one of the most desirable places to live, work, and visit in the world. Newport Beach has grown into a thriving City filled with residential, mercantile, retail, manufacturing, commercial and high-rise occupancies, not to mention significant vessels anchored in Newport Harbor.

The Newport Beach Fire Department provides a full range of customer care to our residents and visitors of our beautiful coastal City. Our customers enjoy exemplary fire and life safety services provided by our firefighters, paramedics, and lifeguards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our dynamic full service Fire Department is committed to excellence and superior customer service. The Fire Department has been renowned for participative community involvement since its inception on April 17, 1911. Our outreach programs engage our residents as illustrated by our Community Emergency Response Team, who are over 800 strong, and our Junior Lifeguard Program that strengthens our youth with over 1300 participants annually.

The Department’s Fire Operations Division provides emergency medical care, fire suppression, and rescue from eight strategically located fire stations. The Marine Operations Division protects swimmers along 7.1 miles of ocean beach with highly trained professional and seasonal ocean lifeguards.

Fire inspection and plan review for new construction is provided through the Community Development Department.  

I hope you find all the information you need on the website. However, please contact us if you have any additional questions or require personalized service.

It is our honor to serve you the “Newport Way.”

Fire Chief Chip Duncan


~ Safety, Service, & Professionalism ~