New Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Daryn Drum

Daryn Drum was announced as Manhattan Beach's new fire chief following a year-long search to fill the position. Drum is a 30-year-veteran of emergency services, according to city officials. He most recently served as Division Chief of Administrative Services for Heartland Fire & Rescue, a consolidated fire district near San Diego, comprised of the cities El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.

After more than a year, Manhattan Beach has a new fire chief—Daryn Drum.

The city announced the appointment of Drum, a 30-year veteran of emergency services who will serve as the city’s 13th fire chief, in a statement Tuesday, March 19.

Drum most recently served as Division Chief of Administrative Services for Heartland Fire & Rescue, a consolidated fire district near San Diego, according to city officials.

“We are excited to bring Daryn Drum on board and welcome him to the Manhattan Beach family,” City Manager Bruce Moe said.  

The new chief’s first day on the job will be April 8, 2019, at which point he will assume duties from interim leader and Police Chief Derrick Abell.

Drum comes to the city after former Chief Robert Espinosa retired in April 2018 following a vote of no confidence from the department. 

Abell has been at the helm of both Manhattan Beach public safety agencies for nearly a year while the city recruited a replacement for Espinosa. That process was expected to last eight to 10 weeks.

“Through the recruitment process, Daryn’s leadership qualities set him apart and will make him a tremendous asset now and in the future for our fire department and the residents we serve,” Moe said.

During his career, Drum has “successfully negotiated mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions,” according to city sources.

His past positions include: union president and chief labor negotiator for the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2728, as well as chair of San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association working group, where he developed a countywide policy for multi-casualty incidents.

Drum was also a battalion chief responsible for the Emergency Medical Services Division and Operations Division and served as division chief in the training division at the City of Lemon Grove.

*Updated 4/1/19 to reflect Robert Espinosa's retirement was in April 2018. Espinosa had announced his retirement would be in December 2017, but continued to work in the city while Manhattan Beach was transitioning city managers. 

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