Chip Duncan was appointed by the City Manager to interim fire Chief in 2017. Chip started his career with the Newport Beach Fire Department in 1987 and has steadily climbed the Department’s ladder having served in various capacities including firefighter, firefighter paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief, training battalion chief and assistant chief and special assignments as a hazardous-materials technician, fire investigator and an urban search and rescue team member.
Chip comes from a fire-service family. His father is a retired firefighter and his brother and son are currently serving as firefighters. He began his fire-service career in 1985 as a reserve firefighter and a seasonal firefighter with CDF/Cal Fire and briefly served as a firefighter for the Lakeside Fire Protection District in San Diego County. Chip has also taught emergency medical technician and hazardous materials courses at Santa Ana College.
Chip has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Technology from Miramar College. Chip obtained certificates as a Level I and Level II Fire Officer from the California State Fire Marshal and is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton’s leadership cohort and Leadership for Tomorrow of Orange County.
Chip has been married for 29 years and has two adult children.