The youngest of five boys, Deputy Fire Chief Rick Moreno was raised in Long Beach, California, and grew up playing several sports, primarily gravitating to ice hockey and baseball. After graduating from high school, Chief Moreno pursued fire science and general educational studies at local community colleges. In 1982, he began his fire service career as a West Covina firefighter. He joined the Department in February 1983 and is a proud graduate of Recruit Training Class 62. In May 1985, Chief Moreno graduated from the Paramedic Training Institute at Harbor/UCLA Hospital, Class 94.
With 33 years of fire service experience, Chief Moreno has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, engineer, public information officer, captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, and is currently the deputy fire chief of the Emergency Medical Services Bureau. As a battalion chief, Moreno spent 13 years assigned to Battalion 3 in East Los Angeles, Battalion 7 in Carson, Battalion 10 in El Monte, Battalion 18 in Hawthorne, and Command & Control located at Department headquarters. Most recently, as an assistant fire chief, Chief Moreno commanded the Technical Services Division (EMS, Training, Homeland Security, Technical Operations and Grants), and the EMS Division prior to assuming command of the EMS Bureau in November 2014.
Chief Moreno holds an Associate of Fire Sciences degree from Long Beach City College, a Bachelor of Fire Protection Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles and earned his Master of Emergency Services Administration Degree from California State University, Long Beach. In addition, Chief Moreno is a certified fire and chief officer through the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and holds several vocational certifications and qualifications.