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LBFD Marine Safety Division Lifeguard Tryouts

By Will Nash | March 8, 2013

On Saturday, March 16 the Long Beach Fire Department, Marine Safety Division will host tryouts for Non-Career Ocean Lifeguards. Beach goers from our local communities and around the world visit the Long Beach shoreline every year. The summer months are particularly busy, and the Long Beach Fire Department, Marine Safety Division keeps a keen eye on all those in our waterways. Non-Career Ocean Lifeguards are a key component of the Long Beach Fire Department's public safety service during the summer. Lifeguards are responsible for watching the water along seven miles of beaches and 22 square miles of waterways. This includes the oceanfront, waterfront along Bayshore Drive, Marina Park, Mother’s Beach, and Colorado Lagoon. Those interested in becoming Non-Career Ocean Lifeguards should be physically fit, motivated by public service, and prepared to compete in a 1,000 yard open water ocean swim, and run-swim-run. Qualifying individuals will be offered an opportunity to complete non-career lifeguard training, and successful graduates become eligible to enter the Long Beach Lifeguard workforce. Tryouts will be held at Long Beach Lifeguard Headquarters at 2100 E. Ocean Boulevard on Saturday, March 16. Registration begins promptly at 8:00AM. Participants should bring a swim suit, towel, social security card and photo identification. For additional information, please call Lifeguard Headquarters at 562.570.1360.

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Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Unit Solves Three Cases

By jiarviz | February 22, 2013

In the past week the Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Unit has solved and made arrests regarding the following arson cases: On Friday, February 15, 2013 a female suspect was arrested at 820 Hoffman in connection with a fire the previous day at 1077 Orange Avenue. The suspect was charged with arson of an inhabited structure and her probation was violated. On Saturday, February 16, 2013, a male suspect was arrested in connection of burning his vehicle at 17th and Daisy in August 2012.  The suspect was charged with arson and insurance fraud. On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 a male subject was arrested for false ID to a police officer and illegally burning without a permit.  The male decided he needed to set a fire in the backyard of his apartment.  He was initially contacted by Engine 11 and understood he was wrong to burn his belongings in public.  Over four hours later they returned and the subject’s attitude had changed and he was arrested.

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LBFD Haz Mat Incident

By jiarviz | February 2, 2013

The Long Beach Fire Department responded to a hazardous materials incident just before 5 a.m. this morning at a cold storage facility in the 600 block of W. Anaheim Street.  Upon arrival firefighters encountered a strong odor of ammonia.  At that time a perimeter was established and the department’s Hazardous Materials Team was requested to respond to the scene.  A four block perimeter was established; however, no evacuations were necessary. The Hazardous Materials Team made entry into the facility and shut off the main valves to the ammonia system.  A leak was discovered coming from a diffuser tank, the team plugged the leak and contained the 100-200 gallons of liquid that had leaked from the tank.  The Hazardous Materials Team also monitored the air with special equipment to ensure public safety.  The company is working with various City departments to mitigate the clean up.

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LBFD Badge Ceremony

By jiarviz | February 1, 2013

On Friday, February 1, 2013 the Long Beach Fire Department honored members of the Department for their recent promotion to the ranks of Marine Safety Officer, Rescue Boat Operator, and Battalion Chief.  Members of the community were also honored for their contributions to the Department and to the community.  Individuals listed below who are being promoted will fill positions vacated by retirements and other promotions.  Below is a list of honorees.

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Bixby Knolls Area Garage Fire

By Matthew Dobberpuhl | January 24, 2013

At approximately 9am this morning, Long Beach Fire units responded to a garage fire in the 3800 block of California Ave. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and ensure that it was contained to the detached garage with no involvement to the main house. Arson investigators were called to the scene to investigate the cause.

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