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Long Beach Jr. Lifeguard Try Outs

By Will Nash | January 24, 2013

The Long Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division will once again sponsor the Junior Lifeguard Program this summer. The 2013 Program will be held June 24 to August 2.   Each of the morning and afternoon sessions will be held Monday through Friday at Junior Lifeguard Headquarters, located on the beach at 55th Place and Ocean Blvd. Students must be 9 years of age as of July 1, 2013. The Junior Lifeguard Program offers students 9 to 17 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in Lifeguard rescue technique, emergency medical first-aid, ocean sports activity, physical conditioning, marine ecology, and public service. Field trips and competitions at other area beaches will highlight the six (6) week course. All aspects of beach activity will be explored from beach running to skin diving. The program is presented in a manner that will enable each student to participate to the best of his or her abilities while acquiring new skills and abilities.  For full details on this program and dates of Try Outs, please visit:  http://www.longbeach.gov/fire/special_programs/junior_lifeguards.asp  

Topics: Public Safety | 284 Comments »

House Fire in North Long Beach

By Will Nash | January 22, 2013

Today at approximately 11:15, Long Beach Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 400 block of Harding Street in north Long Beach.  On arrival, crews found a heavy smoke with fire coming from the kitchen area.  Residents were not home at the time, however two small dogs were inside when the fire broke out.  Unfortunately, paramedics were successful in reviving only one.  Damage from smoke and fire was enough to displaced family of four until repairs can be made.  Investigators are examining the scene to determine the cause.

Topics: Incidents | 1,798 Comments »

TRAFFIC FATALITY

By Will Nash | January 21, 2013

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at approximately 8:42 p.m., the LBFD responded to Del Amo Boulevard just east of Orange Avenue regarding a single vehicle injury traffic collision that resulted in the death of a male adult. Apon arrival, units found a overturned white 2002 Chevy Suburban that had contained six occupants. Four of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle, with two trapped inside that needed extrication. All six occupants, males in their 20's, were transported to local hospitals with varyiing injuries. One of the passengers was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained from the collision. Two of the passengers were treated and released from the hospital. The driver and the other two passengers were admitted and listed in critical but stable condition. Investigators believe the driver was traveling eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle, causing him to strike the center divider and flip the vehicle several times before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of Del Amo Boulevard. Prior to striking the center divider, witnesses observed the SUV possibly racing a dark colored vehicle eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigation Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Topics: Public Safety | 31 Comments »

LBFD 2013 Business Fire Inspection Program

By jiarviz | January 17, 2013

The Long Beach Fire Department is responsible for many aspects of the community’s health and safety.  Much of this depends on an active Fire Prevention Inspection Program.  This year there will be changes in how the inspections are administered for some businesses.  Inspections that were previously seen by the Fire Prevention Bureau will now be done by your local Fire Station.  We believe this will add efficiencies to the procedure and give you, the business owner, an opportunity to meet and speak with those who provide the protection for your local community.  This also assures you that the criteria evaluated are based on Fire Code and not a potential ploy by a private concern as was reported last year.   The focus for this inspection cycle will be on the category “Assemblies”.  These are defined in the California Fire Code as “the use of a building or structure ….for the gathering of persons for purposes such as civic, social, or religious functions, recreation, food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation…”, when in excess of 50 persons.  The code is State Law and was developed not only using reasonable assumptions on parameters such as evacuation time but also on the experience gained from unfortunate incidents where there was significant loss of life.    This inspection cycle will be started mid January and should be completed by May 2013.     All of the elements described in the inspection form may not apply to your business; however it does provide a good reference.  Awareness of the standards and attending to discrepancies before the inspection will make this process easier for all.   Feel free to call LBFD Fire Prevention with any questions.  We can be reached at (562) 570-2560

Topics: News, Public Safety | 96 Comments »

LBFD Fire Ambassadors Senior Safety Program

By jiarviz | January 17, 2013

The Long Beach Fire Ambassadors are offering Senior Safety Program presentations to seniors in the community.  Statistics show that seniors are at risk for accidental fires and falls in the home.  If you would like to schedule a fire safety presentation for your organization please contact the Long Beach Fire Department Community Services Division at (562) 570-2563.   The LBFD Fire Ambassadors are an organization of retirees over 55 that work with the Long Beach Fire Department to provide public safety education under the direction of the Community Services Division.

Topics: Public Safety, Training | No Comments »

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