By Richard Brandt | June 14, 2012
This video is the “Coming Home Ceremony” for Sgt. Dylan Fisher on June 11, 2012. Sgt. Fisher passed away as an active member of the United Stated Army. The memorial service was held on June 13th. Sgt. Fisher proudly served the USA with two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. Sgt. Fisher is the son of Long Beach Fire Captain Dan Fisher. He is a True American Hero.
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By Richard Brandt | March 5, 2012
On February 29, 2012 at around 03:30 hours the Fire/Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Arson Unit set up a surveillance operation in the area of 10th and Long Beach Boulevard. The surveillance captured Ronald Archuleta, 58 year old male transient, setting a large City of Long Beach trashcan on fire. Archuleta fled the scene and was captured inside a nearby convenience store by Long Beach Arson Investigators and Long Beach Police.
The LBFD Arson Unit is working with LA City Fire/Arson Unit regarding additional fires in the area of 7th Street and San Julian in downtown Los Angeles where the named suspect (Robert Archuleta) said he lived.
The Los Angeles DA filed four arson charges Friday afternoon with a bail of $ 200,000. The LBFD Arson Unit is currently working to prepare at least four additional arson charges to present to the DA next week.
The video shows the suspect approach the trashcan, look around to see if anyone is watching and set the fire. He then flees the location and is captured inside the convenience store on Long Beach Boulevard.
The photo shows the suspect in the minutes after he was captured.
LBFD arson investigators are asking anyone with any additional information on this fire or any other fires to contact the arson tip hot line (562) 570-2582.
By Admin | February 10, 2012
By Steve Yamamoto | December 17, 2011
Once again, the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) kicks off the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Through the combined generosity of businesses and residents, each year the Spark of Love program provides gifts to needy kids throughout Long Beach. Spark of Love works in conjunction with several other charitable organizations to both giving and receiving toys and donations. Each year we provide toys for about 400 families and over 20 different community groups. This builds goodwill within our community and provides kids with positive role models.
Teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District identify special need families throughout the year. Firefighters also see hardships in the areas they serve and can recommend families. Toys are collected throughout the month at various city events, parties, local businesses, and from residents who drop the toys off at our fire stations. The program runs as a result of numerous volunteer hours put forth by our LBFD Firefighters, Lifeguards, Ambassadors, and Honoraries. Deliveries are made to families and community organizations throughout the month of December, culminating in our CODE 3 Delivery Day where we make rounds all throughout the city with Santa in his Fire Engine Sleigh.
Donations should be new, unwrapped, toys, sports equipment, school supplies, or gift cards. Items for teens are also needed and these items can be dropped off at any local area fire station, CVS Pharmacies, City Hall, or select local area business. Spark of Love also accepts monetary donations. Checks should be made out to Friends of Long Beach Firefighters, Spark of Love. Your donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way in helping to make this holiday season special for those in need. Thank you for your support. Have a safe and joyful holiday season.
For more information, please contact the LBFD Community Services Division at 562-570-2519. All donations are tax deductible. Federal Tax ID #931223990
By Richard Brandt | December 5, 2011
The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Arson Investigation Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying and apprehending an arson suspect or suspects.
Since mid May 2011, a series of suspicious fires have occurred in the Central Long Beach Area. In all, 22 fires have occurred in this area ranging from trash fires, vehicle fires and commercial structure fires. Many of these fires have been determined to be arson and there is a possibility that they may be related. Additional evidence has been discovered that make these fires a federal crime. Investigators are analyzing pictures and surveillance video from a number of these fires.
The most recent fires occurred over the Thanksgiving Weekend where two separate mini-vans were burned within a block of each other. The fires occurred in the 800 block of Gardenia on November 25th and the 800 block of Rose on November 26th
This is a joint investigation with the Long Beach Fire/Police Arson Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division. The ATF is offering two separate $5,000 rewards for tip(s) that lead to the capture and conviction of the suspect(s) for the two commercial building fires and the two car fires.
“Someone knows who is doing these senseless acts, so I urge all the good citizens of Long Beach who may know something about these fires to please call the Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2582. We will not let this case go; the individual(s) involved shows a careless disregard for the public’s safety”, says Karl Anglin, Assistant Special Agent in Charge ATF Los Angeles Field Division. “ATF and the Long Beach Fire Department Arson Unit will use every investigative tool available to pursue the person(s) behind these crimes before someone gets hurt. These $5,000 rewards being offered by ATF are just one of those tools.”
If you have any information regarding any of these incidents, please call the LBFD Arson Hotline (562) 570-2582.
In order to be eligible to receive the reward you must provide your identification and contact information.
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