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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.  Get Microsoft Silverlight Map - PDF Download  Car Fire Photos LASD K-9 Photos Direct link to video Video Embed Code: <object width="480" height="403" data="data:application/x-silverlight-2," id="silverlightControl" type="application/x-silverlight-2"> <param name="initParams" value="AutoStart=False, StartPoint=3, EndPoint=46, SourceID=5318, SourceType=clip, EnableClosedCaptions=False, EmbedClipGuid=57d81bff-7c38-49b7-9644-9229f96a0231" /> <param name="source" value=""/> <param name="background" value="black" /> <param name="minRuntimeVersion" value="4.0.50401.0" /> <param name="autoUpgrade" value="true" /> <param name="enablehtmlaccess" value="true"/> <a href="" style="text-decoration:none">   <img src="" alt="Get Microsoft Silverlight" style="border-style:none"/> </a> </object>  

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Video of the Memorial Service Honoring Fire Engineer Darren Rockett

By Admin | November 19, 2011

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Active Duty Death of Fire Engineer Darren S. Rockett Memorial Service

By Steve Yamamoto | November 11, 2011

Subject:              “Jeff Reeb, Deputy Fire Chief for the Long Beach Fire Department, speaking on behalf of the Rockett family releases the following memorial information.” Event:              Memorial Service Honoring Fire Engineer Darren S. Rockett  Date:              November 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM SHARP  *Please plan to be there by 10:00 AM as there will be a procession preceding the Ceremony* Location:              Cottonwood Church, 4505 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Contact:              For any other inquiries please call:                    Rich Brandt:  Personal Cell (562) 900-2784                                                Personal Email For additional updates please visit:

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Passing of Fire Engineer Darren Rockett

By Steve Yamamoto | November 9, 2011

It is with great sadness that the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) announces the death of active duty Fire Engineer Darren Rockett.  Engineer Rockett was born on November 10th 1963.  He graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1981 and attended Santa Ana College where he studied Fire Technology.  He married his wife Jeanne on July 27th, 1989 and together they have been raising their family in Long Beach since 1992.  Engineer Rockett, a 14 year veteran of the LBFD, was appointed to the department on September 22, 1997.  He served as a Firefighter at Station 10 and 11, promoted to Fire Engineer on June 6th, 2002 where he served at Stations 11 and 18.  At the time of his death, Fire Engineer Darren Rockett was assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau where his chief responsibility was a life safety inspector for all high-rise buildings in the City of Long Beach. During his career at the LBFD Engineer Rockett was recognized for his volunteer leadership of the LBFD Rescue Youth Program where students spend time with their firefighter mentor at a fire station near their homes and are taught various skills, including first aid, and CPR. "Engineer Rockett was only recently assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau where he quickly established himself as a competent and professional Inspector. His years of experience in fire operations made him uniquely qualified to evaluate the life safety requirements of high-rise buildings. He exhibited an admirable work ethic and his enduring approach to his coworkers made him very popular. He will be deeply missed." -Deputy Chief Jeff Reeb, Fire Marshal, City of Long Beach. Engineer Rockett was awarded nine LBFD Commendations, two LBFD Unit Citations, two Los Angeles County Unit Citations, and one Los Angeles County Meritorious Award.  He was named LBFD Firefighter of the year in 2005. “Darren was a humble, soft-spoken man. He typifies what it means to be a firefighter and what they represent. His peers recognized him in 2005 when he was selected as the Department's Sworn Employee of the Year for his professionalism and community service in both his personal and professional life. His sudden loss is profound and will be felt by all the members of his fire family and the community in which he served. Our hearts go out to his wife, family and friends. Their loss is our loss.” – Fire Chief Alan Patalano, City of Long Beach. Pastor Wayne Chaney Jr. of the Antioch Church of Long Beach appointed Darren as a church Deacon.  As a Deacon, he had a passion for serving the Church, where he influenced people with his warmth, sincerity, and love of Jesus.  “Darren Rockett was loved and admired by his fellow Firefighters, family, and friends.” – Jeanne Rockett  Engineer Rockett passed away at Los Alamitos Medical Center on November 6th, 2011.  His mother Sydney Harston preceded him in death.  His wife Jeanne, his daughters Tiffany, Alyse, Sydney, Daryn, and his father Victor Rockett survive him. A Memorial Service is scheduled for November 18th, 2011 with a location to be determined.

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Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

By Admin | November 5, 2011

Administrator Fugate and FEMA’s Neil McDevitt explain the test in American Sign language: FEMA's Dawn Hart provides key information about the test in Spanish: As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, we’re working in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for any type of hazard, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information should it ever be needed. Over the past year, our agencies have been working with the broadcast community, cable operators and programmers, and other communications service providers that participate in the Emergency Alert System; our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners; and other critical stakeholders to help inform all members of the public regarding the nationwide Emergency Alert System test. Here are specific items we want everyone to know about the test: As we get close to the test, the FCC and all of our many partners are working together to spread the word to as many members of the public as possible -- so people know what to expect when the test takes place, and no one is caught off guard. We're asking everyone to join us by spreading the word to your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family -- share this web page, post a message on your social media site, and feel free to embed our videos on your website or blog. For additional questions, visit the FAQ’s page and the FCC EAS Test page. On November 9 at 2:00 PM EST, please remember: don’t stress; it’s only a test..

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