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Incident Command System Class

By Steve Yamamoto | October 17, 2011

On October 11th through the 13th, 2011, the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Training Center hosted an Incident Command System or ICS class.  Firefighter from as far away as San Diego and the Bay Area attended this three-day class on Intermediate Incident Command (ICS-300).  The 28 students (nine from the LBFD) discussed various incident management topics including setting and meeting objectives, command processes, and resource management.  In addition, students participated in multiple scenarios including the drafting of an Incident Action Plan (IAP) as well as providing Operational Briefings.  The class was instructed by the LBFD’s very own Captain Jim Underwood and Battalion Chief Jeff Ohs.  This is just one of the many classes that Firefighters complete in order to further their skills and knowledge for their profession.

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Trench Rescue Drill

By Steve Yamamoto | October 17, 2011

On October 15, 2011 the Long Beach Fire Department Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) team and Engine 6 conducted a Trench Rescue drill at the Fire Training Center with a total of 16 firefighters.  For the exercise, the 'victim' was partially buried about eight feet below ground level simulating an emergency rescue.  Trench Rescue involves shoring up or supporting the sides of a trench and then digging a trapped worker out of an area where a collapse has occurred. This type of rescue is considered to be one of the most dangerous to perform because it requires constant preparation and training in order to keep rescuers safe.  This drill is part of our annual training designed to keep Long Beach Firefighters prepared for such an emergency in our City.

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Initiative Video

By Admin | October 13, 2011  





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Fire Prevention Week 2011

By Steve Yamamoto | October 7, 2011

This year, Fire Prevention Week will be observed on October 9-15.  This long-standing tradition was created in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson to increase awareness of fire safety issues in America. For this year’s Fire Prevention Week, the department has once again joined with the National Fire Prevention Association to promote the message; “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your family from fire!” To keeping you family safe the Long Beach FD emphasizes three key points:         Practice your Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H)         Maintain working smoke alarms and CO detectors         Have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it On Saturday, Oct 15th, the Long Beach Fire Department will conduct a Fire Prevention Week Open House event at all fire stations from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. We invite the public to visit our Fire Stations to interact with Fire personnel, learn about fire service careers and get a behind the scenes view of our facilities and emergency equipment.  Free smoke alarms are available to the public and will be given out while supplies last.   New for this year is the requirement of carbon monoxide detectors in homes that have an attached garage or utilizes fossil fuel burning appliances.  Please take note this requirement will extend to multi-family dwellings starting Jan. 1, 2013. It is important to remember that carbon monoxide takes 450 lives per year and sends another 20,000 to the emergency room.  It is a colorless, odorless gas produced when fossil fuels burn and is referred to as the silent killer.  Lastly, the Long Beach Fire Department is pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2012, all Engine Companies will be equipped with hand held carbon monoxide detection monitors.  This will allow our firefighters to detect this deadly, colorless, and odorless gas that is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. For more important safety information please use the links below:
Cooking Safety English Cooking Safety Spanish Electical Safety English Electrical Safety Spanish Escape Plan Khmer Escape Plan Spanish Escape Planning English Heating Safety Tips English

Topics: Public Safety | 29 Comments »

Fire Prevention Week Video Public Service Announcements

By Steve Yamamoto | October 7, 2011

Escape Plan - 15 seconds Smoke alarms - 15 seconds Get Low and Go - 30 seconds 

Topics: Video | 40 Comments »

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