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2nd Alarm Commercial Structure Fire, Downtown Long Beach

By Will Nash | September 10, 2013

On Monday, September 9th at 21:27, LBFD units were called to 627 Magnolia to the La Bodega Market for a commercial structure fire. The first arriving units were on-scene within two minutes and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof of this multi unit strip mall. A second alarm was requested due to the extent of the fire and size of the structure. A large portion of the roof collapsed during the fire fight but did not result in any injuries to Firefighters A strip cut on the roof kept damage to a minimum in two of the four building units. Knockdown on the main body of fire was called at 22:29. Smaller spot fires in the attic kept crews busy until complete knockdown at 23:21. No injuries were reported. An investigation is currently underway.

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AUTO VS PEDESTRIAN (Alamitos Ave & 4th St)

By Matthew Dobberpuhl | September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013, at approximately 3:15 pm, Long Beach Fire Department resources responded to the intersection of Alamitos Ave and 4th St after receiving reports of a vehicle striking a pedestrian.  Upon arrival units found a 13 year old had been struck by a vehicle. The patient was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. A second patient was also struck by the vehicle and sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. He too was transported to Long Beach Memorial. No further information is available at this time.

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Lifeguard Rescue in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach

By Will Nash | August 22, 2013

At approximately 9:55 this morning, Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Lifeguards responded to a distressed swimmer call in Rainbow Harbor. Upon arrival, LBFD Rescue Boat 2, found two people in the water behind the Grand Romance Paddle Boat. A distressed male swimmer (approximately 40's) was hanging on to the back paddle wheel and was spotted by crew members just prior to engaging the paddlewheel and backing out of the slip. A life ring was tossed and a good samaritan entered the water with a life jacket in an attempt to stabilize the distressed swimmer. LBFD Rescue Boat 2 arrived with lifeguards who entered the water and assisted both people onto the dock. The initial swimmer was thought to be psychologically unstable and hypothermic. That initial patient was transported via LBFD Paramedic Rescue to a local hospital. The good samaritan was released without injury. Long Beach Fire Marine Safety Chief, Randy Foster, stated, "Swimming Rescues are very dynamic in nature. As a layperson, remember to call 911 and get the proper resources coming." If attempting a rescue, remember the phrase "Reach, Throw, Row, Go! Entering the water is the last resort. Don't put yourself in danger and become part of the problem. Frightened victims can often cling onto and overwhelm potential rescuers. In this instance, all ended well. No further information is available at this time

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LBFD Firefighter-Paramedic / LA County Lifeguard reunites with former near-drowning victim

By Will Nash | August 20, 2013

Over ten years ago, a day of surfing almost turned tragic for young Keita Countee.  While surfing with friends at Hermosa Beach, a large wave set caught Keita off guard, knocking him unconscious.    Long Beach Firefighter-Paramedic and LA County Lifeguard Kristoph Wattson was on beach tower duty that day.  While scanning the surf, Kristoph's watchful eye saw trouble in the water.  Jumping into action, Kristoph pulled Keita from the water and started CPR as additional help was summoned.  His quick and skillful actions brought positive results and a "second chance" at life. After a decade apart, both men have grown, started families of their own, and were recently reunited. See the video:

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By Matthew Dobberpuhl | August 16, 2013

Yesterday (August 15, 2013) afternoon, Long Beach Fire units responded to a reported structure fire on the 500 block of Bellflower Blvd. First arriving units found heavy smoke coming from an electrical vault in the parking structure below the apartment complex. Firefighters used hoses to cool the vault until the power coming into the structure could be shut down. When Edison got on scene, electrical power to all 471 units was shut down for approximately 1 1/2 hours. There were 45 units without power last night and they will be without power until an electrician can rebuild the electrical panel involved in the fire. One resident requested assistance from the Red Cross for temporary housing. The complex has been placed on "Fire Watch" and the Fire Department will continue to monitor the progress of restoring power to the remaining units. No further information is available at this time.

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