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Fund Raiser to benefit LBFD USAR Canine Program

By Will Nash | May 9, 2014


On Saturday, May 10th from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the new Unleashed by Petco Store in Long Beach will have a Grand Opening Celebration and host a fund-raiser for the Long Beach Fire Department’s Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Program’s Canine Program. 

The LBFD USAR Team are the Department’s heavy technical rescue experts.  In 2009, the team received it’s first four legged member, “Rex”.  Rex is a Black Labrador and trained to sniff out “live” victims in a variety of situations.  Rex’s handler is LBFD Firefighter/Paramedic Wade Haller.  The pair have a close “team” bond, communicate via hand signals, and are rarely separated, even during “off” hours.  This pair can be requested at anytime to respond within the city, state, or nationwide disasters.  Whether inside, outdoors, trapped, or buried under debris, Rex can pick up the scent and direct USAR Team Members to the victims location.  Once there, Team Members use their skills to lift, shore, dig, or extricate victims from the entrapment.
Although the LBFD is able to pay for a portion of the costs associated with this program, dog food and vet bills are not covered.  To support Rex’s efforts and care, Petco is holding a “Pet Wash” fund-raiser.  Bring your dog to the store and take advantage of 50% off dog washing.  Normally $10 … this weekend only $5.00.  All proceeds will go towards Rex’s benefit.
Rex, Wade, and the LBFD USAR Team will also be on hand during this event, from 10:00am until 12:00pm.  Rex and Wade will be conducting search demonstrations at 10:00 and 11:00.  The USAR Team will also have a static display of the USAR Vehicle and the many pieces of tools and equipment they carry.  They are available for photos and questions.
The new Unleashed Store will also be hosting pet adoptions and offer information on natural nutrition, trendy pet fashions, travel gear and toys, vaccination clinics, pet adoptions and pet-friendly events.  Be one of the first 50 customers in the store this weekend and get a free 5 pound bag of Natural Balance L.I.D. Potato & Duck dog food and Green Pea & Duck cat food from and free 3oz cans of Merrick dog and cat food.  While supplies last.
The store is located at 1910 Ximeno, near the Traffic Circle at the Vons Circle Center in Long Beach.  For more information, please visit:
Donations to the LBFD USAR Canine Fund can also be sent to:
“Friends of Long Beach Firefighters”
c/o Long Beach Fire Department
3205 Lakewood Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90808
Checks should be made out to: “Friends of Long Beach Firefighters” / USAR Canine Care
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LBFD Junior Lifeguard Program to be held this summer

By Will Nash | April 2, 2014

The Long Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division will once again sponsor the Junior Lifeguard Program this summer. The program will be held from June 23 to August 1, 2014.

The Junior Lifeguard Program offers students 9 to 17 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in Lifeguard rescue techniques, emergency medical first-aid, ocean sports activity, physical conditioning, marine ecology, and public service. Students must be 9 years of age as of July 1, 2014.

As always, there will be two sessions to the program. Each session will be held Monday through Friday at Junior Lifeguard Headquarters, located on the beach at 55th Place and Ocean Blvd. 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.

New Junior Guards: Students who did not participate in the program the previous summer are required to pass the swim test before being accepted into the program. New students must be able to swim 100 yards in less than two (2) minutes in order to qualify. No Exceptions!

Tryouts are held at the Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, 4000 Olympic Plaza, Long Beach 90803

Friday Evening: May 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: March 29, April 5, April 19, and May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


There is a fee to enroll in this program. Scholarships are also available to qualified candidates that show need. Applications available upon request at all tryouts.

For more information regarding the program, please call (562) 570-8550 or email

This information is available in an alternative format by request at 562-570-1286

City of Long Beach Fire Department is an equal opportunity services provider


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Windward Village Mobile Home Fire

By jiarviz | March 16, 2014

At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire in the 3500 block of Santa Fe Avenue at the Windward Village Mobil Home Park.  Firefighters arrived and found a mobile home fully involved with fire.  An adult occupant was able to escape with his children without injury prior to the arrival of firefighters.  A total of ten family members lived at the residence, seven adults and three children.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to adjacent mobile homes.  The fire started in a clothes dryer which quickly spread and engulfed the mobile home.  The damage was estimated to be over $50,000.00.  The Red Cross was on scene to assist the family of ten, which was displaced because of the fire.

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Long Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Tryouts

By jiarviz | March 6, 2014

On Saturday March 15, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. the Long Beach Fire Department will hold an open test for anyone interested in becoming a Seasonal Lifeguard.  Tryouts will be held at the Long Beach Lifeguard Beach Operations located at 2100 East Ocean Blvd (enter off Junipero Ave. for parking lot).

See below for qualifications, exam schedule, and duties. 


Exam Schedule

8:00 a.m.           Briefing and Sign-up

9:00 a.m.           Ocean swim, 1000-yards

9:30 a.m.           Run-Swim-Run

12:00 p.m.        Announce candidate list for pre-employment scored oral interview

12:30 p.m.        Pre-employment interviews begin

2:30 p.m.          Pre-employee briefing

The 1000-yard ocean swim, run-swim-run, and the pre-employment scored oral interviews will determine who qualifies for the Training Program.  Candidates will enter into the training program after successful completion of all pre-employment forms and a medical exam.

The 8-day, 80-hour Training Program is tentatively scheduled for the following four (4) consecutive weekends:  Saturday, May 10-Sunday, May 11; May 17-18; May 24-25 and May 31-June 1.  Training will be from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. daily and include training in lifeguard tactics, lifeguard operations, first aid, D.O.T. first responder, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical resuscitators, rescue buoys, rescue boards, and timed events.  Day 8 will include comprehensive written and practical testing.

Trainees must successfully complete the Training Program to continue employment and may be assigned a schedule for the 2014 season.  Schedules will be assigned based upon total scores accumulated during the Training Program.  The starting pay for a Seasonal Lifeguard is $19.20 per hour, upon completion of the Lifeguard Training Academy.

Ocean Lifeguard Duties


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Bellflower Blvd Garage Fire

By jiarviz | February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014 at approximately 7:37 p.m. this evening the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire in the 4413 Bellflower Boulevard.  The first unit arrived on scene and found a well involved 1-story 4-stall detached garage on fire.  Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and were able to keep it from spreading.
The detached garage sustained moderate fire damage.  No injuries were reported.

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