Long Beach Fire Department (CA) (Images of America)

Long Beach Fire Department (CA) (Images of America)

Glen Goodrich

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738530018

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Long Beach Fire Department's adaptability has been tested by a wide variety of disasters that have marked it as a unique firefighting force on the West Coast. Thousands of residents and others have owed their very lives to the

department since its 1897 formation. The LBFD moved into action during the devastating 1933 Long Beach earthquake, in which its own Fire House No. 1 was reduced to rubble. Its

firefighters have quelled oilfield blazes through the 20th century, and its fireboats have poured water onto flames engulfing the docks and warehouses of the bustling port. Other duties have included such side excursions as working

standby during Howard Hughes's 1947 flight of the Spruce Goose and taking care of Sam the cat, a Station 6 mainstay who slid down the fire pole to the delight of television audiences.

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May 2, 1916. Chief Shrewsbury was killed instantly, making his the first death in the line of duty for the Long Beach Fire Department. Assistant Chief Craw was appointed chief after he recovered from his injuries. Captain Taylor, who was acting chief, was appointed assistant chief. In the beginning, Long Beach was a small vacation town by the ocean with an 1890 population of 550. As the city grew, so did the fire department. Tourism was the main industry, but that changed on June 23, 1921, with

the discovery of oil on Signal Hill. This caused a huge growth in population and the rapid development of wooden oil derricks. The lack of regard for fire safety by the oil operators led to a series of fires that kept the department busy for years. One particular fire lasted for 3 days, and involved 11 oil derricks and 3 “gassers.” Today the city of Long Beach covers an area of approximately 52 square miles and has a population of about 461,522 (according to the 2000 federal census). The census

placed on the same lot. Station No. 10 also suffered some damage to the living quarters, and the firefighters had to live in a tent. In June of 1933, there was an explosion and fire at the Richfield Oil Refinery. The cause of the fire was likely due to lingering effects of the earthquake in March. The tree pictured here shows the force of the explosion at the Richfield Oil Refinery. It was a tremendous effort by many to extinguish this fire. In 1934, Station No. 1 was still in a tent and

firefighters to paramedic school. Here, John Acosta and Bob Parkins practice inserting IVs. The first paramedic graduating class is pictured here in 1972. They are, from left to right, as follows: (first row) Dr. Irv Unger from Saint Mary’s Hospital, Chief Rizzo, John Acosta, Art Santavicca, Gary Olson, Pat Highfill, Dennis Weller, and John Christensen; (second row) city manager Bob Creighton, Bill “Mad Dog” Kelly, Walt Gupton, Don Aselin, Bob Shue, Craig Vestermark, Bob Parkins, Gary Robertson,

17 until the move was complete. On December 6, 1957, the apparatus bay was moved and reassembly started. In August 1957, a new Station No. 13 was built on Adriatic Avenue. On January 8, 1958, the fire department was allowed to move into the new Station No. 18. While the traditional firehouse dog is the dalmatian, Long Beach had two other breeds before finally getting their dalmatian mascot, Duchess. Seen here in 1958 is Duchess being “paw-printed” by Chief Sandeman and an unidentified

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