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

By Glen Goodrich

The lengthy seashore fireplace Department's adaptability has been demonstrated by means of a wide selection of failures that experience marked it as a distinct firefighting strength at the West Coast. millions of citizens and others have owed their very lives to the

department in view that its 1897 formation. The LBFD moved into motion in the course of the devastating 1933 lengthy seashore earthquake, within which its personal hearth residence No. 1 used to be decreased to rubble. Its

firefighters have quelled oilfield blazes during the twentieth century, and its fireboats have poured water onto flames engulfing the docks and warehouses of the bustling port. different tasks have integrated such part tours as working

standby in the course of Howard Hughes's 1947 flight of the Spruce Goose and caring for Sam the cat, a Station 6 mainstay who slid down the hearth pole to the satisfaction of tv audiences.

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Wright responding to a fake alarm on may perhaps 2, 1916. leader Shrewsbury used to be killed immediately, making his the 1st dying within the line of accountability for the lengthy seashore hearth division. Assistant leader Craw was once appointed leader after he recovered from his accidents. Captain Taylor, who was once appearing leader, used to be appointed assistant leader. at the start, lengthy seashore used to be a small holiday city by means of the sea with an 1890 inhabitants of 550. because the urban grew, so did the hearth division. Tourism was once the most undefined, yet that modified on June 23, 1921, with the invention of oil on sign Hill. This triggered an incredible progress in inhabitants and the swift improvement of wood oil derricks. the shortcoming of regard for fireplace security by way of the oil operators resulted in a chain of fires that saved the dep. busy for years. One specific hearth lasted for three days, and concerned eleven oil derricks and three “gassers. ” this day town of lengthy seashore covers a space of roughly fifty two sq. miles and has a inhabitants of approximately 461,522 (according to the 2000 federal census). The census additionally states that lengthy seashore is the main ethnically diversified urban within the usa. lengthy seashore has the second one busiest port within the state and an energetic oil undefined, even supposing the oil derricks have disappeared. All of those current many demanding situations for the lengthy seashore fireplace division. the dep. has come far from the times whilst volunteer firefighters ran to fires, and may keep growing to fulfill the desires of the electorate of town of lengthy seashore. One THE EARLY YEARS 1897–1933 The board of trustees referred to as for a electorate assembly on may perhaps 27, 1902, and requested l. a. hearth commissioner Jacob Kuhrts to talk at the necessity of an prepared and well-trained fireplace division. J. F. Corbert was once elected leader and H. D. Wilson assistant leader, yet either needed to surrender as a result of enterprise commitments. the fireplace division used to be back reorganized. the recent leader was once J. E. Shrewsbury, and N. C. Lollich turned the assistant leader. G. C. Craw used to be elected as foreman of Hose corporation No. 1, J. H. Morgan as foreman of Hose corporation No. 2, and E. O. Dorsett as foreman of the Hook and Ladder. leader J. E. Shrewsbury is status at the left of the ground row and G. C. Craw is at the correct of the ground row. the remainder are unknown. leader Joseph E. Shrewsbury used to be elected leader in 1902, and remained in that place till his premature loss of life in 1916. the executive died in an automoblie coincidence whereas responding to a fake alarm. Hose corporation No. 1 was once put in the back of urban corridor. during this picture, urban corridor is within the heritage and the Hose corporation No. 1 is adorned for the Fourth of July occasion. the folks are unidentified. noticeable this is urban corridor approximately 1909, with the hearth alarm bell within the historical past. earlier than 1906, Hose corporation No. 1 used to be kept in the back of urban corridor. Hose corporation No. 2 used to be housed in a shed in an alley. there's a tale that after the ladder workforce was once working to a fireplace they stuck up with a trolley. They hopped on board the trolley and towed the ladder at the back of. once they acquired to the hearth, the electorate driving the trolley helped positioned out the fireplace.

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