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.



















for the others on their days off. He learned the different rules for pulling the ladder truck, the steamer, and the hose wagon, and could work with each team. But by the end of 1914, the department had sold all but one horse to the water department. Tom was kept to service the fire hydrants. Chief Shrewsbury and Mr. C. Shaw, superintendent of the water department, were together in the chief’s car when it collided with Assistant Chief Craw and his driver G. Wright responding to a false alarm on

to right are (first row, seated on the running board) M. Cooper, Chief Craw, and alarm superintendent Clark; (second row) Ray Peterson, Captain Rieder, G. Hocking, Jack Thompson, Victor Herbert, Fred Peth, Stanley Ellis, Ted Alstott, Bill Minter, Capt. Harry Lucas, Bill Simms, Tiny Henning, Loyde Kinnman, Forney Milton, Bill West, Jim Moran, Joe Johnston, and Glenn Croy. During the 1920s, a crew tests the steam pumper. A steamer crew, c. 1920, takes a much-needed break from training. The

their complete support, we would not have a place to store and show our collection. All volunteers of the museum, through their determined efforts, have made some contribution to this book. A great deal of thanks must be given to coauthors Nicole Harbour, Mike Kenney, and Mary Alger for taking on the extra responsibility of going through hundreds of pictures and documents, and examining several scrapbooks to extract our history and a small sample of photographs for this book. Without their

sometimes known. This ladder was used by firefighters to go from floor to floor on the outside of a building. By placing the hooked end of the ladder on the window ledge above and climbing the narrow ladder up to that floor, the firefighter could use the same ladder up to the next floor and so on. In this 1946 photograph, firefighters receive a demonstration on a selfcontained breathing apparatus. Life net training was an important part of new firefighter training. The firefighters would train

Davis, and firefighter Tyler as they practice first aid on the “patient”—firefighter Corrigan. During World War II, the Civil Defense Ambulance Service operated with donated ambulances. The Culinary Alliance Local No. 681 donated the ambulance seen here. Seen here in 1947 is the ambulance crew at Station No. 7. From left to right are Bob Moll, Morris McCuen, Ted Klobucher, Garret Cady, George Carver, John Olson, Dale Lowell, and Al DeFrank. At Recreation Park in 1947, unidentified firefighters

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