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LBFD Needs Your Help (Hose Not Required)

A few months back I talked to LBFD Chief Rich Corbett about Long Beach’s “burning history.”  In a quick search I found most of our historic landmarks and buildings have all burned to the ground over the years.  But, over the last few decades, that doesn’t seem to be the same issue that it was earlier.  Corbett argued that one of the biggest reasons why catastrophic fire is not the problem it once was is because of better fire education.

Now, the Long Beach Fire Department wants your help.  Liberty Mutual is sponsoring a fire safety and prevention program where the fire department that gets the most residents to take this quiz, will get $10,000 to improve their department.

This is free money, and won’t be coming out of your tax dollars.  It is win/win.

Again, the link to the quiz is here.  And fill out “Long Beach Fire Department.”  It takes no time, so help out.


As of 10/4/2011, the LBFD has earned 53 credits.  Let’s help get that number up.  It takes less than 3 minutes.

Some info from Liberty Mutual:

At Liberty Mutual, we’re committed to helping families live safer, more secure lives.  And we’re proud to partner with fire departments around the country to help families learn more about fire safety and fire prevention.

Our Fire Safety Pledge program is back again this fall!  Now through October 31st, take our interactive Fire Safety Quiz to learn more about fire safety and fire prevention.  Then credit your quiz to your local fire department and your local firefighters could be one of ten departments to receive $10,000 from Liberty Mutual.

I’ve also included a link to the official program flyer here

Tragedy Strikes Saturday at Edwards Blvd

I was on the boardwalk around 4 and witnessed an ocean rescue.  My first-hand account is followed by the LBFD’s statement.

Perhaps more than a dozen first responders were in the water searching for the missing swimmer, supported by boats, police/firefighters on the boardwalk with binoculars, a helicopter, and a plethora of other LBFD, LBPD, and ocean rescue assets.  I believe I even saw a few surfers trying to help.  The professionalism and massive response that was on exhibit by the police and fire department was incredible.  Firefighters and police that were clearly off-duty were on the boardwalk and on the beach, rushing to help in any way possible.  From my perspective, they were able to find the missing swimmer in minutes and watching the heroic first responders do everything they could to resuscitate the victim is an image that will be with me for some time.  I’ll let you read Fire Chief Rich Corbett’s statement below.

LBFD Statement follows:

Today at 4:11pm, the LBFD was notified for a swimmer in distress in the ocean at Edwards Blvd. Witnesses said that they saw a male enter the water next to the jetties at Edwards Blvd wearing long pants.

Upon conformation of the missing swimmer, other agencies were requested to respond as per a mutual aid agreement. Units from the Island Park, Freeport FD’s, Atlantic Beach Rescue, NCPD Avaition and Marine units and the US Coast Guard responded

The missing swimmer, age 39, was located approx 30 minutes later and pulled from the ocean in cardiac arrest and transported to LBMC via Island Park ambulance with LBFD paramedics on board

Even though every resource was deployed to help this person, and the staff at the LBMC ER did everything the could,he was pronounced a short time later