By Glen Goodrich
The lengthy seashore fireplace Department's adaptability has been established through a wide selection of failures that experience marked it as a special firefighting strength at the West Coast. millions of citizens and others have owed their very lives to the
department on account that its 1897 formation. The LBFD moved into motion through the devastating 1933 lengthy seashore earthquake, within which its personal hearth condo No. 1 was once diminished 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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The board of trustees appropriated the money to buy a hand-drawn ladder truck with gear like leather-based buckets and axes. The ladder truck was once housed in a development in an alley among Ocean road and primary highway. a number of fund-raisers have been held to buy apparatus like helmets, shirts, and belts for the contributors. within the spring of 1898, Brewster Kenyon resigned to just accept a fee within the U. S. military for the Spanish-American warfare. This resulted in the resignation of numerous different participants and hence the breakup of the volunteer fireplace division. The board of trustees met back might 27, 1902, and this time determined to shape a extra everlasting fireplace division. J. F. Corbet used to be chosen leader and H. D. Wilson chosen as assistant leader, yet as a result of company commitments either needed to renounce. one other reorganization happened and J. E. Shrewsbury was once chosen leader and N. C. Lollich chosen as assistant leader. G. C. Craw used to be named foreman of Hose corporation No. 1 with J. Robertson as his assistant. J. H. Morgan used to be named foreman of Hose corporation No. 2 with E. J. Fisher as his assistant. E. O. Dorsett used to be the foreman of the hook and ladder with G. Gaylord as his assistant. the entire gear used to be hand-drawn at the present. The lengthy seashore Pavilion used to be destroyed in a hearth on January 6, 1905, leading to $15,000 in hearth harm and 3 firemen have been injured. quickly after this hearth, a $30,000 bond used to be handed to construct an everlasting crucial hearth station close to 3rd road and Pacific road. a part of the bond was once used to buy a horse-drawn steam pumper, a hose wagon, a hook and ladder, seven horses, and alarm bins. leader Shrewsbury and Assistant leader Craw moved into the recent fireplace station in 1906 at 210 West 3rd road, and the 1st alarm got through the newly put in alarm process used to be field no. 23 on the nook of 3rd road and Olive road. Frank Craig loaned an vehicle to the dept to aim out in 1907. With the try out a whole good fortune, the fireplace division bought Rambler chassis. Assistant leader Craw oversaw the install of a 35-gallon chemical tank with 2 hundred ft of chemical hose and an extra three hundred toes of cotton hose for every Rambler. files point out that the lengthy seashore fireplace division had the excellence of getting the 1st motorized hearth equipment at the Pacific coast, beating l. a. via 3 months. The transition to motorized apparatus begun in 1907 with the acquisition of the 2 Ramblers. In 1910, the dep. obtained a Mitchell Chemical Truck and in 1911, a Robinson pumper. by way of the tip of 1913, the lengthy seashore fireplace division will be thoroughly motorized with the acquisition of a Seagrave Hose Wagon to tug the Metropolitan Steamer, a motorized hose wagon, and the most important pumper of its time—a Gorham 1,100 g. p. m. pumper. the dept had 3 groups of horses—Major and Colonel pulled the ladder truck, Tom and Jerry (no kidding) pulled the steamer, and Prince and King pulled the hose wagon. The 7th horse used to be Barney, the neatest and so much mischievous. Barney was once the swing horse, who stuffed in for the others on their days off.