Long Beach Fire Station Dedicated
New Port-funded firehouse is city’s first in 22 years
May 6, 2008
Amid a full complement of bright-red fire trucks and a giant American flag, Long Beach’s newest fire station – the first in 22 years – was dedicated and opened Tuesday, May 6 on Terminal Island in the Port of Long Beach by city officials and firefighters with a traditional ceremony and tours.
Bagpipes played and firefighters conducted the traditional ceremonial “push-in” of a firetruck into the firehouse bay, signifying the final effort to make Fire Station No. 24 operational.
Built with $11 million from the Port of Long Beach, the station is located at 111 Pier S Avenue on Terminal Island and will provide the Long Beach Fire Department with an important base at the Port.
“Public safety is absolutely a top priority for us,” said Mario Cordero, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, during the dedication ceremony. “You’ll see it in our support of these fire stations, and you’ll see it in our support for these firefighters.”
Firefighters at Fire Station #24 will protect the Port area from fires and handle hazardous materials incidents at Port terminals, Cordero noted. Fire Station #24 is the fourth within the Port boundaries, including two recently upgraded facilities, Fire Station #6 next to the Queen Mary and Fire Station #20 under the Gerald Desmond Bridge. There’s also Fire Station #15, located on Pier F near the Port’s Command and Control Center now under construction.
The Port is planning to upgrade Fire Stations #15 and #20 as part of the upcoming Middle Harbor terminal improvement project.
Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, during the fire house dedication, commented on the Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony that had taken place earlier Tuesday morning at Long Beach City Hall: “Let me join in paying tribute to those courageous individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our safety…one way we can honor their memory is to house and equip their brother and sister public safety officers with the best possible facilities so they can do their jobs as safely as possible.”