PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/17/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 101719
Subject:
Fire Engine 17 Returns to Service
Community Invited to Commemorate the Occasion
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Chief Public Affairs Officer
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




Fire Engine 17 at the station
To commemorate Fire Engine 17 returning to service, the community is invited to a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 21, at Station 17 (2241 Argonne Ave.).

“The restoration of Engine 17 has been a top priority and a commitment we made to the community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m thrilled to see this Engine back in the station, and look forward to it contributing to improved response times throughout Long Beach.”

Historic photos will be displayed and station tours will be available. Mayor Robert Garcia, Fire Chief Xavier Espino and Councilman Daryl Supernaw, who represents the area, will speak.

“I’m proud to see Engine 17 returned to service after a seven-year absence,” said Supernaw. “Residents of the Fourth District and the entire city can sleep easier knowing this critical public safety resource has been restored.”

“Our goal at LBFD is to provide fire suppression and emergency medical service at the highest level,” said Chief Espino. “The return of Fire Engine 17 will enhance the Fire Department’s commitment to meeting the expectations of the community.”

The restoration of Fire Engine 17 will decrease response times and expand firefighting and emergency medical response capability across the city. Engine 17 has been out of service since 2012. The Engine has been restored through the vote of the entire city council through the 2020 budget process using Measure A one-time funds. A Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA, awarded on September 18, 2019, will provide additional funding.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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