PRESS RELEASE

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

9/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091820
Subject:
Fire Station 9 Relocated to Interim Location
Site Will be Home to Engine 9 and Rescue 9 While a Permanent Station is Constructed
Contact:
Brian Fisk
Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department
562.577.9016
Brian.Fisk@longbeach.gov




Beginning today, Sept. 18, firefighters from Fire Station 9 will be relocating to a new location at 2019 E. Wardlow Rd. The former Boeing Fitness Center will be home to Engine 9 and Rescue 9 while a permanent station is constructed.

“Station 9 is a critical fire station in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “While the physical location of the station has moved, the level of service our Fire Department will provide to this neighborhood will remain the same and we look forward to a more permanent station in the future.”

The apparatuses, and their respective crews, have been operating from Fire Station 16 (2890 E. Wardlow Rd.) and Fire Station 13 (2475 Adriatic Ave.) since June 18, 2019. The new location will bring both apparatuses back under one roof and is expected to improve response times by 1.5 minutes for Engine 9, and 2.5 minutes for Rescue 9. The new location will better serve the residents of the California Heights, Los Cerritos and Bixby Knolls neighborhoods.

“I’m pleased we could provide our firefighters with safe accommodations,” said Councilmember Al Austin II. “Our residents will benefit from both Engine 9 and Rescue 9 deploying from the same station.”

“Station 9’s temporary relocation to the Wardlow Road site will ensure response times are at the same levels as before, if not improved and will benefit residents in the service area,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “It’s great to have the fire crew as our neighbors.”

In 2019, the City of Long Beach permanently closed Long Beach Fire Department Station 9 at 3917 Long Beach Blvd due to unsafe building conditions. City staff evaluated more than 15 locations and identified 2019 East Wardlow as the most suitable option to meet the service delivery needs of the community as a temporary site, since it had proximity to the impacted area and the necessary acreage to house the displaced Fire Station 9 crew and apparatus. Relocation to the new premises will allow crews to maintain the physical distancing requirements of the COVID-19 health orders.

“We are grateful to the team from Fire, Economic Development and Public Works Departments for the time and energy they committed to searching for the right property, developing a relationship with the property owners and making improvements to the building to make it suitable for our firefighters to operate out of,” said Fire Chief Xavier Espino. “This effort has culminated in a new home for Engine 9 and Rescue 9 that will benefit the services for the residents in Station 9’s service area.” 

Efforts to secure a permanent Station 9 are ongoing, and the City is currently in escrow for the potential purchase of a property. 

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 and the Port of Long Beach. 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 and bike paths.

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About Long Beach Fire Department
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