Long Beach Junior Lifeguards

The Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program offers students ages nine to seventeen instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, first aid, ocean sports, physical conditioning, and marine ecology. Participants also have the opportunity to become CPR certified. This program gives students the experience they need for future careers as lifeguards or in various public service professions.

Field trips and competitions highlight the six-week course. All aspects of beach activity will be explored from running to skin diving. The program is presented in a manner that will enable students to participate to the best of his or her ability while learning new skills. We end each summer with the annual Ironguard event, a four mile run and two mile swim that shows students the progress they have made throughout the summer.

Long Beach CERT

Our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.Using the training learned in the classroom and during live exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Completing the CERT program empowers you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in your community and at home. “It’s about doing the greatest good, for the greatest number of people, in the shortest amount of time.”

Long Beach Fire Ambassadors

The Fire Ambassadors are an organization of retirees over 55 that work with the Long Beach Fire Department under the direction of the Community Services Division. Providing fire safety presentations to the third grades in the Long Beach School District is the main function.  The Fire Safety House has a simulated kitchen and bedroom to teach awareness of fire hazards in the home and emergency exiting procedures.  The “smoke” machine provides a dramatic, realistic experience for the children to learn how to react in a dangerous situation.   Firefighters interact with the children by explaining their duties, showing equipment on the fire engine and answering questions.


LBFD KIDS was formed in 1997 by active duty Long Beach Firefighters . Headed by founder Mike Garcia, the group dedicated countless volunteer hours for one sole purpose, “To bring smiles to the faces of the kids at Miller Children’s Hospital”. Over the last 20 years The KIDS group has participated in fundraisers, construction projects for some of the kids’ family homes and most importantly, periodic visits to the hospital.

In 2013, the group donated $40,000 to have a replica of Long Beach Fire Engine 2 built and placed in the family visitation room at the newly expanded Miller Childrens Hospital. In 2017, The LBFD KIDS group participated in the Miller Childrens Hospital “Beach-Fest”, took the kids trick-or-treating throughout the Hospital on Halloween, and visited the childrens’ bedside with Santa Claus during the holiday season.

Any questions about the group can be directed to Fire Captain Greg Curiel. He can be reached by email at gregory.curiel@longbeach.gov

Spark of Love

Through the generosity of Long Beach businesses, residents, and charitable organizations, the LBFD Spark of Love program is able to provide toys for roughly 400 individual families and over 20 different large community groups each year. This positive interaction with the Fire Department builds goodwill within our community, and provides kids with positive role models. Toys are collected throughout December at various city events, from businesses and schools, and from residents who drop off toys at our fire stations.

This program runs as a result of numerous volunteer hours put forth by our LBFD firefighters, lifeguards, Ambassadors, and citizens. Deliveries are made throughout the month of December, culminating in our CODE 3 Delivery Day when fire trucks and volunteer elves parade through the city with Santa in his fire engine sleigh delivering the abundance of toys. Learn more.