Firefighter of the Month

October 2020

Bart De La Barre

Why did you become a firefighter?

I became a LBFD firefighter because I think everyone should do something for the community they live in. 

              

What is your most memorable experience as a member of LBFD?

My most memorable experience is actually most memorable experiences.  Those are the Firefighter I/II certifications I have seen our members earn.  The time and effort they put in during our classes makes their achievement special to me.

              

What is your favorite fire safety tip?

The best fire safety tip I can think of is to have a WORKING smoke detector outside every bedroom and at the top of stairways.

September 2020

John Wall

Why did you become a firefighter?

Back in 1979, George Kassal, a Long Beach Firefighter walked into the yard of a house we were renting at Stop 29 on Loma Portal.  He was soliciting for the annual fund raiser and asked if I’d be interested in becoming a firefighter.  I went to the next meeting and was hooked.  I’d say the opportunity to help people during difficult situations was the motivation to become a firefighter.

What is your most memorable experience as a member of LBFD?

There are many memories that compete for the top spot.  Humorous ones like when a fellow firefighter was leaning over a bathtub in a house where a dog had succumbed in a fire and I goosed him, which sent him flying.  Other more serious ones like the time a small child had a seizure at the beach, and I held him all the way to the hospital in the ambulance.  He made it OK, but it was a little hairy to say the least.  I received a very nice letter with a picture of the child fully recovered from the family.

What is your favorite fire safety tip?

I don’t think there is any more sage advice for homeowners than to have and maintain smoke detectors in their homes.  Change the batteries every year like clockwork; they really do save lives!