About MBFD

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The Manhattan Beach Fire Department consists of two fire stations, thirty career Firefighters and twenty-four volunteer personnel who are trained to provide the highest level of fire, medical and rescue assistance. If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.


The firefighters work a 48/96 work schedule. That means two 24-hours shifts or days in a row followed by 96-hours or four days off. Each shift begins at 8:00 AM and end at 8:00 AM the following day. This schedule averages a 56-hour workweek. We are a three-platoon department, and each firefighter is assigned to one of three shifts, A, B, or C Shift. The stations are staffed 365 days a year.



The Manhattan Beach Fire Department has a constant staffing policy that requires staffing nine firefighters per shift; a Battalion Chief, two Fire Captains, two Fire Apparatus Engineers, and four Firefighters. All firefighters below the rank of Battalion Chief are required to be Los Angeles County licensed paramedics.


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The Manhattan Beach Fire Department has several events yearly and can be found in the City of Manhattan Beach Calendar Section.