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Fire Chief Robert Espinosa

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2011 Accomplishments

Welcome to the Manhattan Beach Fire Department website. Since my appointment in June 2011 the MBFD has accomplished many goals.

In August the Fire Department was evaluated by an Insurance Services Office (ISO) representative. This evaluation is performed every 10 years and includes an examination of fire service operations, water supplies, and fire dispatch. ISO ratings are tied to insurance rates and have an impact on commercial and residential insurance premiums based upon the City's rating. The Manhattan Beach Fire Department currently holds a Class 3 Public Protection Classification. We are waiting for our new score.

On September 11th this year the City joined in the nationwide ten year memorial of the terrorist attacks on America at the World Trade Center site. A combine police and fire department Honor Guard lowered the United States flag in memory of the civilians and first responders who lost their life that day in the tragic events.

In October the City held a disaster preparedness exercise in conjunction with the state's annual Golden Guardian Great Shake Out earthquake preparedness drill. To add to the realism of a citywide emergency recall of employees, the Manhattan Beach exercise took place on a Saturday and numerous department directors, managers, supervisors, and other key employees reported to the Emergency Operations Center from their homes. The management of the disaster exercise was handled real time as designated employees returned to the City and were assigned to incident command positions in the disaster center.

Also in October, the MBFD participated in the nationwide Fire Prevention Week campaign. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Firefighters visited each of the six Manhattan Beach elementary schools second grade classes to deliver the annual fire prevention message. Various fire safety topics are discussed and students are encouraged to bring information home to share lessons learned with their families.

Every student was provided a packet of materials with instructions on how to create a “Home Escape Plan” in the event a fire might occur in their home. Every student that completes a plan and returns it to school is entered into the contest. One “Escape Plan” was selected from each school based on the thoughtfulness of the plan and is awarded the grand prize which includes a Manhattan Beach Fire Department tee shirt and a ride to school on a Manhattan Beach fire engine with a personal escort to class by the firefighters.

The Department hired two new Firefighter/Paramedics in November. Firefighter/Paramedics Christian McArthur and David Schwarting completed a two-week mini operational academy followed by two weeks of paramedic skills and policy review. They are now assigned to a 24-hour shift schedule for a one-year probationary period. On January 9th, we will start a mini operational academy for our next new Firefighter/Paramedic Joshua Kueng. The Fire Department held a swearing-in and badge pinning ceremony on December 16th.

The Fire Department augments the City's Fire Service using 31 Paid Call Firefighters to perform many essential fire department support functions, ambulance transport for injured or ill citizens and visitors to the city, and fire prevention inspections. With one more month to go this year our Paid Call Firefighters logged over 4,100 hours of service.

I am proud of our department’s accomplishments and look forward to achieving our goals in 2012.