LONG BEACH FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM

LUCAS FITTING

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Pictured is Battalion Chief Harry Lucas demonstrating the hydrant fitting, the Lucas, he developed it for the Long Beach Fire Department in the late 1920’s.

Pictured is Battalion Chief Harry Lucas demonstrating the hydrant fitting, the Lucas, he developed it for the Long Beach Fire Department in the late 1920’s.

The Lucas has a long history with the Long Beach Fire Department. It was developed by Harry Lucas, a Long Beach Fireman, who came on the job in 1911. He developed it in the late 1920’s. It has been in use in Long Beach ever since. Through our research, we found that Harry raised through the ranks to Battalion Chief, where he held the position for 6 years, then voluntarily demoted back to Captain for his last 2 years on the job. He retired late in 1943, leaving the Long Beach Fire Department a device that has proven itself time and time again at numerous fires. It is unique to only our fire department. It was never mass-produced, or marketed to anyone else.