FIRE STATION 7
Long Beach Fire Department Station 7 was first built on June 26, 1923. The station was positioned at Hill Street and Linden Avenue. The majority of Station 7’s first due is the Wrigley District, a prestigious 12 acre tract of Spanish, English, Norman, and Italian architecture. No two homes are alike. The area was developed by William Wrigley’s organization, Fleming and Weber Company. William Wrigley’s legacy includes Wrigley Chewing Gum, the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field, and Catalina Island Company. Mr. Wrigley did not develop more property in the area, but his name was used to sell more homes. Today, the Wrigley District’s borders include the LA River, the 405 Freeway, Long Beach Blvd, and Pacific Coast Highway.
The original station was destroyed during the earthquake in 1933. The current station is located at 2249 Elm Avenue and was built in 1940 by President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. The downstairs was remodeled in 2007 and the upstairs remodeled in 2010. During the remodel, there were a few smoke detectors placed inside the walls. Time will tell how many are still remaining. Next time you’re at 7’s, head up the tower and you may see the Pete Kusel fire prevention award. Take a stroll along the north perimeter and you may notice some high velocity rounds that left their mark on the fence. The kitchen table seat located by the large bay window used to be known as the “bullet seat” for good reason. Take a stroll around to the south side of the station and acquaint yourself with an assortment of training props that were built a couple of years ago and continue to grow…like the “tree of death.”
Station 7 houses Truck 7 and Engine 7. Both apparatus service the Midtown area of Long Beach. Truck 7 is the only truck company in service without a tiller and the only truck with a basket at the end of the aerial ladder. In the past, Station 7 has been home to a Rescue as well as a BLS unit. As with many of our other stations, Station 7 has a rich history and too many stories to tell in one article. Next time you find yourself around someone at 7’s, ask them about the “spinning weights” upstairs, the washer down the pipes, or even a special alarm system that was comprised of rope connected to pots and pans to help wake up a certain Engineer on calls upstairs. No matter the time or the people involved, Station 7 continues to make history.