Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments are hosting the Annual Police and Fire Open House on Saturday, May 11, 2013. This long-time event has been a community favorite for many generations and serves as recognition for Fire Service Day and National Police Week (also known as Blue Ribbon Week). In addition, the 6th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will take place on the same day.
The City of Manhattan Beach will remember three Manhattan Beach Police Officers who have been killed in the line of duty: Officer Charles Frederick Grau (End of Watch: September 11, 1952), Officer Richard Timothy Giles (End of Watch: February 14, 1962) and Officer Martin Lane Ganz (End of Watch: December 27, 1993). Our community is invited to join City Officials, Police & Fire Staff and Families of our fallen Officers as we honor and celebrate their lives.
The Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will take place in the Public Safety parking lot (15th Street/Valley Drive) at 10:00 AM and will immediately be followed by the Police & Fire Open House at 11:00 AM. The Police and Fire facilities are located at 400/420 15th Street on the corner of 15th Street and Valley Drive. Visitors can enter the event site on Valley Drive, between 13th and 15th Streets.
The Police & Fire Open House showcases the services, equipment, as well as staff that provide public safety and emergency response to our community. Guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the MBPD and MBFD including: SWAT Team, Motor/Traffic Officers, Parking/Animal Control, K-9 Team, Firefighters/Paramedics, as well as volunteers that support Neighborhood Watch, Victim Assistance, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Explorers, and the Volunteers in Policing program.
Highlights of the day include a Fire Fighting demonstration and the Crisis Negotiator Team’s Robot demonstration. There will be an extensive display of specialized equipment and public safety vehicles including: Fire Truck, Paramedic Van, SWAT Van, Beach Patrol Rhino (all-terrain vehicle), Beach Quadrunner, Patrol Car, Traffic Motorcycle, T-3 (electric standup vehicle), Animal Control Rescue Truck and the Mobile Command Center (donated to Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments by the Manhattan Beach Property Owner’s Association).
In addition, the Police Jail and Fire Station will be open for guided tours throughout the day.
View the Event Flyer (PDF)