How it all started
Long Beach Firemen’s Credit Union was established in 1936 when 10 firefighters pooled their money to join our credit union and become the first members. As a member owned cooperative the credit union provided a safe place to save and borrow at reasonable rates. For 37 years the credit union was located at station 1 and in the beginning was open 24 hours a day and staffed with volunteer on-duty firemen to work as clerks. Since the main office was an active fire station, sirens and alarms were common interruptions throughout the day.
In 1948 the credit union hired Herb Bramley as the first compensated manager. He remained involved in various roles within the credit union for 52 years. In 1956 we reached our first million dollars in assets and we have been growing ever since with the support of the employees and retirees of the Long Beach Fire Department and their families.
In 1973 the credit union was able to move to our current facility which was built by many firefighters who contributed their time, hard work and expertise so that we could have our own building to support our growing needs.
As a result of the greater demands in our credit union, we have worked as a team to meet the ever increasing challenges of remaining a top performing credit union for you and your family’s financial needs.
We have been very fortunate to have dedicated and engaged volunteers on the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, and Credit Committee. The volunteers have helped set policies that have been conducive to a high performing credit union that hasn’t lost sight of their original mission “To provide our members quality financial services that add value, are cost effective and contribute to a safe and sound financial cooperative”. Our vision is to continue to build close relationships with our members while meeting their financial needs.