PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/22/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 112221-2
Subject:
Long Beach Fire Steps Up as a Primary Operating Partner for UCLA Health’s Mobile Stroke Unit Program
Provides specialized medical treatment to potential stroke patients across the Los Angeles County region
Contact:
Jack Crabtree
562.570.2554
Jack.Crabtree@longbeach.gov
Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department
May Nour
mnour@mednet.ucla.edu
Medical Director
UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit Program

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) is now serving as a primary operating partner for UCLA Health’s Mobile Stroke Unit Program (MSU), a shared emergency medical service that provides life-saving therapies to potential stroke patients throughout the Los Angeles County region. As a primary operating partner, LBFD is dedicating one firefighter/paramedic to serve as a team member for the MSU.

“I am proud of our Fire Department for stepping up and continuing to support this critical medical service that has proven to save the lives of hundreds of patients across LA County,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The program serves as a shared regional resource for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Service Provider Agencies, responding only to calls for service that involve possible stroke patients. The specialized ambulances are equipped with a mobile CT scanner to image the brain and blood vessels, lab equipment, and a medical team comprised of a firefighter/paramedic, stroke neurologist, critical care transport nurse, and CT technologist, allowing medical personnel to provide specialized medical treatment to diagnose and treat stroke patients before they are transferred to a medical facility.

“One of our top priorities is to provide our communities with the best emergency medical service and care available,” said LBFD Chief Xavier Espino. “This Mobile Stroke Unit provides an increased level of service to our community and enables us to deliver enhanced specialized treatment to those needing help when they call 9-1-1.” 

The MSU operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is dispatched from one of three alternating primary locations throughout the LA region and responding to calls within a 20-minute response time. LBFD helps staff the MSU Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while the other primary operating partner, the Torrance Fire Department, staffs Thursday through Saturday.

“We are thrilled to step up as a primary operating partner and continue providing this enhanced prehospital stroke care and education to our community,” said LBFD Medical Director Dr. Tiffany Abramson. “Through this ongoing partnership, stroke diagnosis and treatment can be performed rapidly in the field and improve the lives of our patients.”

A first of its kind on the West Coast, the Mobile Stroke Unit Program began in 2017 and has since responded to 980 calls for service and has transported 215 patients to 17 different regional hospitals, administering live-saving emergency care to 170 diagnosed stroke patients thus far. The program is funded by the Henry and Arline Gluck Foundation and Measure B funds from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. LBFD has participated in the program since September 2017.

“We have seen these units save patients from a lifetime of debility and provide brain-saving treatments fast,” said Dr. May Nour, UCLA MSU medical director. 

More information about the Mobile Stroke Unit Program is available on the UCLA Health website. More information about the LBFD is available at longbeach.gov/fire.