Historical Images: OCBP's Downtown Headquarters

Our weekly feature includes photographs from the Ocean City Historical Museum collection and from the modern era.

This week's "Then and Now" features the Ocean City Beach Patrol's headquarters on the Boardwalk at 10th Street. 

The building in the first image was built by Jack Jernee in 1928, following the 1927 fire when the boardwalk was rebuilt a block closer to the ocean. It was destroyed in the nor’easter that struck in March 1962.

Today, the Beach Patrol's Second Zone headquarters is located on the Boardwalk at 12th Street. The building was constructed by the city in 2004 and also houses a first-aid station and restrooms for the public.

To see more historical photos of Ocean City, visit the Ocean City Historical Museum in the  at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Fred Miller April 21, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Lifeguards go on duty in five weeks! Summer of 2013 is coming fast!
Bob April 21, 2013 at 03:27 PM
This is where many of us began our job with the OCBP...it was known as the 10th Street Tent. Never understood why it was called a "tent". I think that same term is used today. BS 57,58,59.
Michael Hamilton April 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY IN FIVE WEEKS. Just the thought Historian Fred, must send a thrill right up your leg ! Curious that you, a retired guard,are rarely seen on the beach and never in the water. Could be that you feel safer staying away from both, particularly the water. See you on the bike, but not in the surf. Stay safe !
Michael Hamilton April 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
1960, was my rookie year under the fine leadership of Captain Tom Williams. The entire rookie test was a 1/2 mile swim out and back,and held right in front of the unique OCBP headquarters at 10th and the boards. If the Patrol needed 12-guards, the first 12 swimmers to finish were hired. There was no game playing with hiring in those days. Veteran guards taught the "rooks' how to row after they started working a beach. Currently, having the rowing portion (in a lagoon) as a significant part of the rookie test is ridiculous, considering virtually all of the candidates are clueless in the lifeguard boat. Hire the fastest and strongest swimmers, teach rowing in rookie school. Swimming with a torpedo is the method of rescue, in the waters off Ocean City.
Fred Miller April 22, 2013 at 08:37 PM
According to the June 21, 1960 Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger Michael Hamilton took what was then called the IN-TOWN test. Twelve locals tried out and eight were hired including Michael Hamilton. All you had to do was finish the IN-TOWN test and you were hired. There was a another test for out-of-towners where 80 would took the swim and 20 were be hired.
Eric Sauder April 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Now you don't have to take a test at all (if you're well connected.)
Eric Sauder April 23, 2013 at 01:25 AM
I'm just curious Fred but what are those funnels on the top of the building (I don't know what you call them.)
Michael Hamilton April 23, 2013 at 02:56 AM
In 1960, I was living in Somers Point and not IN-TOWN Ocean City. But from the "who cares file" at 16 yrs old I competed for and earned a job on the beach patrol. Did the same in 2009, at age 65. I took the two day rookie test with 90 much younger prospective lifeguards, placing 32nd overall (July 9,2009 Sentinel) and was offered a job by the City, which I did not take. Legendary, right Fred. You in turn, NEVER TOOK the OCBP rookie test, but somehow slid on to the Patrol in 1965. When it came to re-qualifying (SWIM/RUN) for the job each year, you were conveniently missing. Was that ethical Fred?


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