The Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division is responsible for providing life safety services for over 72 miles of Southern California coastline, and serving an estimated seventy million beachgoers each year.

To adequately protect the 72 miles of Southern California coastline and Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service has:

  • Over 160 Lifeguard Towers
  • 15 Lifeguard Substations
  • 4  Section Headquarters
  • 10 Baywatch Rescue Boats
  • 45 Emergency Lifeguard Units
  • 11 Lifeguard Quick Response Vehicles
  • 6 Lifeguard Technical Rescue Units
  • 1  Underwater Rescue & Recovery Unit
  • 1 Technical Search Team Unit
  • 2 Paramedic Rescue Squads
  • 1 Swift Water Rescue Response Unit
  • 14 Rescue Water Crafts
  • 7 Command Vehicles
  • 2 Remotely Operated Vehicles

 

LACOFD Lifeguard Ranks (2018):

  • 1 Lifeguard Division Chief
  • 1 Lifeguard Assistant Chief
  • 6 Section Chiefs (similar to Battalion Chiefs)
  • 
36 Beach Captains
  • 
23 Rescue Boat Captains
  • 
110 Ocean Lifeguard Specialists 
 (32 Paramedics – 8 full time on Catalina Island)
  • Over 600 Ocean Lifeguards (seasonal)

*These numbers are fluid as Retirements and Promotions are continuously ongoing*

 

LACOFD Lifeguard General Statistics:

  • Over 12,000 ocean rescues annually
  • Over 15,000 medical emergency responses annually
  • Reunite over 1,ooo missing persons annually
  • Assist over 400 vessels in distress annually

 

Rescue Story By Ocean Lifeguard Josh Williams