National Weather Service Forecasters have predicted a greater than %50 chance that the oceans water surface temperatures will shift into an El Nino pattern in late Summer early Fall 2014. We have currently been in an ENSO Neutral pattern for the past year. This possible change from Neutral to El Nino could cause a shift in Southern California weather. Read More
During the month of April, outstanding volunteers were celebrated in our Department and County-wide. The Explorer Program held its 9th Annual Explorer Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 5 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City with over 500 guests in attendance. Also, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed April 7 as “Volunteers: Community Heroes Day” in support of the Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards held that same day at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This year our Department awarded volunteer Robin Kennard for his dedicated service to the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program, and volunteer Shara Aivazi for his excellent service within the Explorer Program.
Our Department is proud of its leadership position within the international fire service community. Our ability to envision and innovate for more than 90 years has earned us that reputation. Many public safety agencies look to us for ideas about how to create and develop their programs and services. Most recently, the Philadelphia Fire Department reached out to our Homeland Security Section for assistance in establishing their Homeland Security Division. Over a two-day period last week, Fire Captain Frank Forman coordinated and conducted a diverse, multi-agency tour of the Homeland Security enterprise within the Los Angeles County Operational Area (LACOA) for Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Davison. Read More
In this second installment of the LACoFD badge history series (part one here), we will be focusing on the Series 1B Forester and Fire Warden (F&FW) badge. This badge was issued concurrently with the Series 1A F&FW badge. Read More
The Junior Lifeguard Tryout Swim is a right of passage for thousands of future L.A. County children ages 9-17. This swim can cause some serious nerves for both the children and more often the parents. Children train very hard in the months and years before this swim and passing is a huge accomplishment for the whole family. Read More
Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division
Statistics for period ( Friday, April 4th – Tuesday, April 8th )
Estimated Beach Attendance: 579,000
Estimated Boating Attendance: 11,000
Enforced Ordinances: 4,161
Emergency Vehicle Responses: 422
EMS Calls: 30
First Aids: 124
Ocean Rescues: 102
Boat Rescues: 14
Recently we have been getting quite a few questions regarding the increase in tar washing up along L.A. County Beaches. What is it? Why is it washing up? How do I get it off my feet? As lifeguards, this is something that we have become accustomed to as a “hazard of the job.”
As we were looking for all the scientific answers for where the tar comes from, we stumbled upon a great article by our friends at Heal The Bay that will answer all your questions!
Click the link to read the article: Heal The Bay Article
L.A. County Northern Battalion Lifeguards assisted multiple agencies with a panga boat carrying an estimated 1 ton+ of marijuana that washed early Monday morning April 7th. The vessel washed ashore at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu and the proper authorities were notified.
Below are some pictures of the vessel and some of our L.A. County Lifeguard personnel involved on the incident.
Spring Break is here and for many of us that means fun in the sun at some of the famous beaches of Los Angeles County! Spring can often be one of the more dangerous times of year to go swimming in the ocean. Large winter swells have moved a lot of sand around causing large in-shore holes and rip currents.
The L.A. County Fire department would like for you to have a safe and enjoyable day at the beach so we have a few safety messages we would like to share with you.
Imagine buying a new car only to take it home and modify the electrical system. That is just the beginning of what must be done to new fire apparatus. As with all purchases, Fleet Services Division must start with the procurement process, working with our Department’s Materials Management team. This process is done with all new and reassigned engines, trucks and support vehicles. Read More