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August 2014

High Surf Advisory For LA County Beaches 8/26-8/29

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The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Los Angeles County Beaches effective Tuesday 8/26 Through Friday 8/29. The forecast is calling for a SE swell  from Hurricane Marie to bring waves to ALL L.A. County beaches in the 6-10ft range with sets for South facing beaches up to 15-18ft at best breaks. Please use caution while visiting the beach and always check in with a Lifeguard before ANY ocean activities. Read More

2014 Lifeguard Medal of Valor Awards Recognize Courage and Service

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lg-medov-pic2In appreciation of devoted service to the citizens of Los Angeles County, the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and presented the 2014 Lifeguard Medal of Valor Awards on July 31 at the Seaside Lagoon to several of our lifeguards, including Lee Davis, Lars Gustafson, Simon Snyder, Remy Smith, Ryan Anderson, Tim Ryan, Joi Inscore, and Scott Davey.  Read More

Meet New Leadership and Professional Standards Bureau Deputy Chief Anthony Marrone

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On March 16, Anthony C. Marrone was appointed as the new Deputy Chief of the Department’s Leadership and Professional Standards Bureau (LPSB). Marrone previously served as Acting Deputy Chief for LPSB for 10 months prior to his appointment by Fire Chief Daryl Osby.  He has served as a member of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for 28 years, and looks forward to the many challenges that lie ahead in leading the Department’s newest bureau. Marrone leads many key functions within the organization, including the Risk Management Division, Organizational Development Division, Employee Relations Division, Return to Work Section, Training Services Section, Del Valle Training Section, Professional Performance Section, Recruitment Unit and the Privacy and Access Unit. Read More

The Quality and Productivity Commission Visit

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On August 7, the Quality and Productivity Commission (QPC) visited our Department and met with Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Deputy Chief Dawnna Lawrence, Battalion Chiefs Derek Alkonis and Anderson Mackey, and Communications Director Kristina Hajjar. The Department briefed the QPC on the Department’s quality and productivity challenges and opportunities, and how our organization can further work with the QPC to improve our services. Read More

PulsePoint App Launches in Los Angeles County

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Citizen-PulsePoint-Window-Cling To aid cardiac arrest victims quickly, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, The PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation officially launched the PulsePoint app in Los Angeles County on August 6. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Fire Chief Daryl Osby, PulsePoint Founder Richard Price and other members of the project team at the Department’s press conference held at a local Home Depot store in the City of Inglewood to let the public know about this new app. Read More

County Firefighters Battle Northern California Fires

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County firefighters have been very busy over the last two weeks providing support to fire agencies in Northern California as wildfires continue to cut a trail across the state. Currently, there are 13 wildfires burning with a large portion of these fires resulting from lightning strikes. We have multiple engine, camp crea and patrol strike teams deployed to assist in battling these fires. Our Department has backfilled all fire stations to retain 100 percent staffing in our own backyard here in Los Angeles County. Read More

Off-Duty Ocean Lifeguard Assists with Rescue of Water Polo Player at Avalon Harbor’s South Beach

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South Beach Polo

On August 6th at 1850pm Baywatch Avalon and fire personal responded to an unknown medical at South Beach in Avalon on Catalina Island. According to witnesses, the patient was having an unknown medial issue while in the water during a water polo game. One water polo player kept the patient from sinking while off-duty LA County Ocean Lifeguard Ignacio Pagliaro rendered aid by swimming to the patient, pulling his face out of the water, then coordinating an effort to swim the patient to shore while maintaining a clear airway. Read More

PulsePoint App Now Available to Los Angeles County

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LOS ANGELES – August 6, 2014 – To aid cardiac arrest victims quickly, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, The PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation are making the PulsePoint app available to individuals in the Los Angeles County area today. Aimed at average citizens and off-duty professionals trained in CPR, the app alerts registered users when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a public place in their immediate vicinity. Informed at the same time as emergency responders, users are given detailed instructions, including the location of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) nearby.

More than 13,000 people in Los Angeles County have already downloaded the app, but local promotional campaigns are in development to help raise awareness among the County’s more than 4 million residents.  The leading cause of death in the U.S., cardiac arrests outside hospitals are responsible for more than 1,000 deaths a day and 424,000 a year. Effective CPR administered immediately after a cardiac arrest can potentially double or triple the victim’s chance of survival, but less than half of victims receive that immediate help.

“Widespread deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the Chain of Survival by increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken by CPR-trained individuals prior to the arrival of our personnel,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. “Mobile technology can help us build a safer, more resilient community, and thanks to the donation by The Wireless Foundation, PulsePoint is available to Los Angeles County at no cost to our organization.”

“This is a perfect example of the ‘connected life’ that provides enormous benefits for all thanks to this very simple concept, which is to alert CPR-trained individuals to a nearby cardiac arrest situation so they may assist until the first responders arrive on the scene,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, President of The Wireless Foundation and President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. “If you’re CPR-trained, please download the PulsePoint app now to help save a life.”

In addition to the PulsePoint app, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be launching PulsePoint AED app to help locate and record all public access defibrillators in the county for use during cardiac arrest emergencies. Once validated, these crowdsourced AED will be visible in the PulsePoint app as well as for dispatcher use during emergency calls. The PulsePoint app and PulsePoint AED apps are available on Android and iOS (Apple).

About the PulsePoint Foundation

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life-saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to SCA victims in public settings and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by Physio-Control. The original idea came from Richard Price, the former chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Department, who wanted to bridge the gap between the critical minutes following SCA and the 13 million Americans who are CPR trained, but often don’t know their skills are required. The PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store™ and Google Play™. Learn more at