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November 2014


LACoFD Family Support Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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On November 6, members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Family Support Group gathered with Fire Chief Daryl Osby and special guests at the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum in Bellflower to celebrate 30 years of providing support and comfort to surviving members of our Department’s fallen.

Laura Herman, widow of Fire Fighter Steve Herman and the group’s current coordinator, accepted a commemorative gift from the Fire Chief, along with his thanks for serving fellow Fire Department families for three decades. “We will never forget your sacrifices,” he said. Read More


Kudos to Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia and Fire Captain Frank Garrido

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Two members of our Department were recently honored by their communities!  In Division 5, Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia of Fire Station 33 was honored at the recent Leadership and Public Service Awards event held at the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History for his service as a community leader. In another community-based event in Division 8, Fire Captain Frank Garrido of Fire Station 187 was honored as the Walnut Valley Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year at a celebration at the Diamond Bar Golf Course. Read More


HHMD Receives Environmental Excellence Award

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This award was largely for Jones’ efforts and leadership in rewriting an entire section of the California Health and Safety Code dealing with business plans and inventory requirements (known as the “Hazardous Materials” program element). During this four-year process, Jones chaired and led an effort that at times involved over 100 participants from local and State government, unified program agencies, prosecutors, the farm bureau, schools and universities, businesses and industries with facilities throughout the State, including larger retailers, utilities, manufacturing and others required to comply with the law. Read More

Memorial Service for Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Tom Barnett

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Our Department mourns the loss of Ocean Lifeguard Specialist (OLS) Tom Barnett, who passed away on October 15 at the age of 61, following a short-term illness. OLS Barnett had 32 years of dedicated service as an Ocean Lifeguard with the State of California and the County of Los Angeles. We coordially invite all to come and join the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division as we celebrate the life of Tom Barnett at the following event:

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

Service held at:

Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Southern Section Headquarters

1200 The Strand
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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LACoFD Formally Recognizing PulsePoint App in LA County

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Our Department was formally recognized by Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for our work in launching the PulsePoint app in Los Angeles County. Joining Fire Chief Daryl Osby to receive this special recognition was Richard Price, founder of the PulsePoint app and director of the PulsePoint Foundation, and personnel involved in the launch project. As previously reported in Size-Up, PulsePoint is a lifesaving app for CPR-trained citizens to download and use to receive notifications that someone within one quarter of a mile is in need of CPR. Since our Department’s launch last August, over 25,000 citizens have downloaded the app in Los Angeles County. Our Department is also finalizing plans to help train all 100,000 County employees in Hands-Only CPR and PulsePoint. Congratulations to those involved in this game changing project to engage our communities in our mission to save life.


Our Veterans Day Tribute

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Giving back is a value all of our personnel uphold through their daily work, but in special cases this virtue is twofold. In light of Veterans Day coming up on November 11, our Department would like to show appreciation for those who serve our local communities daily through the Fire Department and our country through their tireless work as members of the U.S. military. Read More

Division 8 News: Firefighters and Explorers Honored, Camp 19 Keeps Ganesha Hills Fire Safe

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Fourth District County Supervisor Don Knabe hosted his Annual Public Safety Recognition Luncheon on October 30 at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry, where firefighters and law enforcement personnel were all honored for their service to the unincorporated communities of Whittier, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights. Every year, the “Homeland Heroes” event draws over 600 local community leaders and business representatives to show community-wide support for their local public safety agencies. The East Regional Operations Bureau is proud to see four firefighters selected as Firefighter of the Year: Read More


First CERT Class On Catalina Island

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The first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class was held on Catalina Island over the weekend of October 24-26 in the City of Avalon. At 6 p.m. on Friday evening, class members gathered to begin their instruction. It was a productive weekend as motivated residents were ready to recharge their efforts for our Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).  Over the next several months, Sheriff’s deputies plan to continue to work with these local residents to register several into the Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Program. LASD plans to build this cadre into the leadership core of our joint CERT efforts on the island by March 2015 to have a solid team ready to launch into the spring/summer season. Read More

L.A. County Lifeguards Break Record for the Highest Number of Ocean Rescues in a single year in 2014.

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2014 has been the busiest year on record for the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division. Beginning January 1 through November 3, Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards have performed 14,331 ocean rescues. This year’s count broke the previous mark of 14,096 set back in 1997. This is the largest number of rescues in the history of our organization. Lifeguards performed 4,500 more rescues than our 20-year average with nearly two months still remaining in 2014. Three main weather-related reasons account for the increase. Read More