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January 2015

Tragic death of on-duty Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard Specialist

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LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 15, 2015 – The Los Angeles County Fire Department is saddened to report that this morning at 7:01 a.m., one of our Ocean Lifeguard Specialists Brian Kutil, age 42, tragically passed away. He was a 20-year veteran of the Lifeguard Division and died during our annual 500-meter recertification swim exercise at Mira Costa High School in the City of Manhattan Beach. He was immediately treated by L.A. County lifeguards, along with Manhattan Beach Fire Department paramedics, and transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital. Despite heroic efforts by all involved, he was pronounced dead. 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 December 31 2014, Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards have performed 15,851 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 6,181 more rescues than our 20-year average in 2014. Three main weather-related reasons account for the increase. Read More


HHMD Opens Doors to the Public

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On January 7, the Health Hazardous Material Division (HHMD) opened their doors for the first time to the public, providing insight to guests into one of the largest hazardous materials programs in California. Hazardous Material Specialist (HMS) Supervisor Ken Smith spearheaded this event, along with HMS Supervisor Mario Tresierras, to improve awareness and educate the community about how to keep their home and community safe. Read More


LACoFD Represents at the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade

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On this bright, cold and sunny New Year’s Day, our Department proudly participated in the 126th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in the City of Pasadena. Each New Year’s Day close to 80 million people around the globe focus on Pasadena, California, known as “Home of the Rose Parade.” With “Inspiring Stories” selected as the 2015 parade theme, the famed intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards came alive at 8 a.m., as 40 floats, 20 bands and 18 equestrian groups were introduced to the over 700,000 spectators bundled up along the route to watch with amazement.  Read More