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February 2015

Pictured is Canine Handler Fire Captain Bill Monahan and his dog, Hunter, as they participate in a USAR demonstration. (Photo by CSR Carmen Mackey)

Board of Supervisors Approves $12.9M Grant for Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved a five-year award of $12,944,147 in grant funding for the Fire Department from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) International Search and Rescue Operations Cooperative Agreement. Additional funding will be made based on emergency deployment activity and funding will be increased in the form of agreement modifications. Read More


Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby: Making History

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Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby is recognized as the first African-American Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, carrying on the tradition that began with his father, Robert Osby, who served as the first African-American Fire Chief of of the cities of Inglewood, San Jose, Oceanside, and the second African -American Fire Chief of the City of San Diego.  Read More

Little Lives Continue to be Saved Through Safe Surrender

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safe surrenderOn Sunday, February 8, at 5:48 a.m., the doorbell rang at Fire Station 45 in the City of Lakewood. At the door was a 40-year old man holding a newborn baby girl. The man had found the newborn abandoned near the Lakewood Mall and brought her to the fire station. Although this event did not meet the criteria of a Safe Surrender, the life of this little girl was saved. She was evaluated by firefighters and found to be in good medical condition.  She was taken to a local hospital for further medical evaluation, and will be placed into a loving adoptive home. Read More


Hazardous Materials Teams Train Together to Improve Response

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In an effort to be proactive, Hazardous Materials (HM) teams within and adjoining the County of Los Angeles have been planning to meet and train together. They all recognize the potential for a major hazardous materials incident, such as terrorism, that would require more resources than any one agency can handle. Fire Captain Tony Duran credits the Department’s HM Team members for the idea, as it was suggested prior to his arrival into his position as Hazardous Materials Coordinator in April 2014. Read More


Paramedic Training Institute Class 232 Graduates

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On Wednesday, January 28, Class 232 of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute (PTI) graduated at El Camino Community College in Torrance. PTI is a division of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, and the EMT-P training program is a collaborative effort between the highly qualified, full-time PTI staff and El Camino Community College. Our Department acknowledges the great sacrifice and hard work by these young men and women. Congratulations and welcome to Class 232: Michael Devine, Tyson Farwell, Michael Mcerlean, Brian Noss, Joe Pena, Christopher Polanco, Christopher Toomey, Sean Travis, Paul Watts, Kevin Welsh, and Matt Williams. We wish you the best as you take this exciting next step in your careers as fire fighter paramedics!


Paying Tribute To Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Brian Kutil

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On Thursday, January 15, our Department lost a leader and true hero, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Brian K. Kutil. Kutil joined our Department as an Ocean Lifeguard in 1994. He worked many years as an Ocean Lifeguard Recurrent (part time) at Santa Monica South, where he shined as a leader amongst his peers. During this time, Kutil was introduced to ocean paddling by his lifeguard friends and exceeded in this sport. Read More