An essential and much anticipated component of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) fire season is the annual arrival of specialty aircraft leased to support its existing apparatus arsenal. The first aircraft to arrive this season was a single Erickson Air-Crane S-64F Helitanker.
From July 18-20, 2017, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection met in the Los Angeles area to discuss current and upcoming projects and initiatives that address climate change and improve urban and wildland forest health. It has been more than a decade since the Board’s last visit.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby and the Executive Team hosted a promotional ceremony on Wednesday, July 19 to congratulate 31 employees who have been promoted to the next stage in their careers.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a proud history of serving our residents and communities. From our front-line firefighters to our dispatchers, Prevention staff, lifeguards, nurses, and professional staff, I could not put into 140 characters or less how proud I am to lead a talented and skilled team of professionals who put our communities, residents and business owners first.
A fiery start to the summer has tasked the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to work in coordination as incidents occur on the boundaries of their respective territories. Away from the fires, both agencies work to promote the Ready!Set!Go! wildfire action plan, an on-going public awareness campaign that advocates for residents to prepare their families, home and property in advance of a fire. This year, CAL FIRE has developed a new mobile app to support the initiative.
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized the Internal Services Department to proceed with the acquisition of two Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopters for the Department’s Air Operations Section.