Over 200 Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters rallied for the Department’s Explorer program at the 8th Annual Bear Classic Softball Tournament on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the La Mirada Regional Park.
Fourteen Los Angeles County firefighters graduated on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute as part of the program’s 242nd class.
Over 8,000 athletes participating in the 2017 Los Angeles World Police & Fire Games are set to march into the LA Coliseum for the opening ceremony on Monday, August 7 at 5 p.m.
A day at the beach can be fun and memorable! But, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division wants to remind you of some dangers you should be aware of when you spend time on the sand and in the ocean.
- Always swim and surf near an open lifeguard station and never swim alone.
- Check in with the nearest lifeguard for daily ocean conditions and hazards.
- Always swim and surf within your abilities. Use good judgment.
- If in doubt of the large surf, do NOT go out!
- Never dive into shallow water. Remember feet-first every time!
- Use swim fins and a leash whenever bodyboarding.
- Keep a safe distance from piers and rocks, and always obey warning signs.
- Never throw sand and always fill in holes before you leave the beach.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreen and wear a hat.
- Respect other beach patrons and remember your beach manners.
- The bicycle path is like a road. Always look both ways before crossing!
- If you or someone in your group gets lost, always find the nearest lifeguard.
Beware of Rip Currents
A rip current is a current that runs from shallow water near the shore to deeper waters beyond the surfline in a river-like phenomenon. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves. The bigger the waves, the bigger the rip currents.
Rip currents are a leading hazard to beach goers. Inexperienced swimmers are often caught in the current and pulled out to deep water. Panicked swimmers try to counter a rip current by swimming straight back to shore, putting themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue
Here are ways to escape a rip current:
- Remain calm.
- Tread water and float.
- Stay on your bodyboard or surfboard.
- Get the attention of a lifeguard or a bystander who can alert a lifeguard.
- If you are able to self-rescue, swim parallel to shore first to get out of the rip current before swimming into shore.
Watch Out for Stingrays
Stingrays are bottom-dwellers, found partially buried in shallow sandy waters during the summer. They are flat fish with eyes and nostrils on the top side of their bodies with their mouths and gills underneath.
The stingray’s defense mechanism is camouflage. If it is stepped on, it will sting. To prevent getting stung, shuffle your feet along the sandy bottom to allow time for a stingray to move away.
If you get stung by a stingray, get immediate help from a lifeguard or paramedic.
It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown. Drowning accidents are a leading cause of death for children under four years old. And, almost 70% of all drowning accidents occur in backyard swimming pools which could have been prevented.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has tips on how you and your family can stay safe:
- Never take your eyes off a child when he/she is in or near any body of water; not even for a second.
- Don’t rely on barriers, such as fences or walls near a pool or spa. There is no substitute for constant supervision.
- Make sure your pool or spa has a fence, wall or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access, particularly by young children.
- Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching or are equipped with exit alarms and are never propped open.
- Remove toys, tricycles or other children’s playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa when not in use.
- Don’t consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enrolled them in swimming or water-proofing classes.
- Don’t rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision.
- Always drain standing (surface) water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children.
- Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
- Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area.
- Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
If someone is in trouble in the pool:
1. Don’t panic; yell for help.
2. Get the child/adult out of the pool immediately.
3. Call 911 for emergency medical services.
4. If you’re trained, begin CPR, if necessary.
5. If you’re not trained in CPR, follow telephone instructions from the Fire Department until they arrive to assist you.