Exceptional acts of heroism were front and center at the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s annual Valor Awards Ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday evening, May 31, 2018. Department members and Good Samaritans were honored with Exemplary Service, Certificate of Merit, Unit Citation, Certificate of Valor, and prestigious Medal of Valor awards for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The safety, mental health, and well-being of our workforce has always been a priority for me and the Executive Team. Nationally, there has been a noticeable spike in the number of first responders dying by suicide. In fact, in 2017, the total number of suicides for firefighters and police officers surpassed the total number of those who died in the line of duty (including being shot, stabbed, drowning or dying in a car accident while on the job).
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, key personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department attended the 2018 LAX Air/Sea Disaster Drill and Marine Response Zone Plan Workshop with Local and Federal partners in order to exercise and improve the large scale, multi-agency response in the event of an aircraft crashing into the ocean offshore of Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Fire and Public Health Departments joined in a multi-agency effort from April 27-29, 2018, providing 20,000 gallons of bottled water to residents in Willowbrook and Compton after rust-colored water was discovered to be running out of their taps.
Fifteen fire suppression aids from the Los Angeles County Fire Department successfully completed the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class.