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During the week of August 6, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Division II and IV firefighters participated in National Night Out events throughout their respected cities.

Divisions II and IV Firefighters Participate in National Night Out Events

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By Kaelyn Floyd

During the week of August 6, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Division II and IV firefighters participated in National Night Out events throughout their respected cities. These annual community-building events feature safety tips, fun activities and entertainment to promote positive relationships between residents and public safety officers.

LACoFD set up booths to educate the communities about the resources provided in their areas and fire safety. Residents were eager to meet local firefighters and learn life saving skills, such as hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Local law enforcement agencies also participated in the fun, building long lasting positive relationships with community members.

Since August 1984, communities across the United States have been participating in National Night Out to prevent crime and drug activity through community awareness. This campaign is officially recognized on the first Tuesday of August but is celebrated during the entire month.

Winning “Close Before You Doze” Video Contest Also Helps Local Fire Departments

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If you enjoy making videos, the Underwriters Laboratories’ Firefighter Safety Research Institute (ULFSRI) is encouraging filmmakers to showcase their talent and participate in their “Close Before You Doze” video contest. The contest is open until Saturday, August 31, 2019, and a donation of up to $25,000 will be made to the top three winner’s favorite fire department.

ULFSRI is looking for fresh new content for Close Before you Doze, a campaign that has educated millions in the importance of closing bedroom doors before going to bed to prevent the spread of home fires and save lives.

Contestants are to submit a short video of their creative interpretation of this life-saving message to help promote fire safety in their community. Videos with the most public views will be announced as the winners.

For more information, visit https://closeyourdoor.org/contest.

LACoFD Firefighters Graduate from the Paramedic Training Institute

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Thirteen Los Angeles County firefighters were honored with a formal graduation ceremony for successfully completing the Paramedic Training Institute program. The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s executive team hosted the ceremony at El Camino College in Torrance on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Family and friends attended the celebration to honor Class 250’s remarkable achievement.

Congratulations and best wishes to the following graduates:

Fire Fighter Paramedic Bradley Beckwith
Fire Fighter Paramedic Marcus Cantu
Fire Fighter Paramedic Matthew Christie
Fire Fighter Paramedic Andrew Clemens
Fire Fighter Paramedic Ryan Ford
Fire Fighter Paramedic Brandon Fountain
Fire Fighter Paramedic Brandon Meyer
Fire Fighter Paramedic Michael Moncrief
Fire Fighter Paramedic Raul Perez
Fire Fighter Paramedic Manuel Rodriguez
Fire Fighter Paramedic Alan Roman
Fire Fighter Paramedic Jonathan Ryker
Fire Fighter Paramedic Michael Simpson

Prior to graduating, the new paramedics completed six months of classroom, hospital, and field training.

Board of Supervisors Recognizes LACoFD for Receiving NACo Award

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Recently, the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) presented 22 County departments with 2019 Achievement Awards in a variety of categories. At the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn recognized award winners, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), during scroll presentations. 

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joined the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and other Southern California regional agencies in air operations trainings that focused on night wildland fire and night vision goggle drills.

Fire Agencies Train Together in Night-Time Air Operations

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joined the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and other Southern California regional agencies in air operations trainings that focused on night wildland fire and night vision goggle drills.  During the week of July 8, 2019, the Angeles National Forest (ANF) and the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) each hosted the trainings to prepare first responders for future emergency incidents.

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