On this bright, cold and sunny New Year’s Day, our Department proudly participated in the 126th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in the City of Pasadena. Each New Year’s Day close to 80 million people around the globe focus on Pasadena, California, known as “Home of the Rose Parade.” With “Inspiring Stories” selected as the 2015 parade theme, the famed intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards came alive at 8 a.m., as 40 floats, 20 bands and 18 equestrian groups were introduced to the over 700,000 spectators bundled up along the route to watch with amazement. Read More
On November 6, members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Family Support Group gathered with Fire Chief Daryl Osby and special guests at the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum in Bellflower to celebrate 30 years of providing support and comfort to surviving members of our Department’s fallen.
Laura Herman, widow of Fire Fighter Steve Herman and the group’s current coordinator, accepted a commemorative gift from the Fire Chief, along with his thanks for serving fellow Fire Department families for three decades. “We will never forget your sacrifices,” he said. Read More
Two members of our Department were recently honored by their communities! In Division 5, Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia of Fire Station 33 was honored at the recent Leadership and Public Service Awards event held at the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History for his service as a community leader. In another community-based event in Division 8, Fire Captain Frank Garrido of Fire Station 187 was honored as the Walnut Valley Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year at a celebration at the Diamond Bar Golf Course. Read More
This award was largely for Jones’ efforts and leadership in rewriting an entire section of the California Health and Safety Code dealing with business plans and inventory requirements (known as the “Hazardous Materials” program element). During this four-year process, Jones chaired and led an effort that at times involved over 100 participants from local and State government, unified program agencies, prosecutors, the farm bureau, schools and universities, businesses and industries with facilities throughout the State, including larger retailers, utilities, manufacturing and others required to comply with the law. Read More
Our Department was formally recognized by Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for our work in launching the PulsePoint app in Los Angeles County. Joining Fire Chief Daryl Osby to receive this special recognition was Richard Price, founder of the PulsePoint app and director of the PulsePoint Foundation, and personnel involved in the launch project. As previously reported in Size-Up, PulsePoint is a lifesaving app for CPR-trained citizens to download and use to receive notifications that someone within one quarter of a mile is in need of CPR. Since our Department’s launch last August, over 25,000 citizens have downloaded the app in Los Angeles County. Our Department is also finalizing plans to help train all 100,000 County employees in Hands-Only CPR and PulsePoint. Congratulations to those involved in this game changing project to engage our communities in our mission to save life.
Giving back is a value all of our personnel uphold through their daily work, but in special cases this virtue is twofold. In light of Veterans Day coming up on November 11, our Department would like to show appreciation for those who serve our local communities daily through the Fire Department and our country through their tireless work as members of the U.S. military. Read More
Fire Captain Pete Finnerty of Fire Station 27 in Battalion 3 was honored as 2014 Firefighter of the Year by the Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Club during an awards banquet held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the City of Commerce on October 29. Finnerty has served our nation’s fire service for the past 24 years, including 19 as a member of our Department. Read More
Fourth District County Supervisor Don Knabe hosted his Annual Public Safety Recognition Luncheon on October 30 at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry, where firefighters and law enforcement personnel were all honored for their service to the unincorporated communities of Whittier, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights. Every year, the “Homeland Heroes” event draws over 600 local community leaders and business representatives to show community-wide support for their local public safety agencies. The East Regional Operations Bureau is proud to see four firefighters selected as Firefighter of the Year: Read More