In Brief: News Across the County

By September 16, 2016LACoFD News
Lifeguard tests by Elroma David

Candidates in a prior exam for ocean lifeguard positions.  Photo by Elroma David.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel are always busy in the community. Here is a snapshot of what Department members are doing across the county.

Ocean Lifeguard Candidate Swim Exam  

Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division held its 2016 Ocean Lifeguard Candidate Exam at Dockweiler State Beach on Saturday, September 10.

Over 200 candidates participated in the competitive swim. The first 60 to 100 qualifying applicants will be interviewed to judge a candidate’s potential to become a quality Ocean Lifeguard.

Fire Velo Cyclists Finish 10th Annual Ride

On Saturday, August 27, nearly 30 riders from the Fire Velo cycling club completed a week-long journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, ending at the Santa Monica Pier.

The Fire Velo cyclists, made up of firefighters from Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Santa Monica and San Francisco fire departments, were participating in the 10th annual SF to LA Fire Service Cancer Awareness Bicycle Ride to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention in the fire service.

Some of the riders in the cycling group are active duty or retired firefighters who are cancer survivors themselves.

In the past decade, the SF to LA Ride has raised more than $250,000 to support cancer prevention efforts and several organizations, including the Fire Family Foundation, San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Code 3 for a Cure, and the Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund.

This year’s SF to LA Ride was dedicated in memory of the following active or retired firefighters who lost their lives to cancer:

  • Steve Cota, LA County Fire
  • Richard Faust, SFFD
  • David Amituanai, SFFD
  • Billy Webb, LA County Fire
  • John Duff, Venture City Fire

Scroll Presented to Family of Irving Moskowitz

LACoFD Fire Chief Daryl Osby presented a scroll, signed by the Board of Supervisors, to the family of Irving Moskowitz at the Hawaiian Gardens city council meeting on Tuesday, September 12.

Moskowitz passed away in June.  He lived his life dedicated and committed to serving his community and humanity by selflessly and benevolently providing to those in need through his philanthropy.

A generous benefactor, Moskowitz was a longtime friend of the Fire Department who gave annual donations to the March of Dimes campaign as well as provided large quantities of bottled water during major brush fires.

He remained loyal and devoted to his philosophy, “He who has saved one life, it is as if he has saved the world.”

Founded in 1968, the Irving Moskowitz Foundation has continuously accomplished great deeds and will continue to honor his life and legacy by upholding its mission of charitably giving to advance and improve education, science and religious causes for the betterment of mankind.

LACoFD extends its sincerest thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Moskowitz and the Foundation for being outstanding and significant philanthropic pillars of the community, for not only his past accomplishments and generous gifts but for those that will be made in the future through the sustainment of his legacy.