The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) participated in an “All Call” and a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in honor of the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made an immediate activation request to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) California Task Force-2 (CATF-2) on Monday evening, September 10, 2018, to respond to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. A 16-member Swiftwater Team and an Incident Support Team member quickly deployed and drove across the country with equipment and boats in tow.
On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger joined Fire Chief Daryl Osby at the Van Nuys Airport to welcome the arrival of the CL-415 SuperScoopers and the Erickson Helitanker. These firefighting aircraft resources are leased every year to provide extra help during our region’s fire season.
On Thursday, August 30, the Los Angeles County Fire County Fire Department remembered two fallen firefighters – Fire Captain Ted Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist (FFS) Arnie Quinones – on the nine-year anniversary of the Station Fire that swept over Camp 16 on Mt. Gleason in 2009. They were proud, cherished family men, and courageous firefighters who gave their lives bravely battling an intense fire that was fueled by strong, erratic winds and prolonged drought.
The Los Angeles County Surf Lifesaving Association (LACoSLA) competed against over 30 teams and 400 professional lifeguards at the United States Lifesaving Association National Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from August 9-11, 2018, and brought home bragging rights as the best and the fastest lifeguarding pros around.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department answered the call for resources and assistance needed on major wildfires burning out of county this week, deploying personnel as far north as Cougar Creek, Washington.
Thirty-seven recruits graduated from the Los Angeles County Fire Department Recruit Training Academy on the morning of Friday, August 3, 2018. The 151st Recruit Class Graduation ceremony took place at the Cecil R. Gehr Fire Combat Training Center in East Los Angeles.
The health and well-being of our Fire Department family are important to me. I strive to ensure each of you gets to and from your work site unharmed, and that your working conditions are as safe as possible. Because when one of us becomes ill or hurt, if affects all of us – including me.
When Los Angeles County Public Health (Public Health) issued a Heat Alert on Monday, July 23, forecasting high temperatures that could last for several days, residents in the inland valley areas of Los Angeles county prepared to stay cool and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters were on high alert for brush fires.