The Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division’s Junior Lifeguard Program graduated 69 cadets on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Dockweiler Youth Center in Playa Del Rey.
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby joined Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
On Sunday, September 1, 2019, First District Supervisor Hilda Solis hosted her Community Heroes reception at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. She personally thanked and recognized Los Angeles County Fire Department team members from Squad 87/Fire Station 87 for completing their first year of providing paramedic services to the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, City of Industry and La Puente.
Recently, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) added a newly renovated Fire Resource Center helispot as another resource in its firefighting efforts, located adjacent to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar.
To create more awareness of cancer affecting firefighters, 25 cyclists from the Fire Velo Cycling Club embarked on the annual week-long San Francisco to Los Angeles Cancer Awareness Ride.
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted a plaque dedication ceremony in Acton Park for Fire Captain Tedmund “Ted” Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist (FFS) Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones who tragically lost their lives on August 30, 2009, during the destructive Station Fire.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division (LACoFD) participated in the “SoCal PaddleDown for Cancer Relay” at Cabrillo Beach on Sunday, August 10, 2019.
By Kaelyn Floyd. Photos by David Franco, BOS Photographer.
Recently, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Ocean Lifeguard Specialists (OLS) Ruben Cormona, Shuan Gudmundsson, and Jon Van Duinwyk each received the distinguished Medal of Valor at the Lifeguard Medal of Valor award ceremony in July, for going above and beyond while providing life saving services. On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized their courageous efforts at the weekly Board meeting.
The Supervisors presented a recognition scroll to each award recipient and thanked them for their commitment to saving lives in Los Angeles County. Fire Chief Daryl Osby and members of the executive team were grateful the Department was honored for its devoted team members.
“I am proud to have the honor to say that the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Lifeguards are amazing. It is the individuals that work for the Department that makes it the premier organization,” said Chief Osby. “Thank you Board members for this acknowledgment.”
The scroll presentation featured two videos of the following incidents that earned the dedicated OLS the Medal of Valor. In 2018, OLS Carmona and Gudmundsson worked together to rescue two trapped victims from a remote and rocky ledge during high tide in Rancho Palos Verdes. That same year, OLS Van Duinwyk rescued a victim trapped inside a sailboat off Dockweiler Beach, moments before the boat crashed and was completely destroyed on shore.
To view the videos, visit https://www.instagram.com/lacolifeguards/.
In collaboration with Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Probation Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Department) hosted a ceremony on August 9, 2019, at Fire Station 97, to dedicate a special memorial plaque to honor eight lives lost during the 1968 Canyon Fire.
On August 23, 1968, eight members of Fire Crew 4-4 tragically lost their lives in the destructive Canyon Fire, which. The Canyon Fire ravaged the area north of the foothill cities of Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, and Monrovia – burning over 19,000 acres.
“Today, we honored and paid tribute to the service and lives of our Department firefighter and his young crew lost on that fateful day,” said Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby.
- Fireman Specialist George Thomas
- Crewman Gregory Banks
- Crewman Duane Battle
- Crewman Larry Carlin
- Crewman Arthur Mendible
- Crewman Robert Rivera
- Crewman William Rodriguez
- Crewman Earl Walzer
From this dreadful loss, our Department established and implemented the “Downhill Indirect Checklist” which is still used today to ensure the safety of firefighters – and, to prevent tragic incidents like this from reoccurring.
Although they are no longer with us, the Department is humbled to preserve the memory of these eight courageous individuals. Fire Fighter Specialist Brian Stevens of the Public Information Office shared, “this is an important opportunity for us to honor and recognize those that came before us and gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending our communities.”
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) recently received a $205,000 grant from the County of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission to purchase 10 mechanical CPR devices for rescue boats in its fleet.