At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Fire Captain Ricardo Ruelas was honored as the recipient of the 26th annual Perpetual Fire Prevention Award of Excellence. Additionally, the Board acknowledged October as Fire Prevention Month and also honored members of Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 2 for their life-saving efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
As Fire Chief, your safety, mental health, and well-being are my top priority. The Executive Team and I are committed to providing you with the resources you need to perform your roles to the best of your ability and in the safest manner possible.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force-2 swiftwater team, led by Battalion Chief Dennis Cross, returned home from North Carolina on Monday, September 24, 2018.
On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, First District Supervisor Hilda Solis, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers Association and the Chicano Employees Association, recognized individuals who have provided significant contributions to the County.
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.