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.
Recently, the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) presented 22 County departments with 2019 Achievement Awards in a variety of categories. At the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn recognized award winners, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), during scroll presentations.
The Los Angeles County Channel/Channel 36 recently produced vignettes featuring various Los Angeles County Fire Department employees and their chosen career paths. The 60-second stories show viewers what types of lucrative careers are available at various County departments.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joined the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and other Southern California regional agencies in air operations trainings that focused on night wildland fire and night vision goggle drills. During the week of July 8, 2019, the Angeles National Forest (ANF) and the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) each hosted the trainings to prepare first responders for future emergency incidents.
On Friday, July 12, 2019, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, along with members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1014 and various County officials, met with representatives from the Department’s new third party workers’ compensation administrator, Sedgwick.
Shortly after last week’s back-to-back earthquakes, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) deployed members of its Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Hazardous Materials (HazMat) teams to assist with recovery efforts in Kern County.
Monday, July 1, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards merging with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).