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.
As thousands of first responders across the nation marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Los Angeles County firefighters from Fire Stations 151, 85 and 86 joined the Glendora Ministerial Association and the Glendora Police Department for a day of remembrance and service.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, First District Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis hosted her annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Los Angeles to honor influential community leaders.
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the Association of Chief Officers hosted their annual California Contract Cities Association (CCCA) Board of Directors regular meeting and dinner at Tony P’s Dockside Grill in Marina 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.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Honor Guard, chaplains and firefighters from Fire Station 24 in Palmdale participated in a multi-agency 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The ceremony took place at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Antelope Valley Mall.
On Friday, September 6, 2019, Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby and Québec delegate Philippe P. Huneault hosted a media day at the Van Nuys Airport to highlight the arrival of two Bombardier CL-415 SuperScoopers.
“With increasing dangerous fires and record breaking heat in Southern California, fire safety is first and foremost on our minds. It is vital that we provide all the opportunities necessary both on the ground and in the air – the Board of Supervisors is proud of the Fire Department and we are proud to give them the support with additional resources annually to supplement their own aerial firefighting fleet,” Said Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
For 26 years, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has leased the pair of CL-415s from the Government of Québec for a period of 90 days with the option to extend it as needed. The SuperScoopers arrive during the height of wildfire season to support the Air and Wildland Division and help augment the Department’s aerial fleet.
Known as “Quebec 1” and “Quebec 2”, the SuperScoopers always fly in tandem and can reach a flight speed of over 160 knots fully loaded. The SuperScoopers have the capacity to drop more than 1,600 gallons of water, making them effective firefighting resources in large-scale incidents. Last year, they were were dispatched to over 74 fire responses.
In response to the catastrophic Hurricane Dorian, highly skilled Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team members were deployed across the country to assist with rescue efforts. These highly specialized members work in coordination with the local government to conduct search and rescue missions and other critical operations.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 16 members of the Department’s USAR CA-TF2 water rescue team were activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and deployed to North Carolina.
This deployment is expected to last 10 to 14 days.
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.