After several Los Angeles County firefighters nearly drowned while conducting rescues during major floods in 1982 and 1983, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) embarked on a program to develop advanced technical rescue capabilities. The Department soon implemented a rope rescue program and later developed a swiftwater rescue program.
On Saturday, February 22, Fire Chief Daryl Osby kicked off this year’s Women’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA). He was joined by Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence, Assistant Fire Chief Eleni Pappas, members of the Women’s Fire League, Chief Operating Officer Fesia Davenport from the Chief Executive Office and Staff Assistant Daisy Martinez who represented First District Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted a formal ceremony for 11 firefighters who graduated from the Paramedic Training Institute on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Family and friends attended the event that was held at the El Camino Community College’s Marsee Auditorium in Torrance.
Congratulations to each of the following graduates of PTI Class 252!
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Joseph Cormack
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Brandon Cosentino
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Christian Cowan
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Jacob Dao
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Adam Dorame
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Kyle Eden
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Victor Leal
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Victor Navarro
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Nicholas Pitchford
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Michael St. Andrew
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Adam Williamson
This year, LAC+USC Hospital recognized Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Paramedic Thomas Sullivan as its “Medic of the Year”.
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) held its 70th annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony and presented the 2020 Freedom of Information Award to public information officers in Southern California, including team members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division responded to a report of a missing boater on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Lake Palmdale.
On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted a promotional ceremony in the MAYNE Events Center’s banquet room at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Museum in Bellflower.
On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Brent Hill and his family visited the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Dispatch Center to personally thank Fire Dispatcher Nicholas Colbert for helping to save his life.
This month, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation distributed 114 iPads to use in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s current electronic Patient Care Record (ePCR) devices on all Advanced Life Support (ALS) and assessment units.
On Friday, February 7, 2020, Los Angeles County Fire Captain Jay Fernandez of Fire Station 144 in Westlake Village was honored by members of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge during its Law Enforcement and Firefighter Appreciation Night.