By Kaelyn Floyd
On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Health Hazardous Materials Division’s (HHMD) “Toxic Crew” competed in the 6th Annual Los Angeles County Dragon Boat Festival. Twenty-three Department employees occupied two boats as they paddled across the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. This is the second year the “Toxic Crew” competed in the festival as part of the HHMD Health and Wellness Program to promote health and fitness.
First District County Supervisor Hilda Solis and LACoFD HHMD Chief Bill Jones attended the festival to support the team as they competed against other agencies from Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada.
A community booth was set up during the festival to educate the public about the services of the Department and HHMD.
The “Toxic Crew” included employees from HHMD, Human Resources, Prevention, Information Management, and Financial Management.
“Joining the dragon boat team is like gaining a new family where one learns and supports each other towards a common goal. Though our Department’s dragon boat experience is still in its infancy and requires more work and training, it is undeniable that with persistence and determination, our team can accomplish big things in the future,” said Dan Zenarosa, Hazardous Materials Specialist III.
HHMD thanks the Department’s Community, Outreach, Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion (CORDI) Section for their sponsorship.