2014 has been the busiest year on record for the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division. Beginning January 1 through December 31 2014, Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards have performed 15,851 ocean rescues. This year’s count broke the previous mark of 14,096 set back in 1997. This is the largest number of rescues in the history of our organization. Lifeguards performed 6,181 more rescues than our 20-year average in 2014. Three main weather-related reasons account for the increase.
“For one, the lack of rain and extended periods of unseasonably warm weather this year brought an increase of activity to L.A. County beaches,” said Acting Chief Lifeguard Steve Moseley. “Secondly, the frequency of larger than normal surf created beach erosion causing inshore holes along our shoreline. The combination of consistent surf and inshore holes caused rip currents to form more frequently along our coast. Thirdly, ocean temperatures in L.A. County have been unseasonably warm for most of the year. Ocean temperatures rarely fell below 60 degrees in the winter months, and have hovered near 70 degrees and above from early spring through November.”
According to Moseley, the Lifeguard Division has reached an important milestone as 2014 has been the busiest year on record for the Lifeguard Division.
“This milestone is one that we can proudly celebrate today and positively reflect upon in the years to come. I would like to commend the men and women of the Lifeguard Division for their hard work and service to the public,” he said.
For the Lifeguard Division’s full statistics Report for 2014 follow the link: 2014 Lifeguard Statistics