Monday, July 1, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards merging with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).
With the support of the local beach communities, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to merge the two public safety agencies in 1994 to better serve the entire County with the added capabilities of ocean rescues and emergency medical services along the coast. The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association played an instrumental role in the merge.
“Los Angeles County Lifeguards have a proud and rich history serving the communities of Southern California that dates back to the early 1900s,” said Fernando Boiteux, Acting Chief Lifeguard . “In 1994, we were brought together, and it was a natural fit as both of our missions aligned – protecting life, property and the environment. The merger has advanced the profession of lifeguarding and helped provide more consistent service for County residents. We’re honored to be a part of the Los Angeles County Fire Department team.”
The silver anniversary will be formally celebrated at this year’s Lifeguard Medal of Valor Ceremony on Wednesday, July 31 at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach.