The Department’s Lifeguard Division hosted the second annual ARISE (A Reason to Include and Support Everyone) Summit on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach.
The Summit’s fall theme, “Shaping the Wave of Progress”, focused on the Lifeguard’s initiatives to celebrate and appreciate the unique contributions of each individual, while also promoting and advocating for a well-rounded and diversified workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn helped Fire Chief Daryl Osby kick-off the event. They offered words of encouragement and support to the Lifeguard personnel from our Department and other nearby agencies who participated in workshops and discussions aimed at opening up the dialogue on diversity and inclusion within the profession.
The Summit culminated with a special dinner ceremony, honoring Lifeguard Section Chief Christine “Chris” Linkletter with a Fall 2018 ARISE Summit Trailblazer Award for her 34-year career of many “firsts”. She paved the way for many other individuals to follow in her footsteps, becoming the Department’s first female Section Chief; first female Lifeguard Captain; first female Public Information Officer; and the first female on the Swiftwater Team. Her impressive achievements make her a role model and inspiration to many!
Congratulations to Chief Linkletter on all her accomplishments as well as the Lifeguard Division for hosting a successful event!