Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Division, established in 1914 and located in Los Angeles & Orange Counties (California) including the areas of Ballona Creek, Burton Chace Park, Dan Blocker Beach, Dockweiler Beach, Dockweiler Beach Campground , Dockweiler Youth Center, El Sol Beach, Hermosa Beach, Las Tunas Beach, Latigo Shores Beach, Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon Beach, Malibu Surfrider Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina Beach, Marina Del Rey, Marvin Braude Bike Trail, Mothers Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach, Oxford Basin, Palos Verdes, Playa del Rey, Point Dume Beach, Point Fermin Beach, Redondo Beach, Royal Palms Beach, Santa Monica Bay, Sand Dune Park, Surfrider Beach, Topanga Beach, Torrance Beach, Venice Beach, White Point, Will Rogers Beach & Zuma Beach.
Los Angles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division is the largest professional lifeguard service in the world. They employ approximately 177 year-round and over 650 seasonal lifeguards. Lifeguard operations safeguard 31 miles of beach and 72 miles of coastline from San Pedro to Malibu. During their peak, LA County has 24 lifeguard stations, 159 towers, and 8 rescue boats.. LA County Lifeguards operate out of four stations located in Hermosa, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Zuma beach. Each of these stations is staffed with a 24-hour response unit, and are part of the 911 system. Lifeguards have specialized training for fire boat operations and assist with marine firefighting.
Los Angeles County Lifeguards merged into the County operation in 1975. Prior to July 1st, 1994 Los Angeles County Lifeguards were part of the Department of Beaches and Harbors.
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