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Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Statistics

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division is responsible for providing lifeguard services for public beaches and coastal areas of Los Angeles County. The Department deploys 120 full-time and 600 seasonal lifeguards operating out of three headquarters located in Hermosa, Santa Monica, and Zuma Beach. They are responsible for 76 miles of coastline including 31 miles of public beach. In addition to providing beach safety, Los Angeles County Lifeguards provide rescue boat operations, underwater rescue and recovery, swift-water rescue, cliff rescue, marine mammal rescue and marine firefighting. They also provide paramedic and rescue boat services to Catalina Island, operating from Avalon and the Isthmus.

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Statistics

Year

Ocean Rescues

Medical Aids

Boat Rescues (Distress)

Missing Persons

Resuscitations

Drownings

Beach Attendance

2001

8,038

12,976

872

1,490

749

3

50,117,518

2000

11,765

20,354

928

1,533

481

1

53,908,751

1999

9,408

9,703

847

1,470

431

5

53,858,473

1998

13,717

10,667

873

1,484

465

0

57,529,992

1997

14,096

10,382

1,078

1,785

475

1

53,594,562

1996

11,216

8,666

922

1,614

511

1

53,188,115

1995

5,824

6,464

963

1,547

524

4

41,725,117

1994

8,311

7,230

833

1,794

515

3

50,369,739

1993

10,466

7,332

904

1,446

661

2

55,265,647

1992

11,729

7,759

943

1,760

708

2

58,024,023

1991

6,008

6,184

888

1,110

586

3

46,155,378

1990

8,561

8,139

1,104

2,073

582

3

56,337,739

1989

9,169

7,903

976

1,891

416

4

60,259,880

1988

4,960

7,911

997

1,728

375

3

59,561,476

1987

7,063

7,837

839

1,771

369

7

55,893,551

Source: Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division

 

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