LA County Lifeguards Take It Again at U.S. Lifesaving Association National Championships

Los Angeles – August 9, 2010 – The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association (LACOLA) team has successfully defended their title and brought home their 24th consecutive United States Lifesaving National Championship this past weekend. Since the competition began in 1970, LA County has won the team title 37 times. The 2010 USLA Lifesaving Championships was hosted August 5-7 by the Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Association (HSBLA) in Huntington Beach, California.

Top individual titles also went to LA County lifeguards Allison Riddle in the women’s overall title and Brian Murphy in the men’s overall title. Over 400 professional lifeguards from around the nation competed for the National Championship. The competitors from LA County this year are ranged in age from 18-72 years. The competition is comprised of individual and team events that challenge the competitors’ lifesaving skills in events that include swimming, running, paddling and rowing. For more information, please go to http://www.uslanationals.org The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world, providing fire protection and life safety services to more than 3.8 million residents and commercial business customers in the County’s 2,305-square-mile area, and around the globe when needed.

CAPTAIN SAM PADILLA
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (323) 881-2411
Date: August 9, 2010

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