Coast Guard and LA County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

San Pedro, Calif. (PADET LA) – The U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Fire Department (LAFD)/Life Guard signed a Memorandum of Understanding (OMU) this morning. The memorandum is a document of agreement for the exchange of emergency medical and rescue services between the two agencies.

The MOU started out as a two-page document and was in the making before Sept. 11 according to Mike Frazer, Chief Lifeguard Services of the County of LA. This signing memorializes this partnership, and it’s going to legitimize what we’ve already been doing.

The Coast Guard has an 87-foot patrol boat the Coast Guard cutter Halibut stationed in Marina Del Ray, Calif. Just last month, the two agencies recently worked together to transfer a Catalina Island resident suffering from major medical problems to a local hospital.

“It’s (the memorandum signing) an opportunity to add to and strengthen the relationship we already had,” said Captain Paul E. Wiedenhoeft, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. “They (LAFD/Life Guard) have been amazing day-to-day partners.”

“The partnership makes both agencies better and generally improves our services to the people of Southern California,” said Captain John Long, Coast Guard District Eleven Chief of Staff.

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