Feb. 16, 2013
-- Los Angeles, CA - As Spring makes it way towards southern California, Golden State Lifeguards, a division of Golden State Fire & EMS, is busy at work preparing new recruits for the job of special event and production set lifeguard. Each year the company recieves hundreds of inquiries for the position of lifeguard and out of the hundreds of applicants, only half actually make it on the squad demonstrating the high expectations the company has of its candidates. The selection process and training period for each new candidate ensures that event organizers and productions are getting lifeguards who are screened and trained above and beyond basic requirements. The company states the goal this year is to have lifeguards trained and ready to work by the time spring break rolls into southern California.It has also been noted that the company plans to extend recruiting until April 15th, 2013.
Golden State Lifeguards has been commended for an outstanding job by event organizers, production coordinators and has been instrumental in saving the life of a near drowning victim in 2009. As a professional organization, many minicipal fire departments such as Los Angeles County Fire, LAFD and others have come to know that their staff can be relied on to assist in water related medical emergencies. They have shown their skills and leadership on many occassions thereby earning the respect as a private lifeguard provider.
Unlike other providers in the southern California region, Golden State Lifeguards provides dually certified lifeguard/EMT's and lifeguard/paramedics. Most other companies only provide basic trained lifeguards and often times those lifeguards are young and inexperienced. Most of the Golden State Lifeguards staff are experienced prehospital care responders with real world 911 experience.
A company spokesperson states, "Any lifeguard can make a save in the water but once their patient is on the deck, that's when the real work begins and lifesaving skills come into play. This is an area that many others tend to be weak in and we ensure that our staff are proficient in their EMT and paramedic skills".
This year Golden State Lifeguards is again changing the rules and raising the bar by now allowing basic lifeguards to seek employment. New lifeguards who are not EMT's or paramedics will now be required to become Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certified as a condition of employment. This new level of training requires 55 hours of training as opposed to 140 hours or even 1000 hours compared to EMT's and paramedics.