Ocean Rescue

About the Squad
The fire department's Ocean Rescue Squad is responsible for ensuring public safety on the beach strand. The squad is led by an Ocean Rescue Director and a Lifeguard Captain who are also full-time firefighters/EMTs. The Ocean Rescue Squad employs 28 seasonal lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Rescue Program
Our Ocean Rescue program is certified as an advanced lifesaving agency by the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA). We staff 13 lifeguard stands, and we also patrol the beach strand with all-terrain vehicles and a personal watercraft. All seasonal ocean rescue personnel are trained as both open water lifeguards and emergency medical responders according to ULSA advanced agency standards.

Lifeguard Schedule
Our lifeguards are supported by full-time fire department personnel who are certified EMTs.
Lifeguard stand on the beach
Lifeguards also assist bathers by providing public information, recovering lost children, and enforcing beach regulations. Our Ocean Rescue Team staffs our lifeguard stands from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days per week.

More Safety Information
Please pay close attention to the signal flags flown from our lifeguard stands. The color of the flag indicates the water conditions observed in the area.

Please consult a member of our Ocean Rescue Squad for further information concerning water safety or beach regulations. Our goal is to make your visit to the beach safe and enjoyable.

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