The Ventura City Fire Department’s Ocean Rescue Program was developed and implemented to respond to ocean rescue emergencies. Partnering with our neighboring ocean safety agencies, the Ventura Port District and California State Lifeguards, our goal is to collaboratively provide coastal rescue capabilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the 6 miles of Ventura’s coastline. In addition, we are part of a regional response program for marine disasters in the greater Ventura County area.
The main goal for our program is to be able to quickly deploy rescue swimmers to immediate rescue situations: boat in the surf, swimmers in distress, kite surfers, etc. The most common form of performing rescues is directly from the beach-- deployed from fire apparatus (using a rescue buoy and fins).
The Ventura City Fire Department utilizes the United States Lifeguarding Association’s - Aquatic Rescue Response Team Certification program for training and experience qualifications. Our 15 member Ocean Rescue Team has completed an arduous ocean rescue academy and perform quarterly training to maintain our standards of performance.