The Marina’s new fireboat was scheduled to be christened Wednesday, March 16th, at Burton Chace Park.

The new fireboat — assigned to the County Marina del Rey Fire Station on Admiralty Way — will soon be joined at the fire station by a taller ladder truck to better protect us.

The taller ladder truck is what is causing all that renovation at the Marina Fire Station.


HONORED — Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club honored county agencies during a County Appreciation Night Wednesday, March 9th.

Honored were members of the County Department of Beaches and Harbors, County Fire Department, County Sheriff’s Department, county lifeguards, the County Small Craft Harbor Commission and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The evening began with the arrival of the new Marina fireboat. County Fire Captain Leonard Guillen, Firefighter Bill Bowden and Engineer Jim Wright arrived at the end tie of G-800 at precisely 5:30 p.m. for a photo opportunity and short harbor tour for some of the members.

Sheriff’s Captain Sam Dacus — who will soon be reassigned away from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station —and county Lifeguard Captain Mikey Gallagher were sharing comments about their departmental participation in the upcoming Opening Days ceremonies for Marina yacht clubs.

County lifeguard Shelly Butler shared that he has been with the agency for 41 years.

He has worked with thousands and trained thousands in the handling of the boats and the rescue of those in trouble, and he never fails to volunteer when it comes to a short-handed situation.

Jose Matta from the Burton Chace Park staff, was also highlighted, as he, too, is always there for the community when the call is made to his office.

Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Carvalho was acknowledged for his “always there” response when asked.

We in the Marina community should realize just how fortunate we are to have the fine county service employees we have.

They perform their jobs and are often the first to volunteer to work on community services projects.

We are talking about “our guys and gals” and it really makes them realize how much we appreciate them when you say “hello” in the market or when they are performing an inspection at one of the many small shopping areas.

Remember, they do it all for us.