Newport Beach Fire Department
|Annual calls||10,284 (2014)|
|Fire chief||Scott Poster|
|Facilities and equipment|
The Marine Division of the NBFD is responsible for lifeguarding the nearly 10 million annual visitors to Newport Beach’s 6.2 miles (10.0 km) of ocean and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of bay beaches. In 2013 alone the marine division performed 3,811 water rescues. Newport Beach Lifeguards are recognized as the top agency in the nation, considering their relatively small size. They are also recognized as an advanced agency by the United States lifesaving Association.
Newport Beach Lifeguards also hold an annual summer Junior Lifeguard program, which is one of the largest and oldest in the nation. The Junior Lifeguard program works closely with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to spread skin cancer awareness.
Included in their area is The Wedge, a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula that is known for its large wedge shaped waves that makes it a popular spot for skimboarding, surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing. During a south or south/southwest swell of the right size and aligned in the swell window, the Wedge can produce huge waves up to 30 feet (9.1 m) high. Newport Beach has one of the most diverse coastlines in the world, spanning over 6 miles. And because of this the NBFD Marine Operations Division requires Lifeguards to be in top shape and have years of local ocean experience to be able to work as an Ocean Lifeguard.
Stations & Apparatus
|1||Balboa Peninsula||Engine 61|
|2||Lido Isle||Engine 62||Medic 62||Truck 62|
|3||Fashion Island||Engine 63||Medic 63, Ambulance 63||Truck 63||Battalion 6|
|4||Balboa Island||Engine 64|
|5||Corona del Mar||Engine 65||Medic 65|
|6||Newport Heights||Engine 66|
|7||Santa Ana Heights||Engine 67|
|8||Newport Coast||Engine 68|
- "Chief's Message". Newport Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "Fire Stations". Newport Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "Marine Operations Divisions". Newport Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "Lifeguard Statistics". Newport Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 20 February 2015.