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September 6, 2019

This Weekend in Carlsbad

The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted two weekend events. On Saturday, the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary presents the 6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Park. The event, presented by Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, features over 40 craft breweries and cider houses, music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Event details and tickets are available on the Carlsbad Brewfest website. On Sunday, LA Galaxy San Diego soccer club is hosting their annual opening day celebration at Poinsettia Community Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coaches, teammates and their families come together to enjoy a day of food, games and live entertainment. 

Successful Symposium, Understanding City Finances 

To help the public understand how the city’s infrastructure is funded and the latest trends, the Carlsbad City Council held a free symposium on local government financing this past week to inform community members on how the city is going to pay for future infrastructure needs. Increasing construction costs, population growth and ongoing maintenance needs, among other challenges, have made infrastructure financing a hot topic in state, federal and local government circles. A better understanding of how the city’s infrastructure is financed and the various financing tools available will help community members participate in upcoming discussions about growth management, housing and other issues the city will be considering in the coming months and years. The entire presentation can be viewed on the city’s website.

Police Department Welcomes Four New Officers  

Officer Travis Albini was born and raised in Escondido.  He comes to us after spending five years with the Chico Police Department. Officer Tyler Hubka was born and raised in East County. After getting a law degree, Tyler spent two years with the La Mesa Police Department. Officer Taylor Edelman is also from Escondido. Taylor spent two years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Dan Palazzo is from Connecticut. Dan joined the Navy after college and recently graduated the Regional Police Academy.  

Joint Training for Carlsbad Police

Four members of the Police Department’s SWAT team participated in joint training held by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The training included over 33 local law and federal enforcement agencies. The training covered topics related to critical incidents and hostage rescue situations. These types of training help improve regional public safety. 

August 26, 2019

Cool Rides Carpool Launches

On Aug. 19, the city launched Cool Rides, a carpool school pilot program in collaboration with the Carlsbad Unified School District and San Marcos Unified School District. This pilot program came out of research from the Sustainable Mobility Plan. The aim of the program is to increase carpooling among district parents. Parent outreach for the first three schools piloting the program, Hope Elementary, Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle schools, began on Monday and continued throughout the week at the school’s residency verification events. City economic development and communications staff developed the pilot program with input from both school districts. The program seeks to increase carpooling at elementary and middle schools as a way to reduce vehicle miles traveled and idling time and help the city achieve its Climate Action Plan goals.

Library Celebrates Record Participation in Summer Reading Adventure

The library’s Summer Reading Adventure, A Universe of Stories, came to a close on Aug. 11. Over 4,000 readers of all ages, from babies to adults, were registered for the program. Participants read for a total of 1.9 million minutes, a 10% increase from last year! Additionally, over 18,000 reading rewards were earned and 1,455 book reviews were written by readers in the program. A very special thank you to the Friends of the Carlsbad Library for generously supporting the Summer Reading Adventure year after year.

34TH TGIF Season Ends on a High Note

TGIF Concerts in the Parks concluded its 34th season on Friday, Aug. 16, at Alga Norte Community Park with capacity crowd for a duel of the decades (‘80s vs. ‘90s) and two retro bands that received rave reviews. The evening opened with performances by two of the winners from the Library’s Teen Talent contest. The season’s tally was nearly 30,400 in attendance and over 2,600 young artists who shared their talents at the Family Open Studios.

Interdepartmental Team Effort Leads to Beach Chair Installation

Cultural Arts partnered with the city's Parks & Recreation Department and the General Services Department to plan and install Carlsbad’s first Art Beach Chair. Located near the fountain at State Street and Grand Avenue and unveiled at the recent Art in the Village event, this new temporary art is planned as the first in a series of beach chairs to pop up throughout the city. 

Paper Rockets

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s paper rockets!

Last Tuesday, Carlsbad summer camp participants, seniors and their families witnessed the first paper rocket launch at the Pine Avenue Community Center. The intergenerational project, organized by former Council Member Dr. Mark Packard, delivered summer fun for all ages. Dr. Packard brought his ideas, energy and homemade rocket launcher to help lead this exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity. Seniors and children alike were amazed as they watched their paper rockets built from scratch soar almost 300 feet into the air. The project was such a success that it will be returning in January as part of the Kids for Peace Grandfriends Kindness Project. The Grandfriends Kindness Project is a monthly intergenerational play date that begins at the Carlsbad Senior Center on Sept. 5. For more information and registration click here.

Military in Transition Firefighter for a Day

The Carlsbad Fire Department recently hosted Military in Transition at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center. The Military in Transition Firefighter for a Day Program (MITFFAD) is a nonprofit organization, which features quarterly events that introduce local military Veterans to careers in firefighting and emergency medical services (EMS). Participants are exposed to the process it takes to serve in these disciplines, as well as the rigorous, physical requirements of the position. This program is designed to help our veterans find a meaningful career path and employment beyond the military.

August 12, 2019 

Carlsbad Connector Shuttle Service

The Carlsbad Connector is a new on-demand express shuttle service launching on Monday, Aug. 19, which runs to and from the Carlsbad Poinsettia COASTER Station. The city has partnered with North County Transit District (NCTD) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to combine the convenience of ridesharing with the sustainability of transit services to offer efficiency and flexibility at an affordable price. The Carlsbad Connector app can now be downloaded through Apple or Android stores. For more information, visit www.CarlsbadConnector.com.

Be the Boss Program Hosts its First Graduation

In collaboration with San Diego Tech Hub, Walmart Labs, and the Vista Unified School District, four high school students completed the beta test group for a passion entrepreneurship internship program called Be the Boss. The students were paired with mentors and met over six weeks to develop their passion to start their own businesses. The students learned about how to make an elevator pitch, conduct market research, plan financials and brand themselves and their company, all while working to improve leadership and public speaking skills every week. City Economic Development staff developed this pilot program with Walmart Labs, with plans to expand the program throughout the Innovate78 region and beyond. Programs like these helps encourage entrepreneurship among youth that don’t have access to resources through personal connections. 

Village H Property South Trail Improvements

The requisite maintenance and trail improvement work on the southern section of the Village H property began on May 8, 2019, the day after the property’s deed was recorded. Substantial effort was placed on the trimming and selective removal of Eucalyptus trees, minor re-grading of the trail surface, installation of trail delineation post and rail fencing, and weed abatement.  Additional accomplishments included the installation of trail amenities, regulatory signs and the painting of the perimeter fencing.  Staff completed all work and the trail was opened to the public ahead of schedule on Aug. 2, 2019. 

National Night Out

On the first Tuesday in August each year, the Police Department participates in National Night Out.  Since 1984, National Night Out has highlighted community involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.  National Night Out 2019 is predicted to have involved 38 million people from 16,000 communities in all 50 states. In Carlsbad, community members organized 17 events throughout the city and 10 teams of officers visited the gatherings.

44th Annual San Diego County Regional Explorer Academy

Members of the Police Department took 12 teens to the Regional Explorer Academy.  The summertime, weeklong, live-in academy teaches the teens necessary skills to excel as a police explorer.  The academy has different phases specific to the teens’ experience levels.

Supporting Junior Lifeguards

Fire Department personnel had the opportunity to meet with future lifeguards during the City of Carlsbad’s Junior Lifeguard Camp at Alga Norte Aquatic Center.  During their visit, personnel shared valuable information on daily operations and responsibilities of the department, including emergency response, training and community outreach. The junior lifeguards also received hands-on demonstration of apparatus and equipment and learned about the maintenance requirements for emergency response. This event provided a great opportunity for personnel to support Carlsbad’s future lifeguards.

Art in the Village

The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted the Carlsbad Village Association’s annual Art in the Village event that took place on Aug. 11. Over 100 local and regional fine artists were featured in the Village along State Street and Grand Avenue. The public was invited to browse a variety of booths, while enjoying live acoustic music, art demos and instruction throughout the day. The family friendly event featured a Student Art Pavilion and the Library & Cultural Arts Department’s Family Open Studios offered free hands-on art projects.

Senior Scam Stopper

On July 31, the Carlsbad Senior Center and Police Department presented a Senior Scam Stopper event in conjunction with District 76 Assembly member Tasha Boerner Horvath and the California Department of Consumer Affairs State Contractors Board. The event highlighted strategies that seniors may use to protect themselves against targeted scams and fraudulent advertisements which can lead to identity theft, invalid charges or incomplete services. The free event drew a capacity crowd, with about 30 people in the lobby seeking to learn more.

Hazardous Materials Preparation Response Course

City staff hosted the Sustainable Workplace Alliance, 3-day Hazardous Materials Preparation Response course last week at the Safety Training Center.  Hazardous materials response can be a fast and fluid challenge for all first responders.  During this three-day class, students from 23 different organizations studied the basics of HAZMAT terminology, proper selection and use of personal protective equipment and methods to safely respond or deploy assets to hazardous materials incidents.  Students shared ideas and networked while also discussing the development of written response plans. Each student was trained to conduct proper fit testing for respirators, and the correct selection of protective equipment worn during an emergency response. By the end of the course, all students gained the knowledge necessary to instruct other employees in their respective organizations on hazardous materials response and safety protocols to mitigate the impacts of a hazardous materials incident.

Cafe Grand Opening

This Saturday, Aug. 10, Chapters Café at Dove Library hosted a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring samples from the menu and live music. Come by, grab a coffee, a snack and a good book!

Teen Talent Shows Finale

The last of three teen talent shows hosted by the City Library took place on Thursday evening in the Schulman Auditorium. More than 10 teens performed for an enthusiastic audience. Six performers from the July Teen Talent Show had an opportunity to perform on Channel 8 Morning Extra News and wowed the newscaster with their dancing!

Genealogists Come Together

On Aug. 3, nearly 150 people attended a talk in the City Library’s Schulman Auditorium led by television personality, author and attorney, Kenyatta Berry, best known for her role as a host on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. Berry provided recommendations for those interested in researching their family as well as tips on using storytelling to enhance family stories.

July 29, 2019 

Ride Together with Waze Carpool

The Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC team and SANDAG iCommute have partnered with Waze Carpool to help you make the most of your commute during Interstate 5 construction. Through Aug. 1, 2019, Waze Carpool is offering $2 flat rates for carpoolers traveling to or from one of these areas. Drivers will be compensated up to $15 per ride. Learn how to sign up on the Build NCC website.

Beach Safety Measures

The Carlsbad Fire Department recently took delivery of a personnel watercraft and second lifeguard truck to bolster the department’s lifeguard program. The personnel watercraft will give lifeguards an additional tool to use for water rescues, especially during busy times of the year and/or days with larger surf. The second lifeguard truck will our full-time lifeguards 24-hour response capability.

Carlsbad Music Festival

This weekend marks the 16th annual Carlsbad Music Festival, a celebration of “adventurous music by the beach.” The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted the community event which starts Friday, Aug. 2 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring creative music performances in outdoor and indoor spaces throughout the Village.

Carlsbad Triathlon

The City of Carlsbad partnered with Renegade Racing to host the 38th Annual Carlsbad Triathlon on July 14. Over 700 athletes participated in a swim, bike, and run along the Carlsbad Coast on a course that stretched across the city from Pine Avenue to La Costa Avenue. The big finishers were Michellie Jones of Carlsbad who claimed her 14th Carlsbad Triathlon title this year, finishing first place in the women’s division, and Mauro Cavanha of Los Angeles finishing first place in the men’s divisions. The race had participants ranging in age from 14 to 78, competing in 30 divisions. Special thanks to the more than 200 dedicated volunteers who worked side-by-side with event staff to make this event a huge success.

Digital Portfolio Boot Camp

This week, the IT Girls Club, volunteered to host a Digital Portfolio Boot Camp at Pine Avenue Community. Volunteers included retired tech industry professionals guided the teens to develop and explore their skills in website design and coding. Participants built and published their own personal websites with themes ranging from how to find a job as a teenager to all about cats. Guest speakers from Walmart Labs shared their experiences and provided valuable advice on succeeding in the tech field.

Care ‘n Share Toy Drive

Carlsbad Library Staff hosted collection boxes for the Care ‘n Share Toy Drive again this year. When added to the donations collected at the Fairgrounds, they distributed over 12,850 donations to 8 local organizations serving health and welfare needs of children in the region. Thank you to all city staff who donated!

Alga Norte Lifeguards Offer Free CPR Training

During scheduled swim lessons on July 15 and 16, Alga Norte lifeguards offered free CPR and choking victim first aid classes. The lessons provided parents and guardians the opportunity to learn and practice basic lifesaving skills at the same time their children were learning water safety skills.

Crime Fighter of the Quarter

CSO Dee Dee Spangler was chosen as Crime Fighter of the Quarter for consistently demonstrating an exemplary dedication to duty and a desire to go above and beyond. On more than one occasion, Dee Dee was instrumental in identifying a suspect in a crime case. Recently Dee Dee recognized a crime trend involving the same suspect. Dee Dee was able to positively identify this suspect and collect all the cases together to make sure the suspect was held responsible. Dee Dee’s efforts have resulted in the identification of several criminal suspects that might otherwise have remained unknown if not for her diligence, attention to detail and commitment to her duties. Thank you, CSO Dee Dee Spangler.

Talented Teen Dancers Perform

The Teen Talent Shows continued with a dance competition on Thursday evening in the library’s Schulman Auditorium. Eight teens performed five routines for an enthusiastic audience. The talent shows conclude on Aug. 8 with performances featuring more talented teens on musical instruments, doing comedy and more. Know a talented teen? Contact ashleigh.hvinden@carlsbadca.gov to sign up!

Author Talk in the Schulman Auditorium

On Saturday, four acclaimed authors spoke about and signed their latest books for an audience of 60 in the Schulman Auditorium. Attendees were invited to escape to Iceland with Tory Bilskias she shared her personal story of riding wild horses every summer in Iceland, journey to Malibu with Janna King in her latest Seasonaire’s novel, hear about writing an edge-of-your-seat thriller from Kaira Rouda and curl up in a cozy bookstore with the always charming, quirky and entertaining Abbi Waxman.

Education in Leadership

Nine members of all ranks from the Carlsbad Fire Department were privileged to receive a distinguished visitor opportunity aboard the CVN Nimitz. Off-duty personnel visited with command staff and sailors while experiencing life aboard a US Navy Air Craft Carrier.  Fire personnel brought home and shared lessons in command, teamwork and camaraderie. As they say aboard the Nimitz, "Teamwork, a tradition".

Three New Motor Officers Join the Traffic Team

Congratulations to the Police Department’s newest motor officers, Officers Jucenas, Orona and Clement. The trio graduated from a two-week Los Angeles Police Department Motor Academy. At the academy, Officer Clement won awards for the “Monster” and the “TT” challenges. Officer Orona won the award in the “Top Gun” chief’s challenge. All three officers placed in the road course challenge.  The academy is not an easy feat. The officer’s success is due in part to the excellent pre-academy training they received from Officers Maud and Bentley. Well done all.

Teen Gardening Summer Camp

Campers discovered there’s no such thing as having too much fun during their new weekly gardening activity at the Pine Avenue Park Community Garden. Explorer and Counselor In-Training campers received a gardening lesson where they didn’t hesitate to get their hands and feet dirty to cleaning up the garden beds. Not only did they learn how to prepare the soil for plants, they also received a tour of the community garden and learned all about the different vegetables and fruits growing there. The campers used some of the mint leaves they harvested for a mint infused lemonade to enjoy after their hard work. The Explorer and Counselor In Training camps are designed for children from 10 – 15 years old, who want to discover beyond the basics, and possibly prepare to become a camp recreation leader for the City of Carlsbad when they turn 16.

Aloha Plunge

Aloha Plunge was a huge success this past Saturday, where over 500 people enjoyed a warm evening in a cool pool. Attendees had the chance to play Hawaiian themed games inside and outside of the pool such as tiki toss, luau duck collector, sea creature races, a tropical bounce house, miniature golf and a limbo contest. Themed treats were available for purchase, like tropical snow cones and Hawaiian style pizza. The night also included a Polynesian dance show where participants could learn to hula.

July, 15, 2019

Carlsbad Beaches Make Honor Roll for Clean Water

Last month Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit released their 29th annual Beach Report Card, which assigns yearly A-to-F water-quality grades for more than 400 beaches statewide based off levels of harmful bacteria. Eight beaches in Carlsbad were assessed as part of the report and all eight received A and A+ ratings. Five of the beaches made the Honor Roll again, meaning they had A+ ratings year round in wet and dry weather. For more information visit the Heal the Bay website at www.healthebay.org.

Cultural Arts Summer Programs Heat Up!

Summer programming is in full swing with Cultural Arts. The first three TGIF Concerts in the Parks at Stagecoach Community Park successfully kicked off the 34th season including a near record-setting attendance at a Bruno Mars tribute concert on June 28. The concerts move to Poinsettia Park this week with Pop Vinyl, a contemporary Top 40 band.  Younger community members are enjoying a summer arts experience at Club Pelican where science and art unite at the Batiquitos Lagoon. For two weeks, Creative Arts Camp offers participants the opportunity to explore visual arts and theater inspired by a theme of science fiction. The Cannon Gallery’s current exhibit is Light and Space: Contemporary Continuations featuring distinctive artwork by three local artists focused on visual perception through light, space and volume; it runs through Aug. 25.

Carlsbad Boulevard Traffic Safety Campaign

Police Traffic Officers will be out-and-about on Carlsbad Boulevard this summer to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclist and motorists. The community is asked to assist officers by obeying the traffic laws whether in a driving a car, on a bicycle, a motorcycle or on foot. The educational campaign asks the community to watch speeds, pay close attention to pedestrian crossings and remove all distractions. 

Bike Patrol to Focus on Summertime Education and Enforcement

The Police Department created a team for a summertime education and enforcement detail. The team is focusing on the seawall, the village and park areas. This will be their fulltime duty during the peak of summer from June 17 through August 16.  Now that school is out, School Resource Officers Tashoff, Martinson and Valentine will enjoy the summertime educational duties.  

AEDs Added to Police Vehicles

The Police Department is equipping all patrol vehicles with Automated External Defibrillators. This is just one more way to give officers in the field the tools they need as first responders. The department is starting with the patrol vehicles and will continue until all police vehicles have an AED. 

Carlsbad Senior Center Fitness Room Grand Reopening

The completely renovated and updated Carlsbad Senior Center fitness room reopened to much fanfare on July 1 with over 60 current and potential members in attendance. Participants learned about the new equipment technology and innovation that was invested in to promote senior health and wellness. The enhancements would not have been possible without support from public works department staff, including Bob Ferris and Brian Bacardi’s team that assisted with electrical work, equipment installation, and oversight of the final setup. Beyond the new machines, motivational messages adorn the walls to remind and inspire members that health is their greatest wealth!  

Carlsbad Senior Center Hula Instructor Dances Her Way Into 101 Years! 

Christinia Pualani Lee, Carlsbad Senior Center dance instructor for 25 years, was featured in the July 9 edition of The San Diego Union Tribune for spreading her aloha spirit for 101 years. Known as the “hula lady” Christinia transforms this dance style from the physical to the spiritual and she performs from the heart. She has been a Senior Center volunteer since starting the class in 1995 when she was in her late 70s, after her husband died of cancer. Hula dancing helped her grieving process, and she helps her students going through similar grief or health problems.

Hero Day at Chabad at La Costa

The Police Department was honored to be invited to and to participate in Hero Day at Chabad at La Costa.  Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort said, “These first responders are the angels on our shoulders! Thank you!"

Chapters Café 

On July 3, Chapters café at Dove Library had its soft opening. The menu features coffee, tea, sandwiches, pastries, grab and go snacks, drinks for kids and more. Patrons (and library staff) have been enjoying trying out the café’s selections. The café will also provide catering for Library & Cultural Arts events.  

Carlsbad Triathlon 

The Parks & Recreation Department recently permitted the Carlsbad Triathlon which celebrates its 38th year this Sunday, July 14. The race course begins at Tamarack State Beach and follows the beautiful coastline past our scenic beaches, lagoons and wildlife preserve. The event is intended for athletes of all abilities, from first timers to elites and includes a sprint and sprint plus distance. 

Drowning Prevention Training 

On June 21 & 22, the Parks & Recreation Department conducted a two-day training on drowning prevention featuring presentations from a national drowning prevention and water safety nonprofit organization called Drennen’s Dreams Foundation. The foundation was formed in the memory of 12 year old, Drennen O’Melia, who was the victim of a tragic drowning accident. The foundation works with agencies to reinforce accountability standards and ensure lifeguards know how to implement their training and understand what is truly at stake while they are on duty. The foundation also created this four minute ‘Not On Your Watch’ American Red Cross training video.

New Intergenerational Programs Recreation Specialist

The Parks & Recreation Department congratulates Jennifer Burros on her Recreation Specialist promotion. This position will oversee intergenerational programs at the Pine Avenue Community Center and Senior Center. Jennifer has experience working with school districts, nonprofits and senior centers, and will complete her master’s degree in Public Health this year. For the past year Jennifer assisted staff with developing new teen and intergenerational programs in her part-time role as a Senior Recreation Leader.  

Summer Reading Adventure is Out of This World! 

Library & Cultural Arts Department’s 2019 Summer Reading Adventure, A Universe of Stories, started on June 17. The Library Learning Center hosted a Summer Festival kickoff on June 20 where more than 150 people of all ages enjoyed space-themed crafts, a concert, dance performance, info booths featuring the Water District and Parks & Recreation, and more fun.
During the first four weeks of the Summer Reading Adventure, nearly 3,000 readers have enrolled in the program. These readers have already logged 575,191 minutes of reading! 

New Provider for eMagazines

The library has launched Flipster®, its new digital magazine service. The service is free with a Carlsbad City Library card. Flipster offers access to eMagazines such as Forbes, People (English and Spanish editions), Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and more. Try it out by visiting www.carlsbadca.gov/eresources and clicking on “Magazines and News.” 

Waze Carpool Promotion

The Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC team and SANDAG iCommute have partnered with Waze Carpool to help you make the most of your commute this summer during Interstate 5 construction along the North Coast Corridor. Between June 1 and August 1, 2019, Waze Carpool is offering $2 flat rate rides for carpoolers traveling to or from one of these areas. Drivers will be compensated up to $15 per ride, and passengers only pay $2.  Just sign up for the Waze Carpool app to participate.  For more information visit the Build NCC website

Dedicated Service to Traffic Safety Commission

On July 1, the Traffic Safety Commission recognized senior engineer Doug Bilse for his eight years as staff liaison. Thanks to Doug for his years of dedicated service to this important commission.  

Hazardous Waste Experts in Fleet

Congratulations to Robert Martinez, Esequiel Perez and David Shunnara from the Fleet division for recently earning certifications from the Department of Toxic Substances Control on addressing hazardous waste laws, regulations and compliance. The curriculum focuses on how to contain, manage, transport, and reduce hazardous waste. The certifications reinforce the city’s dedication to safety and environmental protection. 

First Responders Breakfast

The North County Jewish Community and Chabad at La Costa hosted a First Responders’ Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, July 7, as a tribute to Carlsbad’s first responders. The event was well attended and provided and excellent opportunity for community engagement and celebration. Carlsbad Police and Fire personnel received a gracious welcome and were presented with commendation plaques for their service to the community.  

Volunteer Opportunity of Lifetime

Paramedic/Firefighter Brandon Willis returned home recently from an international volunteer experience with the organization, Paramedics for Children. Brandon spent one week as a volunteer medic in the small town of Copàn, surrounded by the Mayan Ruins, in Honduras. During his short visit, Brandon and clinic staff members visited small villages, bringing patients back to the clinic for treatment. Brandon assisted the clinic doctor with daily treatments by performing tasks such as administering medications, starting IV’s, running EKG’s, blood pressure checks, and other medic-related responsibilities. After his daily shifts, Brandon explored the small community, making friends and experiencing the richness of the local culture and its people. Brandon said, “the experience was one of the best I’ve had in my life”. His story is a true testament to the caring employees of Team Carlsbad, and the valuable efforts of humanitarian aid. 

Ocean Rescue

On July 10, the CFD Truck Company was flagged down by a citizen at Terramar, to assist two swimmers caught in a rip current during high tide. While an individual in the water assisted the swimmers, Fire Engineer and trained ocean lifeguard Joseph Gallucci donned his swim gear, commandeered a surfboard from an obliging citizen and entered the water to assist with the rescue. In addition to the truck company on site, Carlsbad and State lifeguards were dispatched to the incident. With assistance from the bystander in the water, emergency responders coordinated rescue efforts and successfully brought the swimmers to safety. Cross-agency collaboration, quick thinking, bystander efforts, and having a trained lifeguard on the firetruck were critical components of this successful rescue. In addition, the Fire Department’s newly executed Aquatics Rescue Response Team allowed for the successful ending to this incident.  Well done everyone!

Fire Department Promotions 

The Training Division added a Captain Specialist to the team. This position will focus on training requirements and implementation, grant and other training reimbursements, and personnel development. In conjunction with this new position and movement, Scott Tucker was promoted to Captain Specialist in Training, Taylor Larsen was promoted to Fire Captain and Justin Graham was promoted to Fire Engineer. Fire Prevention is adding two full-time inspectors to their team. Both positions will focus largely on the department’s new annual inspection program. Nathaniel Cheung was promoted from part-time inspector to full-time Fire Prevention Specialist I. These Fire Department employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals, and are well-deserving of their promotions. Congratulations everyone!