The Ocean Beach Town Council has invited San Diego Fire Department Chief Brian Fennessy and Ed Harris, leader of the San Diego Lifeguard Union, to the April 26th OB Town Council Meeting to speak on a recent policy change in the way that water distress calls are handled by the City. Jeff Hatfield, former Lifeguard President, longtime Ocean Beach resident, and Lifeguard dispatcher will also sit on the panel.
As we head into the summer months, the goal of all public agencies is to keep residents and visitors safe at San Diego beaches, bays, and waterways. The new controversial emergency procedure will route water distress calls not directly to the lifeguards, but first through 911 dispatch, and then to fire dispatch, before being transferred to the lifeguard unit. San Diego Lifeguards contend that the change adds an unnecessary step, slowing down the lifeguards’ emergency response time.
The next OB Town Council public meeting, held Wednesday, April 26th, at 7:00 pm, will be dedicated in part to fostering a dialogue in regards to this important public safety issue. The meeting is to be held at at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.
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The object and purpose of the Ocean Beach Town Council is to express the will and represent the welfare of the community of Ocean Beach by providing a forum for the discussion of community issues, communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, and promoting the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach. The OBTC hosts public meetings on the 4th Wednesday every month except November and December. Regular speakers include local leaders, political, business and law enforcement representatives, as well as members from all corners of the Ocean Beach community. Whether you’re a long-time OBcean or just want to learn more about OB, all are welcome! Meetings are located at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.