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Women’s Fire and Lifeguard Prep Academies

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Women’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA) and Women’s Lifeguard Prep Academy (WLPA) were developed in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Women’s Fire League. The respective academies expose interested candidates to the duties and detailed responsibilities of the firefighter and ocean lifeguard positions.

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Following a one-day assessment, consisting of a stamina and endurance assessment, 100 participants are selected to continue for the next five Sundays of training.  Through the WFPA, which is open to adults 18 years and older, participants learn how to properly work out for physical fitness and participate in hands-on skills with tools and equipment, including how to work with extension ladders, rotary saws, and pulling and laying down hose.

At the end of the five weeks, participants graduate and walk away with a better sense of the fundamental responsibilities of what it means to be a firefighter and what it takes to join this noble profession.

For additional information about the Women’s Fire Prep Academy, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Recruitment Unit at (310) 419-2115 or via email by clicking the button below.


Open to everyone 16 years and older, this annual two-day academy is hosted by Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division. Participants have the opportunity to learn hands-on lifesaving skills from a group of professional ocean lifeguards. Individuals should be prepared to swim in the ocean, run in the sand, and engage in a series of physical fitness exercises, such as push-ups, planks, sit-ups, and burpees

For more information about the Women’s Lifeguard Prep Academy, contact our Lifeguard Recruitment Unit at

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