Beach Safety / Molly's Patrol

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Last Update: March 24, 2018 - 9:30am
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The Orange Beach Fire Department's Beach Safety Division had humble  beginnings. In 2008, daily patrols consisted of two USLA trained lifeguards covering 7 1/2 miles of coastline and educating visitors about beach and  water safety. Eight years later, Surf Rescue has grown tremendously,  receiving the title "Molly's Patrol," thanks to the generous donations from  Tommy and Rebecca Bryant. Molly's Patrol was established in the memory  of Molly Bryant to further educate beach goers about the hidden dangers of  rip currents and other beach hazards. Today, Surf Rescue, or Molly's  Patrol, consists of 8 lifeguards covering the 9 1/2 miles of coastline with 4  lifeguard towers, 4 Honda ATV's, and 2 Honda MUV's Daily. In 2014, the  Alabama State Park contracted with Orange Beach Surf Rescue to provide  lifeguards at the Saltwater Pavilion. Starting out under Parks & Recreation,  Surf Rescue was moved on January 1, 2012 to the Fire Department and the Beach Safety Division was created. 












In July of 2003, while on a trip to the gulf coast with her church group,  Molly, with a group of friends, was swimming in the gulf waters when the  unthinkable happened. Molly was only sixteen years old when she drown,  due to a rip current.

 Molly was an outstanding and beautiful young lady.  She spent the first  part of her last summer on a mission trip, ministering to and feeding  homeless children in San Francisco.  This experience influenced her  decision to devote her life to children’s ministry.  Molly loved children and  had a compassion for those who were deprived of a life like hers, one in  which she was so richly blessed and loved.

 The Bryant Family knows Molly made her mark in this world, but realize  she would not want them to end her mission of giving others hope.  For the  past seven years, they have diligently sought to make a difference:  working toward the implementation of beach and water safety standards.  The Bryant Family continues to work to make Orange Beach the safest  beach along the Gulf Coast and to give the legacy of Molly Bryant and her love for children the gift of a safer environment for our children and our children’s children. Beach safety is vital to the entire community and specifically to those that choose to spend their vacations in our city. 



You can make tax deductible donations to Molly's Patrol by clicking the Donate link below. Donations help with equipment, personal, and repairs. All donations are greatly appreciated and will be utilized to increase the safety of the residents and visitors to our beaches. 

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Molly's Patrol Supporter T-shirts can be purchased for $20.00 per shirt for sizes Small to X Large, $22.50 for XX Large plus shipping & handling. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for shipping.