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This author David Barrett has created 19 entries.

10 Jul

Picking the Right Leader

The Best Leaders do so by Example During the summer, our team goes through some annual growth. That process often includes some promotions. We’re all familiar with moving people into positions of leadership, whether from above, as peers, or as those working in supporting positions. In our organization, we deal with leadership on so many different levels, and as I made some final evaluations prior to promotions, I thought I’d share some thoughts on this issue. I think the most important thing...

02 May

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

It’s a fact: Smoke alarms save lives. MySafe:LA, the Los Angeles Chapter of The Safe Community Project has been delivering and supporting the proper use of smoke alarms in LA schools and older adult communities. The MySafe:LA smoke alarm initiative began in late 2012, and during the past 18 months, more than 6,000 smoke alarms have been provided to citizens in Los Angeles for free. These homes were made safer due to the efforts of 4th...

02 Apr

David Yamahata Joins The Safe Community Project

Bringing 36.5 Years of Firefighting Experience to the Board The board of directors for The Safe Community Project are pleased to announce that David Yamahata has joined the organization. The recently retired Chief Deputy for Emergency Operations for the Los Angeles Fire Department brings 36.5 years of firefighting experience to the board. “I am honored to be a part of a great program,” Chief Yamahata said upon being told the board had unanimously voted to bring him on board. “I am...

28 Jan

MySafe:California Moves Forward…

The Safe Community Project will launch a new initiative, MySafe:California (MySafe:CA) in the fall of 2014. “MySafe:California will share resources for anyone living in the state,” David Barrett, Managing Director of The Safe Community Project Stated. “It’s an opportunity to help redefine how fire prevention and life safety awareness are shared with citizens and first responders.” The web ecosystem will offer Californians an opportunity to share their own experiences, share local information, and to gain access to fire and life...

03 Jan

MySafe:LA Expands Partnerships

MySafe:LA, the Los Angeles fire and life safety unit of The Safe Community Project is expanding its host of partners and educational outreach. New Agreements with Children’s Burn Foundation, California Science Center, and the Earthquake Country Alliance are several of the highlighted engagements. “We’re enthused to be growing our relationships as we have,” Executive Officer David Barrett stated. “The creation of a permanent exhibit on fire and burn safety at the California Science Center...

29 Nov

MySafe:Hawaiian Gardens Program

The Safe Community Project has developed a special initiative called the MySafe:Hawaiian Gardens Program. Hawaiian Gardens is a small incorporated community southeast of Los Angeles. The program is a pilot for other community programs in cities where emergency services are provided by outside agencies. As an example, in Hawaiian Gardens fire services are provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. While Hawaiian Gardens is a small community, they have concerns and problems with fire safety. In...

11 Nov

MySafe:LA Supports Older Adult Safety

MySafe:LA, the Los Angeles-based fire and life safety unit of The Safe Community Project has expanded its fire and life safety programs to include older adults. “Older adults are often forgotten when it comes to fire and life safety,” MySafe:LA Executive Officer David Barrett said. “Today, this segment of the population lives longer than ever before, but is at highly increases risk of injury or death from fire.” National statistics indicate that older adults (55 years...

22 Sep

Actor Jack McGee Joins The Safe Community Project

Noted Hollywood character actor Jack McGee joins The Safe Community Project as an ambassador for older adults. McGee, who was an FDNY Firefighter before moving his talent to Hollywood, will participate in events, PSA production, and key fire and life safety messaging. “I’ve known Jack for a number of years, and he brings a welcome and warm inspirational message for anyone we reach out to,” Todd Leitz, Public Information Officer for MySafe:LA stated. Jack has appeared in more than 100 films and television...

08 Mar

Jr. Fire Inspectors

This week, MySafe:LA congratulated its first class of Jr. Fire Inspectors at an Elementary School in Los Angeles. These students are among a group that has successfully completed a series of educational steps designed to help them and their families become “FireSmart:LA.” “We’re working to ensure that every type of living space is equipped with working smoke alarms,” MySafe:LA Instructor Chris Nevil said. “These students have completed a three step process, including a written home...

22 Aug

LAFD Partner Fire Companies

This year, our LAFD partner fire companies have been tremendous when supporting MySafe:LA educational programs. Firefighters are nearly always happy to interact with the public, and with kids in particular. This summer, our supporting fire companies have been over the top in their support. Each company has been creative in how they present their safety equipment and apparatus, and on multiple occasions, the time spent and consideration given to the program have been above and beyond the baseline that we...

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