Organization

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...

19 Oct

MySafe:LA Expands Advisory Board

Our Los Angeles-based fire and life safety unit, MySafe:LA has expanded the role of its advisory board during the past few months. The board, which meets every 60 days includes a variety of experts who share their opinions, expertise, and experience to help MySafe:LA better execute its mission of teaching fire and life safety. “The advisory board is an essential part of our educational process,” Cameron Barrett, Director of Education stated. “We discuss important topics, and the input we receive helps...

22 Aug

MySafe:LA Announces Fall Fire Safety Schedule

MySafe:LA, a unit of The Safe Community Project is preparing its fall fire safety schedule for LA area schools. The program, developed in conjunction with the LAFD and focusing on standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Home Safety Council, is aimed at teaching children about fire safety. “We are looking at students as the most effective method for getting key messages home to parents and guardians,” David Barrett,...

10 Jun

Pau Gasol Joins MySafe:LA as Ambassador

Pau Gasol, the big man who helped the Los Angeles Lakers achieve back to back championships has joined MySafe:LA and the LAFD as an Ambassador for Children. He will participate in the creation of several Public Service Announcements with Fire Chief Millage Peaks, as well as visiting schools in support of MySafe:LA instructors and firefighters. “I’ve always been eager to help children,” said Gasol. “Fire safety is important for every...

28 Apr

The MySafe:LA Story and Fire Safety

The Story of MySafe:LA, as shared by Executive Officer David Barrett. The concept for MySafe:LA originated in the 1960s. I was a student at Warner Avenue Elementary School, and our local fire company, Engine 71 came to the school to teach us about fire safety. The program was called the Jr. Fireman Program. As students, we were taught to inspect our homes for fire dangers, and based on that, plus some testing we took, our “rank” would advance. The...

12 Mar

About Our Directors

As a new organization, we are asked about our directors. Shortly, we’ll be adding a section to the website that will highlight our Directors and key staff/contractors. For now, let’s introduce you to a few of them, and explain their involvement in this important program. David Barrett – With a long background in brand development, film and TV production, education and training, David is the founder of MySafe:LA and a co-founder of The Safe Community Project. Raised in multiple...

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