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, Executive Officer for MySafe:LA stated.
Each presentation includes video, interactive demonstrations, and key messages regarding fire safety. If the students successfully accomplish the goals set forth in the presentations, they earn the opportunity to tour a fire apparatus and/or rescue ambulance. Each presentation takes up less than one hour, and fits into the educational curriculum of social science, reading, and community service.
MySafe:LA brings LAFD fire companies to many of its school appearances. According to Mr. Barrett, “In today’s fire service, there are so many missions and issues that occupy firefighter and officer calendars. By managing the logistics, presentation, and assessment, we can play a useful role in supporting the fire prevention mission of the LAFD. Fire Chief Doug Barry recognized the importance of rebuilding some sort of fire prevention program, and working together, we’ve come up with a powerful message for kids and their families.”
MySafe:LA takes no money from the LAFD or the City of Los Angeles. All funding is made via donations, gifts, and grants. The organization partnered with the LAFD Historical Society and Museum during its formative year in 2009, and today operates as a unit of The Safe Community Project, a California 501 (c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation.