fire education

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...

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...

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...

01 Jun

Our team is busier than ever visiting LA schools

During the last spring, our team is busier than ever visiting LA schools. During the last part of April, and thru all of May, we visited LA area schools nearly every day, with multiple visits on some days. A number of people ask us, “what is a school visit like?” Our education presenters will arrive at a school and set up our materials in the auditorium. Typically, the closest fire station (often called the first-in) will send an Engine company and a...

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...

Translate »
X