fire training

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...

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...

10 Sep

Why We Do This Work – The Art of Fire Prevention

Why We Do This Work – The Art of Fire Prevention is authored by David Barrett, Managing Director of The Safe Community Project and Executive Officer of MySafe:LA. We’re often asked, “why do you do this work?” Everyone appreciates the importance of fire prevention, but why would someone get involved with the fire service when there is no specific payday (MySafe:LA officers are unpaid)? Why, when there is no pension waiting at the end of 25 years of service (yet). Why, when there are...

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...

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