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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

18 Feb

Welcome to The Safe Community Project

Welcome! The Safe Community Project has just received its IRS Determination Letter. Effective February 11, 2010, The Safe Community Project is a registered 501 (c) (3) Public Benefit Charity California Corporation. Our mission is to create fire and life safety education programs, and to change people’s behavior relative to those threats. Our initial project has been operational for more than a year now: MySafe:LA. The MySafe:LA program will be covered in the near future. For parties interested in supporting our mission, our...

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