Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bel-Air Association Sponsors LAFD CERT Emergency Preparendess Training

Twenty-five Bel-Air residents are participating in a Bel-Air Association (BAA) sponsored emergency preparedness training program - CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The course (seven consecutive Monday evenings for approx. two hours) is being taught by LAFD Firefighter Sue Jenkins at the BAA headquarters.

The training teaches residents and volunteers how to set-up and sustain an emergency operations center, light search and rescue techniques, fire safety, disaster psychology and medical assessment/treatment. The BAA's goal is to train a cadre of residents and volunteers who are able to execute a coordinated response in a catastrophic disaster -- earthquake, fire, mud slide, riot, etc. CERT trained volunteers will not only be personally prepared for themselves and their families, but able to assist their neighbors and collect data needed by first responders.

If you are interested in being trained, email A second course is be planned for Fall 2010.

Every residence needs two (2) dry-chemical ABC fire extinguishers in an easily accessible location, both of which need to be checked annually. Professional companies provide extinguisher checking services (contact the BAA office for information). During the checking process, the extinguisher should be held upside down and shaken to ensure proper functionality. These fire extinguishers are suitable for small fires and may provide you and/or your family and friends extra time to exit a building/residence.
When using your portable fire extinguisher, remember to Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the handle and Sweep the base of the fire with the foam -- P.A.S.S.
If you want to learn how to put-out small fires and operate a fire extinguisher, take the Bel-Air Association sponsored CERT training taught by LAFD. To sign-up for the fall training course, email
**A new "TIP OF THE WEEK" will be posted following each Monday's class.**
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Prtitim said...

These emergency preparedness programs must be provided to everyone so that everyone can handle difficult situation. And I will definitely follow the tip of the week.