Looking Back to Lake

Sep 20, 2016 3:53 pm

It was one year ago this week that folks were working hard in the Lake County Emergency Operations Center, set up inside the Konocti Vista Casino.

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Long hours managing the Valley Fire along with unfamiliar surroundings and faces wore many out. But that’s what it takes, and the unsung heroes did their part to help a community in need.

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From WWII to the Northridge Earthquake: Retired LA Battalion Chief Remembers Moments of His Storied Career

Sep 20, 2016 3:07 pm
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Retired Los Angeles City Fire Battalion Chief Larry Schneider’s long and storied career began during World War II. He didn’t retire until 2007, just shy of his 80th birthday; he says he could have performed his job well for another five years but felt it was time for him to settle down.

We met Mr. Schneider at his home in the hills of LA and spent a wonderful afternoon talking with him about everything from the early days of his career to the Northridge Earthquake. Take some time to listen to his stories and then check out the links below for some really great photos from his past.


Photos:Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive

Click here for the story of how Larry Schneider’s life was saved, and the great photos of the scene and his hero afterward.

Click here for historical photos of Schneider and his station.

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SAREX Exercise Provides Unique Search and Rescue Training

Sep 16, 2016 1:01 pm

Fresno County Sheriff hosted more than 600 Search and Rescue volunteers and coordinators from nearly 50 local and state agencies throughout California at Hume Lake in Fresno County, site of this year’s SAREX training exercise. The two-day event provided training from some of the best Search and Rescue experts to the SAR community.

Courses ranged from K9 trailing, to incident awareness and assessment, to psychological first aid for first responders. On the last day, a visit by California Air National Guard Brigadier General Clay Garrison and Army National Guard Brigadier General Laura Yeager along with Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and Tuolumne County Sheriff James Mele capped off a successful SAREX 2016 training event.

The keynote presentation focused on the 2015 search and rescue of Miyuki Harwood in Fresno County. Slightly more than a year ago, the … continue reading »

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¿Estás Preparado Para Un Desastre?

Sep 15, 2016 1:52 pm
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Septiembre es el mes nacional de preparación y un buen tiempo para tomar medidas para preparar para un desastre. Cuando estás haciendo sus planes, no se olvide de incluir a sus niños y personas con necesidades especiales. Además, es importante incluir a sus mascotas y animales en sus planes.

Hay mucha información disponible que le ayudara a preparar y educar a su familia. Aquí están 10 maneras en que usted y su familia pueden preparar para un desastre:

Identifica su riesgo – ¿Cuáles son los peligros donde usted vive o trabaja? Averigüe qué tipo de desastres naturales o causados por humanos representan un riesgo para usted.
Crear un Plan Familiar de Desastres – Su familia necesita un plan que les dice a todos: dónde reunirse si tiene que evacuar, que usted ha identificado como un fuera de “contacto … continue reading »

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Preparing Kids for School

Sep 14, 2016 3:33 pm
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The days are getting shorter, the mornings are a little chillier, and the leaves are changing colors. Summer is coming to an end and that can mean only one thing: it’s time to go back to school.

As children put away their swimsuits and bring out their school supplies in preparation to become students, there is no better time to teach them the importance of emergency preparedness. Realize that if a community experiences a disaster or emergency situation the school is probably going to be the safest place for a child to be.

“Public K-12 schools in California are legally required by the Field Act to be built to a higher construction standard than other buildings and are inspected more frequently – this makes them less likely to collapse during an earthquake,” explains Monica Carazo, Public Information Officer … continue reading »

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