The Foundation Behind The Hard Work
It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that Los Angeles is susceptible to multiple types of natural disasters. These disasters can be both natural and man-made so it's critical for residents to know what to do before, during and after a natural disaster. Disaster preparedness doesn’t just include having a survival kit in your car, home, or place of business but it also includes having the knowledge of where you can travel during these times.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting more than four million people who work and play in America’s second largest city. The LAFD Community Emergency Response Team Unit provides disaster preparedness training courses throughout the city, free of charge, year round. These training options range from in-depth multi-week sessions to single-day courses on numerous emergency preparedness topics. On their website you can find local training courses in your area and sign up today. They also have an emergency preparedness guide that will help keep you informed at any point prior and after an incident occurs. More than 85% of the Department’s daily emergency responses are related to Emergency Medicine Services. There is one organization in LA whose sole purpose is to provide vital equipment and fund critical programs to help the LAFD save lives and protect communities. This is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation was founded in 2010 to address the funding gaps for essential tools, equipment and programs. The Foundation is the official nonprofit arm of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Donations from private, corporate, and numerous community partners are used to fund resources to help firefighters protect the people of Los Angeles. They have been able to assist the Department by providing specialized equipment such as water rescue boats, night vision flight goggles, thermal imaging cameras, drones, emergency fire shelters, and wildland bulldozers. There are currently 106 fire stations and the LAFD Foundation provides funding to improve the living and work conditions for all fire houses. The organization also provides funding for numerous youth outreach education programs.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation doesn’t just provide the life saving tools and equipment needed for firefighters in the state to do their job, but they also support crucial training, development, wellness, and education programs that would otherwise go unfunded. They also have cancer prevention programs and topics ranging from youth outreach to leadership development which will impact todays and future generations of the LAFD. It’s been reported that cancer is the leading cause of firefighter line -of-duty deaths in America. Firefighters have to face over 100 different types of toxins and chemicals when structures made of synthetics and plastic materials burn. You have heard that smoke from structure fire can become more dangerous than the heat and flames itself which is true.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration 1 in 3 first responders develops post traumatic stress disorder. The Los Angeles Fire Department promotes prevention and early intervention with the assistance from the Behavioral Health program to ensure firefighters have the resources and coping skills to help themselves and recognize others needing help.
The Natural Disaster Expo will be able to provide organizations like The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation with the opportunity to network with industry leading professionals on services and products that would be the best in every community's ability to manage and carry out any disaster relief situations.