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MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #21 (25:26)

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Date: April 16, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: We continue our earthquake podcast conversation with Cameron Barrett, Education Director, and Mark Benthien, the Director of Communications, Education and Outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center. Mark’s team are part of the core group or organizers behind the ShakeOut drill every year. In this podcast he discusses the need for earthquake knowledge and preparedness throughout Southern California, and how easy it is to sign up for this year’s ShakeOut.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #20 (24:18)

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Date: April 11, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Margaret Vinci is the Manager of the Office of Earthquake Programs at CalTech. She’s been busy lately, what with the 5.1 La Habra Earthquake, the 4.4 Encino Earthquake, and the monster 8.2 Chilean Earthquake. All in the last few weeks. Cameron Barrett chats with Margaret about the earthquake tools available online that she, the scientists at CalTech, and others around the world, have developed to help save lives, and educate the general public.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #19 (23:01)

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Date: April 9, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: In the wake of the March 28th La Habra Earthquake, Todd Leitz, MySafe:LA’s public information officer, speaks with Jill Barnes, the Coordinator for Disaster Services and Emergency Preparedness for the Los Angeles School District. If you have kids in the LAUSD, here’s some details about the district’s earthquake preparedness that should ease your mind.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #18 (30:30)

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Date: April 4, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Cameron Barrett speaks about the latest string of earthquakes to strike Southern California with Kate Long, the Earthquake Deputy for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The 5.1 magnitude La Habra earthquake that struck March 28 did $10.5 million in damage to Orange County. Long says the La Habra Quake, like all temblors, is a wake up call for Southern Californians to prepare.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #17 (17:08)

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Date: February 21, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: February is American Heart Disease Awareness Month. In celebration, let’s review cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. When was the last time you took a CPR class? A year ago? 5? 10? Do you remember all the things you needed to do? All the compressions-to-rescue-breath numbers? No? You’ll be happy to know, there’s a new method. This ain’t your Dad’s CPR. It’s called Hands Only CPR and it’s effective and easy to learn. So easy that MySafe:LA’s two resident EMTs, Todd Leitz and Cameron Barrett, are going to teach you right in this podcast.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #16 (21:47)

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Date: February 19, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Did you know that you don’t have to be hard of hearing to NOT hear your smoke alarm go off in the middle of the night? Education Director Cameron Barrett discusses smoke alarms with Nancy Trench, the Assistant Director of Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University. Trench is a smoke alarm expert and speaks about the latest research into smoke alarm awareness and usage. Who’s most likely to die in a fire because smoke alarms were not present or were disabled? Do children wake to an alarm with a warning beep or an adult’s voice? If you have mobility issues, is it time to retrofit your home with sprinklers? These questions and more get answered in this fire and life safety podcast.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #15 (19:51)

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Date: February 17, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: How many smoke alarms are in your home? Are they all working? Are they in the right locations? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, this podcast is for you! MySafe:LA Public Information Officer Todd Leitz chats with Deborah Hanson, the Director of External Affairs for First Alert, the smoke alarm manufacturer. First Alert and Debbie are great friends of MySafe:LA and have donated thousands of smoke alarms to MySafe:LA safety initiatives. Debbie is a smoke alarm expert, and she’ll answer those burning questions you have about your alarms.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #14 (26:14)

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Date: February 13, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: MySafe:LA Executive Officer David Barrett chats with one of the most respected voices in fire prevention, Jim Crawford, the former Fire Marshal for Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Crawford has more than 37 years of firefighting experience and is currently the Project Manager for Vision 20/20. Crawford and Barrett discuss smoke alarms, why people are still living without them and what can be done to convince those who are that the risks they’re taking are life threatening.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #13 (18:12)

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Date: February 10, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: In our first fire and life safety podcast of the month, David Barrett speaks with Meri-K Appy, an internationally recognized fire and life safety expert. Meri-K has spent her professional life in public safety education. She is currently a consultant to MySafe:LA and part of the Vision 20/20 Coalition. She and David speak about the recent rash of fire fatalities in the city of Los Angeles. All these recent tragic fires have one thing in common – not one working smoke alarm was found in any of the residences.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #12 (17:21)

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Date: January 22, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Executive Officer David Barrett speaks with Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Greenup, who on January 17, 1994 was three stories below Los Angeles City Hall in the LAFD’s dispatch center when the Northridge Earthquake struck. Greenup spent the day (and many after that) sending LAFD resources to the devastated areas of Los Angeles where people not only struggled when the ground started shaking but weeks and months after it had stopped.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #11 (18:04)

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Date: January 21, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: In our continuing series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, MySafe:LA Public Information Officer Todd Leitz speaks with Battalion Chief Steve Ruda, the Chief Liaison Officer of the Los Angeles Fire Department. In 1994, Chief Ruda lived one mile from the Northridge Meadows Apartments and not much farther from the epicenter of the quake. He describes the preparations he had made, only a few weeks before, that created a sense of calm amidst the unbelievable chaos and destruction of that day.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #10 – LAFD AC Donald Frazeur (12:11)

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Date: January 20, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Executive Officer David Barrett sits down with the Fire Marshal for the city of Los Angeles for our continuing special series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. Assistant Chief Donald Frazeur was a Captain II on January 17, 1994. He was at home when the earthquake struck, and some of his most vivid memories of that day came during what he calls his “surreal” drive into work, as he traveled from Ventura County across the San Fernando Valley.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #9 – LAFD FF/Medic Jayson Johnson (16:41)

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Date: January 17, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Todd Leitz, MySafe:LA’s Public Information Officer brings us the next installment of our special podcast series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. Todd sits down with Jayson Johnson, an LAFD firefighter/paramedic and father of four. Jayson had just finished fighting a fire and was on his way back to the station when his fire engine got one heck of a jolt.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #8 – Retired LAFD Captain Steven Owens (23:22)

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Date: January 17, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: MySafe:LA Public Information Officer Todd Leitz talks with retired LAFD Captain Steve Owens who was a station commander at fire station 76 in the Cahuenga Pass of Hollywood 20 years ago. When the Northridge Earthquake shook him out of bed, Owens was immediately in earthquake mode, reviewing his escape options and preparing for the possibility of fire after earthquake.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #7 – LAFD BC Greg Gibson (18:01)

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Date: January 16, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Our podcast series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake continues with MySafe:LA Education Director Cameron Barrett’s conversation with LAFD Battalion Chief Greg Gibson. 20 years ago, Gibson was a station commander in South Los Angeles, but less than an hour after the quake hit, he and his crew were on their way to the devastation in the San Fernando Valley.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #6 – Retired LAFD AC Frank W. Borden (25:46)

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Date: January 16, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: MySafe:LA’s Executive Officer David Barrett talks with one of the most instrumental figures in the Los Angeles Fire Department’s response to the Northridge Earthquake 20 years ago. Assistant Chief Frank Borden (retired) was in charge of much of the department’s resources that day, but he had also spent the decade prior to the Northridge Quake creating a new citizen volunteer responder corps he named CERT. On January 17, 1994, Borden watched his CERT volunteers serve a critical function in the shaken city.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #5 – LAFD Battalion Chief Joe Castro (21:12)

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Date: January 15, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: Education Director Cameron Barrett continues MySafe:LA’s recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake in this episode when she interviews LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Castro. In 1994 Castro was a station commander in Hollywood, where destruction was widespread following the temblor. He remembers he and his crew having to fight their way out of their station house when their apparatus bay doors jammed.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #4 – Retired LAFD Assistant Chief Bob Defeo (22:20)

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Date: January 15, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: In our continuing series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, MySafe:LA’s Education Director Cameron Barrett talks with retired LAFD Assistant Chief Robert DeFeo, the man in charge of the harrowing rescues and recoveries at perhaps the most iconic disaster site that day in Los Angeles, the Northridge Meadows apartment complex.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #3 – LAFD Captain Stacy Gerlich (19:01)

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Date: January 14, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: MySafe:LA Executive Officer David Barrett interviews LAFD Captain Stacy Gerlich, who was a firefighter/paramedic 20 years ago when the Northridge Earthquaked rocked Southern California. She remembers traveling through the San Fernando Valley that day, trying to help Los Angelenos devastated after the quake. 20 years later, Captain Gerlich’s passion and commitment for the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program remains steadfast, thanks in no small part to her experiences during the Northridge Earthquake.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast – Episode #2 – Retired LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Cathey (12:37)

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Date: January 14, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: We continue with our special series on the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. Executive Office David Barrett sits down with LAFD retired Assistant Chief Dean Cathey, who was in charge of Division 1 on January 17, 1994 and remembers how eerie it was to see his city completely dark in the hours after the quake hit.


 

MySafe:LA Fire & Life Safety Podcast, Episode #1 – Northridge Quake Overview (15:06)

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Date: January 13, 2014
By: MySafe:LA Productions
Description: The initial podcast in our 20th anniversary Northridge Earthquake series. Hosts Cameron Barrett, Todd Leitz, and David Barrett set the stage for a series of podcasts that feature Los Angeles firefighters.