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Second Disaster Decathlon Supports Gulf Elementary School

A surgeon talks with students at Gulf Elementary School.

Students a Gulf Elementary School were treated to a half day of fire and life safety activities as MySafe:LA delivered the second of a series of “Disaster Decathlons” to LAUSD campuses. The program, designed to teach students 10-key things about disaster and fire/life safety, is aimed at 4th and 5th grade students in at-risk communities. Many of the students involved are considered “title-1” meaning they are transient, or below the poverty line.

LAFD Battalion Chief Dan Curry started things off with a very important safety message about situation awareness – not getting consumed with texting or your mobile phone. MySafe:LA’s Executive Officer David Barrett then delivered a PowerPoint presentation to all 4th and 5th grade students, and Children Hospital Los Angeles surgeon David Bill explained how operating on kids is fun for him, but not so much for the kids involved.

Shortly after the auditorium presentations, students were able to tour fire apparatus, learn how to stop, drop, and roll, and interacted with a series of city agencies, all brought together by MySafe:LA for these disaster decathlon experiences. In addition to the presentations and tour of apparatus, every student will receive a FREE smoke alarm, as will all faculty members at Gulf Elementary School.

The next event is scheduled for the third week in March.

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