MySafe:LA delivers fire and life safety education to residents of the City of Los Angeles. We are one of the first private professional fire prevention organizations in the country, and we’re working hard to make a difference in people’s lives. As one of the first organizations to practice Community Risk Reduction, our goal is simple. We want Los Angeles to be a safer and more resilient community.
We teach 4th and 5th grade students how to inspect their homes for fire hazards and working smoke alarms.
We teach high school students how to perform hands-only CPR (we are aligned with the American Heart Association) – as well as the use of an AED and how to work as a team.
We canvass neighborhoods, inspecting homes and installing free smoke alarms and CO detectors to people who need them and/or cannot afford them.
We teach students, teachers, adults and communities about the impending threat of a major earthquake: how to prepare and how to survive.
We teach adults about home safety, including having a GO bag with essentials in the event of an evacuation (due to any number of disasters).
We teach older adults how to be safe in their homes, how to communicate with 911, and what steps to take to ensure their comfort and safety.
We teach communities to be more resilient, to prepare for disaster and to know when to come together to rebuild if one strikes.
We even participate in the development of life safety training content for firefighters, ranging from wildfire survival to structure defense.
Because we’re not a large organization, we leverage known winning formulas for storytelling and communication: We have our own film unit, web team, and training cadre.
We don’t rest on our laurels. We’ve earned a few, but that’s not what we’re about. When we started this organization in 2008, we knew the best way to get better at what we were doing was to analyze our work product. Constantly. So we did. Along the way, we got better. We also got kind of addicted to the power of metrics. We count and measure everything! The result is that we’re making each passing year our personal and organizational best.
Some people might also consider us cheap! The work we deliver costs about 1/5th that of a major metro fire department’s cost. And, because our members are focused on our mission every day, without distractions related to emergency responses, we’re not only efficient, we’re proactive and forward thinking in our process.
Fire departments are going through significant changes in our complex society. We’re not here to take their jobs away — quite the opposite in fact. We’re here to support their mission, by doing things that distract from their core public service: emergency response. We act as a force multiplier, bringing fire agencies and the public closer together.
Most importantly, we’re here to serve the communities in which we engage. Our work is preventing needless injuries and deaths, and there can be no better mission than that.