On Saturday, March 22, the Red Cross hosted a fire safety seminar at the Shatto Recreation Center in Koreatown as part of the “Team Firestopper” Initiative. Fire Safety kits were given to the 50 families who attended the full training, which took participants through six rotating learning stations where they were taught fire prevention and safety.
Participating families learned what items to keep in a disaster kit, created their own emergency plans, were taught about potential hazards in their homes, as well as the use of safety equipment, including fire extinguishers. They were also instructed in compression-only CPR.
Refreshments were served, and the families had the benefit of instruction from Red Cross volunteers who spoke English, Spanish and Korean. About 50 volunteers participated in the training.
The seminar and previous neighborhood canvassing were funded by a generous grant from Project Paradigm, a foundation dedicated to supporting fire prevention initiatives here in Los Angeles and across the United States. Outreach to the residents of Koreatown is part of the Red Cross’ initiative to increase preparedness training in Los Angeles’ underserved communities.