September 14, 2010
BURBANK — From extinguishing a small fire to rescuing someone trapped under a refrigerator, six teams on Saturday demonstrated their best disaster-preparedness skills in an inaugural Community Emergency Response Team challenge. Teams assessed and treated victims with broken limbs and deep cuts in mock disaster scenarios set up at the Burbank Fire Department Regional Training Center. Team members climbed the department’s four-story training tower and searched for victims while others were quizzed on their knowledge of procedures for being on a Community Emergency Response Team, known as CERT.
November 22, 2003
Jackson Bell A fire broke out in the Miller Elementary School cafeteria on Thursday, trapping several children in a classroom. At Jordan Middle School, 15 students were injured and one teacher was missing. Over at Burbank High School, the auditorium collapsed. Although the incidents were simulations enacted as part of the Burbank Unified School District's annual disaster drill, the responses were taken seriously. The district coordinated the drill simultaneously among each school so students and faculty learn what to do during an emergency such as an earthquake.
September 23, 2000
Jenna Bordelon NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Residents can hone their disaster skills by attending the Burbank Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team training course starting Oct. 2. The class teaches participants how to cope in an emergency and how to show your relatives, neighbors and friends what to do in the event of an earthquake or fire. The class will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday nights for seven weeks at the department training center, 1845 N. Ontario St. The cost is $35. Students will receive a CERT manual and a backpack containing a hardhat, flashlight, goggles, gloves, a whistle and a dust mask.
April 28, 2001
Lolita Harper AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Airport officials met Thursday with representatives of various service agencies to outline a plan of action in the event of a disaster. In a table-top discussion, members of the Burbank Fire and Police departments, airport police, the Red Cross and airport officials ran through a number of disaster scenarios, Burbank police representative and spokesman Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Each agency summarized its role in the event of an emergency and how they would communicate and cooperate with each other, Taylor said.
December 28, 2002
Ryan Carter Fire officials are upset about the hiring freeze on a position they say is key to the department's disaster-preparedness efforts. Fire Capt. Ron Barone will end his tenure as an assistant coordinator Jan. 31. Because of the freeze, Barone goes back on the line as a firefighter, leaving Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Rich Baenen's staff with only an administrative assistant. "To shortstop that position, I think, is ludicrous," Fire Chief Mike Davis said, adding that the freeze is a gamble with disaster-preparedness efforts.
June 2, 2004
The Burbank Fire Department is encouraging the public to sign up for its Community Emer- gency Response Team training course. The classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning June 14 and last eight weeks. Students will learn skills such as disaster preparedness and fire suppression, search and rescue and disaster psychology from Burbank firefighters. The course costs $50 for materials. Participants must be at least 16, and will receive a CERT manual and backpack containing hard hat, goggles, gloves, whistle and dust mask.
October 13, 2001
Gary Moskowitz HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- First Lutheran Church and School of Burbank has raised $4,000, all of which will be donated to disaster victims in New York City. The church worked with the Aid Assn. for Lutherans, an organization that administers disaster relief funds through Lutheran World Relief. The church's congregation and day-school families began raising funds at a special prayer service Sept. 15, the Rev. William Brunold said. Brunold said the $4,000 the church raised will be added to contributions made by some 14,000 other Lutheran congregations in America, and those relief funds will then be matched by the Aid Assn.
April 10, 2002
Ryan Carter MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- A high-magnitude earthquake rocked a college campus Monday night -- sort of. The college campus was really the Fire Training Center, where, after seven weeks of classes, 23 local volunteers participated in a mock disaster. It was the final test before they received certificates showing they are official Community Emergency Response Volunteers. Out of the chaos that night, volunteers with green helmets, goggles and emergency supplies emerged and set up a treatment area and command post.
January 22, 2003
Ryan Carter With war against Iraq looming, three of the 16 military reservists who work for the city have already been called up for active duty and more could follow. Two call-ups were of rank-and-file employees in the Public Works Department, Burbank Management Services Director John Nicoll said. The men are Army reservists. In another case, a division head in the Fire Department was ordered to report, a move that will affect the department's resources.