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By: Mark R. Madler | September 3, 2005
A developer, a former mayor and the city's disaster preparedness coordinator were among the residents chosen Tuesday by the City Council to serve on the committee reviewing the city's operations and governmental organization. The 15-member Charter Review Committee will begin its task of reviewing city functions and organization and potentially reform city government in January. The committee will meet twice a month for a year and then make recommendation for changes that must be approved by voters.
January 25, 2003
Molly Shore When the "disaster" hit, parents, teachers, school staff and students at Jefferson Elementary School sprang into action. The disaster drill, postponed from November because of high winds at the time, was a districtwide event to prepare for what might happen in a disaster, like an earthquake. Within 10 minutes of the 10 a.m. bell Thursday, school staff, headed by Principal Lynn Perske, had a command center set up on the playground.
By By Jack Scott | November 3, 2005
We were struck with sadness by the recent devastation caused by hurricanes in the South. The homes destroyed, the people evacuated and the lives lost touched us all. And it is a reminder of just how quickly and without warning disaster can strike. We should all know how to respond to any disaster in our own area, be it earthquake, flooding or terrorism. We should be prepared to evacuate our homes and take refuge in public shelters, as well as know how to care for our basic needs.
March 12, 2005
Mark R. Madler Even as the City Council approved a plan to prepare the city for natural and man-made disasters, the city's disaster-preparedness coordinator anticipated changes because of recent rains. "As new disasters occur, we will add those," preparedness coordinator Rich Baenen said. We will put another page or two [in the plan] on damage to the fire roads from the rain. This is a plan that exists in perpetuity and is a living plan." The City Council unanimously adopted the plan Tuesday, but not without giving its own input.
September 3, 2008
Members of the Burbank-Valley Garden Club will hear Norma and Charles Johnson speak on ?Growing Orchids in the Valley? at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Building, Verdugo Park, 700 N. California St., Burbank. Admission is free. A potluck luncheon follows the speakers. For more information, call Grace Davis at (818) 848-0313. ? Happy House , a nonprofit organization dedicated to building better families, co-founded by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, is hosting a series of workshops on ?
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.
March 29, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK VILLAGE -- Fires aren't just for firefighters anymore. The Burbank Fire Department is sponsoring a Community Emergency Response Team course for the public. The course starts April 10. Students will learn emergency skills like disaster preparedness and fire suppression, search and rescue, and disaster psychology from Burbank firefighters. The classes will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. every Monday night for seven weeks through May 22. The course is $35 to cover the cost of materials.
June 8, 2005
Chamber hosts business lunch The Burbank Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly business connection lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Burbank Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Rich Baenen will be the featured speaker. The luncheon takes place at The Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road. The cost is $22 for chamber members and $27 for prospective members. For more information, contact the chamber at (818) 846-3111. Make-up artist helps patients Entertainment industry make-up and hair stylist Maurice Stein is lending his expertise to help burn victims and patients undergoing chemotherapy.
January 26, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ron Barone was a Fire Department captain at Burbank's Station 12. Little did the 15-year department veteran know he would soon be pulled off the line to help coordinate the city's response to potential disasters. That's what happened soon after the attacks, when the city's disaster preparedness coordinator and a U.S. Coast Guard reservist, Rich Baenen, was called to active duty. With Baenen away indefinitely and the city on heightened alert, Fire Department brass turned to Barone to fill the position.
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