In Brief: News Across the County

By September 9, 2016LACoFD News
Fire Station 97

Fire Station 97 serves the city of Azusa. A recent survey showed that 87 percent of Azusa residents approve of the services provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Photo by Wade Archer.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel are always busy in the community. Here is a snapshot of what Department members are doing across the county.

LACoFD Gets High Marks From Azusa Residents

Azusa residents hold the Los Angeles County Fire Department in high regard, according to a recent survey.

The finding was part of a citizen satisfaction survey conducted by independent research firm ThinkNow Research on behalf of the city of Azusa. The survey measured community satisfaction and perception of municipal services.

Of the 200 people surveyed, 87 percent rated the Fire Department’s services as “Excellent” or “Good”—the highest rating of all the city’s services. Another 6 percent rated fire protection services as “Fair,” and 7 percent were not sure. None of the respondents gave the Department a “poor” rating.

“I’m proud of our men and women who continue to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Azusa,” said Division 2 acting Assistant Fire Chief Jim Enriquez.

Fire Stations 32 and 97 are located in Azusa.

Other services with high ratings included trash collection (85 percent) and street cleaning (81 percent).

CERT Celebrates 30 Years

This year marks the 30th anniversary of CERT, which stands for Community Emergency Response Team.

The milestone was celebrated during the annual National CERT Conference in Universal City on Thursday, Sept. 8.

LACoFD Chief Daryl Osby participated in a morning plenary session, welcoming attendees and providing opening remarks. He discussed CERT’s positive impact on the Department as well as the invaluable contributions made by volunteers.

LACoFD launched its own CERT program in 2003.  Since then, more than 14,000 Los Angeles County residents have received training.

CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves and others in their neighborhood or workplace after a disaster. They offer their time, effort and skills to provide emergency support during times of need.