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Sunday, March 11, 2012

LACFD: EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR VANS READY FOR SERVICE

 Supervisor Antonovich Joins School Children for Test Run of County’s New “Shakey-Quakey” Schoolhouse

WHO: Michael D. Antonovich
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Fire Chief Daryl Osby
Los Angeles County Fire Department
WHAT: Unveiling of three new Yogi Bear “Shakey-Quakey” Schoolhouse Vans and a demonstration and Earthquake Preparedness event
WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Elliot Middle School
2184 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001

ALTADENA –To help young people prepare for the next earthquake, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will host students from Elliot Middle School in Altadena as they experience “a real earthquake” as he unveils three new Yogi Bear “Shakey-Quakey” Schoolhouse Van earthquake simulators.
 Capable of reproducing an 8.0 temblor, the simulator is a trailer-mounted version of a schoolhouse with desks and a chalkboard that provides children the realistic experience of an actual 3.5 earthquake -- complete with falling objects and sounds. Informational packets on earthquake safety and preparation will also be available.

Founded in 1923, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is an international leader of the fire service as one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world. Each day, more than 900 emergency responders are on duty to provide fire protection, life safety and environmental protection services to more than four million residents and commercial businesses in Los Angeles County’s 2,296-square-mile area.
 When called into action following major international disasters, the Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team responds around the globe as members of California Task Force 2. Once back in Los Angeles County, these same elite responders can be found at work in hometown neighborhoods in 58 cities and unincorporated areas.
 The Department proudly continues to be a frontrunner in firefighting technology, offering specialized training opportunities in Urban Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Air Operations and Homeland Security.
 Behind the scenes, more than 800 dedicated business professionals help carry out the mission.

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