On July 24 – 26, Battalion 20 personnel gave residents an opportunity to get up close and personal with our Department's specialized apparatus and equipment at a display held at the Hollywood Park Race Track in Inglewood. Eighty-five different apparatus, from Heavy Rescue 103, to our Underwater Dive Unit, to our forcible entry trailer, to a Firehawk helicopter were available for citizens to experience first-hand. Accompanied by their proud operators who gave enjoyable tours and explanations of how our equipment is used in an emergency setting, these apparatus provided a different kind of experiential opportunity for community members to learn more about the unique services our Department provides that no other fire agency in the world can match.
The passion and commitment our personnel have for their jobs was evident as they spoke with attendees about the skills and tools they use in the course of their duties. "We have the best job in the world, and a lot of pride in our Department and our team," said Fire Captain Dave Norman of USAR 103, and a California Task Force 2 member, who engaged attendees in demonstrations of USAR equipment such as the life detector unit that helps locate victims buried under rubble. "This is a great way to show our customers that their local paramedics are the same people who deploy to international disasters. That's the kind of service County residents get on a daily basis."
This free event is the first of several upcoming displays that will be held throughout Los Angeles County. Stay tuned to Size Up for the dates and locations of future equipment presentations that you can attend in your local community.