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Eastvale: L.E.A.F.F. Update

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BY L.E.A.F.F.
(LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE FIGHTERS)

Eastvale – May was a busy month for LEAFF, and with summer upon us, things are set to become much busier.

On May 15, we had the privilege to present two exceptional Roosevelt High School seniors with plaques and scholarships to honor their efforts in the Police and Fire Explorer programs. Jacob Martin and Carlos De La Torre both worked really hard in their respective programs and we are excited to hear what their futures will bring for them and the community around us.

This summer also marks the return of Picnic in the Park, which we are very excited about. This is a great way to get out and meet your neighbors and community, and enjoy local food, music, carnival rides and a spectacular fireworks show. Picnic in the Park returns this year June 27 through 29, at the new Eastvale Community Park. We hope to see everyone there!

LEAFF has also given their support to WOLFF (Wives of Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters) for the 88iMPACT 1st Annual iMpact Festival, to be held at the Mid-Hill Golf Club in support of our community, small business development, military, law enforcement and firefighters. The event will feature live entertainment, great food, vendors, and maybe even a few celebrities. It is scheduled for August 2 at 4:00pm. Get your tickets while they last by visiting http://iPactfestival.eventbrite.com.

Eastvale: Situation Awareness

 By L.E.A.F.F. (Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters)

 

LEAFF Law Enforcement and Fire Protection

L.E.A.F.F. Eastvale

One of the most important factors of being safe is being aware of your situation. This can be applied to the home, workplace and outside, whether one is at work or play.  Be aware of what is going around you.

 

HOME:  With spring arriving and the time change, it is essential to remember to do things like renew the batteries in your smoke detectors, replenish the supplies in your first aid kit and review a safety plan with your family. Do your children know where to go in case of a major emergency? Make sure as a family you discuss a meeting place in the event of a disaster and have a plan in place.  It is also essential to make sure that your family is prepared and has enough food and water for three days to one week, at a minimum.

 

OUTSIDE:  Be aware of your surroundings when you are outside.  If you see drifters or people that look like they shouldn’t be there (such as a random person sitting in their car for a long period of time), call it in.  It is better to be safe than sorry.  Pay attention to your neighbors and your neighborhood by being vigilant and looking out for one another.  Joining a Neighborhood Watch is a great way to learn more about your surroundings as well as learn even more ways to keep you and your family safe.

 

Children need to remember to wear helmets when riding their bikes, but most importantly, they need to look around and make sure that vehicles see them.  Vehicles should be at a full stop before crossing in front of them.  Don’t assume that because you are in the crosswalk, you are safe. Distracted drivers and children not paying attention have resulted in many collisions that could have been avoided had both people been aware of their surroundings.

 

Overall, situation awareness leads to less crime and a higher level of personal safety. The first step in avoiding disaster and becoming a statistic is making sure that your situation is safe. Be vigilant, pay attention and have a plan.

Heroes At Home: Eastvale’s Fire Dept.

Eastvale Fire Engine

The Transformer-like engine undergoes daily maintenance. (Photo By Kimberley Sander)

By K.P. Sander

Eastvale – Firefighters are our heroes. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public as a way of life. You merely have to reflect back on the events of 9-11 to fully understand the courageous impact that those in public service can have in dire emergencies. Every life is precious no matter the circumstances, and seconds count when emergency services are needed.

The City of Eastvale is fortunate to have Cal Fire Station 27 within city limits to take care of the 55,000 residents in its 13 or so square miles. From municipal and wild land fire protection to medical emergencies, rescues and hazardous materials concerns, the station responds to approximately 1,400 incidents each year. Their competence in facilitating the safety of the public is done with pride, integrity and kindness.

The beautiful state-of-the-art Fire Station, which opened on Hamner Avenue on September 21, 2011, houses approximately 13 firefighter and/or paramedic personnel. With nearly 11,000 square feet of space that includes a luxury kitchen, cozy TV room with comfortable recliners, sleeping dormitory, fitness room – as well as a large apparatus bay and working areas – the building is an interesting dichotomy of home and the militaresque routines that direct their business days.

With one engine and one squad rolling from the Eastvale station, there are five personnel on duty at any given time, including one captain, one engineer, and three firefighter/paramedics, all teaming together to ensure a response time of ten minutes or less. Working 72 hour shifts, the firefighters of Eastvale keep a spotless home and equipment in pristine condition. From electronic tablets to help streamline on-scene reporting to a sophisticated exhaust system at the station to keep diesel fuel exposure to a minimum, Station 27 reveals amenities that take care of our firefighters as well.

Eastvale Firefighter Eric Stephens

Firefighter/Paramedic, Eric Stephens, of Cal Fire Station 27 (Photo by Kimberly Sanders)

Along with keeping the public safe, our local Fire Department also supports our community through Toys for Tots at Christmas time, as well as weekly station tours for organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, church groups, and visits for children with disabilities.

Definitely a step up from the temporary fire station previously located at Cedar Creek Park, Cal Fire Station 27 and the brave firefighters that take care of us are a source of pride for the community of Eastvale. Through efficient and effective emergency services, these men and women who serve us are definitely our Heroes At Home.