Woodland Hills goes all out for Fire and EMS Expo

WOODLAND HILLS -- There was something for everyone, young and old alike, at the Woodland Hills annual Fire and EMS Exposition.

Held last weekend, some of the classes and events were for a specific age group, while others were planned for all ages combined.

A highlight of the day was presented by Jack Price, coordinator of the Intermountain Healthcare Urban South Region. His presentation came in the form of a mobile classroom trailer, funded by FEMA, which familiarized people with what they should do in emergency situations such as fire, earthquake, flood and tornado. The classroom could teach about eight people at a time. Once inside, the audience was involved in hands-on training in such things as extinguishing stove and electrical fires. The classroom could also shake violently to give the people a sense of what it might feel like in an earthquake, as well as a violent wind and rain storm.

The class taught by firefighters Dorel Kynaston and Reuben Badger was designed to teach safe ATV driving. The class included information about how to handle an ATV and city and state laws.

Assistant Fire Chief Craig Northup taught a class on fire safety. He explained the importance of removing dead trees and shrubbery from property as a safety measure. Northup also presented guidelines for thinning and trimming trees to help minimize natural fire fuel around homes. He also told residents that they would be provided with free wood chipping of the branches they trimmed right at their property next Saturday.

EMT Amy Garrick conducted a special program for the younger children. She taught fire safety and gave them a close-up view of firefighters' clothing and equipment.

EMTs Beth Wilding and Scott Isaacson conducted a class on CPR and how to perform it. They also talked about when and how to call 911; infant choking; monitoring your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight; how to make your lifestyle healthier; heart attack signs in women; a parents' guide for raising streetwise kids; and talking with your kids about drugs, etc.

Woodland Hills resident Pat Reid said she felt the event was outstanding and that she was "impressed with the quality of the information presented and moved to see all the people who serve on our behalf."

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Helvey provided an exciting demonstration on the city's new fire truck. The children enjoyed sounding the fire horn as well as running through the huge spray of water coming from the fire hose.