City of Vernon California

Vernon Fire Hosts Regional Training Center Open House

Press Release

VERNON FIRE HOSTS REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER OPEN HOUSE

Vernon, CA (April 26, 2018) – On April 17, 2018, Vernon city officials, civic leaders, local area fire personnel, and community members celebrated the opening of the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center. The multi-use training facility was constructed with collective funds from the City of Vernon and grants received through the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Program.

In partnership with the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs' Association, the four-story facility was designed to provide comprehensive training in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Built with 14 re-purposed cargo containers, the center is equipped with specialized areas to accommodate live fire training, urban search and rescue exercises, hazardous materials training, high rise firefighting and vertical roof ventilation. Environmentally safe live fire props are fueled with propane gas, a clean burning fuel that reduces smoke and particulates that are known carcinogens. All water runoff resulting from training is collected for recycling. The regionally focused center facilitates standardized training for firefighters, providing an opportunity to encounter conditions that better prepare firefighters for real world incidents.

Vernon Council Member Melissa Ybarra addressed visitors and acknowledged the importance of the facility to the region. Attendees included Antonio Chapa, District Director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who presented Vernon Fire with a proclamation to celebrate the opening of the regional training center and Lizeth Zardeneta from the office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. Guests were treated to live drills executed by Vernon Fire personnel including demonstrations in active fire suppression, rappelling, and roof ventilation tactics.

Fire Chief English proudly spoke of the opportunities that the center will provide for the southeast area and region, saying "The firefighting skills that are employed while training will help to keep our local cities safe and provide for a more efficient and effective emergency response."

The establishment of the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center is an example of the city's ongoing efforts to support its neighboring communities. Vernon is committed to the overall protection, well-being, and public safety needs of residents and businesses in communities throughout the southeast region.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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