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Scheduled Street Closure - Loenis Blvd at Seville Ave

Press Release 

8 PM on Friday, November 4, 2016 through
11 PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016

Railroad Track Project

The Los Angeles Junction Railroad will be rehabilitating a set of railroad tracks that cross on Leonis Boulevard at Seville Avenue. The street closure will begin Friday, November 4th (8pm) until Sunday, November 6, (11pm). Vehicular traffic on Leonis from Soto to Pacific will be detoured to 46th Street and Fruitland Avenue. Local access will be maintained for businesses along Leonis. Message boards have been placed to provide public notice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the on-duty Patrol Watch Commander at 323-
587-5171.

Vernon City Council members appoint Michael A. Earl to serve as City’s Human Resources Director

Press Release

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Michael A. Earl to serve as director of the city's Human Resources Department. Mr. Earl has 28-years of public sector human resources management experience. He will assume his new position in Vernon on Monday, October 24.

Mr. Earl currently serves as a human resources manager for the City of Santa Monica's department of Human Resources; a position he has held since February 2009. Mr. Earl is responsible for that city's Employee Relations and Benefits Division.

Mr. Earl has been a human resources management professional for the cities of Hermosa Beach, South Gate and El Cajon over the course of his professional career. He has served for two terms as treasurer of the Southern California Personnel Management Association. Additionally, he was a governing board alternate to the Independent Cities Management Authority for more than a decade and is a member of the California Public Employees Labor Relations Association.

Mr. Earl earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

Prevent Flu this Season by Getting a Flu Shot

 

SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is urging Californians to get vaccinated against influenza (the flu) as soon as possible. Localized flu activity has already been reported in San Diego County, where an elderly person has died due to flu-related complications.

In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully, so now is the time to get vaccinated to have the best protection as the flu season begins.

"Deaths related to flu are tragic reminders that the flu virus needs to be taken very seriously," said Dr. Smith. "A yearly flu shot is the best way to protect against infection and prevent others from coming down with the flu."

A person with flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.

This season your health care provider may be offering only injectable flu vaccines. This is due to concerns about the effectiveness of this year's nasal spray vaccine. CDPH expects there to be enough injectable vaccine to meet the expected demand.

Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and, sometimes, tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.

To reduce this threat CDPH recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women. Flu shots are needed every year to maintain the greatest protection, because the vaccine changes each season to match the viruses that are circulating.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, you should also:

  • Stay home when you are sick and limit your contact with others
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician's office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine. Some local health departments may also offer low- or no-cost flu immunizations. More information about the flu is available on the CDPH website. You can find the nearest flu vaccine locations by visitingwww.flu.gov.

www.cdph.ca.gov 

National Coffee with a Cop Day Oct 7, 2016

Press Release

Friday, October 7, 2016

All community and business members are invited to attend. The event is scheduled from 7-10AM at
McDonald's, 3737 S. Soto St., Vernon, CA.

National Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in the unique City of Vernon community. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Please contact Det. Alexy Escobedo (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Sgt. Nick Perez (email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for further details: (323) 587-5171.

24th Annual Sabor de Mexico Lindo street festival

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Vernon city council members agree to play host to 24th Annual 'Sabor de Mexico Lindo' street festival

Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis, and Council Members Melissa Ybarra and Leticia Lopez voted yesterday (Tuesday, September 20) to approve an agreement with the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce to allow Vernon to serve as host city for Los Angeles' largest street festival on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

Mayor Davis said, "Vernon is pleased to welcome residents from our surrounding communities and greater L.A. County to the street festival that has entertained adults and delighted children in our neighboring community for the past 23-years."

"From arts and crafts to cultural exhibits and live performances on two stages to authentic food from around the world and theme park rides, 'Sabor de Mexico Lindo' is a major attraction in Southeast L.A. County. The event is attended by as many as 200,000 patrons over two-days. We are proud to play the host city for the 24th annual presentation of 'Sabor de Mexico' in partnership with the Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce," Mayor Davis said.

The 24th Annual "Sabor de Mexico Lindo," presented each year by the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce, is traditionally held along a stretch of Pacific Boulevard in downtown Huntington Park. But road and sidewalk improvements in progress on Pacific Boulevard, Huntington Park's main downtown thoroughfare, made holding that city's annual street festival impossible this year. Huntington Park Chamber officials approached Vernon city officials to determine their interest in serving as host city in 2016 as a one-year-only event.

The festival's media sponsors include KTLA5, Telemundo52, La Opinion, Radio Jose 97.5, and Radio Super Estrella 107.1. In addition, national corporate sponsors will be supporting the 24th Annual Sabor de Mexico Lindo on Pacific Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue near Vernon's Civic Center on the first weekend of October.

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Vernon City Council members appoint Keith Allen to serve as city’s director of Health and Environmental Control

Press Release

September 7, 2016

Vernon City Council members appoint Keith Allen to serve as city's director of Health and Environmental Control

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Keith Allen to serve as director of the city's Department of Health and Environmental Control. Vernon is one of only four cities in California with its own health department.

Mr. Allen will assume his new duties and responsibilities as head of the city's health department on September 19. He presently serves as environmental health operations officer for the City of Long Beach.

Mr. Allen brings more than 16-years of environmental health experience to his new job in Vernon. Prior to working for the Long Beach health department, he worked as an environmental health specialist for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Mr. Allen earned his Master's degree in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach. He serves as vice president of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) for Region 2. He was previously president of the Southern Chapter of the California Environmental Health Association (CEHA). Mr. Allen is the 2005 recipient of the Charles Senn Award bestowed annually by the CEHA.

Debit Card Scam Alert

Press Realease

City of Vernon Gas & Electric Department is advising customers to be aware of a recent telephone scam that demands immediate payment for allegedly past due utility bills. Impostors have been calling City of Vernon customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their utility service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payments be made through a prepaid cash card. Other forms of fraud involve customers being asked to purchase prepaid debit cards or execute a wire payment. Scammers may ask for the debit card number and collect the value deposited in the card. 

Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller's name, department and business phone number. If the caller refuses to provide this information, customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to the City of Vernon Police Department or City of Vernon Gas & Electric
Department at 323-583-8811 Ext.202. 

The City of Vernon also reminds customers to ask for identification when a stranger comes to....

Vernon City Council members appoint Kelly Nguyen to serve as city’s director of Vernon Gas & Electric

Press Release

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Kelly Nguyen to serve as director of the city's Vernon Gas & Electric Department. Ms. Nguyen was administered her oath of office by Vernon City Clerk Maria Ayala during yesterday's (August 2) City Council meeting at Vernon City Hall.

Ms. Nguyen will assume her new duties and responsibilities as head of the city's municipal-owned utility on August 15. Ms. Nguyen presently serves as director of Energy Systems at the Glendora, CA-based Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). She brings 17-years of industry executive experience to her job in Vernon.

Ms. Nguyen formerly worked for the City of Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) agency as a senior integrated resource planner and power resource scheduler. She previously held positions as an energy scheduler for California Energy Resource Scheduling (CERS) and senior supervisor and market specialist for the California Power Exchange (CalPX).

Ms. Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at California State University Los Angeles. She received specialized training in energy system procedures, protocols and utility compliance policies through the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), North American Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC), and training in market operations and Cap & Trade through the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Flex Alert July 28th for California

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 2:00 p.m to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28, due to high temperatures in the region.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances after 9 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases.

In addition, natural gas supplied used as fuel for many power generators in the Los Angeles area may be tight during this heat event because of limited operations at Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. The ISO has activated its summer preparedness plan for natural gas constraint concerns. Clickhere to view the plan.

For more information on Flex Alerts, go to www.flexalert.org

24-Hour Ahead Outlook

Temperatures are forecast to be a high of 109 in some of Southern California.

Forecast peak demand forecast is 46,888 megawatts.

When a Flex Alert is called take three simple actions:

• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away

• Cool with fans and draw drapes

• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

Flex Alerts

The California ISO issues a Flex Alert when the grid is under stress to meet demand from generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Flex Alerts call for voluntary conservation before the ISO needs to start using energy reserves to maintain reliability. Conservation helps ease demand to avoid taking further steps to balance supply and demand, such as, in the extreme, local power interruptions.

Learn more: www.flexalert.org

Learn about Stage Electrical Emergencies: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/EmergencyFactSheet.pdf

Flex Alert July 27th for California

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 2:00 p.m to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, due to high temperatures in the region.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances after 9 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases.

In addition, natural gas supplied used as fuel for many power generators in the Los Angeles area may be tight during this heat event because of limited operations at Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. The ISO has activated its summer preparedness plan for natural gas constraint concerns. Clickhere to view the plan.

For more information on Flex Alerts, go to www.flexalert.org  

24-Hour Ahead Outlook

Temperatures are forecast to be a high of 109 in some of Southern California.

Forecast peak demand forecast is 45,316 megawatts.

When a Flex Alert is called take three simple actions:

• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away

• Cool with fans and draw drapes

• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

Flex Alerts

The California ISO issues a Flex Alert when the grid is under stress to meet demand from generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Flex Alerts call for voluntary conservation before the ISO needs to start using energy reserves to maintain reliability. Conservation helps ease demand to avoid taking further steps to balance supply and demand, such as, in the extreme, local power interruptions.

Learn more: www.flexalert.org 

Learn about Stage Electrical Emergencies: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/EmergencyFactSheet.pdf 

Vernon mayor, council members break ground for new Vernon Fire Regional Training Center

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Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis, members of the Vernon City Council and Vernon Fire Department officials held groundbreaking ceremonies today marking the start of full construction for the new Vernon Fire Regional Training Center, a specialized fire services training facility – built in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs' Association – that will offer training opportunities to fire service professionals serving with 31 fire agencies in the Los Angeles area.

Joining Vernon city officials at the groundbreaking ceremony at Vernon Fire Station No. 1 were U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, California State Senator Ricardo Lara, Huntington Park Mayor Graciela Ortiz, L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, L.A. Area Fire Chiefs' Association President Bill Walker, Regional Training Group Director Jim Birrell, Montebello Fire Chief Dan Amador, Torrance Fire Chief Martin Serna, Sierra Madre Fire Chief Stephen Heydorff, Alhambra Fire Battalion Chief Edward Guerrero, and David Juarez, district director for 53rd District Assembly Member Miguel Santiago.

Mayor Davis said, "The City of Vernon is proud to be building the Vernon Fire Training Center in support our city's fire department and fire departments in our region. All of the cities and communities in Southeast L.A. County will benefit by having the best-trained firefighters our cities can provide."

"The recent Maywood Incident showed very clearly how difficult some fires are to combat. Our city knows better than many cities why it is so important to have firefighters with special training in hazardous materials on duty when a fire emergency hits in an industrial area," he said.

"Without a skilled team of trained HazMat firefighters, the Maywood Incident might have gotten out of control, caused greater damage, and put nearby residents at greater risk. By supporting the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center, Vernon is doing its part as a 'Good Neighbor'," Mayor Davis said.

Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson said, "The Los Angeles Area Fire Chief's Association (LAAFCA), an organization representing 31 Los Angeles area fire departments, formulated a strategic vision for meeting the fire safety needs of communities throughout our region. LAAFCA's plan included the establishment of a series of fire training facilities within our region to provide firefighters from participating agencies the opportunity to access specialized training sessions at any of the training sites in our region."

"The City of Vernon supports LAAFCA's vision. Members of the Vernon City Council voted to approve the construction of a Regional Fire Training Center adjacent to Vernon Fire Station No. 1 – to be managed by the Vernon Fire Department. LAAFCA facilities in various cities are scheduled include specific training in Hazardous Materials (HazMat) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Though each of the facilities may offer similar training disciplines, each site will provide unique fire service training opportunities," Chief Wilson said.

"In partnership with LAAFCA, the City of Vernon provided funds to build and equip a training center that, once constructed and outfitted, will offer specialized training for fire service professionals. By building this much-needed fire training facility, the City of Vernon is doing its part to contribute to the overall fire protection and public safety needs of residents and businesses in communities throughout our region," Chief Wilson said.

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident - Business Community Site Update

Press Release

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident                                                           June 28, 2016

Business Community Site Update

In response to the Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident in Maywood on June 14, 2016 the Unified

Command (UC) has been conducting air and soil sampling throughout the vicinity.

For businesses in the area, unless your building has been red tagged, it is safe to operate your business in a normal manner. To date, only one evacuated business adjacent to the site has been red tagged.

Electricity has been restored to the area; however, communication utilities (phone, internet & cable) may not be working for some neighboring businesses. The fire damaged utility lines and infrastructure, and the UC is coordinating to provide communication utility technician's safe access to evaluate and repair damaged utility poles.

Fruitland Ave. between Everett Ave. and Maywood Ave. remains closed to traffic. Response support, and initial evaluation and subsequent removal actions at the burned facility require the street to be closed. The UC will provide additional information on street reopening when it is available.

Unified Command appreciates the patience and cooperation of area business during cleanup operations. For additional information, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/fire or contact 211.

Real-time particulate monitors were placed upwind and downwind of the burned facility during the

fire. During the fire, downwind particulate monitors exceeded safe levels. However, after extinguishing the fire, particulate levels were below federal occupational health (OSHA and NIOSH) guidance levels.

Debris evaluation and removal continues. There are also two daily air monitoring locations upwind and downwind of the burned facility to protect residents and businesses.

 

Site History

On June 14, 2016, a fire started in Maywood, CA. The fire burned Panda International Trading located at 3570 Fruitland Avenue. Fruitland Avenue is a commercial/light manufacturing district and directly bordering the south of the site is a residential neighborhood. The facility holds businesses, Panda International Trading (PIT) and Sokor Metals. PIT is a scrap metal yard that send scrap metal out in bulk for recovery and Sokor Metals is a precious metals recovery operation that recovers precious metals from electronic circuit boards and other electronics. The Unified Command is the US Environmental Protection Agency, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Letter from VG&E Director Regarding Aliso Canyon Power Outages

Press Release

June 20, 2016

Dear City of Vernon Gas & Electric Customer:


As you are likely aware, in October 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
employees discovered a massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage field in the Santa
Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch. At this time, the entire storage facility (reservoir) that has
a capacity of approximately 86 billion standard cubic feet of gas is unavailable for use. SoCalGas
permanently sealed the leak on February 8, 2016.

Well testing is ongoing; however, the gas storage facility is not back in service. SoCalGas' June
2016 bi-weekly Community Awareness "Well Inspection Fact Sheet" states in part: "In
compliance with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Order 1109 there
are 114 wells which must undergo diagnostic testing, and this is currently underway. Only wells
which pass the full battery of six DOGGR -required tests will be considered for storage operations."

The report indicates that 107 initial tests have been completed and 72 of those are DOGGRapproved.

At this time, SoCalGas is unable to provide either a diagnostic test completion date or
a date when the storage facility will be back in full service.

Due to the limited availability of natural gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility, there will be
less natural gas locally to produce electricity and to supply customers with natural gas, particularly
during high-use periods (e.g., on very hot days). This could possibly lead to power outages and
gas flow delivery curtailments to those industries which use natural gas as a fuel in their plants.

The City of Vernon was and continues to be very proactive in working with SoCalGas and other
participating agencies to achieve the best solution to the problem of limited availability of natural
gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility. On May 17, 2016, the City Council passed a resolution
authorizing the City Administrator to sign a "Natural Gas Settlement Agreement for Enhanced
SoCalGas Balancing Rules during the Outage of Aliso Canyon Storage Facility." This agreement
provides for the most favorable balancing rules during the time that the Aliso Canyon storage
facility is not fully available. The Resolution and attachments are available on the City Website
(www.cityofvemon.org) under "Quick Links" I "City Council Agendas & Minutes" /"2016-05-17
City Council Agenda Packet" and "2016-05-17 City Council (Attachments to the Settlement Item
No. 18)."

Unfortunately, even with this agreement in place, a gas curtailment notice from SoCalGas remains
possible for noncore customers transporting their own gas. Please consult the City's website at
www.cityofvernon.org for periodic updates.

Please contact the City of Vernon Gas & Electric Department with any questions related to this
matter.

Best Regards,

Peter Hervish
Interim Director of Vernon Gas & Electric

Maywood Fire Update: June 17, 2016

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (PDF: 344K)
Press Release (PDF: 309K)

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Fruitland Incident. A transfer of operations has taken place. The fire component is no longer an issue. U.S. EPA is in charge of the incident. Fruitland Avenue will remain closed from Maywood Avenue to Everett Court until further notice.

There are no further restrictions are placed on Vernon residents and businesses.

Maywood Fire/Fruitland Incident Advisory Update

Advisory Update Letter (PDF: 308K)

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Contact: On Duty Battalion Chief, (323) 583-8811, ext. 511

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Maywood Fire/Fruitland Incident. The fire has been extinguished and overhaul operations are commencing.

The mandatory evacuations for the 6 companies will remain until all areas have been decontaminated and determined safe to return.

The Shelter-in-Place order for remaining businesses and residents has been lifted at this time. Power has been restored to all City of Vernon businesses.

For updates, go to cityofvernon.org

Maywood Fire - Fruitland Incident Advisory

Fire Chief Letter (Pdf:321K)

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Fruitland Incident due to the wind-blown exposure to potentially harmful magnesium ash particulates as a result of yesterday's industrial structure fire in the City of Maywood.

Mandatory Evacuation

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the following four Vernon-based businesses:

General Mills
Southland Box Corporation
UniCold Corporation
Torgom Vintage Trading Co.

Shelter-in-Place

All Vernon-based businesses and any residents in the vicinity north of 49th Street between DowneyBoulevard and Everett Court are advised to Shelter-in-Place.


Shelter-in-Place safety procedures are defined as:

Stay indoors
Turn off air conditioning systems
Close windows and doors

In the event any person within the affected area experiences nausea, eye or lung irritation, please leave the area or help an affected person evacuate the area.

Vernon Fire Department to Host Free Hands-Only CPR Training During ‘Sidewalk CPR Day’ on Thursday, June 2

Press Release

Training to be held at Vernon Fire Station #1 at Fruitland and Downey, Fire Station # 2 at Santa Fe and Vernon, and Fire Station # 4 at Bandini and the 710 Freeway. Community residents and workers at Vernon's 1,800 businesses are urged to take five-minute training to learn how to save a life.

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon Fire Department will provide free hands-only CPR training for "Sidewalk CPR Day" on Thursday, June 2, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm to increase the number of people trained to perform a tested life-saving procedure. Sidewalk CPR training will be available at three locations: Vernon Fire Station # 1 (3375 Fruitland Ave., Vernon 90058), Vernon Fire Station # 2 (4301 Santa Fe Ave., Vernon 90058), and Vernon Fire Station # 4, (4530 Bandini Blvd., Vernon 90058)

Over 70-sites across Los Angeles County will participate in this year's Sidewalk CPR Day. Last year, more than 10,000 people throughout Southern California learned how to save a person's life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals.

Vernon Fire Department Captain Michael Busch said, "Sidewalk CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to step in to save someone's life when a person nearby suffers sudden cardiac arrest." "Only 32-percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver!" Captain Busch said.

"We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to the Vernon community. 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occur at home. We need to help family members and friends learn how to double or triple a loved one's chance of survival by confidently using CPR techniques," Captain Busch said.

Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest. Since a person's lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep their vital organs healthy for a short amount of time, bystanders can become heroes by administering CPR until emergency responders arrive on scene.

Using hands-only CPR, ordinary residents – with each chest compression – can easily provide the ongoing blood flow a heart attack victim needs to help a patient gain a much better chance of survival once paramedic responders arrive.

Once trained in Sidewalk CPR, residents are encouraged to download the "Pulse Point App" for iOS and Android phones to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR. To learn more, visit Pulse Point Foundation at www.pulsepoint.org.

For more information about this upcoming training, contact Captain Michael Busch at (323) 583-8811, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . On Twitter, go to #sidewalkcprLA.