Sierra Madre Edition
HAPPY NEW YEAR! SIERRA MADRE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016 VOLUME 10 NO. 53 SIERRA MADRE NEWS BRIEFS ALMOST READY FOR THE BIG DAY! SMFD NOW HAS A RAPID RESPONSE APP The Sierra Madre Fire Department is proud to announce the launch of the PulsePoint Respond mobile app. PulsePoint Respond is a pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. PulsePoint Respond works by alerting CPR-trained bystanders to nearby SCA events and the location of the nearest AED. The purpose of the app is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by reducing collapse-to-CPR times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional "witnessed" area. The app is only activated if the event is occurring in a public place and will not alert bystanders to incidents occurring at a private residence. The availability of the PulsePoint app in the City of Sierra Madre has been made possible thanks to the Verdugo Fire Communications Center. PulsePoint Respond is available in the iOS and Android app stores. Find out more information by visiting the Sierra Madre Fire Department's website or visit PulsePoint.org. LAURIE COOPER MEMORIAL BENCH The Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council mourned the loss of their beloved member, Laurie Cooper in August, 2016. (http://mtnviewsnews.com/v10/htm/n35/index.htm) Laurie’s long involvement with SMEAC began just after the formation of the organization in 1971. She managed Southern California’s first community recycling center, located in Sierra Vista Park. She also spear-headed SMEAC’s stewardship of Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park, serving for years as a docent and educator of the natural benefits of the park for local elementary school children. An effort began to memorialize Laurie with a bench in her beloved Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park, but after some research, the expense of a durable concrete bench became prohibitive. SMEAC President Alison Snow and recently retired Director of Public Works, Bruce Inman came up with the idea of a more natural bench, one that could possibly be simply “notched out” from a recently felled Deodar Cedar tree. The City’s contractor, West Coast Arborist, was approached with this idea. WCA was issued a work order to clear some of the recently felled trees and debris, and was asked about creating a bench of one of the larger trunks in lieu of removal. WCA was receptive and enthusiastic with the idea, and contributed their time and expertise to the creation of one or two benches for a Laurie Cooper memorial. Work began 2 weeks ago and thecurrent plan is to create a large bench and a smaller bench for children to rest in the beautiful scenery of the park after a nice hike. Where can you see the Sierra Madre Rose Float??? On January 1st, approximately 4:00 p.m., the float will leave the barn heading towards Kersting Court, arriving approximately 4:30 p.m. The Float will remain there about 20 minutes, then continue on to the designated line-up spot on Orange Grove, where the Sierra Madre Float will sleep overnight before the parade on January 2nd. (Remember, the Tournament of Roses does not hold any events when New Year's Day falls on a Sunday.) If it’s raining, we’ll wave as we sail by Kersting Court without stopping but don't despair, after the Parade, the float will be in the post parade viewing area, near Pasadena High School, the remainder of January 2nd and all day on January 3rd. We will be in the “Showcase Lot” area. And wait, there's more, on the evening of January 3rd we will move the float back to Sierra Madre when we’re allowed to leave. If there is no rain, the float will be in Kersting Court overnight and available for viewing the evening of January 3rd . On Jan. 4th SMRFA will be there from about 9:30 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. with excess flowers. If there is rain or a prediction of rain, the float will go directly to the Float Barn at 587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. On January 4th, at 9:30 a.m., you will be able to view the float. SIERRA MADRE CERT RECEIVES END OF YEAR GRANTS Photo Credit: Top left and right courtesy Ilona Linden, SMRFA. Lone Teacup and Volunteer, Dean Lee/Mountain Views News The Sierra Madre Community Emergency Response Team received a number of end of year grants to help support the city in case of a major disaster. Last month CERT President Robert Gjerde received a $500 grant from Sierra Madre Rotary Club president Alan Unell at their weekly meeting at the Hart Park House. On December 14th, Mr. Gjerde received a $450 grant from the Arcadia Association of Realtors. The check was presented by Andy Bencosme, the Managing Broker of Sierra Madre’s Century 21 Village Realty, at the AAR’s Annual Holiday Breakfast in Arcadia. Then in a surprise move, Southern California Edison came through with a last minute grant for $2500 which had been denied earlier in the year. The SCE grant was for a thousand dollars less than originally requested, so thanks to the grants from the Rotary Club and the Arcadia Association of Realtors, CERT was able to meet its funding goals for 2016. The grants will be used to upgrade the generator in CERT’s Emergency Operations Trailer, for training and community education, and for additional medical supplies. This completes a six year process of outfitting the Emergency Operations Trailer that started with the donation of the trailer by Gary Hood in 2010. CERT’s Emergency Operations Trailer is a self-contained unit with solar panels, batteries, a generator, medical supplies, and communications equipment. When called upon by the city, it can function as a triage and communications center after a major disaster. Other grants have been received this year from the Sierra Madre Civic Club, Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, and the Sierra Madre Community Foundation. Thanks to these organizations, and generous donations from many citizens in Sierra Madre, our city has one of the best prepared CERT programs around. Since its creation in 2009, Sierra Madre CERT has trained over 150 CERT members. Sierra Madre CERT is a non-profit organization made up of a group of volunteers trained to assist the fire department during a major disaster. A twenty hour FEMA certified CERT training course is provided free of charge each year in September which teaches organizational skills, fire suppression, medical triage, and light search and rescue. This year’s training involved almost 100 participants in its final exercise. CERT also attends many community events to help educate the public about preparing for emergencies. Continuing education is conducted at monthly meetings at the Hart Park House, the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend these training sessions. For more information on the annual CERT training and meetings please email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at www. sierramadreemergency.org, or like us on Facebook by searching for “Sierra Madre CERT”.
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