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In Old Town Seal Beach, there are a good number of blocks that have adopted the Neighbor4Neighbor program. This past Sunday, 8th Street joined them. The block got together with Wink Chase, Pattie Laird, West Orange County CERT, along with the Seal Beach Police Department, Orange County Fire Authority, and Edison to learn about how they can help each other and become more prepared for the next great emergency that strikes them. And it’s not only the ones that make the headlines, sometimes it’s something personal like a family member having a heart attack or stroke – and knowing you can call one of your neighbors to help. That’s why Neighbor4Neighbor is so important for every block in Old Town, Seal Beach, Western Orange County and all of Southern California to adopt. Neighbor helping neighbor starts with you.
Neighbor helping neighbor starts with you.
Here are some pictures from the day along the Electric Avenue Greenbelt. Enjoy!
The 2017 Cypress Community Festival was terrific. The event was well attended and most everyone we ran into there was having a wonderful time. The Chili and Salsa Tasting Contest was a lot of fun for both the tasters and the entrants. There was a lot of good choices, some HOT and some NOT. The talent performances were great and the car show and City Council Contest were both fun and entertaining. It was all good.
West Orange County CERT along with the Cypress RACES Team, and a full complement of First Responders (Police, Fire, SWAT, K9) were busy much of the day answering questions and letting people find out more about crime, safety, and preparedness. But most of all, everyone had a good time and learned stuff.
Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy!
The day started out overcast and drizzling. There was so much drizzle in fact, some people were using umbrellas. By 10 when the Open House kicked off, the drizzle was gone and people were ready for the station tour and to check out the booths and activities. The Emergency Services “CERT” Trailer was set up and ready to go right about 9:00 which let the 8 Team members help out the other groups who were setting up.
The Station tour was once again a very popular activity. There was a line forming well before the 10:00 opening and continued most of the day. The Department VIPs (Volunteers In Policing) and officers guided the tour groups of 10-15 though both floors of the station. At various places along the tour route, a member of the Miss Seal Beach Court spoke to the group informing them about the area they were visiting.
The tour covered the Administration, Records, RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)and the Detective Bureau before arriving at the WestComm Dispatch center (WestComm is a combined 911 dispatch center for the cities of Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress), where an off duty dispatcher about the call center, its call volume and how the center is staffed. The tour then left the main floor and headed downstairs to the police locker rooms, staff fitness room, and the jail. Enjoy the tour photos below.
The open house included Emergency Services, Orange County Fire, the CHP, Long Beach Animal Care, our joint SWAT team, Beach Patrol, police motorcycles, and the vary popular and busy bounce house for the kids.
There were a number of demonstrations during the day as well. A Police Helicopter from Long Beach PD dropped in for a visit thrilling attendees of all ages.
The joint SWAT unit (officers and staff from Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Cypress, and Fountain Valley Police Departments make up this elite joint team) under the direction of Sargent Mike Henderson, demonstrated the use of a “flash bang” disorientation device. If you look carefully at the series of photos below, you can see Sgt Henderson (third person in the group) toss the flash bang, it’s in the air, lands on the ground and blows the mat away when it goes off with a bang and smoke.
The Cypress K9 unit put on an excellent presentation one how police can use trained K9 officers to do what human officers cannot do – at least not as easily.
And lastly, the Department showed off a couple of it’s state of the art drones, wowing the young with aerial maneuvers and seeing themselves on the big screen. These drones are used by the Lifeguards to fly over swim areas looking for sharks as well as struggling swimmers who may be hard to see from shore. The police department use these to get overviews of accidents and to gather intelligence information when it is not safe or practical for an officer to do so.
There was a lot of fun had by everyone who attended the 2017 Seal Beach Police Department Open House. Enjoy so some candid shots from throughout the day and plan to join us for our next Open house Event!
And just for good measure, here’s Fritz Campbell who was recently awarded the 2017 CERT member of the year