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Janet Goeske Foundation Older Adult Health Fair

MySafe:Riverside crew with RFD BC Todd Gooch

Janet Goeske Foundation Older Adult Health Fair

MySafe:Riverside joined the Riverside City Fire Department with a presentation and information booth at the 2016 Janet Goeske Older Adult Health Fair. Demonstrations were performed, and information on wildfires, earthquakes, and how to escape home fires was provided to fair attendees. “It was a terrific group of people today, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to share life safety information and demonstrations with the public,” said William Whitney, agency representative for MySafe:Riverside.

Several hundred people attended the fair, and 38 smoke alarms were provided to those who asked, all free of charge. The alarms, purchased from First Alert, offer ten years of continuous battery life, and only need to checked for operation (hopefully on a monthly basis).

In addition, MySafe:Riverside EMTs Bryan Vardanian, Christopher Kerbrat, and Shavonne Espinoza provided bystander (also called hands-only) CPR education. MySafe:Riverside delivers American Heart Association education that anyone can use to perform CPR on an individual (adult or child) who is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

Helping older adults is an important part of what we do,” said EMT Bryan Vardanian. “It’s always a treat to work with people who want to learn CPR. You never know when it will come in handy.”

MySafe:Riverside is a unit of the California Fire Prevention Organization, a California non-profit organization that supports fire agencies across the state. To learn more, visit