Paul Dutton Volunteers as Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder on Rose Parade Route

Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder

Paul Dutton (far right) as EMR at 2014 Rose Parade, Station 10

Our own Paul Dutton is shown here working with his fellow Red Cross EMT’s and EMR’s at the 123rd Rose Parade (2014).  He so enjoys keeping people safe, taking care of exhausted band members and providing first aid at Station 10 along the parade route.  If you are interested in volunteering at the 2015 Rose Parade with the Red Cross, please contact Roxanne Schorbach:

This is Paul’s 2nd year of volunteering.

He loves working as a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).

Paul just finished re-certifying with an 8 week, 65 hour course with the Red Cross.  If you are interested in the courses and certifications offered by the Red Cross, click here to find your local chapter.

Paul is also the Red Cross Ambassador for La Crescenta, CA:

Duties: Welcome each donor, have them sign in, and keep track of appointments and “walk-ins.” You will also help ensure sure all donors proceed through the process in an orderly and timely manner. Other duties will vary depending on the blood drive. Most important in this role is to help the donor have a positive experience beginning with time of arrival and give words of appreciation.

Commitment: Two 3-hour shifts per month.

Days & times: Mondays through Saturdays, varied hours.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please complete this form to register.

Paul has been involved with the Red Cross for 5 years. He continues to combine his Red Cross training with the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) program in Emergency Preparedness for our La Crescenta Valley.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Paul has continued his EMR training and recertification for 5 years now. This also includes CERT level 3 training which Paul uses in all his classes for CERT level 1 training. As we’ve shared previously, Paul is a Certified Instructor for the LASD and is FEMA certified to teach CERT nationwide.

Paul and Lisa also became certified Teen CERT instructors in May 2013 at the AREA E CERT conference in Orange County, CA. Paul and Lisa also receive their certification as CERT Program Managers as well.

Lastly, Paul and Lisa have headed up the Crescenta Valley CERT program from its inception 8 years ago, holding 16 training classes to over 416 people in the Crescenta Valley and Glendale, La Canada areas!

red cross emergency medical responder

If you are interested in your local CERT training, enter your zip code here and follow the prompts.

Restaining the Master Cabin's Deck at Camp Silver Fir


As you may have read in our previous post, our very own Paul Dutton helped to build, and paid for, the entire deck of the master cabin at Camp Silver Fir near Huntington Lake in the High Sierras of Central California.

The Boy Scouts’ Camp in the High Sierras

Paul and other volunteers of the Verdugo Hills Council go up every Memorial Day Weekend to open the camp for the Boy Scouts of America. He and other volunteers then return every Labor Day Weekend to close the camp until the next season.

Camp Masters' cabin at Camp Silver Fir

Camp Masters’ cabin at Camp Silver Fir

Paul Dutton as Camp Master

As Paul explained, there are over thirty men that take turns as Camp Master each season, based on their points status. Since Paul has been involved with the camp for over forty years, he has one of the highest point totals. Whomever has the highest point total gets first choice of the week they want as Camp Master.

Re-Staining the Master Cabin’s Deck at Camp Silver Fir

Campmaster's Cabin deck at High Adventure Camp Verdugo Hills Council BSA

Campmaster’s cabin deck at High Adventure Camp Verdugo Hills Council BSA

This year they noticed that the deck needed to be restained, which seems fitting since it has been at least four years since it was build. Paul has just returned from a week at the cabin where did just that, as well as attend to his other duties as Camp Master which include watching over any gear and vehicles that are left behind at this high adventure hiking camp.

Where would you like to spend your week as camp master?

Please share in the comments section below, or on our facebook page.

CERT Comes to GUSD for Earthquake Training

June 2013 CERT GUSD earthquake training

June 2013 CERT GUSD Earthquake Training

The front page of the July 04, 2013 issue of the Crescenta Valley Weekly highlights a photo by our very own Lisa Dutton with the caption “GUSD members surround “victims” during an earthquake scenario as part of their CERT training”! How awesome is that?! Almost as awesome as the reason she was there to take this photo.

Earthquake Preparedness

“In preparation for a potential major disaster, 41 Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) principals and administrators received a three-day course in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). The CERT program is intended to aid the public in the midst of a disaster, when emergency services may not be readily available. While first responders might be unable to aid due to a variety of factors such as road blockages or a lack of communication stemming from technological failures, CERT training emphasizes the development of self-reliant skills.”

Earthquake Training

“With help from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station, CV CERT coordinators Paul and Lisa Dutton guided the GUSD staff through different scenarios, teaching them what they could expect and what they should do if the schools were stranded from the safety net of emergency services during a major crisis…the Duttons have coordinated CERT training sessions in La Crescenta for years, Paul called this session with GUSD the “most important and biggest” of all.”

“The Duttons provided a crash course on CERT basics: search and rescue operations, medical operations and triage, disaster psychology and even what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. The principals will have to take what they learned and adapt those lessons to their respective schools.”

“The training sessions culminated in a simulated post-earthquake disaster area. The principals and administrators employed their newly learned skills as they “rescued” students suffering from gruesome, artificial injuries, some in faux-unconscious states. The school district representatives were tested with various disaster response situations and graduated from their CERT training, with 24 hours of training under their belts.”

Are you prepared for an earthquake?

If not and you are interested in CERT training, please call our office to speak with Paul or Lisa Dutton.  You can also see all 20 of the photos from this training on our facebook page.

In the meantime, please review our prior post that provides a disaster preparedness kit.

Southern Californians Must Always Be Prepared for an Earthquake!

Where Can I Volunteer???


Yes, even our own Paul Dutton once asked, “Where can I volunteer?”

Where can I volunteer

Red Cross Announcement

Paul Dutton joins American Red Cross Ambassador Program to strengthen Disaster Readiness in La Crescenta.

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the leading organization working to raise awareness of disaster preparedness, has created a Community Ambassador Program to extend Red Cross services such as preparedness education and community outreach to Los Angeles County residents.

With over 270 communities in Los Angeles County, Community Ambassadors support the ones in which they reside.  Community Ambassadors will represent the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region as community-centric volunteers, working to ensure that city officials and residents are linked to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region services and resources.

Are you still asking, “Where can I volunteer?”

“Since Community Ambassadors are working professionals, we appreciate the time, passion and dedication they give to serve the Red Cross. This is an important role that will lead to better prepared communities for catastrophic disaster,” said Tamara White, Community Coordinator.

Paul Dutton has been the Head Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator for the Crescenta Valley for 7 years, training hundreds.  He partners with the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region in shelter training and volunteering, as well as with LAFD, the Crescent Valley Sheriff’s department, and Public Health.

“I have been involved with Community and Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Red Cross for nearly a decade and I feel the more training the community gets, the better.  The reason I do it, is to honor my father who taught us the Boy Scout Way, ‘be prepared.’  If all our trainings in the past years can save one life, I feel it’s all worth it,” said Paul Dutton.

This is Paul’s answer to “Where can I volunteer?”

For more information about the American Red Cross Ambassador Program, please email

About the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region:

A volunteer-led humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.  Serving more than 85 cities, the Red Cross provides relief for victims of house and apartment fires, earthquakes, floods, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions, etc.

Now you know why our answer to “Where can I volunteer?” is the Los Angeles Red Cross.

Emergency Supply Checklist


Emergency Prep ChecklistAs promised in my last post, here is the CERT/Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Checklist:

  • Plan Ahead:
    • Plan for at least 3 days to be without water, gas, electricity;
    • Create a “Disaster Supply Kit”
    • Keep this PrepGuide emergency plan visible; and
    • Keep on hand a book on disasters that affect your area.
  • Seeing and Hearing:
    • Flashlight with batteries;
    • Portable radio with batteries;
    • Extra batteries; and
    • Extra pair of glasses.
  • Health and Medical:
    • First Aid Handbook;
    • First Aid Kit with gauze, bandages, aspirin, tape, scissors, disinfectants, antiseptics, latex gloves, nonprescription meds;
    • Prescription medication for at least 7 days;
    • Medical/special needs equipment (identify and keep on hand);
    • Plastic garbage bags, chlorine and shovel for personal waste.
  • Documents:
    • Keep important documents together in a safe place and store duplicates in a safe deposit box (wills, insurance, investments, household inventory, ownership, and birth certificates); and
    • Important numbers for credit cards, banking, licenses, etc.
  • Food and Water:
    • Nonperishable food for 3 days. 1 – 3 pounds (1 or 2 kg) per person per day of dried fruit, nonfat dry milk, canned tuna, stew, soup, beans, canned fruit juice, nuts, graham crackers;
    • Baby and pet supplies;
    • Water: at least 3 to 6 gallons (12 – 24 liters) per person.  Tip: Let water boil for 1 minute and cool before drinking.  If unable to boil, use 16 drops of pure chlorine bleach for each gallon of water.  Shake or stir and let stand for 30 minutes.  A slight chlorine taste and smell is normal.  Your tank water heater is a source of water.
    • Manual can opener and utensils; and
    • Cooking tools: camp stove or grill, fuel, charcoal, matches.
  • Safety Equipment needed:
    • ABC Fire extinguisher;
    • Smoke detector and fire alarm;
    • Whistle to blow if trapped or threatened;
    • 10″ (25cm) crescent wrench for gas valve;
    • Misc tools: duct tape, signal flare, knife, ax, shovel, 30″ – 36″ (1 meter) crowbar, etc.; and
    • Special needs equipment such as oxygen tank, manual wheelchair, etc.
  • Other:
    • Money: small bills, quarters (ATMs may not work);
    • Special items for infants, pets, people with disabilities;
    • Warm clothing, sturdy shoes, gloves and rain gear; and
    • Bedding: blankets, sleeping bags, tarp, tent, etc.
  • Storage:
    • Store in a sturdy trash barrel, box, suitcase, backpack or duffel bag;
    • Store in a closet, garage or other safe place;
    • Have a bag on hand to carry items if you need to evacuate;
    • Bottom: clothing and bedding;
    • Middle: food;
    • Top: flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, and leather gloves;
    • Keep water in a separate container; and
    • Label each container.
  • Car and Work:
    • Walking shoes and gloves;
    • Non-perishable food;
    • 1 gallon (4 liters) of water;
    • First aid kit and handbook;
    • Radio, flashlight and batteries;
    • Backpack for supplies;
    • Money: small bills, quarters;
    • Scissors or knife;
    • Flares and fire extinguisher;
    • At least 1/4 tank of fuel;
    • Emergency blanket;
    • Important phone numbers.
  • Exterior House Detailing Exterior House Detailing We will rinse your entire house with ultra clean deionized soft water that won’t leave any water spots.
  • Power Pressure Washing Power Pressure Washing We can Pressure Wash your Patios, Balconies, your Exterior siding, your Decking and even your Patio furniture to make it look like new again.
  • Screening Screening We can handle all your screening needs custom screening trailer and can rescreen many time with the same day service.
  • Gutter & Roof Cleaning Gutter & Roof Cleaning Your gutters are a very important part of your home or business.

Contact Information

2707 Foothill Boulevard
La Crescenta, CA 91214

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