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.

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!

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.

Happy New Year!


2012 NewsletterHere at Paul’s Professional Window Washing, 2012 was a year of milestones!

We celebrated our 31st year in business, Lisa and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, our 40th year with the Boy Scouts of America and our 6th year with the Crescenta Valley’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Program.

As we watched the news of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the people on the East Coast.  2.5 million people have been affected, with thousands without power in extreme cold temperatures for days, we know people need our help and are suffering.

In CERT training class, Lisa and I teach “Disaster Preparedness” and how to make a “Family Disaster Plan” andhow to have a Grab and Go Bag for everyone in the family.  We are certified LASD and FEMA Trainers and just finished our 12th class with over 300 people now trained in the Crescenta Valley Area.

Hurricane Sandy was a milestone storm, just like the Station Fire, except Sandy affected the entire Eastern Seaboard, from the Carolinas up to Boston.  The storm’s path was 1,000 miles wide and extended inland to the Ohio Valley.  It’s a lesson for all of us.  It can happen to any of us especially here in California with earthquakes.  On the next blog, you’ll find an “Emergency Preparedness Checklist” from CERT and the Red Cross.  We hope you use it to get prepared NOW, not after the fact.

Also, we will be donating $10.00 for every job we do in both December and January to the Red Cross Relief Fund for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.  That’s right, we’ll donate $10 in your name for getting any windows or gutter job done.

We will also be having our 10% off special in January as well, so now you can get 10% off AND $10 donated to help those affected by “Sandy.”  It’s our way of giving back!

Paul Dutton, a C.E.R.T. Coordinator and Trainer for 6 years

Paul Dutton CERT Trainer

Crescenta Valley C.E.R.T.

Paul Dutton of Paul’s Professional Window Washing Inc. has been a C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Coordinator and Trainer for 6 years. Paul and Lisa Dutton started the Crescenta Valley C.E.R.T. program from scratch in 2006. In the last 6 years, they have donated over 3,000 hours of community time dedicated to C.E.R.T. and as Sheriff Volunteers for the Crescenta Valley Station. Since its beginnings, Lisa and Paul have held 12 trainings, 5 major drills, 6 refresher courses and countless meetings to help ready the Crescenta Valley (CV) for the next big disaster. C.V. CERT now has over 300 people trained in C.E.RT. ready to help their community.

As Paul says, “Were in the Land of La Crescenta” where we have hurricane force winds, power outages, hail storms, debris flows, flooding, the Station Fire, mountain lions and bear sightings- oh my! We have to be ready up here in Crescenta Valley!

C.E.R.T. is a 24 hour training course that is an all hazard, all risk course that teaches you, that you will be on your own in the case of a major disaster like an earthquake. You could be on your own for 7-10 days without power, electricity, gas or clean water. C.E.R.T. teaches people to have a “Family Disaster Plan” and a Grab and Go Bag for every person in your house. It is also important to carry one in your car and leave one at work, too! C.E.R.T. helps you prepare and teaches you how to take care of yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community.

C.V. C.E.R.T has 10 teams and locations where fellow C.E.R.T.’s will meet up and work as teams to help their community. C.V. C.E.R.T. works with L.A.S.D. at the station and coordinates its efforts with the Sheriffs, Fire, C.V.W.D., S.C.E. and the Red Cross to better help Crescenta Valley get ready for the next big disaster. All of this because Paul and Lisa want to help their community and feel C.E.R.T. is the best way to help ready ourselves for whatever comes our way in the Land of La Crescenta!

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La Crescenta, CA 91214

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