LAGUNA WOODS, California – July 6, 2016 – Associa Professional Community Management (Associa PCM) was recently involved in a community coordinated battalion-wide high-rise fire drill at The Towers at Laguna Woods Village. The training exercise was organized by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to simulate scenarios possible in the event of a real fire.
“This training opportunity allowed our OCFA personnel to exercise our high-rise operational plan in a realistic environment,” said OCFA Captain/Paramedic Daniel Yeh. “The feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive and we all agree this is something we need to do with regularity in order to maintain proficiency.”
Associa PCM General Manager Katy Howe and Maintenance Foreman Maury Rios gave the battalion full access to 12 flights of stairs that the crew climbed in full gear during the hot afternoon on June 27. The joint effort allowed Rios to gain insight about how first responders operate on a fire scene and in turn he shared his expertise about the building and its systems as part of the training and development.
“We’re happy to assist the OCFA in any way possible, knowing that residents in many of our communities may depend on them someday in a serious situation,” said Associa PCM President Karen Inman. “The exercise was a win-win for us and the fire department and we look forward to possibly partnering with them on an annual basis.”
Building and managing successful communities for more than 37 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.
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