Ventura County Fire receives grant for Child Passenger Safety Education and Training Program

Ventura County Fire has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to expand the department’s Child Passenger Safety Program. Together with Safe Kids Ventura County and Ventura County Public Health, the fire department works to provide hands-on training to parents and caregivers aimed at helping them make sure their child is riding safely.

There are four different locations throughout the County that you can schedule an appointment at, including Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Appointments can be made for child seat safety check-ups and inspections, education for parents and caregivers, hands-on trainings, as well as low-cost or no-cost car seats to provide to low-income residents, based on eligibility.

“Installing a car seat is not a one size fits all model. There are hundreds of types on the market and each one is different,” commented Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “This programs gives us an opportunity to teach parents how to use the right car seat and in the right way to keep kids safe in the car.” According to Safe Kids Worldwide, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Additionally, three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly. Research shows when installed correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives by as much as 71 percent.

This marks the second year the County has received funding for its program from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.vcfd.org/child-passenger-education-installation


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