As in past years, LAFD CERT and LAFD ACS were happy to provide services to the 2016 Hollywood Parade held November 27th. The crowd was in a very festive mood, and the volunteers were thanked and wished Merry Christmas by those that attended. There were approximately 15 LAFD ACS volunteers and 24 CERT volunteers participating.
Main staging was at Fire Station 27 with the briefing given by Battalion 5 Chief Miyagishima where he alerted the volunteers to keep on the lookout for suspicious trucks that could be used as a weapon toward the crowd and gave specific instructions in the event of an active shooter situation. There were 3 Fire Stations involved and each station had two teams, one stationary at a First Aid Station and the other team circulated in the vicinity of the station mixing with the crowds. No incidents were reported, but with the winds picking up at 1900, it made for some interesting moments with the inflatable balloons being tossed about.