IN Brief

SuperScoopers are Coming

L.A. County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced that the two CL-415 SuperScoopers firefighting aircraft leased from the government of Quebec will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on Sept. 1. SuperScoopers are a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and takes only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam – a combination up to three times more effective than water alone. They can be airborne in as little as five minutes and fly three hours before refueling.

In addition, an Erickson Aircrane Type I Helitanker was also leased for the 2015 fire season. Capable of delivering 2,200 gallons per drop, it will be placed into service on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. will continually monitor the fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and weather forecasts to determine if these firefighting resources will need to be extended past their initial lease periods.

Babysitting Classes at USC-VHH

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s family education program is offering babysitting classes for teens who are interested in learning skills that will assist them when they watch over young ones. Each class is a single one-time class that will cover infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, poison control, fire/earthquake plans, and when to call 911. The classes are $45 per person.

Upcoming classes will be held on July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272. Pre-registration and payment is required. Participants should bring a bag lunch and drink.

USC-VHH is located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale 91208.

Rosemont Preserve Restoration Day

The community is invited to the Rosemont Preserve on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. to help protect the natural habitat. Volunteers will be stabilizing nearby slopes where some critters have been digging for grubs and eroding the hillside. There will be the moving of earth and mulch and the installation of jute netting on the south slope.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothes and garden gloves (long pants and sleeves are recommended). Bring shovels, five-gallon buckets and hammers.

The Preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. As street parking is limited, park at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta.

This event is free to the public and suitable for all agesl; no reservations required. Rain cancels event. Sorry, no pets please.

For further information, contact the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at