Outside a row of brownstone buildings, employees of Warner Bros.
found tables loaded with safety-related information and products.
The street fair was part of the studio’s 13th annual Emergency
Preparedness Fair on Wednesday. In addition to the vendors, the
Warner Bros. and Burbank fire departments displayed several of their
new and antique rigs and demonstrated lifesaving techniques.
The event is always during the third week of April because
organizers said with television shows and pilots in production, they
can reach the largest possible audience. Organizers hope employees
visit the lunchtime expo to educate themselves about emergency-
preparedness issues and pick up items ranging from flashlights to
One employee who visited the event was already very aware of the
importance of rescue training. Natalie Kostner, who works in the
studio’s human resources department, helped revive a man who
collapsed in the studio’s fitness center last year.
“I would love to see everybody take CPR,” she said. “You never
know when you’re going to use it.”
Warner Bros. officials were also working to recruit more employees
to become trained in lifesaving techniques through its warden
program, said Jeff Nagler, executive vice president of facilities.
The program provides emergency-response training to employees so they
can respond to traumatic situations in their area.
The studio has 250 wardens, but with between 5,000 and 10,000
people on the lot a day, Nagler said officials would like to see
double that many wardens.
“You have to have the equipment, but the most important aspect is
you have to have the people,” he said.
The annual fair is one of the largest internal events at the
studio each year, organizers said. While it is open only to studio
employees, Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell said it is an effective way
for the department to communicate safety information to a large group
“Most of these people live and work in Burbank, and that’s our
audience,” he said. “But this is important stuff to learn, no matter
where you live.”