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BPD Car Seat Technician Receives National Award

Last month, BPD Community Relations Supervisor Carina Ortiz was named the 2018 Child Passenger Safety Instructor of the Year at the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio, TX. She was nominated by her co-workers, who recognized her outstanding dedication to child passenger safety, the strides she has made to bringing car seat education to parents in our community, and for building what we lovingly refer to as her "car seat army" of over 10 Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians at our agency.

In 2005, Carina became the first certified technician for the BPD. She started offering car seat checks at the department for parents to educate them on how to safely transport their children, and this service has grown since then. She became an instructor in 2014. With vehicle collisions being the number one cause of death in children, Carina has brought awareness to this problem and has paved the way at BPD for continuing to offer this free service to caregivers in our community. We are so proud to have her at our agency!

If you are interested in a car seat inspection, please schedule an appointment by calling (661) 326-3053.