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URGENT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE ACTION ITEM...

URGENT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE ACTION ITEM FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION AND ACTION

Dear Chief Osby and Members of Local 1014 and All County Employees,

This is an open letter to you to call to your attention a serious health and safety issue affecting our members, citizens and the other Fire Department County Employees who will be affected by the decision of the Department and the County to construct cell phone and radio antennas at more than 80 Los Angeles County Fire stations.

We have conveyed to you the very serious health and safety concerns regarding the prolonged exposure to RF Emissions associated with these antennas.   All the while the Department, LA RICS and their Contracting Partner continue to downplay and refer to antiquated and non-health related exposure limits set by the FCC, not one health organization with any level of expertise.

We have also conveyed to you, the CEO and the BOS, the fact that only ONE RF Exposure Study has been done at ONE fire station.  This is a direct, blatent violation of the contract which expressly mandates testing and modeling at each site PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION, and yet the Department continues to authorize construction to continue. The testing is only for today’s technology and does not take into account the future growth of technology and the increases in exposure in any manner and is at best a smoke and mirrors approach to protecting our members safety.

You have clearly indicated your number one priority is the Health and Safety of the employees and adopted this in your strategic plan for the Department. You have done some tremendously great work in areas of training and safety gear and other such areas where we have worked together for improved working conditions and while we have much left to do, we call on you openly to ADOPT A STOP CONSTRUCTION POSITION on the cell sites and work with us to find alternative radio service delivery plans to complete the interoperability LA RICS Radio Project. We have discussed many options and while we will continue to dialog with you, the CEO and the BOS to find those solutions we are on record to oppose all of the cell antenna installations even based on the FCC limits and failure for the modeling to predict technology growth.

We openly call on you, our members, our families and the citizens we serve to take a stand with us in solidarity and with true concern for worker safety. Convicted support and put safety of the Fire Fighters, Lifeguards, County Fire Workers and the Citizens in the communities we serve and OPPOSE THE CELL ANTENNA CONSTRUCTION AT OUR STATIONS. PLEASE SIGN ON TO OUR PETITION AT THE LINK LISTED BELOW AND TAKE A STAND TO PROTECT YOUR FIREFIGHTERS AND EMPLOYEES.

I have signed it and stand committed….. please join me now.

Dave Gillotte, President

LA County Firefighters Local 1014

Here’s a direct link to the petition, sign it NOW!: http://bit.ly/notowers - Please sign and share

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD

Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD
Live Webcast ~ Wednesday, January 28

What: Live Webcast
Date: Wednesday, January 28
Time: Begins at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET
Web Link: www.iaff.org/ALTSwebcast

The IAFF will be presenting two live webcasts on two of the biggest issues in the fire service today - the increased risk for occupational cancers and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Streamed live on Wednesday, January 28 from the upcoming Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Anaheim, California, the webcast is FREE for all IAFF members.

The IAFF is urging affiliates and members to hold a safety stand down as these important issues are addressed.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Fire Service 8:00-10:00 a.m. (PT) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (ET)
Emergency responders are more susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the nature of the profession coupled with the personal demands and challenges we all face. IAFF members respond to any number of traumatic incidents on a daily, ongoing basis. If not treated properly, the anxiety can build over time and can lead to PTSD. But all too often the effects can easily be overlooked as “a part of the job.” Presenters will discuss causes and signs/symptoms of PTSD and best practices for addressing it within your local.

Presenters:

  • Suzy Gulliver, Director, Warriors Research Institute and Professor Texas A&M
  • Frank Leto, Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854
  • Joe Schulle, President, Philadelphia Local 22
  • Kenneth Stuart, President, Seattle Local 27
  • Patrick Morrison, IAFF Health and Safety (moderator)

Cancer Awareness 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (PT) / 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET)
In 2014, 56 percent of line-of-duty deaths among IAFF members were from occupational cancer. Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to help prevent exposure to dangerous carcinogens is more important than ever. This workshop helps provide the tools necessary to affect personal commitment, organizational accountability and exposure tracking methods to minimize or eliminate the contraction of occupational related cancers.

Presenters:

  • Larry Petrick, IAFF Health and Safety
  • Dr. Virginia Weaver, Johns Hopkins University
  • Amy Howard, California Professional Firefighters
  • Jim Brinkley, IAFF Health and Safety (moderator)

To watch, go to: www.iaff.org/ALTSwebcast

Check iafflocal1014.org or local1014.org for details
Stop the Cell Towers going up at fire stations...

Dear members,

As you undoubtedly know a contractor for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is in the process of installing cell towers at 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities. The County has failed to meet and confer on this issue, a violation of our contract, and we have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge on this matter. Further, the contractor is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. They have not conducted these studies and are in violation of their own contract with LA-RICS and in violation of County policies.

Cell tower Radio Frequency radiation has been reported to cause debilitating symptoms including excessive fatigue, headaches, weakness, memory impairment, tinnitus, dizziness, irritability, sleep disturbances, vertigo and balance problems. (Carpenter, 2014). Local 1014 leadership will not stand by while toxic cell towers are installed at fire facilities – and neither should you.

Please take a minute to sign our petition today to demand that the County direct LA-RICS to immediately halt installation of cell towers at all LA County fire and lifeguard facilities! After you have signed the petition, please share the petition with any and everyone you know: co-workers, family, and friends.

Here’s a direct link to the petition: http://bit.ly/notowers

About LA-RICS & this project
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is a Joint Powers Authority created to establish an integrated wireless voice and data communications system to serve law enforcement, fire service, and health service professionals County-wide. LA-RICS has 86 members, including the County of Los Angeles, 82 cities, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles and Inglewood school districts. The County of Los Angeles provided start up funding of $10 million and acts as the administrative agency.

LA-RICS plans to install cell towers at 231 sites, including approximately 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities, comprising stations, training facilities, and camps. The contractor, in coordination with LA-RICS’ third party environmental services consultant, is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. Additionally, LA-RICS and its vendors must comply with the required Conditional Use Permit processes and LA County Planning Department policies.

Any questions please contact 1014 Director Lew Currier at (310) 925-2588 or the hall directly (310) 639-1014.

Thank you for your continued support.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Service information for our LACOLA LG Brother Brian Kutil

Service information for our LACOLA LG Brother Brian Kutil

LA County Lifeguards Association (LACOLA) Ocean Lifeguard Specialist (OLS) Brian Kutil, Central Section, Lifeguard (LG) Division, Central OPS, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Brother Kutil gave over 20 years of dedicated service to our Department. Brother Kutil was a valued member of the LA County Fire Department and will be missed but never forgotten.


A flag ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Los Angeles County Beaches and
Harbors Administrative Headquarters
13837 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Parking fees will be waived at Fisherman’s Village.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Dockweiler State Beach
12505 Vista Del Mar
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Parking will be available at Dockweiler State Beach Youth Center, adjacent to the memorial service.


Cards, flowers and letters are welcome and may be sent to:
The Kutil Family
844 Lomita Street
El Segundo, CA 90245-2541

Please keep Brother Kutil and his family as well as our LG family in your thoughts and prayers during their difficult times.

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MLK Day 2015

MLK Day 2015

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 would like to take a moment to remember the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Local 1014 is one of the major sponsors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Los Angeles. We, along with our Labor Partners in the LA Federation of Labor and a host of top elected officials including our very good friend Mark Ridley Thomas will take time to reflect on not only a civil rights leader but also a Labor Leader who helped with so many Labor issues for workers including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) of which firefighters are familiar with every two weeks! Many Labor victories that affect us today were fought for long ago with great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Have a great finish on the holiday weekend and remember the man we honor and his work.

Fraternally
Local 1014 Executive Board

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We need to constantly reflect on the privilege of being blessed to live in

MLK Quote of the Week: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence"......


Channel 7 news coverage

http://abc7.com/archive/9399995/

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of participants lined the streets of South Los Angeles to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was the nation's largest celebration honoring the late civil rights leader on his birthday. The theme of this year's parade was "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round."

Marching bands, drill teams, dance groups and equestrian units took part in the nation's oldest King Day celebration.

The festivities celebrating the slain civil rights leader kicked off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue.

From there, it rolled west along King Boulevard before heading south onto Crenshaw Boulevard. It then marched down Crenshaw to Vernon Avenue, where the parade ended with a gospel festival in Leimert Park. The event also featured food booths and fun things to do for the entire family.

ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Michelle Tuzee hosted the parade coverage, with Q McCray and Danny Romero along the route talking to excited spectators.

Eyewitness News anchors Marc Brown, Ellen Leyva, Phillip Palmer and Alysha Del Valle also rode in the parade.

This year's parade marked the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.

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