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Friday Update: September 14, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

FRIDAY UPDATE 

Brothers & Sisters, 

First, I want to thank all our members who showed up at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS) on Tuesday, September 11th to show solidarity and resolve for making lasting changes to the Los Angeles County Fire Department regarding the behavioral health of our members. On Tuesday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Supervisor Janice Hahn's joint motion to increase behavioral health services to LA County first responders was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors. While this is a victory, the fight isn’t over yet. Click here to view clip from LABOS meeting. We need to remain vigilant and actively continue this discussion for the sake of our brothers and sisters and our families. 

Hopefully, this week you have also been participating in the department-wide Behavioral Health Safety Stand Down and engaging in kitchen table sessions with behavioral health and suicide awareness as the focus. Please continue to utilize the resources in your stations via the Local 1014 Mental Health Resources poster. 

A special thank you to everyone who testified and shared their stories whether it was at the Board of Supervisors meeting, at the stations or with your peers. There is no doubt that your courage to tell your story helped our brothers and sisters and helped erase the stigma. Thank you. 

We made a difference this week! We brought light to the growing problem of suicide, post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries in the Fire Service. Your Executive Board has never been prouder to represent our members. #UnionStrong!! 

Your Local 1014 Executive Board will continue to fight to ensure that as the bargaining process continues our elected officials and County representatives know that the health and welfare of our members needs be their number one priority. They need to step up and provide the resources we need to take care of our members, including the formation of a robust Behavioral Health Program. 


                 


Finally, tomorrow, the 32nd IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At this year’s memorial service, the IAFF will add 271 fallen fire fighters from the United States and Canada to the Wall of Honor. The Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who have given their lives in the line of duty.

The 2018 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service will be broadcast live (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbtHVN-ZKqs) via streaming video on Saturday, September 15 beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time). Please take a moment tomorrow to remember the sacrifice of our fallen brothers and sisters. We shall never forget. 

 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

We shall NEVER forget

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Patriot Day

Tuesday September 11, 2001 is a day that we shall never forget (click here for a time line of events). Think back....where were you and what were you doing at 0845 EDT on that day? On a call? finishing line up at the station? PT? taking your kids to school? at the gym? Just like our FDNY brothers and sisters. Just another normal day that was about to become anything but normal. 17 years ago....

Local 1014 Members were either at home with their families or serving Los Angeles County citizens when terror struck our hearts and the hearts and souls of all Americans.

The world watched in horror while the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in D.C, and a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania became the vision of terror on and in our homeland.

On that morning Americans stood strong and fought with incredible courage and wrapped in red white and blue, we all rose to the high standards that America was built on.

Firefighters and Paramedics who responded to the Pentagon, Shanksville PA, and the World Trade Center, which took 343 (click here for information) of our bravest, (and continues to take lives still today - click here) became Americas' symbol of hope and honor and resilience during this time of tragedy.

We all take time today to stay true to our commitment... "We Shall Never Forget".  As you move through your day, take time to remember and honor all those who served and gave all including our great Military personnel in addition to our Firefighters.

Local 1014 Members and all of the people who make up the Los Angeles County Fire Department are the proudest and most honorably serving members in the Country and it is with great pride that we stand together to honor our Country and all who serve.  May God bless us all and our Country.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board   

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Friday Update: September 7, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

FRIDAY UPDATE 

Brothers & Sisters,

As many of you may know, September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. There is no better time to shine a light on the growing problem of suicide and post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries in the Fire Service. Over the next week, Local 1014 will be engaged in several outreach activities to bring awareness and affect real lasting change within the Department on this critically important issue.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Board of Supervisors will be discussing post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries in the Fire Service and for First Responders countywide. We need to show them that these are not just numbers on a page, they are real people with real families taking risks and bearing the burden of protecting their constituents. 

Local 1014 Members along with Los Angeles County Lifeguards Association (LACoLA) will be converging upon the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to demonstrate our resolve and make our voices heard to our elected officials. We need our elected officials to know that the health and welfare of our members should be their number one priority. They need to step up and provide the resources we need to take care of our members, including the formation of a robust Behavioral Health Program.

Directly following our rally and demonstration, on September 12 through September 14, the Los Angeles County Fire Department in partnership with Local 1014 will be participating in a department-wide Behavioral Health Safety Stand Down. This stand down will include a curriculum designed by mental health professionals, our LA County peer support teams, Union representatives, and management. Drills and activities will be canceled for all three shifts and replaced by kitchen table sessions with a behavioral health and suicide awareness program.

This month, perhaps more than most, we have been reminded that our Firefighters and Fire Service Personnel are asked to face horrors few can imagine, from mass casualty events, to the intimate pain of a child dying in their arms. It can take its toll on even the strongest individuals. Sometimes, the stress boils over.

Last year, more Firefighters died from suicide than from on-duty events. National surveys suggest nearly one in three Firefighters has considered suicide. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.

Local 1014 has been a leader in Behavioral Health statewide with Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte serving as Chair of the statewide Behavioral Health Task Force. Your Local 1014 Executive Board is committed to continuing this fight to break the silence, and break the stigma.

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

SAVE THE DATE: SOLIDARITY RALLY AND DEMONSTRATION AT LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

CALL TO ARMS—LOCAL 1014 NEEDS YOU!

SAVE THE DATE: SOLIDARITY RALLY AND DEMONSTRATION AT LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Local 1014 Members along with Los Angeles County Lifeguards Association (LACoLA) will be converging upon the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to demonstrate our resolve and make our voices heard to our elected officials. Please join your brothers and sisters as we fight to have our voices heard on the important issues affecting our job.

This September 11th, we will not only be commemorating the sacrifice of our Brothers and Sisters on that fateful day in New York, but also shining a light on ever-increasing risks we take each and every day in order to protect our communities. Whether it be the post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries from a lifetime of tough calls and service or the fatigue from recalls, increasing call volume and fires statewide, our members need to make their voices heard.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will be discussing the possibility of a study on post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries in the Fire Service. We need to show them that these are not just numbers on a page, they are real people with real families taking risks and bearing the burden of protecting their constituents.  

We need our elected officials to know that the health and welfare of our members should be their number one priority. They need to step up and provide the resources we need to take care of our members, including the formation of a robust Behavioral Health Program and other items which we have been aggressively bargaining. Without support from our elected officials and the County, we will continue to see more recalls, more post-traumatic and cumulative stress injuries. Additionally, the Fire Chief and Management will be in attendance and need to hear our collective voice.

We will not waiver in the fight for our members. Not since 2005 have Local 1014 members needed to demonstrate and make our voices heard before the Board of Supervisors. We need your help to make it clear to the members of the Board of Supervisors that labor is united and that we will not accept less than we deserve.

Please wear uniform pants, or dark slacks, and the dark blue Local 1014 Union t-shirt. If you do not already have a t-shirt, we will be providing them at the rally. 

WHEN: 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:00am 

Meeting begins at 10:00 am

Arrive early for sign-in and t-shirt distribution and to allow time to go through security check point

WHERE:

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Meet on lawn in front of the Temple Street entrance

Parking is available at the following locations, Local 1014 will be reimbursing parking expenses for members:                                   

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles
Fee: $4 every 15 minutes; $19 maximum

Overflow at:

Music Center Garage - Auto Park 14

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Fee: $3.50 every 15 minutes; $20 maximum

Auto Park 29
313 North Figueroa, Los Angeles
Fee: $1.25 every 20 minutes; $8 maximum.

If you have any additional questions, please contact a Local 1014 Executive Board Member. 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Brothers and Sisters,

As we celebrate this Labor Day with our family and friends, we are reminded of the many accomplishments of the Labor Movement and the remarkable achievements of our own International Association of Fire Fighters as we celebrate 100 years of progress through unity and strength.

Labor Day dates back to the late 19th century in the United States as trade and labor movements grew stronger. By 1894, when it became an official federal holiday, some 30 states had already been celebrating it. 

Samuel Gompers, one our country's first labor leaders, called Labor Day a time for workers to rest, look forward to tomorrow's work, stand in solidarity with other workers and "feel the stronger for it." Labor Day is not only a time to rest but a time to reaffirm our commitment to fighting for fair wages and workers’ rights throughout the nation.

For nearly 70 years, Local 1014 has fought hard for the wages, working conditions and benefits our members need and deserve as they protect our communities each and every day. Today unions across the nation are facing unprecedented challenges. As we commemorate all that we have done, we also remember there is much left to do. We cannot be complacent. 

As you celebrate, please remember to enjoy this holiday responsibly, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Get a cab, get a ride or get a room. Please be safe out there!

On behalf of the Local 1014 Executive Board and the nearly 3,400 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health HazMat personnel, we wish you a happy and safe Labor Day!

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board

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