Friday Update 10-16-20
Updated On: Oct 22, 2020

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Fire Prevention, Forestry

and Health Haz Mat Personnel

Friday Update 

Brothers & Sisters,

Your Union will have leadership stability heading into the end of the year and for the next two years.  At the General Membership meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, nominations were taken for your Union Executive Board seats.  There were single nominations for President, Treasurer, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President.  President Dave Gillotte, 1st VP Lew Currier, and Treasurer John Smolin returning along with Director Kurt Kobler stepping up and into the 2nd Vice President’s job.  We also had all incumbent Directors receive nominations and a few other interested members as well.  

We applaud all brothers and sisters for stepping up to be considered for the Local 1014 Executive Board.  Our Union work and issues are so important. It is critical that we have members who embrace hard work and commit to passionately working on the issues for you and your families.  We are a complex, strong, effective Union that has influence on the issues affecting your wages, hours and working conditions.  Political Action and Legislative Advocacy are at the core of all our issues and necessary to make things happen.  It requires dedication and effort to tackle the difficult conversations needed to get it done.  

We have a lot of serious issues on the line this year with negotiations, 48/96, operational issues, hiring and promotions to fill the ranks, rebuilding the Camps, Dispatch, Health Hazmat, Forestry, Fire Prevention and other operational issues, grievances and legal challenges.  We will be continuing to handle that important work as we get through the next few weeks of elections. We will keep you posted on these issues and provide ample opprotuinty to hear from our Union candidates. Click below to view video message regarding Union Election update. 

                                 

Launching Peer Support K9 Program

           

This Tuesday, LACOFD officially accepted the donation of two fully trained peer support dogs from the nation’s leading dog training foundations, the Thor’s Hope Foundation in partnership with Performance K9 Training, Inc. and the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, to launch the new Peer Support K9 Program.

Dogs “Milo” and “Echo” were specially selected and completed hundreds of hours of intense specialized training to support firefighters with PTSD or high levels of anxiety in a variety of situations and settings. They not only assist in identifying individuals experiencing increased levels of stress, they are also trained to comfort those individuals. These two dogs are the first in a new Peer Support K9 Program in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Both dogs have already been deployed to assist firefighters and first responders on the recent Bobcat Fire.

Over the last five years, the number of suicide for firefighters has surpassed the number of line of duty deaths nationwide. As our firefighters face an unprecedented wildfire season and ever-increasing call loads with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mental and physical health of our firefighters has never been more critical. The addition of peer support dogs will help first responders manage stress and anxiety during large-scale incidents and extended deployments.        



Click above to view CBS coverage. Click here to view full press conference on KTLA.


Thank you to Chief Osby and Chief Whittle for their support of this program. This is an example of how the labor and management work together to get the best outcomes and the best programs to support our members and their families.

Special thanks to the Board of Supervisors who has committed funding and support for the expansion of this program and for our Firefighters.

OPEN ENROLLMENT 2021      
                                      
October 1-31 is the LA County Open Enrollment period for 2021 benefits. Local 1014 would like to remind you to review your benefits and encourage you to look at The Local 1014 Health Plan as an option for your family. The Local 1014 Health Plan is among the most comprehensive plans available to Firefighters anywhere in the nation and is tailored to meet our Firefighters’ needs. It is also the #1 choice for our members and their families. Higher allowances, increased coverage, new benefits, and greater options are just a few of the highlights of The Local 1014 Health Plan in 2021.

The Local 1014 Health Plan is the only health plan offered in the County that you can take with you into retirement and maintain FOR LIFE. It has never been more important for our members to review your healthcare options and ensure that you have the best coverage available for you and your family. 

Enroll now at www.mylacountybenefits.com. For more information about The Local 1014 Health Plan, please call member services at 800-660-1014 or email medicalplan@local1014.org.

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


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