Friday Update 3-10-23
Updated On: Apr 07, 2023

Congratulations to 33 of our newest LACOFD Probationary Firefighters from Recruit Academy 169! Welcome to the LACOFD Fire Family!


Brothers & Sisters, 

This week, Local 1014 attended the IAFF Legislative Conference in Washington DC. Named after our own Former Local 1014 President and Former General President of the IAFF Al Whitehead, the conference brought together over 3,000 members of unions across the nation to work on critical issues like PFAS, Collective Bargaining, Budget Items, Retiree Healthcare Tax Credits, early Medicare access, and more.

On Monday, President Biden addressed the Union personally and together with IAFF President Ed Kelly, voiced support to bring one of our own home, Brother Derek Alkonis’ son Lt. Ridge Alkonis. We put the power of the Union to work to Bring Ridge Home!

On Tuesday, Union leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress to fund the research and development of new toxic-free PPE. We also met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy (CA-20), regarding the items critical to our members. We meet with politicians on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the Firefighter voice is heard and that we have bipartisan support for the issues affecting our families. 

Political action is one of the most critical things we do as a union. Local 1014 will always be where decisions affecting our members are being made, Washington DC, Sacramento, LA County, or our Cities. We work hard to ensure that our members get the working conditions, benefits, and protections they need and deserve as we protect our communities.

Enhancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

On Tuesday of this week, Local 1014 joined Fire Chief Marrone and Sister Sara Rathbun from Women's Fire League and Air Ops Brother Johnny Gray of the LA County Stentorians, along with our partners from California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC), to put forward a motion which was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors (BOS) to move our entry-level written test to the Fire Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) written. 

We already use the CPAT along with EMT as our required tests. The written test from FCTC is fire based. When used in conjunction with an oral interview, we will be in better shape to recruit and retain the best candidates possible. This written test is also available multiple times per month so we can always add people to the list, including using it for our FSA Internal Promotional Bridge Program. We are excited to work with the BOS and the Department to move to the gold standard of the written test process as so many other departments have done. 

This work combined with efforts to secure an agreement with the Department to use the BEEP Test to assess all candidate's physical readiness to enter our Drill Tower. No BEEP, no Tower. We are also working to eliminate any "automatic - I" recycling of candidates in the tower. Any injury to a recruit in the tower should be evaluated and approved only on a case-by-case basis by the Fire Chief to ensure that injury is not being used to circumvent testing results at mid-term and finals. The physical assessment of BEEP and other evaluations will be used at 4-month and 10-month follow-ups. Combined with a robust probationary evaluation like we have seen the last year, we are building back to a process everyone can have confidence in that provides the best and most qualified candidates while providing recruitment and preparation tools embedded in a pre-test manner.  

We also put forward joint support for tools to collect good data on demographics in our Department that will be used to create more effective training on the diverse culture of our membership.

Thank you to Chief Marrone for agreeing to move in this direction. We would also like to thank the Board of Supervisors, especially the movers of the motion Supervisors Janice Hahn and Holly Mitchell, for their commitment to our Department and to the mission of diversity and inclusion for all our members. 

If you are an active member and want to help, contact Union or Training Services. We all have an opportunity to help with what is being built and push our Department to continue to be a national leader in recruitment and hiring practices. 


As many of you are aware the Board of Supervisors will be lifting the Covid Emergency Order on March 31st. We have not forgotten about any of you and are proud to say no one has been terminated. You are and will remain in a safe place.

Local 1014 will continue to fight strategically and within the confines of the law to protect each one of you. It has been a long journey. Please continue to be patient. Things will be evolving more near the end of the month. As new developments happen, we will keep you informed but know that we remain vigilant of the situation and will continue to advocate for our members. 
Today we celebrated an LA County Battalion 13 legend Kurt Wilhelm. "Rise together, roll together.” He was a leader who set the bar for service excellence.  We Shall Never Forget. Battalion 13 Strong!

To ensure that we maximize our outreach efforts to our members, we will send out a survey regarding the staffing changes soon. 

In order to ensure that all Local 1014 members can access the electronic survey, please update your contact info with the union at the link below. If you have people in your station who do not receive the Friday Update, please encourage them to sign up on the website so we have all members' email and ensure fair access to the survey. 
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In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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