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COVID-19 Update 3-23-20

Updated On: Apr 03, 2020 (10:05:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

COVID-19 UPDATE


Brothers and Sisters,

As we begin the week, we would like to update you on a few critical items related to the COVID-19 response.

Testing

For your Union, testing is our number one priority for our members and your Union Board has been working diligently to address the need for widespread immediate testing within our first responder community. We need to know the scope of our exposure and we cannot do that without widely available testing for all exposed. 

Today, Los Angeles County together with our LA City partners and our own Dr. Clayton Kazan, who is leading this effort, announced the launch of a new partnership with Seegene Technologies, Inc., a South Korea-based test kit manufacturer, to purchase and process 20,000 new tests for the Coronavirus. This is part of a larger partnership and efforts to provide widespread testing for the public within LA County. This is a four-phase roll out with first responders being the priority for phase 1. The first 20,000 tests will be dedicated to our first responder communities. These tests will also have a much quicker turnaround. Click here to view the full press conference.

While this testing will significantly help our efforts to protect and treat our members, it is not the cureall and it is not the answer to prevention. Testing protocols must take into consideration the long incubation period for this virus and the possibilities of false negatives. The Union, the Department, and Dr. Clayton Kazan are working diligently to ensure that all our members who are exposed to this virus are able to have appropriate care. We commend Dr. Kazan and LA County Board of Supervisors for embracing the plan crafted by Dr. Kazan and input from the Union, the Department Executive Staff and EMS experts which has the proper testing with 24-hour results vs. 5-day turn-a-round.  There is also a priority for Fire and reduced chances for “false-negatives” in the early stages of Covid-19 incubation.  Using these tests along with signs and symptoms, Daily Checks, and the use of our PPE policies and procedures will be a combined set of tools we need to stay safe while we do our jobs.

EXPOSURE REPORTING GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS

The Department put out a guide on exposure reporting that may have been interpreted to not report exposures to Covid-19 or any other communicable disease call or bio-hazard call.  We have contacted the Department and there will be clarification sent out, but the Covid-19 exposure reporting for Covid-19 triage and exposure data is separate and distinctly different than NORMAL AND ROUTINE EXPOSURE REPORTING.  ALL MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REPORT EXPOSURES TO FIRE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND STRESS RELATED CALLS AS YOU NORMALLY WOULD REPORT THEM ON THE WORKER INJURY FORMS AND ON NFIRS AND ANY OTHER ONLINE PER REPORTING SYSTEM YOU MAY USE REGARDLESS OF IF YOU HAD ALL PROPER PPE IN PLACE.      

THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF PPE

We cannot emphasize enough that the best defense you have against the spread of this virus is your PPE equipment. THIS IS NOT THE REGULAR FLU. We need to take this very seriously. As firefighters, we often downplay things that have become normalized to us through our job. This is not one of those items. Follow all the Department and Public Health recommendations for PPE and report exposure even if you have your full PPE on for the call. Just as you would if you responded to a fire. You need to report exposure.

While at work please pay close attention to the EA’s and Union emails that give direction on how to use proper PPE’s while serving our patients.  This issue is real and we must aggressively and diligently use the tools and the knowledge to stay safe on the front lines.  

In general, please remember to do the following: 

  • Place a Mask on the Patients and Consider and 95 masks on you. 
  • Limit the number of Crew who have direct contact with the patient 
  • Wear Gowns and Mask and Goggles where Indicated.
  • Wash your hands regularly while on calls and at the station 
  • Maintain Social Distancing while at work 
  • Clean surfaces at work regularly and often 
  • Wash clothes and uniforms at work regularly and rotate clothes regularly 
  • AVOID IBUPROFEN. Preliminary results indicate that there may be a correlation to the use of Ibuprofen and the morbidity rate. Steer clear just in case, doctor’s orders (Kazan).

Click below to view the training videos from the Department on risk and proper use of PPE equipment. 

https://vimeo.com/398679774


https://vimeo.com/398442533/93401b46a8

Staffing 

You may have heard rumors of staffing plans to cover our post-positions both for our regular service needs and also emergent service needs such as a more robust drawdown of personnel due to Covid-19 exposure, or strike-team needs in the mutual aid system for California.  The Union has been meeting with the Department and crafting drafts of what such a staffing plan would look like.

Everything from how to use 40-hour personnel to use of bodies from all battalions to cover the staffing, up to and including a two-platoon system are on the table and heavily developed as options in draft form.  Also in the discussion are trigger points to implement such staffing plans.  The Department has a right to declare “emergency” and set staffing levels in a unilateral manner under management’s rights in all agencies in California, but they must be careful in invoking those rights for two reasons: legal and MOU compliance issues.  If we are at pre-Covid numbers relative to staffing levels and need, any such breach of staffing agreements in the MOU are violations enforceable by administrative or legal action under meet and confer bargaining. 

The Union recognizes that we also must be ready to staff our engines, trucks, squads, dispatch centers, heavy equipment in air and wildland, staff the fire prevention bureaus and health hazmat bureaus and be ready for wildland response given the potential for having our members out as a result of Covid-19. We have been collaborating and working with the Department to ensure we have a plan we can all agree upon and more importantly trigger points for implementation.  More as this discussion and the drafts become adopted, but rest assured we are ready.

More this week, but Recruit Class 156 has launched and plans for 5 more classes are in play and a priority we are working on.  Watch for a Friday message with details and know that filling the vacancies remains a top priority even in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. 

We implore our members to continue to take this pandemic seriously and follow all PPE policies and procedures and take steps to keep social distancing and hygiene procedures a top priority.  Your safety and the safety of those who may not fare well with this novel virus is at stake.  

Stay safe and please take care of one another as we navigate this uncertain and difficult time. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 3-20-20

Updated On: Mar 27, 2020 (14:41:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

FRIDAY UPDATE

Click here to view video

Brothers and Sisters,

First, let us begin by saying thank you to our incredible members and their families who are selflessly serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic every day.  You are doing a heroic and stellar job as we face an unprecedented health crisis.

We would like to assure our members and our fire families that their health and safety are our #1 priority.   As we navigate this complex and everchanging new environment and work diligently to provide emergency services to those in need throughout our communities, we want to ensure that at home our members are taking every precaution.  As first responders, we face unique risks, this means that both at work and at home we need to maintain an extra level of precaution and sanitization. 

Attached you will find a guide created for our members to help protect and inform our fire family about steps they can take now to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Even if you do not feel sick, you could potentially infect a person who is vulnerable.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

                                  

Please also take a second read of Wednesday’s message regarding COVID-19 and the issues that we are dealing with in our response.  Every day we are working as part of the team including the Fire Chief, CEO, BOS and the Unions representing the members on the frontline.  We are in daily meetings with all Unions regarding the state of the County to ensure all County workers are taken care of while we all carry out our respective missions.  

Please contact the Union if you have any further questions or concerns. If you are a member of The Local 1014 Health Plan, please remember that we offer telemedicine online through Live Health Online 24/7. Please visit The Local 1014 Health Trust website for more information (www.local1014medical.org). 

Our County Response 

The Public Safety Unions representing Sheriff’s, Lifeguards and Fire are in a separate coalition of Unions working directly with the CEO, BOS and our respective Department Chiefs to address the needs and issues affecting our memberships.  As our members are directly on the frontlines dealing with patients and citizens who may be affected by COVID -19 we have top priority for PPE, and resources to make sure we are able to handle our jobs safely.    

We are working closely with the IMT and Warehouse folks to ensure the PPE we need is readily available. They have been wonderful in clearing up any logjams.  If you are having any issues getting PPE, please notify your Chiefs in your chain of command and contact any Union Director to get that handled ASAP.  In addition, please continue to be vigilant and purposeful in following the protocol and using appropriate PPE. This makes a significant difference in the number of members who might be exposed.  

Quarantine has been one of the issues that all Public Safety Unions have struggled with regarding how and where to quarantine and not expose our homes and families.  Some used hotels and others different homes and none of those options were that efficient or practical.  We will be working resolving all expenses and or other issues with regard to those cases. 

We now have resources allocated by the County in the case of future quarantine needs.  The County has trailers placed regionally throughout the County and alternative housing we will use for any member who is symptomatic and requires quarantine.  We will be also exploring adding resources such as trailers to be placed at members' homes where they can be close but in true quarantine separate from their loved ones. More on this as we get set. Hopefully, we will not have to use these resources, but we will be ready if necessary. 

Legislation 

We are embedded in the Governor’s Office working to address the COVID-19 health and safety issues with regard to workers' compensation along with all other state Firefighter Unions and we will continue to update the membership as that work progresses. Much like MRSA, SARS, and Pneumonia, this will take time.   

Local 1014, ALADS, PPOA and LACOLA, the public safety coalition, is also part of a team working in partnership with the CEO of LA County and the Board of Supervisors to chase federal and state resources and funding for our needs.  This is very important to get FEMA and federal reimbursement for expenses, salary, and wages to provide leave time and ensure the cost of PPE and other large ticket items are covered.  To date, the federal packages under Executive Order of the President have contained no local government monies. We are trying to get ourselves included in the third package and next order.  We are also lobbying to get the west coast Navy hospital ship to be anchored in LA Harbor.  At the state level, we are chasing funding and much-needed directives on workers' compensation in partnership with the County and Cal Chiefs. 

Class 155 and Training

On the local front, we also saw Class 155 graduate and enter the field at a time of unprecedented danger and uncertainty.  They now take their place among us as proud Local 1014 Firefighters.  We are also working hand-in-hand with the Training Services Section to ensure we can find ways to continue our hiring and training of recruits to fill our vacancies.  We must stay on track to fill our spots. This is considered an emergent essential service within our Department.  Know that every effort and consideration to starting our next tower and the next after that are in full swing and moving smoothly even as we deal with this pandemic.  Monday we will greet the newest recruits with special instructions and guidance to keep them safe and get them trained and certified and ready to join us in the field.  Special thanks to Training Services Section who will be working late into each evening getting prepared and adjusted to handle things a bit differently.  

Closing Remarks

Finally, we would like to remind all of our members to take time to keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically.  Take time to ensure you are working out and also spending time away from the news and social media both while at work and at home.  Take time to communicate regularly with your friends and family members and use our family guide to help them understand our work and the things we are doing to stay safe as we serve.  

We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.  Remember our Peer Support Team if you should need additional help and or guidance in dealing with the stressors and uncertainties of this environment.  This is serious and with the “Safer at Home” orders from the County and the State, we all must do our part on and off duty. It has a direct impact on our friends and families.  

Try and support small local businesses while at work when buying chow and when thinking of buying groceries or other items you may need for home.  We applaud Mayor Garcetti and our Chair of the Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger for their tireless work and collaborative leadership to make the hard decisions needed to intervene and reduce exposure.  

There is no room to pretend that this is not real or disregard the mandates to reduce exposure.  It might not be about you, but it may very well be about the 3, 4 or 5 others you affect who could die as a result.  This is not speculation but rather based on hard data and constant evaluation of modeling done both at the City and the County and the State.  

Stay safe and please take care of one another as we navigate this uncertain and difficult time. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: COVID-19.pdf
COVID-19 Update 3-18-20

Updated On: Mar 25, 2020 (17:48:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE TO LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS 

Brothers and Sisters,

This has been a very trying and intense couple of weeks for Local 1014 members on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.  It is a constant challenge to keep communications relevant to the everchanging situation and changing recommendations. We are at a place right now where we can effectively summarize a number of important items as well as provide information, resources, and answers to your questions. 

Following a very long Local 1014 Executive Board Meeting, we wanted to take a moment to inform our members that Local 1014 has been working day and night with the Fire Chief, the Board of Supervisor and the LA County Department of Public Health to ensure we have what we need to safely serve our residents and stay safe while we do it. 

We are in a true pandemic and the County is under the rule of the Department of Public Health. We are team members but subordinate to the Department of Public Health as we deal with this systemic health crisis.  However, the County has included the Department Heads including Chief Osby and the Union Presidents in the daily meetings and decision-making.  

Additionally, through our partners in the California Professional Firefighters (CPF), we are working on statewide best practices. We are also working on securing Governor and legislative support for possible presumption, mandate, or Governor’s order that help with protective gear, resources, workers compensation protections, and leave time.  At the state level, we are working to address COVID-19 as we addressed pneumonia in general, MRSA and SARS. This is a top priority and we are working on plans to tackle this for our members.  We have also partnered with Cal Chiefs as well for a unified front on these issues. 

This issue is larger than just the Fire Departments and the Union members. Our efforts are in league with other professionals, healthcare workers, institutional workers, etc. at the County and the State. We are fortunate to have coverage and paychecks as we work through this crisis.  

However, we have an inherent risk and need priority to receive and replenish resources. Be patient and know that this will take some time to work through the process. In the immediate, we have agreements to ensure the protection of our members at work, and resources to help when under observation or true quarantine.  

Below is the most up-to-date information to help understand where we are and where we are going.  Please take the time to read and view all links. We will be also sending information to our homes and families with specific information and messaging to help with coping and reducing anxiety and stress related to first responders and our members. 

Take care and be good to each other, get and use good information and facts, limit your time of exposure to news and social media, and please be vigilant in your approach to work as we all do our part to flatten the curve and continue to serve those who need it.  It is what we do and our proud profession and we need to take care of ourselves as we do it. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK 

While at work please pay close attention to the EA’s and Union emails that give direction on how to use proper PPE’s while serving our patients.  This issue is real and we must aggressively and diligently use the tools and the knowledge to stay safe on the front lines.  See the link to review the policies and protocols. 

In general, please remember to do the following: 

  • Place a Mask on the Patients and Consider and 95 masks on you. 
  • Limit the number of Crew who have direct contact with the patient 
  • Wear Gowns and Mask and Goggles where Indicated.
  • Wash your hands regularly while on calls and at the station 
  • Maintain Social Distancing while at work 
  • Clean surfaces at work regularly and often 
  • Wash clothes and uniforms at work regularly and rotate clothes regularly 
  • AVOID IBUPROFEN. Preliminary results indicate that there may be a correlation to the use of Ibuprofen and the morbidity rate. Steer clear just in case, doctor’s orders (Kazan).

Our public safety community is a level one priority for PPE’s. The stock is in Long Beach at the Convention Center and LA County IMT is in charge of distribution. We currently do not have a shortage.  Our warehouse seems to have some difficulties getting the supplies to the stations. We have a Union Director assigned to work with Chief Robinson to ensure any jams are cleared in getting the equipment to the station level.  Please contact Director Jason Green if you are having difficulties getting your supplies and ask in writing through your chain of command.  This is the time to ensure all sites and stations have equipment and no hoarding at the warehouse occurs.

WHAT IF I AM EXPOSED?

There are 2 categories of exposed members: 

1. You are exposed and or sick at home or through exposure via travel or contact with people in your personal life (this happened in San Jose). Individuals with signs and symptoms prior to coming to work or if indicated by line up exam, should stay home and not come to work to expose others. 

2. You have suspected exposure to a COVID-19 Patient. Fill out an exposure report Form 381 for all of these calls. If symptomatic members will be put off on ordered absence with exposure.  Members may be on observation status or on true quarantine depending on the symptoms and exposure. If positive results from a test then this will be moved to workers' compensation and “I”.  

While all exposures should be reported, even those with symptoms relieved and a Form 381 filled out, not everyone will test or be presumed positive for COVID-19.  We are working on more easily accessible testing and criteria to use those tests, but for now, not everyone is eligible nor criteria to be tested.  

Things have been changing rapidly from CDC and LA County Department of Health and we are working with them and Dr. Kazan, our Medical Director, to establish best practices and procedures. The latest information is minimum days quarantine for signs and symptoms following possible exposure, and 72-hour symptom-free to return to work regardless of testing. (See attachments for more information) 

PEER SUPPORT AND RETURN TO WORK AND UNION HELP 

Our LA County Fire Department Labor / Management Peer Support Team is active in contacting our members who have been affected by the COVID-19 Virus.  We held a conference call with President Gillotte, Dr. Kazan and the Peer Team Leads, and Peer Retirees. They are equipped with additional information and resources to help our members deal with the anxiety and apprehension associated with this issue and direct them to the right resources to help with needs.  They have done a wonderful job. Also, the Union Board had been reaching out to affected members to talk about benefits, health, and safety, as well as logistics for returning to work. Chief Gigi Gonzales is engaged in the procedures for quarantine and return to work as well.  Please reach out as well if you need help.   

         

Here are a few general thoughts about coping with this stressful issue we face at work:  

  • Controlling your stress level- Limit watching and reading of the news. Informed but not obsessive. Over information can be harmful. Especially if you have children. Remember they hear even when they pretend they are not listening, and they watch you for cues on how they should be feeling.

  • Add in stress-reducing activities such as exercise, deep breathing, and muscle relaxation practices, meditation, etc.

  • Focus on the things you can control. Wash your hands, get the best sleep you can and fuel your body well. Maintain as much of a routine and schedule to the day as you can. We thrive on consistency and boundaries just as much as the kids.

  • Make the most of the present time. For many of us being told, we can’t do something is a challenge to do exactly that. Take this ‘forced’ time to slow down, play cards, reconnect with family and friends and have a (phone/video) conversation. Do things that make this a blessing and not a punishment. Be creative and think outside the box!

  • Don’t make any significant or impulsive decisions. Everyone is under stress right now. Save the big decisions for when this subsides (and it will).

BENEFIT TIME, ‘S’ VS ‘ZD’ VS ‘I’

  • If there is a documented exposure at work and a member becomes symptomatic they will be sent home on ZD (do not forget to fill out a 381). If that sickness develops into COVID-19 the Department will work on changing that to I. 
  • If a person becomes ill, not due to exposure at work they should stay home on S.
  • If a person does not have S time to burn please contact 1014 for assistance.
  • The benefit situation is dynamic and even if a member must burn their own S time they may be able to get that time back and changed to ZD or I. The Department/Union is working on solutions. 

TESTING:

  • Testing for COVID-19 is a 5 day turn around. There is no faster test as of now. 
  • Even after exposures, a test could be falsely negative until the incubation time passes (2-9 days from with an average of 5 days from exposure). 
  • People who are asymptomatic are not being tested regardless of possible exposure. 
  • Only a fraction of the population has been tested for the COVID-19 virus. When more results of those tests become available in the next several days expect a possible exponential uptick in positive tests. The virus is already more spread out than people are aware of. This is not because of an explosion of the virus on any one day, but the result of test availability and results becoming accessible. 
  • COVID-19 testing is being done at Kaiser, Providence, and UCLA. The County is testing as well but tests are being rationed and County will not test (even first responders) unless they’re symptoms are SEVERE enough for hospitalization. 

HOME QUARANTINE VS MONITORING WITHOUT WORK RESTRICTIONS

  • To date, the Department has 5 members on home quarantine and 68 currently being monitored with no work restrictions. Expect that number to change. Approximately 10 to 20% of our workforce may become ill. In the event of severe work shortages, the Department has contingency plans. There are different staffing situations that would trigger these plans. We are prepared for any contingency. 

  • Hotels are not recommended as the hospital staff and other visitors could unknowingly be exposed. 

  • The Department is working on places to quarantine members but in the meantime, members should begin making contingency plans in the event that they are put on home quarantine. For example, family members stay with other friends or family if the member becomes ill. PLAN NOW. This is especially important if the member has special circumstances at home (i.e, living with elderly, existing medical conditions, and infants under 3 months of age).  Note: children over the age of 3 mos. have tolerated this virus very well. 

AT WORK

  • Surfaces (even paper) can hold the virus for days. It is important to wash your hands regularly as well as all surfaces. Consider wearing gloves when handling things like paper plans that may be handled by many people but not cleaned. 
  • Grocery shopping may not be an option for folks looking to cook station meals. Alternatives like Door Dash or other food delivery services should be considered. The Department is looking into finding food delivery options to stations with reduced or no fees. 
  • Notify your chain of command or 1014 if your station has difficulty keeping up on supplies like masks/gowns/goggles/gloves etc.

PATIENT CARE

  • When working on a patient the most effective way to protect against exposure is to put a surgical mask on the patient. The next most effective thing to protect the rescuer is to wear an N95 mask and goggles.
  • The Department is working on a telemedicine app that will be available on our IPads for patients who want transport to the hospital for COVID-19 testing. Unless the patient is in severe distress we should try to dissuade the patient from overwhelming the system. The telemedicine app will have a person live who will remotely assess the patient and possibly discuss an alternative to transport if deemed unnecessary. 

RESOURCES AT WORK - FOOD AND WATER

While our members are at work, we are in competition literally for food and water at the grocery stores.  We have raised this issue along with Sheriffs and nurses with the County.  They are aware and for normal operations, they are working on agreements with the supermarket chains to establish public safety shopping hours for ON DUTY public safety personnel. Also, they are looking at possible wholesale access to our members ON DUTY.  That will take time and requires regional and logistical consideration. We’ll keep you posted but for now, think about best practices and options for the shift: 

  1. Shop before you come in and bring the chow with you. 
  2. Use food delivery services to have groceries delivered. 
  3. Patronize our small and medium business restaurants in our districts.  

Most small businesses are waiving the delivery charge and would welcome the business.  These are the same citizens that support us. We are supporting small business economic measures at the LA County, State, and Federal levels.  Many stations have already begun this practice and even a few firefighter-owned family businesses have reached out to have our folks patronize where possible. 

Also, use water filtration systems to put aside clean water as well as maintain your bottled water for emergencies as well. For Emergency Operations, the Department is stocking more MRE’s and prepared to have food and water in emergent conditions for our members for up to 30 days.  We hope we never get to that but just in case we are preparing.  

STAFFING NOW AND IN AN EMERGENCY FOR DRAWDOWN 

Some of you may be asking what will we do if we lose more personnel due to COVID-19.  So far, we have fared well with 68 members under observation and 5 on true quarantine, but what if we lost higher percentages of our workforce?  

Members of Local 1014 Executive Board and the Department’s Executive Staff headed up by Lew Currier and his team along with Deputy Chief Pena and his staff have been working on a plan with the movement of equipment and personnel including work short and dim and dark stations similar to when we have statewide brush fires and strike teams deployed everywhere.   The plan as of now is in draft form but actionable if necessary and is in three tiers of need and drawdown.  We are also in talks for trigger points or indicators as to when and where we might need to act either in a region or systemically.  We will keep you posted as this develops.  

The Department has the right to declare an emergency and under management’s rights enact staffing changes under orders, but if no emergency parameters are met they could violate collective bargaining and MOU structure and be liable for damages.  This is a balancing act and, of course, we have a direct relationship and pipeline with the Board of Supervisors so balance is achieved.  To the Fire Chief’s credit and the BOS, from the beginning, we have been in the room and at the table as part of the decision-making team and it has been absolutely collaborative. 

We will continue to plan and act in a Labor/Management collaboration to yield the best results.  There have been many Chiefs in the Field AC or BC level talking about what they heard or were told, and then officers at the Captains level take it back out to the stations. Most of the info was hearsay and not correct or even close. Please look to official EA’s and Union Communications to get the correct information.    

For both the Union and the Department, communications have been difficult, due to the fluid situation. We have been sending out emails about every two days via email blast and Facebook, and the Department has sent many EAs as well. 

We are working to get more communications distilled into what is pertinent to our members and distributed quickly. I have asked the Chief to do the same on the Department end.  Make sure you are looking to EAs, Union email, Union website, and Facebook information, as well as, LA County Department of Public Health and CDC for accurate information and stay away from social media posts with articles and memes and links to other information that may or may not be accurate. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Please take this seriously and as trained professionals in the professional Fire and EMS business.  Take care to educate and train to handle our mission with proper PPE and procedures.  Do your part both on and off duty to practice social distancing and hygiene to help stop the spread of this virus.  

Call the Union or ask your Chain of Command for the resources if exposed or symptomatic instead of relying on social media chat rooms for discussion.  We are all in this together and we will help each other not only get through this but also to thrive.  

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: EA - COVID 19 Attachment IV Field Ref Guide - March 13 2020.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Attachment V PPE Donning and Doffing.pdf, EA-136.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Attachment III Public Health Cleaning Guidance.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Attachment I FAQ If I Am Exposed.pdf
Friday Update 3-13-20

Updated On: Mar 23, 2020 (13:17:00)

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 and Sisters,

This week we have seen a rapid change in the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the local response to this health crisis. Los Angeles County has declared a Local State of Emergency and the World Health Organization has declared it a global pandemic. At every level of government, we are seeing restrictions in order to stop the spread until a vaccine is developed.

As first responders, we are on the frontline of this health crisis. Your Union, together with the Department, is committed to ensuring our members remain safe and healthy as we attend to the public and provide medical care to those who need it. 

Local 1014 has met with every member of the Department's Executive Staff to ensure that we have a comprehensive protection plan for our members. We are in constant contact working with Dr. Kazan our LA County Medical Director and a man who we can trust in helping to interpret and apply the guidelines and best practices for protecting our members.  We want to provide our members with the safest possible working environment. The response to this pandemic is rapidly changing. Your Union together with the Department is remaining vigilant as we adapt to guidelines and regulations dictated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health. 

We are the frontline medical care for our LA County communities. In order to ensure that we can continue to provide the best service to our residents, we all need to take these precautions very seriously. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard of preventative measures in order to be able to continue to serve our communities. 

We understand that members are concerned with the current protocol if exposed to the virus to self-quarantine at home. This is the precaution dictated by the Department of Public Health. If for some reason you have been exposed but need accommodations please call the Union and will work with you. We are in contact with other affiliate Unions in the CPF and with Cal Chiefs to determine best practices and consider standardized core response adapted to each Department’s needs.  

We have paid leave for any quarantine time and we are working with the Fire Chief to explore “I” status while on quarantine.  The possibility of exposure in our homes is also being evaluated and likely with homes that have older family members 80 plus or small infants or family members with existing medical conditions then we will work to help the members find alternative environments to quarantine.  We are exploring the Camps, Stations, and other such buildings, but we also don’t want to create an environment where we actually spread the virus from one individual to many others in our workforce.  Please read all the material, and understand it.  Cover this with your crew in the morning at line-up and take it seriously as you prepare to carry out your jobs.  There is no reason to panic, but please give this professional and diligent consideration as you work.

Please read the safety information below and take these precautions very seriously both in the field and at home. 

Important things to remember: 

  • Get a mask on every patient immediately, wipe down and clean all surfaces immediately after every call.
  • Fully review the text of all dispatched calls, including what may be on page 2. Our dispatchers are doing a thorough interrogation of all callers and flagging potential COVID-19 cases so it is imperative that personnel review that information before charging in but recognize it is only one tool and not all potential cases will be flagged.
  • Members should exercise appropriate precautions when responding to any patient with signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection. 
  • Initial assessment should begin from a distance of at least 6 feet from the patient, if possible. 
  • Patients suspected to have COVID-19 should be covered with a surgical mask immediately. 
  • During transport, limit the number of personnel in the patient compartment to essential personnel to minimize possible exposures.
  • Large droplet spread is the most significant factor in the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • High exposure risk procedure such as intubation, suctioning ventilation, nebulizer, etc which may produce vapor, may increase risk of large droplet exposure
  • The use of proper PPE (N95 for rescuers, a surgical mask for PT, gown, goggles, and gloves) will effectively prevent the transmission of COVID-19
  • Continue to re-enforce the importance and use of proper PPE as well as PPE conservation due to the international run on supplies.  
  • Hand sanitizers/wipes are a good intermediary measure when hand washing is not possible but hands washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds should occur as soon as possible. 
  • Additionally, all equipment should be thoroughly cleansed utilizing purple or grey top wipes; note the surface needs to stay moist for 2 minutes (purple top) or  3 minutes (grey top) for effective

**All members need to thoroughly review and understand EA-99 and the attached COVID-19 Field Operations Guide. Copies of the guide have been pushed to all iPad EPCR’s and printed copies shall be carried by Panasonic EPCR users. Make copies for all apparatus.**

Please review the attached COVID-19 Feild Guide for First Responders distributed by the Department. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Clayton Kazan, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services Bureau, at (323) 267-7153, or via email at clayton.kazan@fire.lacounty.gov.  If urgent contact is needed, please contact the Dispatch Supervisor at (323) 881-6183, and request Dr. Kazan to be contacted.

Stay safe out there, take care of each other and remember to use the proper Personal Protective Equipment at all times. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: EA - COVID 19 Attachment IV Field Ref Guide - March 13 2020.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Attachment V PPE Donning and Doffing.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Department Reference.pdf, EA - COVID 19 Attachment I FAQ If I Am Exposed.pdf
Friday Update 3-6-20

Updated On: Mar 20, 2020 (08:25:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 

Brothers and Sisters,

This week has been a long week which began with the loss of our Brother who was taken to soon. It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Brother Sam Neubauer. Brother Neubauer was a 14-year veteran of the LACOFD and passed away after a long illness. On behalf of the Executive Board, we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Neubauer family. 

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR SAM NEUBAUER  

Funeral Services 
March 13, 2020
1400hr 
Calvary Community Church 
5495 Via Rocas 
Westlake Village, CA 91362
 
Flag Ceremony 
March 14, 2020 
1000 hr 
Fire Station 68 
24130 Calabasas Road 
Calabasas, CA 91302 

COVID-19 Precautions 

Finally, as a reminder please review the email sent yesterday with the COVID-19 safety precautions. Your Union, together with the Department, is committed to ensuring our members remain safe and healthy as we attend to the public and provide medical care to those who need it. Take these precautions very seriously both in the field and at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Clayton Kazan, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services Bureau, at (323) 267-7153, or via email at clayton.kazan@fire.lacounty.gov.  If urgent contact is needed, please contact the Dispatch Supervisor at (323) 881-6183, and request Dr. Kazan to be contacted.

Next week, we will continue our work to fight for our members' wages, hours and working conditions. We have a lot of big things to accomplish over the next few weeks including fighting for the Trail Shift Schedule Change, ratifying 603-603 contracts and continuing our work on staffing. The existing budget will be our top priority as we work with the Fire Chief and the BOS to prioritize our needs with staffing and safety equipment at the top of the list.  We also will begin to tackle bargaining again as our contract expires at the end of this year.  

Stay safe out there and take care of each other. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: ET-102.pdf
Important COVID-19 Safety for Our Members

Updated On: Mar 18, 2020 (10:19:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 

Brothers and Sisters,

We have all seen the recent reports of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to California. As first responders, we are on the frontline of this health crisis. Your Union, together with the Department, is committed to ensuring our members remain safe and healthy as we attend to the public and provide medical care to those who need it. 

Please read the safety information below and take these precautions very seriously both in the field and at home. 

Important things to remember: 

  • Fully review the text of all dispatched calls, including what may be on page 2. Our dispatchers are doing a thorough interrogation of all callers and flagging potential COVID-19 cases so it is imperative that personnel review that information before charging in but recognize it is only one tool and not all potential cases will be flagged.
  • Members should exercise appropriate precautions when responding to any patient with signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection.
  • Initial assessment should begin from a distance of at least 6 feet from the patient, if possible.
  • Patients suspected to have COVID_19 should be covered with a surgical mask immediately. 
  • During transport, limit the number of providers in the patient compartment to essential personnel to minimize possible exposures.
  • Large droplet spread is the most significant factor in the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • High exposure risk procedure such as intubation, suctioning ventilation, nebulizer, etc which may produce vapor, may increase risk of large droplet exposure
  • The use of proper PPE (N95 for rescuers, a surgical mask for PT, gown, goggles, and gloves) will effectively prevent the transmission of COVID-19
  • Continue to re-enforce the importance and use of proper PPE as well as PPE conservation due to the international run on supplies.  
  • Hand sanitizers/wipes are a good intermediary measure when hand washing is not possible but hands washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds should occur as soon as possible.
  • Additionally, all equipment should be thoroughly cleansed utilizing purple or grey top wipes; note the surface needs to stay moist for 2 minutes (purple top) or  3 minutes (grey top) for effective

**All members need to thoroughly review and understand EA-99 and the attached COVID-19 Field Operations Guide. Copies of the guide have been pushed to all iPad EPCR’s and printed copies shall be carried by Panasonic EPCR users. Make copies for all apparatus.**

Please review the attached COVID-19 Feild Guide for First Responders distributed by the Department. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Clayton Kazan, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services Bureau, at (323) 267-7153, or via email at clayton.kazan@fire.lacounty.gov.  If urgent contact is needed, please contact the Dispatch Supervisor at (323) 881-6183, and request Dr. Kazan to be contacted.

Stay safe out there, take care of each other and remember to use the proper Personal Protective Equipment at all times. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: COVID-19 Field Guide.pdf, EA-99.pdf
Election Night Update

Updated On: Mar 12, 2020 (12:55:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Super Tuesday was a long night for us all, the national stage was on everyone’s televisions and social media streams, and our local elections in LA County were in full swing.  We worked long into the evening courting our political action efforts with our partners and we had many important victories, but we did not achieve the 2/3rds vote threshold needed to pass Measure FD.

We knew this would be a tough task and we worked hard to try and get this done before the November frenzy likely to be in the political environment with the National Presidential election in play.  We need to keep looking for an additional funding source to get to 4-0 staffing and secure our future, but in the meantime, we have plenty of work to do with the existing budget and we will concentrate on those issues including filling our existing vacancies and prioritizing equipment and safety for our members as the top priorities with the Department.  

While this is not the outcome we had hoped for on Measure FD,  this is not the end of our fight or our efforts to secure funding for our Department.  Your Union has prepared for every contingency. We have plans for November 2020 and if the data supports an effort in November it will be considered.  We will be analyzing the results precinct by precinct and via Vote By Mail to see where the votes came in and where they might be in November. 

We would like to thank the entire Board of Supervisors, especially Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger for their unwavering support of our members and this measure. We would also like to especially thank the dozens of local elected officials, Labor organizations, and the business coalitions who endorsed this measure and supported our efforts. As we look to regroup and go back to the voters in November, we would like to thank you, our members, for your support and solidarity. 

Measure FD was very important for our funding, but our Local Political Action Plan always begins with our local elected officials and state officials.  Local 1014 had a victorious night for both our State, LA County, and City PAC races. The Local 1014 endorsement brand is strong and one of the most sought-after endorsements for any candidate. 

The most important elections we participate in are our LA County Board of Supervisors races and all three of our endorsed candidates for Supervisor came in first place last night with Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger winning outright with an overwhelming majority and Herb Wesson headed to the runoff in the first place. Jackie Lacey also came out with a strong win last night. We were proud to help her in partnership with our Brothers and Sisters at ALADS and PPOA to continue serving Los Angeles County. 

Additionally, we had nearly 100% victory with our City PAC in all 15 city council races in which we gave candidate endorsementsThis is critical to keeping our contract and fee for service cities funded and continuing to provide resources to service those communities. 

On the State level, we had a near clean sweep with our endorsed candidates like Senator Henry Stern, Assembly Members Phillip Chen, Blanca Rubio, Anthony Rendon, Wendy Carrillo, and Reggie Jones-Sawyer just to name a few. 

At the national level, our IAFF endorsed candidates and our longtime friend Christy Smith also will be headed into the runoff for Congress. While our longtime supporters in Congress also secured election victory. 

As we celebrate our victories at the Board of Supervisors and our local cities and prepare for the next steps for funding,  we will continue our work to fight for our members' wages, hours and working conditions. We have a lot of big things to accomplish over the next few weeks including fighting for the Trail Shift Schedule Change, ratifying 603-603 contracts and continuing our work on staffing. The existing budget will be our top priority as we work with the Fire Chief and the BOS to prioritize our needs with staffing and safety equipment at the top of the list.  We also will begin to tackle bargaining again as our contract expires at the end of this year.  This will be a very busy year once again.  

Thank you for remaining Union Strong!

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 2-28-20

Updated On: Mar 06, 2020 (08:29:00)

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

 

Brothers and Sisters,

The following information is provided to you as a “guide” for the upcoming election on Tuesday, March 3rd. Click here to find out more about the new LA County voting system.  

MEASURE FD 

We only have 3 days left until the March 2020 election on Tuesday, March 3. First and foremost, your Union is encouraging you to exercise your right and VOTE!

This Election Day is unique in that we have the first major funding measure for our Department and our future on the ballot in over 20 years. We are asking that ALL LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES VOTE YES FOR MEASURE FD! Encourage your neighbors and your family and friends to vote YES on this critically important measure. 

As we have said before, this is the largest ballot initiative and political action campaign in the Union's 70-year history. We have secured bipartisan support from elected officials, the Los Angeles Times and the business community. This has been a long road to get us to this day. Your Union is 100% committed to ensuring that we have the resources to allow our members to protect the public and stay safe and healthy while doing our jobs. This funding will provide much needed additional resources for our Department and help us to realize the goal of 4-person staffing and meet the national standard. 

For more info visit www.yesonmeasurefd.com.

Measure FD will be the first additional revenue measure for our Department and will bring an additional $134 million annually for stations, equipment, and staffing. A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years is critical.

As we come up to Election Day, please remember that your voice, the voice of our membership and your personal stories of recalls, lack of equipment and the physical and mental stresses of the job are what matter most when people are making their decision to fund this measure. Please stand in solidarity to fight for this funding for our future. 

COUNTY SUPERVISORIAL RACES 

Supervisorial District 2 - HERB WESSON 

As President of the Los Angeles City Council and a former Speaker of the CA State Assembly Herb Wesson has always been a strong voice for our members. Local 1014 supported him at the Assembly and now is proud to support him for County Supervisor. Throughout his career, Herb has been a supporter of Labor in general and a warrior on behalf of Public Safety, in particular, the Firefighters and Paramedics of LA County in his career as an elected leader, a resident and most of all a true friend of Local 1014 members. 

Supervisorial District 4 - JANICE HAHN 

Supervisor Hahn has been a lifelong advocate for our Firefighter issues. Her father Kenneth Hahn was also a staunch advocate for our members and his daughter has continued that tradition during her term as Supervisor. Hahn was the main author of both the motion to launch the educational campaign for our LA County Fire Department and the main author of Measure FD. We are proud to support her for Supervisor because she not only cares about her local residents but about public safety for all LA County. 

Supervisorial District 5 - KATHRYN BARGER 

As a lifelong public servant and 5th District resident, Supervisor Barger has used her in-depth knowledge of the County and local government to help our members get the resources they need. As Chief of Staff for Supervisor Mike Antonovich and now throughout her first term as Supervisor, Barger has a proven track record of fighting for public safety and for our members. She is also the co-author of Measure FD. She has our full support because we know that she always has our back. 

District Attorney - JACKIE LACEY 

We are proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) to support Jackie Lacey. She is the first woman and the first African American to serve as District Attorney in the history of LA County and has a proven track record of protecting public safety and will fight to better address mental health in our County. 

LOCAL RACES

Each of the candidates below was interviewed by our Local 1014 City PAC and endorsed based on their responses to our Firefighter/Member issues. 

Azusa                          

  • Robert Gonzales, Mayor         
  • Uriel Macias, Council  
  • Jesse Avila, Council                 

Bell                              

  • Nestor Valencia, Council         
  • Fidencio Gallardo, Council      
  • Ali Saleh, Council         

Cerritos                                   

  • Jim Edwards, Council  
  • Noresch Solanki, Council        
  • Choung Vo, Council                 

City of Commerce       

  • Oraila Rebollo, Council

Covina

  • Walt Allen, Council      
  • Patricia Cortez, Council                                  

Gardena                      

  • Mark Henderson, Council       
  • Roy Kim, Council                      

Huntington Park         

  • Graciela Ortiz, Council
  • Marylin Sanabria, Council       
  • Eddie Martinez, Council                  

La Canada-Flintridge

  • Terry Walker, Council

Lakewood                   

  • Jeff Wood, Council                  

La Mirada                   

  • Steve De Ruse, Mayor
  • Ed Eng, Council D3
  • Anthony Ortero, Council D5   

Norwalk                      

  • Luigi Vernola, Council             
  • Margarita Rios, Council                       
  • Rick Ramirez, Council             

Paramount                 

  • Brenda Almos, Council                        
  • Isabella Aguayo, Council                     
  • Rebecca Perez, Council                        

San Dimas                  

  • Emmett Badar, Mayor            
  • Eric Weber, Council   

South Gate                 

  • Belen Bernal, Council              
  • Maria Davilla, Council             
  • Gil Hurtado, Council                

Whittier

  • Joe Vinateri, Mayor                 
  • Cathy Warner, Council D3     
  • Andrew Robles, Council D1    

STATE RACES AND INITIATIVES                  

Click the photo below to view recommendations from Local 1014 and California Professional Firefighters on state races. 

                        

Remember, we are recommending candidates that support Firefighter issues. We would encourage you to research on your own where these candidates stand on issues that are important to you personally.    

The job of the Local 1014 Executive Board is to represent your interests and to support better wages, hours, and working conditions for our members. Our endorsement of candidates is based solely on their stance on Firefighter issues—this includes issues that affect our pensions, wages and working conditions. Similarly, we analyze ballot measures throughout the County and the State that impact our pensions and our service levels in various cities where we provide Fire and EMS services. They are not partisan choices and they are not based on our personal political beliefs.

Whomever you choose to vote for this election day, please remember to vote! Many of you may have already received your absentee ballots, please remember to send those in before election day.

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


Download: Voter Guide.pdf
Friday Update 2-21-20

Updated On: Mar 05, 2020 (08:31:00)

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 and Sisters, 

MEASURE FD 

We are asking all of our Local 1014 Members who live in the District, Contract Cities or who have family and friends living in our areas to support Measure FD and VOTE YES ON FD.  Our brothers and sisters in Labor from other Unions are also voting to support Measure FD as this will protect and secure the future of your job and this Department.  

As we near our March 3 election day, our Measure FD campaign is ramping up. We have a long road to go and we cannot take anything for granted at this stage. We have to fight and remain united in solidarity in order to secure this critical funding for the future of our Department and our members.  

As we have said before, this is the largest ballot initiative and political action campaign in the Union's 70-year history. Your Union is 100% committed to ensuring that we have the resources to allow our members to protect the public and stay safe and healthy while doing our jobs. 

Click below to view the latest commercial:

For more info visit www.yesonmeasurefd.com.

Measure FD will be the first additional revenue measure for our Department ever and will bring an additional $134 million annually for stations, equipment, and staffing. A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years will be critical.

DEPARTMENT HUMAN RESOURCES ISSUES 
Local 1014 remains a constant watchdog and pressure point for the Department’s HR activities, specifically with regard to Payroll issues and Hiring of New Employees and Promotional Exams and Processes. To date, their performance has left much to be desired, but we are working closely with the Fire Chief and the Chief Deputy of Business Operations to handle both systemic and immediate issues.  
 
Systemically it is clear that HR is understaffed with qualified individuals who can carry out the important work of testing and clearing candidates for our drill tower.  We are making a case and providing data to help bring the Personnel and Payroll Department up to the levels and standards needed to properly process our members and future members' work.  
 
Regarding Comp Time Off - as with the administration of any new benefit, there are bugs to work out in how the systems process and allows use of the time and or hours.  We have been made aware that the eHR system has some limitations that have caused a glitch in the banking and use of Comp Time for our members. Essentially the agreement and the use of Comp Time is to be within Classifications of members (Firefighters, Engineers, Captains, etc)  irrespective of any additional delineation for those classifications such as Paramedic and Haz-Mat or Air Ops.  
 
We met with the Fire Chief and the Chief Deputy of Business Operations and we are working to correct this particular issue so our members in each of the classifications can use the Comp Time as intended and regardless of the payroll system processing.   We will also be correcting and retroactively fixing any errors affecting our members over the last pay period including those who are in their last highest year.
 
One other issue identified is the eHR system will not allow the “use” of banked Comp Time hours until they are credited in eHR.  This has a lag time so that members banking Comp Time hours cannot use them in the same pay period.  For now, temporarily, that will be the rule until we can assess and make any programming changes to allow banking and working those hours in the same pay period.  
 
As with any new benefit, we want to take care of the benefit and ensure it is not only used as we bargained but also as intended and no games or bending of the rules are used to take advantage of the benefit.  Historically, time exchanges had a similar path when first administered and we have seen a couple of folks post to social media and indicate how to game the system.  We do not encourage nor do we support that and ask our members to maintain a watchful eye to any abuse that might endanger this benefit as we seek to use it and increase the number of days in future negotiations.
 
Be patient as we work through the Payroll bugs. We will keep you informed as we work on this and feel free to reach out to any Union Director if you have questions.  Thank you to the Fire Chief and the Chief Deputy of Operations for their quick and attentive action to deal with this complex item.  

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN BROTHERS IN PORTERVILLE

Finally, this week we were yet again faced with a tragic reminder of the dangers our members face each day as we protect our communities with the deaths of two of our fellow Firefighters in Porterville: Fire Captain Ramon "Ray" Figueroa, 35, (right) and Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, (left) who died in the line of duty.

Brothers Figueroa and Jones were killed while battling the City of Porterville Library Fire. Over 50 firefighters worked to control the blaze where Figueroa and Jones sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. 

Fire Captain Figueroa, 35, began his career with Lindsay City Fire Department and was hired with Porterville in 2007. He is remembered as a dedicated firefighter and mentor in the community, known for his saying, “my men, the mission, then me.”

Firefighter Jones, 25, started his career as a reserve firefighter with Porterville Fire Department and was hired as a full-time firefighter in 2017. Brother Jones was known for his infectious positive attitude, work ethic and dedication to serving the community.

For those wishing to send a card address it to: Attn: Porterville Fire Department, 298 N Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257. For additional information and updates, visit www.cafirefoundation.org. 

As we pause to remember and mourn our brothers, please also remember to stay safe and take care of each other--dangers we face each day are real. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Friday Update 2-14-20

Updated On: Mar 04, 2020 (08:38:00)

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 and Sisters, 

This week, President Gillotte was the sole Labor representative speaking on behalf of California Professional Firefighters (CPF) and Local 1014 in Sacramento at the hearings for the Joint Committee on Emergency Management regarding budgetary needs for this year's state budget. 

Joined by Chiefs from cities and counties throughout California including Ventura County Chief Mark Lorenzen and our LA County Chief Daryl Osby.  The Committee was convened by co-chairs Senator Hana-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Christy Smith to learn directly from Fire Departments and Unions about budgetary needs and the obstacles we face due to lack of funding in the field during an emergency, like the Woolsey Fire. 

Click here to view the full hearing and testimony (begins at 32:30). 

Chief Osby and President Gillotte drove home the need for Municipal Fire Agency Pre-Deployment monies as well as additional engines from OES when fires break that could be staffed with LA County Firefighters.  Additionally, we stressed the need for additional funds to add dispatchers and support staff.  Next will be a discussion with Governor Newsom as we prepare for the final Budget for the new fiscal year which will be finalized in June. 

It is important that we keep our political action and legislative advocacy at full force at every level of government to fight for our share of the budget and funding for mutual aid.  We will keep you updated as this process moves forward. 

MEASURE FD 

The Measure FD campaign is in full swing! Two of our TV spots are up and running on local channels and our mail campaign is moving forward targeting our communities who would benefit most from this critically important funding.

Today we also received an endorsement from the Los Angeles Times for Measure FD which is a big win for our measure and for our members. Click here to read the full article. 

      

As we have said before, this is the largest ballot initiative and political action campaign in the Union's 70-year history. Your Union is 100% committed to ensuring that we have the resources to allow our members to protect the public and stay safe and healthy while doing our jobs. 

Click below to view the two commercials:

 

For more info visit www.yesonmeasurefd.com.

Measure FD will be the first additional revenue measure for our Department ever and will bring an additional $134 million annually for stations, equipment, and staffing. Not since Proposition E in 1997 have we asked the voters for additional funding for our Fire Department. We have been good stewards of the public’s funds and have used them to provide world-class services to our residents. But since 1997, we have seen a dramatic shift in the scope of our emergency services, the intensity of our fire season and the use of technology as a critically important tool for providing emergency services. A stable and adequate funding source for our needs in the next 20 years will be critical.

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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