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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

and Health Haz Mat Personnel

Brothers & Sisters,

If you have CAPE Union Health Insurance, and we know of a small group of members who have elected this plan, there are significant issues with the County and CAPE in verifying Union Membership for eligibility.  Issues in the format and configuration of the eligibility lists for the County as well as technical issues in verification have hindered many members from having their Union Membership in good standing confirmed by the County to allow selection of CAPE Medical Insurance. 

We are not alone, all Unions in the Coalition of County Unions (CCU), our partnership alliance of Unions for fringe benefits, are having the same issues with their members and the County.  We had an emergency meeting yesterday and ALL UNIONS in the CCU will be appealing to the CEO to try and fix the issues of verification. It is every member's contractual right to have access to all plans and benefits they are eligible and we have taken the position that administrative issues should not prevent any Union member from access to the plans they desire.

We have filed a formal complaint and are going to have a conference call with the CEO to try and rapidly resolve this issue. It is very clear the County is playing games and being obstinate in their approach to a simple 
member verification issue in order to try and prevent Union Membership as criteria for having a plan. CAPE Union and CAPE Health Plan took steps to REQUIRE Union Membership in good standing as eligibility criteria to continue or select CAPE Medical Plan.  We support their efforts and this has been tremendously productive in the General Membership Union family. 

The County’s continued actions to prevent our members and the members of other Unions from a simple verification are not only frustrating but deeply personal for members who have had a medical plan for years and want to merely continue with the standard of care for their families.  We have taken an aggressive position with the County and sent list after list with only to be rejected by the County, as have other CCU Unions.  LA County Choices Open Enrollment runs until October 31 and we will do everything we can along with our CCU partners to ensure our members have access to all healthcare options. 

We will update you as we get this done with the CCU and the County. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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 

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

and Health Haz Mat Personnel

Brothers & Sisters,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been very busy on the legislative front lobbying support from Assembly and Senate members in our District.  

As we have said many times, political action is the most powerful tool we have to ensure that our members have the benefits, wages, and working conditions they need to remain safe and healthy as we serve the public. In order for our firefighter-sponsored bills to pass we need both sides of the house, both parties, and the Governor’s support.  Your Local 1014 Executive Board works constantly to ensure that our elected officials at every level of government understand the issues for our members as well as the benefits vs cost to get it done. This your Executive Board weighed in on every bill through our robust advocacy efforts to ensure that every State Senator, Assemblymember, and the Governor embraced these bills and their passage into law. 


Thank you to the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) Legislative Team and all our brother and sister affiliates for the hard work. COVID-19 made things even more difficult to navigate with communication and meetings being done virtually, but we got it done! Take a look at the list of firefighter-sponsored legislation that has been signed into law this year below.

  • AB 1544 (Gipson) – Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 1544 creates the Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act, which authorizes a local emergency medical services agency (LEMSA) to develop and seek approval for a program that provides the following community paramedic or triage paramedic services: directly observed therapy for patients with Tuberculosis; case management services for frequent EMS users; care and comfort services for hospice patients; triage and assessment services to authorize transport to an alternate destination facility, including a mental health facility or sobering center.  Importantly, the bill provides a public safety first right of refusal for community paramedicine programs. 
  • SB 1044 (Allen) – Firefighting equipment and foam: PFAS chemicals (Status: Signed by Governor) SB 1044 phases out the use of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, with some time limited exceptions, and requires notification of the presence of intentionally added PFAS in the personal protective equipment of firefighters. PFAS are a family of synthetic chemicals that are widely recognized as being harmful to human health and the environment and have been dubbed “forever chemicals” for their persistence in both the body and natural systems. Special thanks to our own 1014 Brother Derek Urwin who advocated strongly for this bill together with Senator Allen. 
  • AB 2967 (O’Donnell) – Public Employee’s Retirement System: contracting agencies: exclusion from membership (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 2967 expressly prohibits employers from amending their contracts to exclude a class of employees from CalPERS coverage that were previously otherwise included.  
  • AB 2068 (Petrie-Norris) – Voluntary tax contributions: California Firefighters Memorial Fund: California Police Officer Memorial Foundation Fund (Status: Signed by Governor) Since the construction of the California Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to honor our fallen firefighters, California’s taxpayers have been granted the opportunity to directly support the maintenance of the memorial through the California Firefighters Memorial Fund. AB 2068 extends the sunset of this tax check-off program through January 1, 2028.
  • SB 1159 (Hill) – Workers’ compensation: COVID-19: critical workers (Status: Signed by Governor) SB 1159 establishes a rebuttable presumption for injuries including illness or death resulting from COVID-19 within the workers’ compensation system. This presumption would cover employees who contract COVID-19 through the course of their employment, including firefighters, police officers, and healthcare workers, beginning on or after July 6, 2020 until the sunset date of January 1, 2023. 
  • AB 1867 – Small employer family leave mediation: supplemental paid sick leave (Status: Signed by Governor) AB 1867 provides supplemental paid sick leave to emergency workers who were excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ensuring that firefighters who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19 are able to take supplemental sick leave without burning their own accrued sick time. This law applies to firefighters and other emergency workers who are subject to a quarantine order from a governmental entity, a healthcare provider, or their employer due to concerns regarding transmission of the disease. Firefighters who had been scheduled to work an excess of 80 hours for the two weeks before their leave will be granted supplemental sick leave in the amount of the hours they were scheduled to work for those two weeks. This bill took effect immediately upon being signed by the Governor. The Department of Industrial Relations developed an FAQ on the implementation of this law that can be found HERE.
  • AB 685 (Reyes) – COVID-19: Imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 685 requires that employers give workers notice of workplace exposure to COVID-19 within one business day and report outbreaks consisting of 3 cases within 14 days to the local public health officer for inclusion in the state database. 

As always stay safe and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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,

This Friday we have much to be thankful for as Local 1014 members and yet we also have much work to do to navigate the current environment.  We provide the best service in the world with the most talented members in our profession and we have challenges we overcome each and every day.  Please see the updates below on some of those challenges and the work we have in progress.  

Negotiations 
We have opened up a dialogue with the County of Los Angeles and the Fire Chief for negotiations on our MOU.  We negotiate our salary MOU separately from our Benefits MOU which we negotiate with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU).  Our contract for 601/602 members expires on December 31st.  We are in the works to negotiate a successor MOU and get the protections of an MOU continued into 2021.  The priorities for the Board unanimously are the Post PEPRA Plan C issues.  Like in the past for B and A members, we worked tirelessly overtime to negotiate Plan B benefits up to where they are now.  Likewise, while there is time, the changes need to be priorities.  Specifically, we have proposals and plans to add longevity in rank to post PEPRA Plan C members that would replace “Ventura” for Holiday and Vacation. Sick is protected.  

Also, a priority is to get contributions into a Retiree Medical Trust (RMT) your Local 1014 Executive Board created to allow pre-tax contributions, earnings, and expenditures for durable medical goods so that the premium for spouses in retiree health can be covered. This will work similarly to LACERA with a Board of Trustees from the Unions, earnings and contributions will pay for the benefit.  

Also, the comp time days are working well and most members agree we would like to add some days as we are dealing with the overtime caps.  More as we progress.  We have a new CEO and we are working with the Fire Chief and the BOS on all negotiations.  Know that the number one priority for all talks is Plan C equivalencies. It is time to pressure these changes.  

 
48/96 Trial Schedule Change 
I have walked this proposal to four of the five Board of Supervisors offices with good reception to our plan.  We have worked through the technical items for payroll, timekeeping and staffing with a committee I formed and 48/96 folks with my payroll specialists were involved. Thanks to Lyle Koegler and the 48/96 crew for their hard work on the PowerPoint material that we put together for our walks.  COVID has certainly slowed talks, but we are moving forward.  I also went over the proposal with the Fire Chief. We will be finalizing our discussions. I have asked for his support as we work to get this done with the BOS.  This is exciting. Let us not fear change, but embrace the evaluation of change and decide again together whether it stays.  Stay tuned. 
 
BUDGET 
While the sky is not falling, it would be fair to characterize our Fire Department Budget as having some clouds on the horizon.  I know some chiefs have been out in the field talking of doom and gloom and reductions.  The truth is we don’t know yet where we will end up with regards to property tax revenues collected on December 31st. We also have an election where Proposition 13 and Proposition 19 which will have huge positive impacts in the hundreds of millions of dollars for our Fire District.

As a result of a long hard meeting with the Fire Chief, we will be holding off on any proposed staffing reductions which were proposed by OPS until we evaluate our final financial position.  We have reserves but the question of how much to use to pay ongoing cost is still in question.  Additionally, I have agreed and committed to working WITH the Fire Chief and his staff to evaluate the revenues, budget items, and cost containments including curtailment procedures with levels of priority.  We continue serious planning discussions next week.  

In conclusion, please know that we, like all other agencies, while better off because we are primarily funded by property taxes, are also in distress like they are and we must take decisive actions to navigate this temporary downturn.  Long-term the projections look good for us.  Please help with all areas of efficiencies and work that can assist us. 

 
Work Comp 
We have twice the personnel off on workers' compensation injuries than our long-term historical numbers.  We have nearly 300 workers off each month and we should be more towards 100-130 in regular years.  There are a number of reasons why we are seeing this, all of which you all know.  We need to work to ensure our members get the treatment they deserve and return them to work efficiently to reduce this cost and reduce the OT as a result.  We are meeting to work on some outside the box solutions through our workers' compensation carve-out. We want not only a better system but cost savings that could be in the neighborhood of $20-30 million per year.  This certainly has an impact on our staffing shortages. 
 
Entry Level Hiring List 
I have asked the Fire Chief to extend the current hiring list by one year and to continue with the aggressive entry-level hiring we have cooperatively been driving.  He has agreed and we will continue to push to run towers until we are full.  September is netting two more classes, and January has a class scheduled and we likely will see 3 more in 2021, and then push to stay on schedule with lists and entry-level testing, promotions, and medic school recruitments in a cadence where NO RANK is short on bodies. This is great news on the hiring front and the impact on staffing shortages. 
 
FIRE CAMPS 
As you know, we are losing inmates for our inmate camps.  This is occurring at a time when we need every available crew. The Union is working with Chief Pena and Air and Wildland to make a pivot to additional Paid FSA crews, and the potential to build up to 20 more with anti-recidivism monies.  We have long thought that 172 money and incarceration money filtered to us through the Sheriff, the State, and Probation would better be served to fund our crews and camp program.  We have met with the BOS resulting in a Board motion last week to direct the Fire Chief and Union to come up with a plan to bring to the BOS. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to expand the Paid FSA crews even more.  We are reinventing the program to meet our needs with the new rules and funding sources.  Thank you in advance to Vince Pena for your tireless efforts to partner. 
 
Social Media Policy 
As a result of a very high profile call and photos leaked out to the public and a series of lawsuits, new state legislation making it a misdemeanor to shoot and post personal photos has been signed into law.  We asked the Department to cowrite a policy many years ago, but it sat unanswered. We are now trying to craft a policy that will work to protect our members and be compliant with the new law. We all want to adhere to standards of decency and common sense and treat those we serve as if they were our own family.  More as we get this done, but for now, please be cautious in all you shoot and post.  
 
Strike Team Staffing and R Days 
We have approached the Fire Chief to continue ongoing staffing discussions to address the Strike Team and pre-deployment staffing and it’s impact on regular staffing including recalls.  It was a shooting match for a minute with 24-hour relief in the county, 5 days or 7 days with recalls and we landed at 5 for recall, 7 for ST assignments in County or Out to lessen the burden on our members with drives and getting briefed for safe operations on the incidents. We want to solidify new standard ST Staffing for incidents and 24-hour switch and relief for weather pre-deploy.

The discussions are not new, and the policy revisions are sitting on the CD of OPS desk.  We were also not happy that we helped with the ST Staffing for incidents at the same time the Department lifted the caps so as to not have to give an R day... a line in the rules and Reg’s not often used, but certainly seemed to be used with purpose this round after our hard work was realized.  We had a good discussion with the Chief and I think we get a fair and equitable policy revision finalized very soon. 

 
AFFF Foam 
As many of you know, AFFF has been found to be carcinogenic.  We are working with Strausner and Sherman as a point of contact to coordinate any and all potential claims for cancer with those members who have worked with AFFF foam. You will hear more as we navigate that path with other agencies as a result of the new state law we passed.  We also have been working on a foam replacement and mitigation plan and it looks like we have found a way to dispose of our old foam and get the new foam to the units we need it on.  Chief Whittle has been point working with my health and safety board members to get this done and in a cost-effective manner.  You will see the notification when this occurs. 
 
30th Anniversary of LA County USAR

Yesterday, marked the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)! Local 1014 members built the program from the ground up, brick by brick.
Our USAR team is known as Task Force 2 and is one of only two UASI certified and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency certified international teams able to respond to disasters and emergencies worldwide.


     

Our team has responded to several major international and national incidents including September 11th World Trade Center recovery, Hurricane Katrina and Rita, Christ Church New Zealand and Haiti and Mexico Earthquakes, the Sri-Lanka and Japan Tsunamis, the Atlanta Olympic Bombing, the Paradise Fire Recovery, and many many more incidents. Our members put themselves in harm's way to rescue people around the world.

For the last 30 years, Local 1014 has fought for the funding and the use of TF-2 through advocacy at the Congressional, Senate and Presidential level to ensure our team and the system stays funded and protected. Your Executive Board has walked the halls in Washington DC halls on behalf of this program and our team. When the team called us and proposed added a PM spot to the team for protecting their own, we listened, crafted a plan and negotiated that change as well. We take great pride in all our USAR team members accomplish.

Please take a minute honor the members of Local 1014, both past and present who have made this team an amazing part of our rich and diverse history in the fire service. We set the trends, we pave the way, we craft the future. 

In closing...

Finally, please remember to give space for a difference of opinions in the firehouse including views on politics, COVID-19, and operations.  We are diverse and we have members on both sides of the aisle, and both sides of the issues.  Meme posting and social media degradation of each other, the Union, or the mangers of the Department for that matter serve no purpose.  

We have a Local 1014 election around the corner, and we have already heard from a handful of passionate and skilled members with interest.  If you have interest pick up the phone and call anyone on the board to chat about the work and the duties and issues the Union is involved in.  There are so many at the state, national, and local levels.  This is our Union with open doors and plenty of work to go around.  The future belongs to the rich and diverse workforce getting younger each year, and the talent in our millennial and mid-career firefighters is immense.  Let us cultivate that talent and ensure Local 1014 remains strong and powerful on behalf of us all past, present and future.

As always stay safe and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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,

This week as we continue to fight enormous fires across the state, your Union Board is also continuing to work and push the Department for changes to staffing that make sense for our members.

The Chief Deputy of Operations has many staffing revisions on his desk regarding days in a row worked, recall thresholds, rest days post-Strike Teams.  Many of our solutions for short-staffing levels, fires and recalls have been implemented but are not in print yet. We will push hard to get those revisions updated and out from the Department. The Fires have put a strain on our workforce and the members have met the challenge and need as we always do.  The Department needs the filters removed sometimes to recall and know what that means where the rubber meets the road and the boots meet the dirt.

We will continue to bring that clear unfiltered view of the workers' world to the Chief and Executive Staff.  

 

STATE LEGISLATION ON COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE 

This week we are also pleased to announce that Governor Newsom signed into law AB1544 (Gibson), the Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act which will help get vulnerable patients the care that they need leading to better patient outcomes. By allowing for transportation to alternate destinations like sobering centers and mental health facilities, this law will help connect trusted firefighter-paramedics to the most vulnerable patients in our community and deliver vital services to ensure the highest quality care. It will also help reduce overcrowding in our emergency rooms. 

This is a big victory for Local 1014 and has been a long hard-fought battle for LA County. Local 1014, President Dave Gillotte and Supervisor Janice Hahn, and our legislative team at California Professional Firefighters have been pushing for this legislation for many years. Special thank you to Supervisor Janice Hahn who has been a staunch advocate for our members and this critical piece of legislation since the beginning. 

IAFF FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26, the California Professional Firefighters together with the California Fire Foundation will honor the sacrifice of our 32 fallen brothers and sisters as their names are added to the California Firefighters Memorial Wall in Sacramento. In addition, a commemorative video tribute that embodies the honor, courage, duty, and sacrifice of California firefighters we have lost in the line of duty will be created. All names added to the wall in 2020 will be honored at the 2021 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony along with 2021 honorees.

Please save-the-date for next year’s 19th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony being held Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:30 AM in Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA.

WATCH:
https://www.facebook.com/CAFirefighters
 

WELCOMING CITY OF VERNON TO THE 1014 FAMILY 

This week, Local 1014 attended a question and answer session with the City of Vernon members. The transition is set to take place on October 21.  Welcome to the LA County Family!

As always stay safe and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

and Health Haz Mat Personnel

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020

TIME: 10:00 A.M.

LOCATION: LOCAL 1014 UNION HALL
3460 FLETCHER AVENUE
EL MONTE, CA 91731
OFFICE: (310) 639-1014
FAX: (310) 639-5314

SPECIAL ITEM  OF BUSINESS:

NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS
AND DIRECTORS OF LOCAL 1014

ELECTION SCHEDULE – 2018

October 13, 2020 - Nominations

October 20, 2020 - Acceptance Closes

October 23, 2020 - Resumes Submitted

November  6, 2020 - Ballots Mailed

November 23, 2020 - Ballots Counted

January 12, 2021 -  Installation of Executive Board

Local 1014 is in the process of preparing for our 2020 Executive Board Elections. If you had a change of address in the last 6 months and have not notified the Union, you need to call, fax or email your new address immediately.

E-MAIL :  mail@local1014.org

Visit our Web Page at:  www.local1014.org

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,

Today as we laid to rest Brother Mike Fournier and honored his sacrifice and that of his family, we learned of another tragic death of one of our brothers from the US Forest Service at the El Dorado Fire. Our prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

This year has been particularly difficult for our members as we are being stretched to the limit both physically and mentally with COVID-19 as well as facing unprecedented dangers with wildfires across the state. The tragic death of Brother Fournier and our USFS brother are stark reminders of the risk we take to protect our communities. As we continue to battle the Bobcat Fire, stay safe, and take care of each other. Remember to use the resources in your stations if you or someone you know needs peer support. 

IAFF FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 2020 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Virtual Remembrance to honor our fallen whose names will forever be etched onto our Wall of Honor. We are all disappointed that we are unable to hold our traditional ceremony this year, but this is the safest and best path during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year we will be adding Brother Randall Duarte’s name to the Wall of Honor. All our 2020 families are invited to the 2021 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service on September 18, 2021, in Colorado Springs where they will receive flags and experience the full magnitude of the honors provided at our annual ceremony. Honor our fallen brothers and sisters and tune in to tomorrow’s memorial. 

WATCH:
www.iaff.org/fffm20/
www.youtube.com/IAFFTV/Live
www.facebook.com/iaffonline

MEMBERS NEEDED FOR UCLA COVID-19 STUDY 

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is conducting a study on Firefighters and COVID-19. We need greater participation from our members to ensure that we have the data necessary to fight for critical legislation and benefits like presumption. See the details of the study below:  

  1. The UCLA team is only using the samples for COVID related tests (i.e. antibody and PCR).
  2. The testing they are providing through their study is the most state-of-the-art testing offered.
  3. They are able to test for the presence of antibodies as well as antibody levels. 
    1. This is important because we expect some people will be able to maintain antibody levels while others may not, however, we need more information to predict this accurately.
  4. We have noted that even asymptomatic Firefighters who are post-COVID infection may have reduced exercise tolerance.  This has been particularly notable during fires. Our hope is that this study will help us identify at-risk members BEFORE they go into a fire.
  5. Lastly, we are already seeing reinfections worldwide and likely within the fire service.  If we have baseline data on reinfection we can ask the UCLA lab to genetically sequence the virus.  This will help tell us why reinfection occurred (among other things).

Participation is voluntary but we are encouraging members to participate because this study is critical to understanding how this disease is going to impact our workforce and ability to respond to emergencies now and in the future.

If you are interested in participating please contact Battalion Chief Brian Kane.  

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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, 

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, is a day that we shall never forget. Firefighters and Paramedics who responded to the Pentagon, Shanksville PA, and the World Trade Center, which took 343 of our bravest, became Americas' symbol of hope, honor, and resilience.

We are still seeing the effects of this tragedy today for our First Responders who are suffering from exposure to the toxic chemicals released when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell. 

Please take a moment 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 military personnel.

Today we honor our fallen and the continued sacrifice of ALL our Local 1014 members as they battle massive wildfires throughout the state and spend time away from home and family in order to keep their commitment to the residents of Los Angeles County. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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, 

Strike Teams and Statewide Fire Mutual Aid

With record high temperatures set for this weekend, Local 1014 members are already fighting fires on Lake 1, Lake 2, Ranch 1, Ranch 2, CZU August Lightning Complex, LNU Lightning Complex, North Complex, Cold Springs, SCU Lightning, and the Red Salmon Complex incidents.  Our members are assisting statewide while continuing to deliver world-class service to our residents at home. 

Many of your Executive Board members were out on strike teams over the last two weeks as well.  Local 1014 members were embraced all throughout the State as one of the hardest working department’s to hit the dirt.  Most of the fires were in timber to the north and our strike teams, 4 Type 1 and 1 Type 3, handled every bit of the work.  Battling fire and structure protection, cutting line in and around houses, mopping up giant ash pits, and helping the communities integrate back into their neighborhoods. 

Times like these are the reasons we need to staff full, train, prepare, participate in IMT Teams,  and Type 3 and Crew work.  Through the State's master Mutual Aid System, we give help, and we get the help. All our 1014 members should take pride in the hard work of all our teams that handle the work from the time the call comes in until the last moment the emergency is mitigated.  Thank you to all of our Local 1014 Members who continue to deliver service excellence in all we do. 

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. We know that as First Responders, saving lives is the most rewarding part of our profession, but the emotional burden of traumatic calls can overwhelm even the strongest among us. As we battle unprecedented wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to be extra vigilant about our own health both mental and physical. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause of suicidal thoughts and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.


Please continue to use the resources at your stations and sites to access our Peer Support Teams and Behavioral Health Resources or visit www.healingourown.org for resources and additional stand-down materials. Don’t let our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.

COVID CAN'T STOP US FROM FILLING THE BOOT! Virtual Fill The Boot Campaign!

If every member donates just $15 we will make our goal of $50,000!!!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND DONATE TODAY!

For 66 years, the IAFF has been committed to supporting MDA and the families they serve. The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted that support. Children with muscular dystrophy are some of the most susceptible to this virus. Additionally, the quarantine has limited available resources for their parents and caregivers.

The inability of our members to conduct traditional Fill the Boot drives has been devastating to MDA, which still must continue to provide vital services for families in need, especially for their most vulnerable children in the midst of this pandemic. 

We have already raised nearly $5,000 for MDA but let's not lose momentum now! Click here to donate just $15 today!!

As always, stay safe, practice social distancing, wear your masks and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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, 

As we head into the second week of massive fires raging across California and our members being deployed to major incidents across the state, we would like to acknowledge the incredible effort on behalf of every member of this Union. From Firefighters and Paramedics to Dispatchers, Health Hazmat, Camps, Pilots, and Forestry personnel, we work as a team to ensure that not only are we providing mutual aid to our fellow jurisdictions but we are also keeping our communities at home protected. Our members make it happen every day and we thank you!

  

ONGOING STAFFING CRISIS

Throughout these past few weeks of major incidents, your Local 1014  Executive Board has continued to tackle the staffing issues plaguing our Department. While the Department has been quick to work with us on these issues, we are continuing to push for both short-term and long-term solutions as we get deeper into the wildfire season. We have pushed to detail 30+ Fire Prevention and Camp Personnel to fill the voids in Battalions 4,5,6, and 22 as well as pushed to maintain our hiring with new academies beginning September 9th and September 28th. 

The staffing crisis is now adversely affecting our Firefighter Specialist ranks as well. Local 1014 negotiated with Department to get an expedited Firefighter Specialist exam in place. Many options were discussed to ensure that the wildland fire impact did not prevent this exam from taking place. The decision was made to omit the written exam and go straight into the hands-on practical with eligibility based on existing criteria of three years of Department service as a Firefighter. This criteria yielded over 270 applicants. Our hope is that with this expedited FFS exam, an active Captain list and Firefighter entry-level academies going through that there may be some stability with staffing on the horizon for our members at least in the short-term through the holiday season. 

BUDGETARY ISSUES 

We continue to work to navigate the ongoing economic crisis and volatile budgetary climate from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department has been stating a projected deficit between $40 million and $80 million. As you may know, 70% of our budget comes from property taxes. We will have a much clearer vision of property tax revenue in December. Until then, we continuing to monitor these numbers closely.  While budgetary times are uncertain there are reforms we can make that will help bridge these gaps like expanding revenue sources, CARES and HEROES Act monies, reimbursement from FEMA for Woolsey, and other sources.

Your Union Board is committed to working with the Department and the Board of Supervisors to fix these funding gaps and ensure that we have the resources we need to maintain service and most importantly protect jobs and benefits for our members and their families. 

Finally, as always, we would like to remind our members to please stay safe and healthy both physically and mentally. Use the resources in your stations, our Peer Support Teams, and/or HealingOurOwn.org if you or your family need to support or need to talk to someone. Your Union Executive Board will continue to fight for you and your families as we battle through these tough times. 

Stay safe, practice social distancing, wear your masks and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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