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Friday Update: September 14, 2018
Updated On: Sep 14, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

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

FRIDAY UPDATE 

Brothers & Sisters, 

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

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

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

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

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


                 


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

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

 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board


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