Friday Update 11-15-19
Updated On: Dec 06, 2019

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, 

As we face the day after the horrific events at Saugus High School, we are reminded of the importance of our children and families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the Saugus High School shooting.

We have over 600 IAFF members living within a ten miles radius of the shooting. We also had several members whose children attend Saugus High School. This incident was close to home for many of our members and for our fire service community, we are thankful that all our members and their families are safe.

Our LACoFD Peer Support Team Lead Jake Windell and the Labor-Management supported Peer Support Teams were at the incident command post leading the effort to administer critical behavioral health support to our families, the community and our first responders as we process this tragedy. Our Peer Teams were able to respond quickly and effectively to this incident due to the structure that we have through our labor-management Behavioral Health Program. As we work to begin the healing process for the victims, our members, and the community, we would like to thank the LA County Department of Mental Health for their assistance and Supervisor Kathryn Barger for her quick response to this tragedy. Additionally, we would like to thank all our IAFF partner locals who reached out, many of whom have benefited from our peer support resources, to assist our members. 

California Joint Apprentice Committee (Cal-JAC) 15th Biennial Conference  

Local 1014 was proud to be a participant in and a sponsor for the 15th Biennial Cal-JAC Conference this past week. Your Local 1014 Executive Board along with our management partners participated in a two-day intensive seminar on topics ranging from leading teams under pressure to understanding unconscious bias. This conference offers an opportunity for labor and management to discuss critical issues, find solutions and engage in collaborative learning for the benefit of our members and our communities. 

At the conference this year, President Dave Gillotte, Co-Chair of the CA State Behavioral Health Task Force, worked with the task force on criteria for departments across the state to maintain compliance with the newly signed AB1116 Peer Support Bill. Additionally, our own Peer Support Coordinator Scott Ross hosted a seminar on building a behavioral health team using our LA County Peer Team and their incident responses as a model.   

A collaboration of two strong and influential forces, the Cal-JAC is co-sponsored by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, representing management, and the California Professional Firefighters, AFL-CIO, representing labor. This partnership of management and labor creates a balance that benefits California fire departments, firefighters and ultimately the communities in which they serve.

Local 1014 was proud to be a part of continuing the tradition of improving the quality of education and training within the fire service and setting a professional standard for firefighters throughout the state of California. The work we accomplished this week will be seen not only by our current members but also by our future members as we work to create a more diverse and inclusive fire service. 

Thank you to all our members including Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Health HazMat, Forestry, and Fire Prevention for continuing to show that we are the finest department in the nation. We are truly leaders in our field and our Executive Board is honored to represent you and your families. 

In Solidarity,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 


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