Brothers & Sisters,
This week, our members were hard at work protecting the residents of Los Angeles County and our communities. Over the Fourth of July weekend, we saw a staggering increase in calls with July 4 logging over 500 calls within one hour and nearly 1,700 calls on July 4th alone--the second busiest day the Department's history. Additionally, this week, we fought the multiple-day battle against the Soledad Fire and the County of Los Angeles recorded the largest single-day increase of COVID-19. Through it all our membership demonstrated professionalism and dedication. We have the finest Fire Service Personnel in the nation, but weeks like this are the reason your Union Board continues to lobby all levels of government for increased resources and funding for our members as we battle on two fronts with fire season upon us and the COVID pandemic continuing.
COVID-19 Exposure Reporting
As mentioned above LA County saw a significant increase in COVID cases this week. Please remain vigilant as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the last week, there has been another significant flare-up of COVID-19 infections among Department personnel. Cases have nearly double throughout the Department in the last few weeks alone. Following the protocols does not just protect you, it protects those around you who may be battling illness, or may have sick loved ones, elderly parents, children, or spouses at home. Don't gamble with their lives, remember to practice social distancing in the stations, follow all Department protocols, and wear your face masks.
Additionally, remember to fill out the exposure reports any time you are exposed. This is critical for tracking exposures and protecting you and your families. Reporting not only helps us accurately track who has been exposed but also ensures that you receive the benefits you are entitled if you contract COVID-19.
Please see the attached Department guidelines on Keeping Each Other Safe as well as the Family Resource Guide for members and their families for best practices at home. Follow them, take this seriously.
This week, we also saw the successful ratification of the 603-604 contract at the Board of Supervisors. This is the richest per member non-safety contract in the County. We are extremely proud of the service of our 603-604 members and the appreciation and value shown to that work through this successor MOU. We will continue to update you on the process as we shift towards working on retro checks and getting your hard-earned money on your paychecks.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT WITH SUPERVISOR HILDA SOLIS
Our job goes well beyond providing EMS and Fire services for our communities, we are also community leaders who are called upon to help in times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of our communities and residents in dire economic circumstances.
Next week, as part of our commitment to our local communities we will be helping Supervisor Hilda Solis sponsor a food distribution on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 7am-2pm. We will be distributing food to approximately 4,000 households in need. We are in need of 15 volunteers to help distribute food. Volunteers can be members or family members. All are welcome to help.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Stephanie Saporito at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-421-5961.
In Solidarity and Strength,