March 22, 2020

Bulletin 15-20

 

COVID-19 Guidance and Update

 

The announcements made by our state and local elected leaders over the past 72 hours about the COVID-19 global pandemic have prompted us to remind all United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) members and their families about important details and guidance related to UFLAC operations and safety measures.

Earlier this week, UFLAC President Freddy Escobar joined Fire Chief Terrazas and Assistant Chief Jaime Moore as they presented an update to the public regarding the LAFD’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). They explained how each station would be provided an adequate supply of sanitation kits, masks, and wipes. The full video can be found HERE.

UFLAC has also been included in daily briefing meetings at the Department Operations Center (DOC) in order to remain informed and voice any questions or concerns coming from the field.

 

 

UFLAC MONTHLY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & OFFICE OPERATIONS

In response to the Mayor’s Office directive to City Departments and related agencies, UFLAC is taking additional precautions to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and adhere to proposed limits to public gatherings in City facilities.

For this reason, UFLAC has cancelled the General Membership Meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 and suspended public access to our offices from external visitors at this time.

Please know that we remain available via telephone and email during our normal business hours, 7:00am to 4:00pm, excluding holidays.

TOLL-FREE: (800) 252-8352

PHONE: (213) 895-4006

FAX: (213) 250-5678  (DO NOT send any medical personal health information/PHI)

 

COVID-19 TESTING

As announced by the DOC, the Department will provide COVID-19 testing for all LAFD members who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness. Members will be initially placed off duty SK while awaiting their test results. 

The testing will be conducted by appointment for members who on or off duty display any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) symptoms

Please Click HERE for instructions on how to get tested for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 STATION AND APPARATUS SANITIZING PROCEDURES 

Chief Terrazas has recently issued procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all of our Fire Stations. You can find the comprehensive list of measures in the March 19th DOC Bulletin for First Responder Risk Management Guidance, as well as in this video from the LAFD.

 

STATION VISITORS

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to UFLAC and it is for this reason that we are reminding members to not have or allow any outside visitors in the Fire Stations during this time. This also includes family members so that we can maintain a safe working environment for those on duty and also to protect our loved ones from potential exposure.

 

 

PROMOTIONAL LISTS, EXAMS, & DRIVER/MATE BONUS

The postponement of the upcoming AO exam will be addressed in a notice and followed by information for personnel. Members will be provided advanced notice when a new test date has been established. Promotions from other established lists are being discussed regarding the Mayor’s directive and the health and safety exemption is expected to be honored to not impact any current lists.

The Department and Personnel will be sending out information on the cancellation of classes required to obtain the Driver/Mate bonus. As a reminder, per the MOU, the Department needs to provide the classes as needed for the bonuses; so due to the situation, UFLAC has already been in discussion with the Department regarding this.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

This is a unique situation as daily life has changed dramatically for most people. And the uncertainty can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress for not only ourselves, but also our families at home. Click HERE for some Coping Tips & Strategies to help you and your family get through this challenging time. You can also visit the UFLAC PEER SUPPORT and Firestrong webpages for additional resources. IAFF has just released a document Helping Your Family Cope With COVID-19, which has lots of great information on how to support your spouse and talk to your kids about COVID-19.

As we keep you apprised of the most current information that is available, please know that the health and safety of our members is our top priority. We are in daily communication with Chief Terrazas and other city leaders to ensure that we have the resources and support that is necessary to ensure a safe working environment. We are committed to providing you the latest information on this epidemic and will be sure to keep you updated on the latest from the Department as well as local, regional and national resources.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, Chief Terrazas has instructed members to contact the LAFD Emergency Medical Services Bureau at (213) 978-3885. You can also direct your questions to UFLAC’s Health & Safety Committee by sending an email to: [email protected].

 

Thank you for everything that you do every single day for the people of Los Angeles and for your brothers and sisters in the LAFD.

 

Stay Safe,

UFLAC Health & Safety Committee

UFLAC Executive Board

 

Happy Holiday Season

 

Dear LAFD Members and Families:

 

The Peer Support Team of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season.

 

First, it must be acknowledged that this year has been painfully challenging. The worldwide pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways. The impact has been wide-ranging, too many of our family members have gotten sick and, sadly, some have paid the ultimate price. All of this is on top of working for one of the busiest Fire Departments in the world.

 

Soon, despite everything, we will be observing the holidays. We may not be able to celebrate in the ways that we prefer and are accustomed to, but we will find ways to celebrate that fit the times we are living in. Flexibility, faith, adaptability, and hope will help to see us through. Our core values and our ability to lean on each other will get us through the most difficult days. Whether we are able to be together in person or virtually, we will celebrate the holidays with our loved ones and good friends. We will approach the new year with a confidence that things will change for the better and soon we will be able to take off our masks once again!

 

Our mission is always to be there for our brothers and sisters in the fire service as well as our fire families, especially during your greatest time of need. Finally, for those of you who may have recently lost a loved one or are newly divorced or separated, these life circumstances can make the holidays even more challenging. If you find yourself struggling, please reach out to one of our trained Peer Support Team Members. Please click HERE for the Peer Support Team Roster, which includes your colleagues in the LAFD who will maintain your confidentiality and help you through your struggles.

 

Additionally, UFLAC has created the Center for Health and Wellness located at old Fire Station 81 and FS 7 prior to that. The recently remodeled facility officially opened its doors on September 28, 2020. The Center has a robust Behavioral Health Program to serve our LAFD members and families. The Team includes: Director of Behavioral Health and Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Steve Froehlich, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sami Tamburro, Director of our Employee Assistance Program Nancy Mraz, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Vera Rodriguez, and Health and Wellness Coordinator Maria Rendon.

 

Everyone on our Team is available 24/7 for urgent matters and for scheduled appointments Monday thru Friday. Contact information for each Team Member as well as our Fire Department Psychologists is included below.

 

Thank You and Happy Holidays!

Dr. Steve, Dr Sami Tamburro, Nancy Mraz, Vera Rodriguez and Maria Rendon.

 

UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness

14123 Nordhoff Street

Arleta, California 91331

(747) 200-6266

 

Behavioral Health Team

Dr. Steve Froehlich Ph.D., MFT 7666

Director of Behavioral Health Services

Cell: (818) 645-9027

 

Dr. Sami Tamburro, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Cell: (805) 231-3031

 

Nancy Mraz, CEAP

Director Of Chemical and Behavioral Addictions

Cell: (213) 598-8794

 

Vera Rodriguez

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Registration No. AMFT 120027

Cell: (949) 939-0640

 

Maria Rendon,

Coordinator

Cell: (213) 598-3705

 

 

LAFD Department Psychologists

Dr. Krystle Madrid

Clinical Psychologist

Cell: (213) 718-0768

 

Dr. Audrey Martinez

Clinical Psychologist

Cell: (213) 435-3996

November 20, 2020
Bul 44 – 20

2020 – 2022 UFLAC Executive Board
and Negotiating Team

 

The following UFLAC members were elected for office on November 20, 2020:

President –                 Freddy Escobar         

1st V.P. –                      Chuong Ho    

2nd V.P. –                     Adam Van Gerpen

Secretary –                 Adam Walker

Treasurer –                 Domingo Albarran     

Directors –                 

Shawn Connolly

Richard Ramirez

Dave Riles

Stephen Addleman

Kent Koffler

 

Negotiating Team –  

Freddy Escobar

Chuong Ho

Domingo Albarran

Adam Walker

2020 UFLAC Elections Committee

Dave Miranda

Martin Gutierrez

Larry Lee

Jerry Puga

Al Balestra

Ian Soriano

November 13, 2020
Bulletin 43 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
Change of Date – TUESDAY – November 24, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

0730                Stewards Meeting
0800                General Membership Meeting

 

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence for our past fallen UFLAC Firefighters
Invocation
Roll Call of Officers
Adoption of the Minutes
Committee Reports

 

  1. Report on the election results for the UFLAC Executive Board and Negotiating Team members.
  1. Report on total expenditure from 2020 LA City and LA County Supervisor election.
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business

 

Adjournment
Executive Board – United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #11

Bulletin 42-20

November 6, 2020

29th Annual U.S.M.C Birthday Celebration

Commemorating 245 years of service to the United States of America

  November 10, 2020

(1100 to 1400)
  4524 Saugus Ave
  Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
All Marines (past and present) and friends of the Corps are cordially invited to attend.
Contact: (SGT) Adam VanGerpen, 2nd Vice President
 (213) 444-9332

Bulletin 40 – 20

October 18, 2020                                                                                                   

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting

 October 28, 2020

UFLAC Offices

1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

 

0730                Stewards Meeting

0800                General Membership Meeting

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Moment of Silence for our past fallen UFLAC Firefighters

Invocation

Roll Call of Officers

Adoption of the Minutes

Committee Reports

 

Special Guest: LA City Councilman Mike Bonin

Since taking office in 2013, Mike Bonin has represented the West LA communities of the 11th Council District including Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West LA/Sawtelle, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Venice, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, and Westchester.

UFLAC was proud to support Councilman Bonin Mike in his first campaign in 2013 and again during his re-election in 2017. Throughout his time as a councilman, Mike has been a champion of our firefighters and the LAFD. He worked to expand Los Angeles Fire Department resources in his district, including adding new ambulances and restoring a critical engine company in Pacific Palisades.

As a member of the City Council Budget & Finance Committee, Councilman Bonin has also been a vocal advocate for preserving LAFD resources during the coronavirus pandemic. Time after time, Councilman Bonin has fought for the LAFD and we welcome him to our October General Membership Meeting.

  1. Presentation to LA County Credit Union

 

  1. Update on the LAFD Budget

 

  1. Unfinished Business

 

  1. New Business

 

 

Adjournment

 

 

Executive Board – United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112

October 14, 2020
Bul No 39-20

UFLAC Nominations

The following UFLAC members nominated on September 30, 2020 have accepted their nomination and are running for the following offices

 

President  
Freddy Escobar

1st Vice President     
Chuong Ho

2nd Vice President
Adam Van Gerpen
Ryan Quigley

Secretary
Adam Walker

Treasurer
Domingo Albarran

Director
Richard Ramirez
Dave Riles
Steve Addleman
Shawn Connolly
Kent Koffler
Dreon Brown

Negotiating Team
Freddy Escobar
Chuong Ho
Domingo Albarran
Adam Walker
Kent Koffler
Ryan Quigley
Dave Riles
Adam Van Gerpen

 

Election ballots will be mailed out November 4, 2020 and will be counted on November 20th. All ballots must be mailed through the U.S. Post Office and must be received at the Election Committee Post Office box on or before 1000 hours on November 20, 2020 in order to be valid. No ballots will be accepted at the UFLAC offices.  Any questions please contact the UFLAC Election Committee

Bulletin 38-20

October 13, 2020

UFLAC & LAFD Join Forces to Support Movember

(Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention )

UFLAC and the LAFD will join forces to promote and support Movember during the month of November.  October was the month for women to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Now it is time for men to step into the spotlight for Movember.

This month men around the United States and the globe are trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

The primary goal of LAFD and UFLAC’s involvement in Movember is to support those personally effected by cancer and to reach thousands of people with the lifesaving message that cancer prevention and early detection can mean the difference between life and death.

All members are authorized in the month of November to wear the newly designed Movember LAFD shirt while on duty to support Mens Health Awareness.  By this very public display, LAFD firefighters and paramedics can help to raise public awareness of these devastating health issues. We hope as many of you as possible will wear them.

Prostate Cancer Facts to Consider:

  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Early detection is the key and can mean the difference between life and death.

Testicular Cancer Facts to Consider:

  • Testicular Cancer starts young. It’s the most common cancer in young American men.
  • Testicular Cancer has 95 percent survival rate but 1 in 20 meant doesn’t make it.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Facts to Consider:

  • Globally, on average 1 man dies of suicide ever minute of every day.
  • Improving Mental Health and establishing better social connections can reduce the risk of suicide.

Members can purchase their t-shirts at www.fdthreadz.com/movember for $25.00 until October 20th.

 

UFLAC Executive Board

September 30, 2020
Bul 37 – 20

 

UFLAC Nominations

On September 30, 2020 the following UFLAC Members in Good Standing were nominated by their peers for election to the Executive Board and Negotiating Team. Nominees have until October 14, 2020 to accept or reject their nominations. A Bulletin will be sent on that date announcing the candidates for each office.  All nominees will be receiving a package from the Election Committee in their mail in the next couple of days.

President

Freddy Escobar

1st Vice President

Chuong Ho

2nd Vice President

Adam Van Gerpen

Ryan Quigley

Secretary

Adam Walker

Treasurer

Domingo Albarran

Directors

Richard Ramirez

David Riles

Steve Addleman

Shawn Connolly

Kent Koffler

Dreon Brown

Enrique Borboa

Negotiating Team

Chuong Ho

Freddy Escobar

Domingo Albarran

Kent Koffler

Adam Walker

Ryan Quigley

David Riles

Adam Van Gerpen

Election Committee – 2020

September 29, 2020
Bulletin 36 – 20

 

Los Angeles Firefighters Association Makes Motion to Dissolve Association with CSFA

The Los Angeles City Firefighters Association (LAFFA) was established in 1924 to represent the members of the LAFD. LAFFA is also a strong supporter of improving the training of its membership and looks forward to developing programs that assist in promotional development of its members. LAFFA is a proud organization that has a long history of hosting the Firefighter of the Year luncheon and supporting our LAFD Firefighters. By dissolving our association with the CSFA, LAFFA will be able to redirect the money given to CSFA to help pay for things like the training and professional development of our LAFD Members.

A motion at the February meeting was made to dissolve our association with CSFA as of 2021. The LAFFA Board will be voting on this motion at their next monthly meeting on October 7, 2020. Your UFLAC Executive Board is asking members attend the meeting and vote on the motion for LAFFA to break ties with CSFA and concentrate on the exclusive needs of the LAFFA membership.

Of the dues paid to CSFA, over 60% goes to K Street Consulting for the management of CSFA. This leaves very little in the way of benefits to our active members. It is incomprehensible for us to ask our members to spend the majority of their dues to pay for CSFA management.

We are encouraging UFLAC members to reply to the survey email sent out by LAFFA and to attend the October 7th meeting to take back control of the funds that we have been giving to the CSFA.

 

UFLAC Executive Board

September 18, 2020
Bulletin    35 – 20

 

UFLAC Special and General Membership Meetings
September 30, 2020

UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

0730     Stewards Meeting
0800     Special Membership Meeting

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence for our past fallen UFLAC Firefighters
Invocation
Roll Call of Officers
Adoption of the Minutes

Committee Reports

  1. UFLAC Nominations for Executive Board members and Negotiating Team.

0900     General Membership Meeting

GUEST:  Councilmember-Elect Kevin de León

Kevin de León served as a member of the California Assembly from 2006-2010 and as a California State Senate from 2010-2018 representing large portions of Northeast and Downtown Los Angeles. While Serving in the State Senate, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to be the President of the Senate, widely considered to be the second most powerful position in state government. In March of 2020 with the strong support of UFLAC, Kevin was elected to serve on the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District which includes the communities of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, and parts of Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sworn in on December 1, 2020.

 

  1. Update on Captain Victor Aguirre by Victor Aguirre
  1. End of Fiscal Year financial report 2019-2020
  1. Update on APX 8000 Radio Antenna
  1. Budget Update
  1. Assign Hire Update/Out of Rank Hire Update
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business

 

Adjournment
Executive Board – United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local #112