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

 

Bulletin 20-21

July 26, 2021

2021 AWARDS FOR 2021

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation

Grants and Scholarships

The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation (UFLACFF) Grant and Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to fire service members and their immediate families.  In May of 2021, notices were sent out to firefighters via bulletins and email.  Twenty-one applications were received at the conclusion of the one-month application period.  The applications were reviewed, and all identifying information of the applicants was “REDACTED” prior to being sent and reviewed by the Foundation Board to ensure anonymity.  The Grants were funded by voluntary donations from the community; a member of the community participated in the initial review of the awards.  Awards granted were based on the information provided by the candidates.  Since the selection criteria were broad in scope, consideration was given for applicants in non-traditional scholarship grant programs.  The donors to the program wanted to reach out to those who just needed a “hand-up” or “support” to improve their lives and the lives of others.  The initial announcement of the $10,000 award was increased to $1,500 by The Greenspan Company/Adjusters International based on the application’s sincerity and need.

Awards included grants for higher education, trade school, tools for welding school, home school support (especially with COVID challenges), comitology school, etc.     The UFLACFF grants and scholarships awards mid-year 2021:

Two – $2,000 grants/scholarship

Matt David Pritchard – son Long Beach FD

Taylor Escobar – daughter LAFD

Four –  $1,000 grants/scholarships

Serena Nettles – step daughter LAFD

Lael G Williams – daughter LAFD

Carrie J Kehoe – daughter LAFD

Antonia S Felix – daughter LAFD

SEVEN (increased by three) – $500 grants/scholarships

Payton Springer – daughter LAFD

Maverick Teter – son LAFD (home school program)

Francesca M Lauro – daughter LAFD

Rebecca Lee – daughter LAFD

Austin D Ladd – son LAFD

Kylie D Elizarras – daughter LAFD

Tatiana A Johnson – daughter LAFD

 

 

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the awards, and special thanks to all those who applied for the awards to the program.  The Foundation has received enough funds for an additional round of grants later this year.   Applicant must be an active firefighter, or a dependent of an active firefighter, wishing to further their education, or in need of assistance with tuition, books, materials, trade-specific tools or equipment, internet access, etc.

*An active firefighter or his or her immediate family member is eligible for an Award Grant once every 12-month period.

Special thank you to the Foundation Board and the main Education Grant sponsors & our supporters!

 

Major Sponsors:

 

  • Matthew and Miho Blumkin – The Blumkin Family Foundation
  • Ed Avaness – Miller Kaplan
  • Jennifer Lincicum – Fickewirth
  • Aaron Straussner & Julie Sherman
  • UFLAC Fire Foundation
  • Brian and Mary Anne Hishinuma – Retired – LAFD

 

Supporters:

Jimmy Blackman & Associates

Sandra Jackson – Greenspan Co./Adjusters International

Maria Riggs – UFLAC

Chris Wann – UFLAC

UFLAC Executive Board

 

The reward for the sponsors is the rewards presented.  Thanks for your participation!

 

July 19, 2021
Bulletin 19 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
July 28, 2021
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. Update on current recall procedures

2. UFLAC Fire Foundation Grant Award announcements and presentations

3. Unfinished Business

4. New Business

 

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

July 6, 2021
Bulletin 18 – 21

MOU 23
ARPA Meet & Confer Status Update

As you know, in early February, the UFLAC membership overwhelmingly voted to restructure our contract in order to save the City of Los Angeles tens of millions of dollars over the next few years due to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This amended contract provided the City with economic relief and ensured that there wouldn’t be any cuts to the LAFD budget, including scheduled brownouts. With this action, we demonstrated once again that LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics are willing to step up to protect our city and the families that we serve.

On May 18, 2021, the City received federal relief fund totaling $639 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to use for government services and other eligible uses in support of 2020-21 General Fund budget balancing.

Immediately following the Year-End Financial Status Report (FSR) for Fiscal Year 2020-21 released on May 26, 2021, UFLAC submitted a letter to the City Administrative Officer (CAO) demanding that the City meet and confer over the use of the ARPA funds. UFLAC’s Negotiating Team met with the CAO on June 2nd and will be meeting again next week to discuss our issues, concerns, and interest in how the City plans to use the ARPA funds.

We will keep you posted as to what develops over the course of these meetings. For any questions, please contact elected Negotiating Team Members Freddy Escobar at [email protected], Chuong Ho at [email protected], Domingo Albarran at [email protected], or Adam Walker at [email protected].

In Solidarity,
Negotiating Committee
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

June 17, 2021
Bulletin 17 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
June 30, 2021
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. Update on 2020 Year in Review book expenditure

2. Discussion on Budget and Finances LOA (American Rescue Plan Act)

3. Update on COVID Testing Vaccination

4. Unfinished Business

5. New Business

 

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

You should consider attending one of the webinars if you:

  • Are approaching retirement
  • Have recently retired
  • Have a spouse or family member on the road to retirement

During the webinar, we will:

  • Discuss retirement concepts and challenges on your drive to retirement
  • Review ways to fuel your retirement income (e.g., pension, Social Security, 457(b) deferred compensation, DROP, etc.)
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    – Have interest potential on your savings without market risk

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June 8, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time

June 17, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time

June 29, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time

 

John Piper
Security Benefit Senior Regional Director, Affiliated Relationships

Brianne Johnson
Security Benefit Regional Director, Affiliated Relationships

 

May 17, 2021
Bulletin 15 – 21

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
May 26, 2021
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. Presentation of 2021-2022 UFLAC Budget
2. Report on Los Angeles City Budget for LAFD
3. Unfinished Business
4. New Business

 

Adjournment

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

Bulletin 14-21

May 14, 2021

Behavioral Health & Suicide Awareness Month

 

 

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To help bring this topic out of the shadows, we are calling on all California fire departments to participate in a Behavioral Health and Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down.

During the week of May 17th through May 21st,  we recommend that you take at least 10 minutes aside to speak to your crews, with a Captains permission, and set aside time to conduct exercises and initiate a conversation on mental wellness.

Please click HERE to read the Safety Stand down talking points and firefighter resources.

Please click HERE to view a list of our trained Peer Support Members.

Please click HERE to watch a video prepared by LAFD for the Safety Stand Down.

We also encourage members to visit useful links under Peer Support on the UFLAC Website. 

Bulletin 13-21

May 5, 2021


United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation

Grants and Scholarships

 

The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation (UFLACFF) Grant and Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to fire service members and their immediate families.

The UFLACFF will be awarding the following grants and scholarships twice in year 2021:

Two – $2,000 grants/scholarship

Four – $1,000 grants/scholarships

Four – $500 grants/scholarships

FUNDING

Funding for the grants and scholarships is made possible by UFLACFF, a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization, created by United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC) to assist firefighters and the families of firefighters. Donations from Supporters of UFLACFF and UFLAC Local 112, have been designated specifically to support these opportunities for firefighters and their immediate families.

Awards and Grants Amount and Distribution

  • Each Grant Award is based on the specific needs of each applicant
  • Awards will be announced in the months of July and December of 2021
  • Awards will be made directly to the applicant, if over age 18, or to the parents/guardians of a minor child

*An active firefighter or his or her immediate family member is eligible for an Award Grant once every 12-month period.

ELEGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Applicant must be an active firefighter, or a dependent of an active firefighter, wishing to further their education, or in need of assistance with tuition, books, materials, trade specific tools or equipment, internet access etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants seeking a Scholarship or Grant Award must complete the application packet and forward it to UFLACFF by the application closing date.  Applications may be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to:

 

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local #112

c/o UFLACFF Scholarship/Grant Program

1571 W Beverly Blvd, Suite 201

Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

Application closing date is May 31, 2021 for the July 2021 distribution and November 1, 2021 for the December 2021 distribution.

Application Packets include:

  • Completed Application
  • Jpeg photo for our files and to use in Foundation related material.
  • A brief essay (500 word maximum, typed or written and clearly legible) prepared by the applicant or the parent/guardian. The essay should include how the award will benefit his or her life and serve others in the future, listing their area of study, last grade completed and the school of their choice for their higher education purposes.
  • Biography (2 page maximum).

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications will be evaluated, and awards granted based on the information provided by the applicant, by the UFLACFF Awards Committee (comprised of Foundation Board Members), active firefighter (non-Board members) and the UFLACFF Advisory Committee.  The name, and any personal identifying information of the applicant, will be redacted prior to review by the committee.

Please click HERE to fill out the on-line application.

Please click HERE to download the application as a PDF.

Special thank you to the main Education Grant sponsors & our supporters!

 

Major Sponsors:

  • Matthew and Miho Blumkin – The Blumkin Family Foundation
  • Ed Avaness – Miller Kaplan
  • Jennifer Lincicum – Fickewirth
  • Aaron Straussner & Julie Sherman
  • UFLAC Fire Foundation
  • Brian and Mary Ann Hishinuma – Retired – LAFD

 

Supporters:

 

Jimmy Blackman & Associates

Sandra Jackson – Greenspan Co./Adjusters International

Peter Pak – Greenspan Co. / Adjusters International

Maria Riggs – UFLAC

Chris Wann – UFLAC

 

 

UFLAC Executive Board

 

 

Bulletin 12-21

April 30, 2021

UFLAC, LAFD, and Stevens Nation Join Forces to Support ALS Awareness

(Click HERE to order your ALS Awareness T-Shirt)

UFLAC, LAFD, and Stevens Nation have joined forces to promote and support ALS Awareness during the month of May. As you know, we recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and participate in “Movember” during “No Shave November” to bring awareness to men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Now it is time to raise awareness for all those diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), including one of our own Firefighters, Eric Stevens.

Eric was recently diagnosed with ALS a month after getting married. His hope is to shed light on this underfunded disease, start a dialogue, and motivate people in power to make changes that allow terminally ill patients to have access to treatments that are still in trials but are proven to be safe. Stevens Nation is advocating for patients who don’t have a year or two to wait for treatment to have access to this medical care that might drastically reduce their suffering. For more information, please visit https://stevensnation.com and follow #AxeALS and #PushForTreatment on social media.

The primary goal of the LAFD and UFLAC’s involvement in ALS Month is to support those personally affected by ALS and to reach thousands of people with the message that individuals suffering from ALS are in a race against time for life-saving treatment to be approved by the FDA.

All members are authorized during the month of May to wear the newly designed ALS/LAFD T-Shirt while on duty to support ALS Awareness. By this very public display of wearing red T-Shirts, LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics can help to raise public awareness and speed up the approval of treatment options for this devastating disease. We encourage all members to wear your Axe ALS t-shirt from last year or purchase a new one from Stevens Nation.

ALS Facts to Consider:

  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gherig’s disease, is a rare neurological disease involving the neurons, which control voluntary muscle movement such as chewing, walking, talking, and breathing.
  • As ALS progresses, the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord degenerate and die, and as a result, the brain can no longer control voluntary movement. Eventually, the muscles weaken and waste away.
  • In most cases, ALS is a rapidly progressing disease, however, it progresses at different rates for different people. Most people with ALS will live for 2 to 5 years after first experiencing symptoms.
  • The exact cause of ALS is unknown and there is currently no cure.
  • There are treatments that have been proven to help stop or slow the progression of the disease, however, they are not approved by the FDA.

Thank you for your support!

UFLAC Executive Board

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
April 28, 2021
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE

 

 

0730       Stewards Meeting
0800      Special Meeting: Vote to Allocate up to $40,000 from the UFLAC Issues Committee for the 2020 Year in Review Photo Book.

Immediately following – 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

Guests – Victor Aguirre (the one-year anniversary of the Boyd Street Incident will be on May 16th)

1. Report on submitted Constitution and By-Law changes

2. Report on LAFD Budget

3. Update on status of Federal Funding for the City of Los Angeles

4. Unfinished Business

5. New Business

 

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