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 13-1

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 June 1, 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.

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

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

March  15, 2021
Bulletin  9 – 21

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
March  24, 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 I.A.F.F. Elections
2. Update on MOU #23
3. Unfinished Business
4. New Business

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

Bulletin 08-21

March 11, 2021                                                                          

  

Frank Lima Wins Historic Election

Former UFLAC President wins landslide election for

IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer

 

UFLAC Brothers and Sisters,

 

Former UFLAC President and current LAFD Captain II Frank Lima has won a historic election to serve as the next General Secretary-Treasurer for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). With his victory, brother Lima is the first LAFD / Local 112 member in history to win an election to serve as a principal officer with the IAFF.

 

In a crowded three-person field Frank Lima captured more than 70% of the vote, defeating a fire chief from the FDNY and the former Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Professional Firefighters.

 

Frank Lima served as the President of UFLAC Local 112 for four years from 2012 to 2016. For the past four years, he has served as the elected 10th District Vice President of the IAFF where he represented all professional firefighters in the states of California, Arizona, Hawaii and New Mexico in addition to the territory of Guam. In his role as the 10th District Vice President, Frank was instrumental in helping the LAFD receive nearly $26 million dollars in federal grants through the SAFER program and other FEMA related opportunities.

 

 

On Wednesday, March 10th, Frank was sworn in as the next General Secretary-Treasurer for the IAFF where he will be the number two principal officer in our international union representing more than 320,000 professional firefighters in the United States and Canada. At his swearing in ceremony Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Nury Martinez, City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Fire Chief Terrazas joined the UFLAC Executive Board to commemorate this very special occasion.

 

We wish our brother Frank Lima all the best and look forward to his continuing work to benefit the LAFD and Local 112 members.

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

Executive Board

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

Bulletin 7-21

March 3, 2021

UFLAC HEALTH & WELLNESS

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WEBINAR

Tuesday, March 23rd 7:00-8:00 PM

 

 

Who hasn’t found themselves experiencing conflict from time to time, whether at home or at work? Take a moment and think back to the last conflict or two that you have been involved with… Was it with your spouse or significant other? Was it with your child or teenager? Or was it at work with your boss or a co-worker? As you know from your own experiences, conflict can be a very uncomfortable and challenging thing to go through.

 

Conflict Management is “the process of limiting or eliminating negative aspects of conflict while creating solutions to increase positive outcomes.”

 

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112 and the Los Angeles Fire Department invite you and/or your significant other to join us for a webinar designed to help improve your understanding and increase your ability to navigate conflict in both your personal and professional life.

 

We will have a panel presentation led by subject matter expert Anita Avedian, MFT, along with Peer Support Team members Chief Nikki Brodowy and Captain Charles Boswell, EAP Director Nancy Mraz, and Director of Behavioral Health Dr. Steve Froehlich.

 

The Webinar will go live on Tuesday, March 23rd from 7:00-8:00 PM.

 

Please Register for the Webinar using following web-link or QR code below: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/68001908990983437. If you have any questions, feel free to contact UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness Coordinator Maria Rendon by e-mail [email protected] or phone (747) 200-6266. We look forward to connecting with you on March 23rd!

Thank you,

UFLAC HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEAM

 

2020 UFLAC INCOME TAX INFORMATION.pdf

February 12, 2021
Bulletin  6 – 21
 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
February 24, 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. MOU update
2. Report of By-Laws that were submitted by the Membership
3. Arson update
4. Unfinished Business
5. New Business

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

Bulletin 5-21

February 9, 2021

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS OF FIRST RESPONDERS:

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO POLICE AND FIRE SUMMER SCHOLARS PROGRAM

 

As part of the Empower Initiative, the University of Chicago (UChicago) is excited to announce the Police and Fire Summer Scholars program.

 

To honor First Responders, UChicago is offering scholarship opportunities to eligible children of current/active LAFD sworn members. The student must be a high school sophomore or junior. This 3-week summer program is a unique opportunity for motivated students for educational immersion at one of the country’s most prestigious schools.

 

Under normal circumstances, this would be an on-campus residential program; however, due to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on Chicago, the program will be entirely virtual this year.

 

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS MUST BE:

• High school sophomores or juniors

• At least 15 years of age

• The child (or legally adopted child) firefighter

 

APPLICATION DETAILS:

• Students can apply to the summer program online at: summer.uchicago.edu

• Applicants must complete the entire Certification Form or online at summer.uchicago.edu/ certification

• The Regular Deadline is March 1, 2021

• Applicants must upload their Certification Form to their UChicago Account or email a copy to [email protected] by March 1, 2021

 

Students can apply to the summer program online at: summer.uchicago.edu. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

 

Click HERE for additional information and to view the application.

February 5, 2021
Bul 4-21

MOU #23 Amendment Ratification Results

On February 3rd – 5th, 2021, the UFLAC Election Committee conducted a vote on the proposed amendments to MOU #23 – which is our current UFLAC MOU that had been set to expire on June 30, 2022.

The votes have been tallied by the independently selected Election Committee members and the results are as follows:

92.5% voted to APPROVE the MOU amendment
7.5% voted to REJECT the MOU amendment

These results are now official, and the terms of the newly amended MOU #23 will go into effect immediately.

Thank you to all members who took the time to learn more about the proposal and cast their ballots. For those of you who didn’t have a chance to vote or to learn more about the key provisions of the MOU Amendments, please feel free to reach out to any UFLAC Executive Board Member to learn more about the details of this new agreement that was supported unanimously by your UFLAC Executive Board.

We want to give special thanks to the Election Committee members who took their own time to help with this process and ensure that there was a fair and transparent election. These individuals are: Chairman David Miranda, Co-Chairman Martin Gutierrez, Ian Soriano, Larry Lee, and Gerry Puga. Thank you for the critical role that each of you played in this process.

 

In Solidarity,

Executive Board
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112