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

 

July 6, 2020

UFLAC Active Member
1571 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

RE: UFLAC Long Term Disability Plan Clarifications

Dear UFLAC Member,

We have become aware that there has been false information distributed to our membership regarding the UFLAC Long Term Disability (LTD) plans. Any information communicated regarding the UFLAC LTD plans by anyone other than the UFLAC Trust and specifically, by the California Association of Professional Firefighters (CAPF), is used to market their LTD plan and is not accurate.  False statements are made and are intended to mislead membership into buying their product.

As your UFLAC Benefits Trustees, we want to make sure that you are well informed of the comprehensive and enhanced LTD options available to you as UFLAC members. As a reminder, the UFLAC LTD plans are the only long-term disability plans endorsed by your Union.

Why did UFLAC leave CAPF?

CAPF is a “pay-as-you-go” system, which means the plan does NOT reserve for active or future claim payouts. “Pay as you go”, is a system in which current collected premiums are used to pay for active benefits and little to no money is put aside for potential future benefits. This means that if too many members become disabled in a brief timeframe, the plan could collapse, and benefits would not be paid.  Additionally, because the CAPF product is not insured, the benefits are not guaranteed and are only paid if enough money is collected. As of 2013, CAPF only had total assets of approximately $3.5M, although they insured around 16,000 participants.

For comparison, the current UFLAC LTD plans are fully-insured through Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, a company with over $30B in assets and reserves that can be used to pay plan participants. As of July 1, 2019, Reliance Standard had set aside nearly $4.2M in reserve just to pay future UFLAC LTD benefits for those currently out on claim.

This reserving process is extremely important for member benefits and security; if our current fully-insured LTD plan does not adequately or appropriately reserve, Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company will be subject to legal action.  And no matter what, the benefits owed to our members are GUARANTEED TO BE PAID.

Moreover, CAPF has been found by a federal court to have violated ERISA by engaging in self-dealing. In addition, firefighter Barboza and the Department of Labor raised concerns that CAPF failed to undertake annual actuarial reviews, monitor the fund’s solvency, or adopt an adequate funding policy. On the next page, please find a comparison between CAPF’s “pay-as-you-go” LTD plan vs. the reserved fully-insured UFLAC LTD plans.

CAPFUFLAC*
Funding“Pay-as-you-go”Fully-Insured
Current enrollment16,000 members1,854 members
Reserves for current claimants onlyNone reported$4,200,000
Insured No – Not guaranteedYes – Guaranteed

*As of July 1, 2019

How do the UFLAC LTD plans work?

The UFLAC LTD plans provide you with a monthly benefit in the event that you are unable to work due to an injury or illness, so long as your physician deems you as disabled. UFLAC offers members two fully-insured LTD options through Reliance Standard Life Insurance, the Premium and Standard plans. Below, is a comparison of the two UFLAC LTD plans:

BenefitsPremium
LTD Plan
July 1, 2019
Standard
LTD Plan
July 1, 2019
Percentage of Covered Monthly Earnings70%
(INCLUDES overtime)
60%
(EXCLUDES overtime)
Maximum Monthly Benefit$10,000$10,000
Minimum Monthly Benefit$100$100
Elimination Period90 days180 days

Please note, this is not a complete list of the UFLAC LTD benefits. Review your certificate of coverage for more details. 

How long do the LTD benefits last?

During the first 24 months, (known as the Own Occupation period), the plans pay benefits if you are unable to perform the duties of your own occupation with the LAFD. After 24 months, the plan pays benefits if you are unable to perform the duties of any occupation based on your education, training, or experience, which is known as the Any Occupation period. If you continue to meet the requirements of being Totally Disabled, benefits are payable up to the Social Security Normal Retirement Age (SSNRA). If you are not approved for disability during the Any Occupation period, your benefits will end.

Why did I receive a benefit payment less than 60% or 70% of my covered monthly earnings?

While you are using your LTD benefits, any income you receive or are entitled to receive because of your disability may be used to offset your monthly LTD benefit. Your monthly LTD benefit may be reduced if you are eligible to receive one or more of the following sources of Other Income Benefits as a result of your disability:

  • Other Group Disability Benefits including LAFRA
  • 4850-time (IOD Pay)
  • Workers’ Compensation (State-Rate)
  • Retirement Benefits

Please be aware that your accrued sick time, prior to your date of disability, is not considered an eligible Other Income Benefit and will not offset your monthly LTD benefit.

Please note, this is not a complete list of Other Income Benefits. Review your certificate of coverage for more details.

If you are already receiving more than your calculated maximum monthly LTD benefit from another source of disability income, the UFLAC plans will still provide you with a minimum monthly benefit of $100. The following examples are provided to help explain how the LTD benefits coordinate with Other Income Benefits.

Injured on Duty (IOD) LTD Claim Example

IOD Claim Example Year 1: A member is enrolled in the UFLAC Premium LTD plan and is injured on duty. The member earns $120,000 per year (including overtime), which translates to a maximum monthly benefit of $7,000 (70% of $10,000/month). The member is also receiving $8,000 from 4850-time for their first year of injury. Under this IOD scenario, the UFLAC Premium LTD plan would provide the minimum monthly benefit of $100, because the member’s LTD benefit is fully offset by their earnings from 4850-time for the first year.

IOD Claim Example Year 2: The same member’s disability continues beyond the first year of 4850-time. Now the member is eligible to receive a lower dollar amount from State-Rate, $6,000 per month. Under this IOD scenario, the UFLAC Premium LTD plan would provide a $1,000 monthly benefit to cover the gap between the member’s calculated $7,000 benefit vs. what they are receiving from State-Rate.

IOD Claim Example Year 3: The same member’s disability continues beyond the second year of State-Rate, and the member is still considered disabled in accordance with the LTD policy. Assuming the member is not receiving any other income, the UFLAC Premium LTD plan would provide the member’s calculated maximum monthly benefit of $7,000. Please note, this scenario also assumes that the member has been approved for benefits during the Any Occupation period.

Please note, if you experience an off-duty injury and you are not eligible to receive any other source of Other Income Benefits, LTD benefits will be paid in accordance with the Year 3 example above. As long as you continue to be considered Totally Disabled, benefits are payable up to the Social Security Normal Retirement Age (SSNRA).

As evidenced by this communication, the UFLAC Trustees believe CAPF to be engaging in predatory and false marketing to our represented members. They have been aggressively targeting our members to enroll in an unendorsed, non-payroll deducted, and non-guaranteed product. We hope the information included in this communication will help provide our members with better transparency on the benefits available through the UFLAC LTD plans and empower them to make an informed decision for themselves and their families.

UFLAC is here to serve you – our Los Angeles City Firefighters. We want to make sure our members are well informed about ALL benefits available to you. For more information, please visit www.uflacbenefitenrollment.com or contact the UFLAC Benefits Staff at 213-977-9014, Ext. 2.

UFLAC v CAPF Plan Comparison Flyer

Very truly yours,
UFLAC Trustees

June 15, 2020
Bulletin 24 – 20

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
June 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. Update on LA City Budget.

2. Update on 2019 yearbook expenditure.

3. Update on Boyd incident.

4. Update on COVID-19 testing.

5. Update on AH procedures.

6. New Business

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)
Last month’s raffle winners:

$ 100 – Chen Lam 39
$1000 – Justin Spina 98 – not present to receive

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

Westchester Medical – Center for Heart and Health Comprehensive Physicals

Westchester Medical has reopened their offices and are now scheduling LAFD comprehensive physicals after being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Westchester Medical has taken additional precautions to ensure the safety of the members and staff.  Call (310) 670-1120 to make your appointment now.

Please note, that if you are not feeling well or show any signs of illness, please notify the facility and reschedule.  You will be required to wear a mask during the physical and practice social distancing.  Make sure that you fast 4 hours prior to the exam (water consumption is permitted), bring a copy of your insurance card, and bring your parking ticket for validation.  Also, come dressed exercise clothing and a shower is available if desired.

UFLAC MOU Reminder-Wellness “Bonus”:

As a result of the UFLAC Negotiating Team’s commitment to promote health and wellness, the City agreed to a premium pay to encourage employees to complete an annual comprehensive physical.  Each member completing will be eligible to earn up to 1.5% for a 12 month period following the exam beginning June 20, 2021.  Please refer to Article 9.3 WELLNESS of MOU 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2022 for specific details, but plan ahead and have your physical scheduled near your date of birth.  Also note that UFLAC has also negotiated to have the members be paid four hours of pay for completing the physical off-duty.

UFLAC Anthem HSA PPO Members:

If you are part of UFLAC’s Health Saving Account (HSA) benefit, you are eligible for receiving “up to” $300 per month for completing a yearly comprehensive physical.  If you have previously completed a comprehensive physical, you will continue to receive the full benefit as the deadlines have been temporarily extended due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, the extensions will expire, so do not delay scheduling your physical to ensure that you continue to receive the full benefit.

If you are not yet taking advantage of the HSA PPO, please inquire during the Fall 2020 Open Enrollment so that you do not miss out on the cost saving PPO health plan.

As always, please sign up for email notifications and follow UFLAC social media platforms for up to date information.

Thank you,
Your UFLAC Board and Benefits Team

Bulletin 23-20

May 20, 2020

UFLAC Fire Foundation:

Burn Fund for Firefighters Working at

Downtown May 16th Fire

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

 

On behalf of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), let me express our profound gratitude for the outpouring of support that we have received for our injured Firefighters in the wake of the May 16th Major Emergency fire in Downtown Los Angeles.

As you know, a massive fireball engulfed 11 Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) Firefighters while they were battling a commercial building fire, sending all of them to the hospital with burn injuries of varying severity. A 12th Firefighter was later treated and released at the hospital for a minor extremity injury. Fortunately, at this time all are expected to survive, but face a long road to recovery.

Many of you have reached out to ask how one can help. In 2019, UFLAC created a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation for times like these so that every dollar collected goes directly to our LAFD Firefighters and their families in need. For those who feel inclined to support the Firefighters affected by the May 16th downtown fire  or whom may be affected in the future by similar incidents please take a moment to visit the UFLAC Fire Foundation website to make a contribution: https://www.uflac.org/product/uflac-fire-foundation-burned-firefighter-fund/

Whether it goes to pay for their families to be near them at the Hospital and Burn Center or helps to fund college for the children of those Firefighters who may not be able to return to duty, all contributions will go towards these brave First Responders who nearly gave their lives to protect Los Angeles.

On behalf of the UFLAC Executive Board, thank you for keeping our Firefighters in your thoughts and the overwhelming number of well-wishes during this challenging time.

 

In Solidarity,

Freddy Escobar
President
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City
IAFF, Local 112

May 20, 2020
Bulletin 22 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting

May 27, 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. Presentation of 2021 Budget for UFLAC
2. Report on Los Angeles City Budget Update
3. COVID-19 Update
4. Report on Boyd Street Fire
6. Unfinished Business
7. New Business

 

2 Drawings for the Membership (UFLAC Board Members are NOT eligible)

Last month’s raffle winners:

$100 –  None

$1000 –  None

 

Adjournment

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

UFLAC Fire Foundation:

Burn Fund for Firefighters Working at

Downtown May 16th Fire

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

 

On behalf of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), let me express our profound gratitude for the outpouring of support that we have received for our injured Firefighters in the wake of the May 16th Major Emergency fire in Downtown Los Angeles.

As you know, a massive fireball engulfed 11 Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) Firefighters while they were battling a commercial building fire, sending all of them to the hospital with burn injuries of varying severity. A 12th Firefighter was later treated and released at the hospital for a minor extremity injury. Fortunately, at this time all are expected to survive, but face a long road to recovery.

Many of you have reached out to ask how one can help. In 2019, UFLAC created a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation for times like these so that every dollar collected goes directly to our LAFD Firefighters and their families in need. For those who feel inclined to support the Firefighters affected by the May 16th downtown fire  or whom may be affected in the future by similar incidents please take a moment to visit the UFLAC Fire Foundation website to make a contribution: https://www.uflac.org/product/uflac-fire-found…firefighter-fund/

Whether it goes to pay for their families to be near them at the Hospital and Burn Center or helps to fund college for the children of those Firefighters who may not be able to return to duty, all contributions will go towards these brave First Responders who nearly gave their lives to protect Los Angeles.

On behalf of the UFLAC Executive Board, thank you for keeping our Firefighters in your thoughts and the overwhelming number of well-wishes during this challenging time.

 

In Solidarity,

Freddy Escobar
President
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City
IAFF, Local 112

May 18, 2020

Bulletin 22-20

 

Behavioral Health Message

 

To Our LAFD Members:

As you all know, LAFD personnel responded to a structure fire in the Downtown area Saturday night and as a result, 11 Firefighters experienced injuries and were hospitalized. Three of those were critical, but thankfully not life-threatening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our Firefighters and their families during this difficult time.

Your Peer Support Team, your UFLAC mental health professional, as well as your two LAFD Psychologists want you to know that we are all here for you if you need us. We are just a phone call away.

Contact:
Dr. Steve Froehlich, MFT
UFLAC Director of Behavioral Health
Peer Support Team Point of Contact
Cell: 818-645-9027

Maria Rendon
UFLAC Peer Support Team Point of Contact
Cell: 213-598-3705

Dr. Krystle Madrid
LAFD Fire Psychologist
LAFD Behavioral Health Program
Cell: 213-718-0798

Dr. Audrey Martinez
LAFD Fire Psychologist
LAFD Behavioral Health Program
Cell: 213-435-3996
Office: 323-276-7166

 

May 13, 2020

Bulletin 21-20

Continuing the Conversation: A Message to Our Fire Families

 

To our members and our families:

As many of you know, UFLAC and the LAFD jointly conducted the very first Family Webinar on April 14, 2020. Together, the Union President and the Fire Chief began this conversation. There was a panel of Peer Supporters, a well-qualified and vetted nurse, as well as Dr. Steve to discuss the physical and behavioral health aspects of the COVID-19 environment that we are all being impacted by at the present time.

We understand that our Firefighters are on the front lines of this worldwide pandemic. A unique feature of this crisis is that it not only impacts our Firefighters, but also our families at home. We wanted to make sure that we were addressing our families to provide important information and to offer an opportunity to ask questions directly to our leaders and subject matter experts.

Based upon the feedback that we have been receiving, we realize that we need to continue the conversation. Not just about the COVID-19 situation, but we also need to open the dialogue with our loved ones regarding the subjects that are on the minds of our family members. We would like your input and suggestions for topics that we can address in future webinars.

Please look at the list below and submit your top 3 selections to Maria Rendon at [email protected] or use form below.

If you do not see an area of concern/interest on the list, feel free to send that over as well. We will use your responses to develop future webinars so that we can talk with you about the things that are on your mind.
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Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to continuing the conversation.

Take Care,

Your Peer Support Team

 

Bulletin 20-20

April 30, 2020

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 everyone to wear them.

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.
  • Currently, the most promising treatment called NurOwn is going through a phase 3 trial, meaning that people who have been diagnosed and are potentially a good match for this treatment don’t have access to it unless they are accepted into a trial.
  • Once the NurOwn trial ends, all participants are taken off the treatment even if it is greatly improving their lives until NurOwn is eventually approved by the FDA which is possibly years away.

We have a limited number of ALS T-Shirts available at www.uflac.org for $25. Please call UFLAC at (213) 977-9001 for availability and sizes. 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales will go to https://www.projectals.org at the request of Stevens Nation to help find a treatment for ALS patients. Thank you for your support!

UFLAC Executive Board

April 20, 2020                                                                                       

Bulletin 19-20

UFLAC Fire Foundation to Provide Non-Emergency Face Masks for All Members

 

 

The California Department of Public Health has announced that there are now more than 31,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which includes more than 1,200 deaths across the State from this global pandemic. Testing for this virus is expanding throughout California and here in Los Angeles, with many of our LAFD Firefighters and Paramedics assisting in the testing efforts.

 

Unfortunately, testing has confirmed that COVID-19 remains present in our communities, which is why it is essential that everyone remains vigilant in following Department policies and does their part to follow lifesaving instructions of Staying at Home, maintaining a safe social distance from one another, and doing all that we can to avoid public places and large gatherings.

 

Since testing began here in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department has a total of 66 employees who have tested positive for Coronavirus, while the Los Angeles Fire Department has a total of 20 members who have tested positive. The good news from the LAFD is that FOURTEEN of the members that tested positive have fully recovered and have already returned to duty, SIX are isolated and recovering at home, and NONE are currently hospitalized.

 

Given that we work in the second largest city in America and come into contact on a daily basis with “high risk” populations for the Coronavirus, the fact that our numbers have remained relatively low speaks volumes about the actions that our Firefighters and Paramedics are taking to protect themselves, their co-workers, their families, and ultimately the general public by following the protocols that have been sent out by the Fire Chief, UFLAC, and other leaders in the LAFD and the City of LA.

 

With all of this being said, we are very proud to announce that our newly created United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112 Fire Foundation has purchased 3,500 non-emergency face masks for all sworn members of the LAFD to be worn in non-emergency situations, such as visits to the grocery store or other situations where our members are seen out in public. This is important not only to protect our own personal safety and those around us, but it also serves as an opportunity to promote good health practices for other Angelenos to follow.

It is critical to know that these masks are NOT intended to be used as a replacement for our LAFD approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as the Department issued N-95 face masks.

 

The UFLAC Fire Foundation, a 501(c)(3) was founded in 2019 as a way to raise funds in order to exclusively to support UFLAC members, retirees, and their families. The Foundation has NO overhead expenses as everyone on the Board and all of our supporters, including pro-bono legal work, give their time and money generously to this cause so that we are able to do things like this – advancing the safety of our members during this pandemic.

 

These high quality, non-emergency face masks will be arriving at UFLAC this week and we will be distributing them through our Battalion Chiefs to members in the field. Chief Terrazas and his Administration will be doing the same for members of the LAFD leadership team.

 

Special thanks are in order for retired UFLAC Executive Board Member, Brian Hishinuma, who received unanimous support for the rare honor of being named a Lifetime Member of UFLAC. Brian was instrumental in getting these masks at an excellent price and putting all of the logistics together. Special thanks also go to Adam Walker, the Chairman of the UFLAC Fire Foundation and the Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee, for his continuing dedication to do everything possible to make the health and safety of our members a top priority for LAFD Administration and UFLAC Local 112.

 

If you have any questions or comments regarding these special face masks that will be distributed free of charge to all of our LAFD Firefighters, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

 

May God Bless each and every one of our Firefighters and Paramedics on the front lines of this battle, along with the nurses, doctors, and other health care providers who are literally risking their lives on a daily basis in an attempt to save others.

 

In Solidarity,

 

 

 

UFLAC Executive Board Local 112

UFLAC Fire Foundation Board of Directors