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

April 17, 2020
Bulletin   18-20

UFLAC General Membership Webinar
April 29, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

UFLAC General Membership Webinar

 

0800 General Membership Live Stream Webinar

 

Continuing with the Mayor’s directive of canceling all public gatherings within the City of Los Angeles, UFLAC’s General Membership Meeting for the month of April will be held electronically on April 29th via the live stream webinar.  Please click HERE for more information and to register for the April 29th General Membership Webinar.

 

We are encouraging all members to follow the link and pre-register for the live stream webinar. There will be no actionable items at this informational webinar but we will be answering questions.  Please email your questions to [email protected] by Friday, April 24th and President Escobar will answer them at the webinar.

 

Agenda Items:

  • Update on COVID-19
  • Update on LAFD Budget

 

UFLAC Offices remain closed to the public, but we are available via telephone and email during 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)

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

Bulletin 17-20

April 16, 2020

 

Message from UFLAC President Freddy Escobar

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

 

First and foremost, your UFLAC Executive Board would like to thank all of our members for stepping up and serving on the front lines day in and day out, risking your own safety during this global pandemic. From staffing stations to working at the COVID-19 testing sites, your work is saving lives in the City of Los Angeles and you are all demonstrating once again why you are the most dedicated, well-trained, and all-around best Firefighters and Paramedics. It is truly my honor to serve as your President of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112.

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including our work and how we go about protecting ourselves and all Angelenos. These last few weeks have been very difficult and filled with a lot of uncertainty as we all work to try to slow the spread of the virus. Now more than ever, UFLAC remains committed to our mission to lead the way in protecting the health and safety of our members as we fight for better working conditions and constantly advocate for top wages, benefits and a secure retirement for our members and your families.

Last week, I attended the LAFD Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony and was proud to welcome 49 new recruits to our Department. As you know, in an effort to increase overall Department resources, the recruits graduated four weeks early and are now serving alongside our members in preparation for the potential surge of coronavirus patients in the days and weeks to come. The Department also launched a new telemedicine program at its emergency dispatch center using specially trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to screen potential COVID-19 patients and other individuals calling 911 with non-life-threatening issues. This new program will help to minimize exposure within our ranks while still delivering exceptional care to those most in need.

UFLAC continues to have a seat at the table during the Department Operations Center’s (DOC) daily briefings in order to remain informed and give critical input from the field and the nearly 3,500 members that we represent. As of April 15th, the LAFD had a total of 19 employees who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Nine LAFD employees have recovered from this virus and returned to duty. The remaining ten employees are isolated and recovering at home. We have been monitoring our members’ progress and wish all LAFD employees a full recovery from this global pandemic.

COVID-19 is having an impact on people throughout the world, despite age, gender, or occupation. This virus is hitting our first responders especially hard, regardless of the precautions that our men and women are taking to be as safe as possible. With that said, UFLAC would like to extend our deepest condolences to our 5 IAFF brothers who have died due to complications from COVID-19. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones. May they Rest In Peace.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

We know that these are stressful times, so please take a moment (if you haven’t already done so), to view the “Family Webinar” that took place on April 14th. The “Family Webinar” was designed to create and find supportive resources to maintain a first line of defense on the home front for our first responder families and their relationships. The goal is to build a community of Firefighter families to support, guide, inform, and provide resources in the fire life. Behavioral health resources are available to you and your families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! To view the “Family Webinar” video click HERE and for additional resources log onto UFLAC’s Peer Support page.

 

TRADES AND CTO UPDATE

On April 20th, the use of trades (360) will be reinstated. Additionally, beginning April 24th, all other CTO (VC, TS, HO) will be approved. The Planning Section is currently working on updating NSS to allow members to enter trades and CTO – a notice will be issued to members when NSS has been updated.

 

PROMOTIONS

For those members who have been inquiring about the next promotion, promotions have been posted on the LAFD Portal and will be effective April 26, 2020.

 

BENEFITS

One other important note, although it may not always be on the top of your mind, please remember to confirm and update your current dependent and beneficiary information on all of your personal documents. Should there ever be a need to use this information, we want to make sure that you and your loved ones are covered in case of an emergency.

 

UFLAC MONTHLY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & OFFICE OPERATIONS

Continuing with the Mayor’s directive of canceling all public gatherings within the City of Los Angeles, UFLAC’s General Membership Meeting for the month of April will be held electronically on April 29th via the live stream webinar.  Please click HERE for more information and to register for the April 29th General Membership Webinar.

UFLAC Offices remain closed to the public, but we are available via telephone and email during 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)

 

ONGOING 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.

The testing will be conducted by appointment for members who are on or off duty and 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.

Please remember to be safe out there and do everything possible to look out for your fellow Firefighters on the front lines. If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please 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]

 

Stay Safe!

Freddy Escobar

President

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City