Bulletin 29-20

August 12, 2020

UFLAC Announces Expansion of Behavioral Health Team

 

 

UFLAC is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Behavioral Health Team with the addition of Clinical Psychologist Dr. Samantha Tamburro, who will work alongside Dr. Steve, and Vera Rodriguez, who was brought on board as a Behavioral Health Intern at UFLAC’s Center for Health and Wellness.

 

Recognizing that the fire service is a unique workplace, we knew that we did not just want to find competent clinicians, but we also sought professionals who had knowledge of the fire service culture. It is widely recognized today that cultural competency is important for a clinician to be effective in the fire service environment.

 

Dr. Samantha Tamburro is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working in the Conejo Valley for 25 years. Dr. Tamburro graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate degree from Pepperdine Universit

Dr. Tamburro has been in the fire family for 22 years. She is married to a Glendale Fire Captain and has three teenage daughters. She understands the stressors and benefits that come along with a fire service career and will be an incredible resource for our members and their families in her work with children, adolescents, and adults.

 

 

Vera is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (No. AMFT #120027), supervised by Dr. Steve (LMFT #7666). Vera recently graduated with her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from USC after completing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She is currently working to complete her hours to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Over the past year, Vera worked as an MFT Trainee at a private high school where she provided individual and family counseling, as well as crisis intervention.

 

Vera has a passion to work with Firefighters as her father is a Captain for LACoFD. Growing up in a fire family, she has experienced both the challenges and the strengths that come with the nature of the job and recognizes the role mental health can play. As an AMFT, Vera can provide individual, couple, and group counseling.

 

Dr. Tamburro and Vera have a tremendous respect for the sacrifices, courage, and selflessness that Firefighters and their loved ones make every day, and this fuels their inspiration to work with our members and their families. In their short time at UFLAC, they have already worked with the Peer Support Team, assisted with debriefings and defusings in the aftermath of critical incidents, and participated in a webinar that focused on communicating with your child from a fire family perspective.

 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Samantha Tamburro and Vera Rodriguez to our Team!

 

Dr. Steve Froehlich

Behavioral Health Services Director

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112

Office: 1-800-252-8352, Ext. 245

Cell: 818-645-9027

 

Dr. Samantha Tamburro
Cell:  805-231-3032

Vera Rodriguez
Cell: 949-939-0640

 

July 17, 2020
Bulletin    27 – 20

 

UFLAC General Membership Meeting
July 29, 2020
UFLAC Offices
1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026
JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST AND COFFEE 

 

0730                Stewards Meeting

0800               Special Guest: Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13

0830               General Membership Meeting

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

    1. Report on LAFD Budget
    2. COVID19 update
    3. Update on members from the Boyd Street incident
    4. Unfinished Business
    5. New Business

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

$100 –  Greg Hoerner  CIU
$1,000 – Gabriel Batriz – not present
$1000 –  – not present to receive

Adjournment

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

 

July 15, 2020

Bulletin 26-20

GROWING UP IN A FIRE FAMILY

Tune into the next Webinar on July 23rd at (7 pm)

& Welcome our new Behavioral Health Team Members

 

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. Based upon the comments that we received, we realize the need to continue the conversation. The focus of the next webinar, “Growing Up In A Fire Family,” came about through your feedback and we thank you and look forward to receiving your input for additional topics that you are interested in learning more about from the behavioral health field.

 

Also, UFLAC is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Behavioral Health Staff. UFLAC has hired a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Samantha Tamburro, to work alongside Dr. Steve and we have brought on board a recent graduate from USC, Vera Rodriguez, who has joined our staff as our Behavioral Health Intern. Recognizing that the fire service is a unique workplace, we knew that we did not just want to find good, competent clinicians, but we sought professionals who also had knowledge of the fire service culture. It is widely recognized today that cultural competency is important for a clinician to be effective in the fire service environment.

 

We are excited to be able to share with you that both clinicians, Dr. Sami Tamburro and Vera Rodriguez, meet that standard. Sami is not only a Clinical Psychologist, but she is also a mother of three and married to a Glendale Firefighter. Vera comes from a fire family herself. Her dad is a Captain with the LACoFD and can help us better understand some of the issues that kids face growing up within the fire service since she brings both her higher education as well as her personal experience of the unique dynamics present in a fire family. Vera will take the lead in the upcoming discussion and Sami will guide the next Webinar, which will focus on the dynamics of being married to a Firefighter.

 

In this Webinar a variety of topics will be addressed from stress, anxiety, developmental growth, and as a parent, how to assist your child from a fire family perspective. There is an unpredictable and spontaneous element at the center of this profession which many of the challenges may derive from.  However, the Webinar will also highlight the strength and resiliency that come innately to fire families that may be beneficial in sharing with your loved ones.

 

We hope you can join us on Thursday, July 23rd for this discussion!

 

WEBINAR DETAILS:

DATE:   THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

TIME:   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 

RSVP to Maria Rendon, UFLAC Behavioral Health Program Administrator, at [email protected].

Please click HERE to register.

July 14, 2020
Bulletin 25-20

A Message from UFLAC’s Behavioral Health Service Director

 

2020 has been quite a year so far, and we are only about halfway through! To date, we have faced a worldwide pandemic, social unrest, the Boyd Street Incident, an earthquake, and then a COVID-19 surge. The thing that is so remarkable is that all of these extraordinary events are in addition to the normal day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Our role in all of this on the Behavioral Health side is to focus on the emotional wellbeing of our Fire Department members and our members’ families. The nature of the job is to repeatedly respond to emergency situations quickly and professionally. There can be a cumulative stress load that comes along with the job that can affect our members and our members’ loved ones. 

UFLAC and the LAFD recognize the needs of the membership and are building robust, culturally competent behavioral health programs to support the emotional wellbeing of our members as well as your families. The Union and the Department both encourage members to utilize these confidential services when needed. Peer Support and professional behavioral health resources are both available on a 24/7 basis, at no cost for our members and your families. Above all, we want our members and families to know that you are never alone. We are just a phone call away if needed.

Thank you for the long hours that you put in during a shift and thank you to the families who pick up the slack at home when you are at work. We appreciate you all.

Take Care and Stay Safe!

 

Dr. Steve
Behavioral Health Services Director
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112
Office: 1-800-252-8352, Ext. 245
Cell: 818-645-9027

 

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

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

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