Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of active duty Firefighter III / Paramedic Jose M. Perez who passed away on July 25, 2020 due to COVID-19 compilations. Jose was 44 years old and leaves behind a wife and three children.
Thank you to all those who have reached out offering your condolences and to the agencies who participated in honoring Firefighter Perez with a procession to the mortuary.
Honored to join a podcast with FireFighter Kingdom IAFF 10TH District Frank Lima and Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 #LAFD#iaffThis weeks guest on FireFighter Kingdom is Cpt. Adam VanGerpen is a Fire Captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and also currently 2nd Vice President with United Firefighters of Los Angeles, Local 112.
Tune into the next Webinar on July 23rd & 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!
IAFF Podcast: LAFD – The Boyd Street Incident Please click on the link to listen to a powerful discussion about the May 16th explosion in a downtown Los Angeles pot shop that injured 12 #LAFD / Local 112 members. Captain Scott Barkley and Fire Apparatus Operator Ian Soriano walk us through the incident, the injuries they sustained, and their road to eventual recovery. #iaff 10th District Vice President Frankie Lima and UFLAC Local 112 President Freddy Escobar also speak on their response as IAFF leaders to support their injured members and families in their time of need.
A powerful discussion about the May 16th explosion in a downtown Los Angeles pot shop that injured 12 LAFD/Local 112 members. Captain Scott Barkley and Fire Apparatus Operator Ian Soriano walk through us through the incident, the injuries they sustained and their road to eventual recovery. IAFF 10th...