June 27, 2023
Bulletin 32 – 23



The physical and mental health and wellbeing of our members is our top priority. That’s why we wanted to share information about an important podcast that is hosted by two of our own LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics – Jonathan Vargas and Trevor Stepan from Fire Station 52.

Their podcast Grablives is designed to bring a greater awareness to first responders struggling with injury, depression, suicidal thoughts, burn out, and more.

Recently, they had Hugo Catalan Jr. from the UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness team on the show. Hugo is the chemical and behavioral addictions manager at the Center. Trevor and Hugo discuss how firefighters can get help and a whole new approach towards the epidemic of behavioral health.

Listen to the podcast with FF/PM Trevor Stepan and Hugo Catalan Jr here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grablives/id1671088910?i=1000617638562

In the next episode, they had another member of the UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness team.

Alejandro Zavala is the Director of UFLAC Behavioral Health team. In this episode, Jonathan and Alejandro talk about “familia” and bringing unity to the members of the LAFD

Listen to the podcast with FF/PM Jonathan Vargas and Alejandro Zavala here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grablives/id1671088910?i=1000618132408

Please take the time to listen to these podcasts and share with others. If you have any questions, reach out to the UFLAC Behavioral Health clinicians or a Peer Support Team member.

To learn more about the UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness visit: UFLACHEALTHANDWELLNESS.ORG

In Solidarity,

Executive Board
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City