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On the cover: Major Emergency Recycle Yard - Harbor Gateway

Inset photo by: Greg Doyle

Major Emergency Recycle Yard - Harbor Gateway
2 February 2016

Photo by: Mike Meadows



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Did You Know?
Your Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association is here for you and
your families in times of need. Check out a few of the benefits
LAFRA was able to provide to its members in 2015. .................06

Medal of Valor
Harbor firefighters were awarded Special Commendations and FF/
PM Miguel Meza was honored with a Medal of Valor for an incident
involving a submerged vehicle with trapped children ...............08

Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Battalion News ...................................................................................11
The Retired Guys
LAFRA Open House and Jim Crebs Breakfast .............................29
LAFD Handball
Fall Singles Tournament .............................................................31

Department in Action
NoHo Single Family .......................................................................32
Harbor Gateway Major Emergency ...............................................34
Retirement Dinner Announcements .................................................38
Retirement Dinners
Ed Martin .....................................................................................39
Station Fridge ......................................................................................41
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Fires in Victorian homes and Core Operational Values ................42
Mailbox ...............................................................................................44
Memorials ...........................................................................................47
Dollars and Sense
Credit Union actions in 2015 .......................................................49
LAFD History
Timeline of the first 50 years of the LAFD ..............................50
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................54
Classifieds ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard ...........................................................................................60

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Happy Heart Month members!

This is the month when we reach out a little more with our hearts
(St. Valentines Day) and should be doing more for our own hearts.
Give your heart the gift of getting your annual physicals done or
at least make that appointment to get it done. Dont wait until
there is an issue before you get checked out. Be proactive with
your health. With your LAFRA Medical Plan you can get your
annual physical done anywhere. As for giving your heart to your
love ones, get your house in order with a will and trust, checking
on your beneficiaries on your life insurance and your Life and Accident form at LAFRA. Sometime in the spring LAFRA will be
sending out a one page form listing who is on your medical plan
and who is listed as your beneficiaries.
With that being said, we have seen a spike in members who have
not been removing their former spouses or domestic partners
from the Medical Plan when they received their final judgement
or terminate their Domestic Partnership. You are required to notify LAFRA within 60 days of the final judgement to remove
them . . . PERIOD! There is no grace period: you are not to wait
until open enrollment, the next blue moon, etc. Dont listen to the
kitchen table for these issues. If you have any questions about any
issues involving member services please call our office. By law
YOU - the member - are required to reimburse the plan assets,
not your ex.
So if you thought I was just bashing our ex married members,
Im not. If you have a newborn, again, you have 60 days from the
date of birth to add your bundle of joy to the Plan. Be pqrepared
to present us with some paperwork from the hospital regarding
the birth and Social Security number. YES, this is now required
by law.
So maybe you have a few questions about your Medical Plan?
Well, if youve got the questions, we will have the answers for
you at the LAFRA Health Fair coming in April. Experts from
your Medical Plan will be available for one-on-one consultations.
Youll also be able to speak with representatives from Express
Scripts about your prescriptions, VSP about your vision care,
Unum about your long-term care, and an expert on Medicare.
Reps from Anthem will be there providing demonstrations of their
Live Health Online service where you can have virtual doctors
consultations on your computer or mobile device. The folks from

the Medical Imaging Center of SoCal will be on hand to explain

about Body Scans. And well also be providing free massages,
health screenings, exercise tips from a personal trainer, healthy
snacks and refreshments, and lots of raffle prizes and giveaways.
The Health Fair will run two consecutive days (April 20 and 21)
at the Relief offices so that everyone will have a chance to attend.
One of the duties of the President is to make presentations to the
new recruit classes at the Drill Tower. Now you would think that
all members would sign up for LAFRA, but they dont. We have
one hour to explain why it is in every firefighters best interest
to become a LAFRA member. In their defense, the new recruits
have two days, eight hours each day of City benefits that are being thrown at them. So when your new rookie finally shows up
at the firehouse, after youve done the probationary drills and are
having a cup of coffee with them, ask him or her if they signed up
for LAFRA and the Medical Plan. If they have questions that you
cant answer, please have them call us.
As some of you retirees have noticed, Medicare lowered the subsidy that you are receiving from the Pension Department but your
premiums went up six months ago. You should have received
your letter from the Pension Department with all the details. If
you still have any questions about the rates please dont hesitate
to contact us.
Please mark your calendars for some upcoming LAFRA events:

March 19th and 20th Hook and Ladder

April 20th and 21st our first ever LAFRA Health Fair
May 23rd thru 27th LAFRA Pechanga Reunion

Lastly but very importantly, a big shout out to Doug Weber and
Mike Reitmayer for putting on another successful event, the Team
Buzzard Bait. The ride was held on January 16th out in Ocotillo
Wells. To these two great gentlemen and their families who give
up their time and money to benefit the Widows, Orphans, & Disabled Firemen a big THANK YOU!
Be safe and be kind to each other

Mr. Mouth
February 2016 5

Some of what your Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association did for you in 2015

The Relief Association provides a death benefit of $4,500, given to the
named beneficiary after a member passes away. As a member of the Relief Association, you and your dependents may access additional services during this difficult
time. Along with the LAFD Chaplains, we can assist members and families during
periods of bereavement with counseling, guidance and funeral arrangements.

LAFRA presented more

than 100 flags to relatives
of deceased members

The Relief established the Scholarship Awards Program in 1996 for all
eligible dependents of active and retired LAFRA members. Were proud to grant
financial assistance to students who exemplify academic and personal achievements. Each year, the Relief awards $20,000 in college scholarships to the children
of deserving members.
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An Estate Plan is essential for
everyone. It gives you peace of mind
knowing your affairs are in order and the
comfort of knowing youve provided for
your family. Failing to establish a wellthought out Estate Plan could cost your
family thousands of dollars and force
them to suffer through years of probate.

Our Getting Started Kit will walk
you through the steps of protecting your
loved ones and your assets. To request
your kit, email

The Relief is proud to offer a onetime reimbursement of up to $600 for
our members or surviving spouses to help
you get your estate plan completed.

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund is a charity dedicated to helping the families of LAFD
members facing a serious crisis, such
as being injured or killed in the line
of duty. Whether through direct donations or funds raised from one of our
signature events, contributions provide
much needed care for firefighter families such as assisting with basic living
expenses, paying for health insurance
premiums for firefighter families that
cannot afford it, covering the costs of
Durable Medical Equipment and memorial scholarships for the children of
firefighters killed in the line of duty.
LAFRA also provides financial assistance or advancements to those who
exhibit a verifiable need.

LAFRA membership includes 3,045 actives and 2,603 retirees. More than
90% of active members are spread evenly between the ages of 30 and 60, but
this will change with younger new hires over the next few years.

With all the recent retirements, the largest segment of retirees is younger
than age 65.

For American men, the average life expectancy is 76.4 years.^ Of the
Los Angeles firefighters who died over the last two years, more than 72% lived
beyond the age of 80, and more than 30% beyond 90 years.













More than 12,000

belly buttons rely on
LAFRA for their medical
insurance coverage


* Multi-year total
^ SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality 2012

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n April 9, 2015, at approximately 6:10

p.m., Engine and Rescue 112, along
with a physical rescue assignment,
responded to a reported automobile into the
ocean near Berth 73 at the Port of Los Angeles.
When Engine and Rescue 112 arrived on scene
they saw two adults in the ocean near the dock.
Bystanders were also yelling to the firefighters
that there were two children trapped in a submerged vehicle.

Without hesitation, FF/PM Miguel
Meza removed his boots and work shirt and
climbed down the pier ladder alongside the
dock and entered the water. He quickly provided a surface rescue of the two adults that were
in the water by physically assisting them to the
metal ladder.

In a small boat in the water nearby, a
civilian was showing Meza the approximate
location of the submerged vehicle. The area he
directed him to was about 25 feet from the dock
and was 24 feet deep.

Once over that location he saw bubbles
and despite the visibility in the water being
zero, Meza made several attempts to dive to the
submerged vehicle.

Fire Boat 5 arrived just a minute and
half after 112s and Boat 1 just 30 seconds
after that. FF/PM Meza was instrumental in
identifying the exact location of the submerged
vehicle to Boat 5 and Boat 1 divers.

Once the Fire Boats arrived on scene,
pinpointing the location of the submerged
vehicle was critical to the subsequent dive operations. Meza stayed in the water in an effort
to assist the divers and even asked Boat 5 for an
air supply bottle to make another dive attempt.
It took the divers approximately five minutes
to bring the first victim to the surface. Meza
assisted in getting the child into the litter basket. At this point Meza was pulled out of the
water. It would be another ten minutes before
the second child was brought to the surface.

The extrication of the children was
a complicated operation due to the vehicle
being upside down on the ocean floor and
resting in two to three feet of muck. The children
were also special needs kids who were secured
in five-point harness seats in the back seat of
the car.

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It is significant to note the elements
that FF/PM Meza was fighting against in his
attempted rescues. He entered into unknown
waters from the dock and it is well known that
the harbors water has very poor visibility.
This was made worse by the vehicle striking
the floor of the channel causing a tremendous
amount of sand and sediment to envelope the
vehicle, creating zero-visibility. FF/PM Meza

dove to depths of approximately 15 feet in cold

water multiple times in his attempt to save the
childrens lives. He only stopped diving after
the rescue divers took over the operations.

Upon investigation of this incident, the
Board of Honorary Awards recommended that
FF/PM Miguel Meza receive the Medal of Valor.

It was also recommended that the members of the LAFD dive teams involved in this
rescue operation receive Special Commendations for their gallant efforts in retrieving the
trapped boys in the zero-visibility conditions.
These members are FF John OConnor (FS
111-B), FF Kenneth Mason (FS 111-B), FF
David Brooks (FS 49-B), FF Emilio Russi (FS
110-B), FF John Torres (FS 110-C) and Inspector Gerald Durant (FPB) who working as a
diver that day.

Medal of Valor

Miguel Meza

John Torres

John OConnor

Gerald Durant

David Brooks

Kenneth Shawn Mason

Emilio Russi
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10 February 2016

Companies worked a commercial with fire through the roof on

Washington Bl. on 12/11/15. Photos by Martin Nate Rawner

Truck 12 after a fire on 12/16/15.

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E16 attended the LA Derby Doll Championships at the Dolliseum on 12/5/15.

Firefighters extinguished two vehicles involved in a fatal

T/A on Hollywood Bl on 12/28/15. Photos by Rick McClure
12 February 2016

Companies handled a small fire at Madame Tussauds wax museum

on Hollywood Blvd on 11/29/15. Photos by Adam VanGerpen

E 52 members join with LAPD to form a Rescue

Task Force at an Active Shooter drill.

B/Cs McCarty and Cisneros honored

for saving millions of gallons of water with a recycling system at DT 81.
LAFD photo by David Ortiz

E 88 accepts toys donated to the Spark of

Love from the Sherman Oaks Little League.
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14 February 2016

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may

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24s and 74s work a T/A on the 210 Fwy

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E 474 handles an auto on Tujunga Cyn

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Each year your Relief Association awards
college scholarships to member dependents.
These include:
The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000

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16 February 2016

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Firefighters from FS 74 treat a motorcyclist

down on Foothill Bl. Photo by Doc DeMulle


Batt 12 companies extricate a driver

on 11/26/15. Photo by Doc DeMulle
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Companies extinguished a fire in a SFD

on 9/30/15. Photo by Doc DeMulle

Thomas Ryan Medina, son of Engineer Ryan Medina, FS 98-C and grandson to
FF/PM Paul Medina, FS 44-A was born on May 12, 2015, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz.

On 12-16-15 firefighters responded to a grass and brush

fire alongside the 5 Freeway.. Photo by Mike Meadows
18 February 2016

Companies extinguished a fire in an auto repair facility

on Avalon Bl on 12/6/15. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

E 64 handles an auto on 12/10/15 on 104th St

near Vermont. Photo by Tod Sudmeier
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An auto into brush along the 110 Fwy for E 64

on 11/27/15. Photo by Tos Sudmeier
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20 February 2016

Acting Engineer Greg Boatman makes it look easy at a

Greater Alarm blaze on Washington Bl. on 12/11/15.

Firefighters extinguished a well involved SFD at 1126 West

73rd St on 11/26/15. Photos by Martin Nate Rawner

Companies encountered fire through the roof in the 5900 blk

of So Broadway on 9/1/15. Photos by Martin Nate Rawner
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22 February 2016

Truck 33 goes to the roof at 59th Place and

Figueroa in December. Photo by Bernie Deyo

21s at a structure fire at 846 E 76th Pl.

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On 12/9/15 TF 60 was first on scene for a guest

house behind 6348 Cleon. Photo by Rick McClure

FF/PM Kuniyuki Thomas Kasahara from FS 60-A at his promotional dinner (to A/O at FS 93-C)
24 February 2016

E 87 handles a homeless encampment

under a bridge. Photo by Doc DeMulle

FS 96 members receive Spark

of Love toy donations

T 105 overhauls 5851 Rolling Road on

12/16/15. Photo by Adam VanGerpen
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Companies helped fill MTA buses with toys at the Spark of Love toy
drive at Topanga Plaza on 12/11/15. Photo by Adam VanGerpen

Firefighters treat four patients at a three car T/A at

19600 Victory Bl. on 12/12/15. Photos by Rick McClure
26 February 2016

Ed Martin with the crew from 94-B on his last day on the job

In uniform, Capt Miller, D/C Vidovich, Inspector/PM Da Broi, and Inspector

Bolden receive Award for Innovation. LAFD photo by David Ortiz
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28 February 2016

n December 5, 2015, the Relief Association had its annual Open House.
This event is always special and its
a great time to meet up with old friends. This
year was especially good because it marked the
first event in their new buildin. In case you
didnt know, the Relief now has its own buildin around the corner from the Credit Union. I
especially enjoyed the new buildin because I
always got lost in the old one, tryin to negotiate all the separate rooms and tryin to figure
out where all the good desserts were hidden. It
reminded me of a search and rescue drill, but

different. Also this year, James Coburn was

honored for his dedicated service as a trustee.
Jim has been on the Board of Trustees for many
years and it was fittin that he was given this
tribute. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the membership Jim.

Also, Juan Albarran has completed two
years at the helm of the Relief Association.
Juan has been a tireless worker as our president
and will hand over his pearl handled pistols
to Robert Steinbacher in early January 2016.
Juan, thanks for your guidance and hard work
as our Relief President.

On December 12, 2015, FS 87 put on
a pancake breakfast for Jim Crebs. The entire
crew at FS 87-A, along with several off-duty
members, deserve a standin ovation for their
efforts in makin this breakfast a great success.
Thanks again to all of you.

Jim had a liver transplant more than
two months ago and is makin steady improvements every day. Jim was diagnosed with a
diseased liver about 14 years ago. This disease
affected the bile ducts, which over time slowly
destroyed his liver and ultimately required a
transplant. As you can imagine, Jim has literally been to hell and back, but he told me his doctors are pleased with his progress and expect
him to make a complete recovery. However,

the best part of Jims story has been the support

and cooperation of the Fire Department.

The term Fire Family seems to be a
hollow phrase thats thrown around a lot but
seldom displayed in such a positive manner.
Jim has less than 20 years on the job, but has
been given a light duty position while he recovers. This happened quickly and without the
usual hurdles and delays. I know Jim and his
family are grateful for this support and understandin. After hearin this story I actually felt
guilty about some of the negative articles Ive
written about the Department in the past, but
I was really surprised how quickly that sensation passed. However, many of us would like to
thank the Department and to those responsible

for helpin Jim out durin this difficult time. To

those directly responsible for understandin
Jims predicament, we applaud you.

It was good seein you Jim. All of us
wish the very best for you and your family.
Keep your chin up!
Ladies, if you want control, get your own remote.

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30 February 2016

he LAFD Handball Fall Singles tournament results are in. I would like to say a
special thank you to FS 15 for allowing
the tournament to be held on their new court.

The morning started off with the Masters Division. The players performed with great
heart and placement of every shot. It was like
watching gladiators going for the kill. In this
event, Chief Joe Castro and Captain Eddie
Marez laid the foundation for the entire day. In
the end Eddie pulled it off with a tie breaker
win 11-10.

Next was the C division with Nestor
Rodriguez from 66s playing Adon Rescendez
from 43s. There was almost a time limit put on
the matches due to the long rallies (sometimes
up to 30 shot rallies). These guys put on a great
game for the audience. Nester Rodriguez won
at the end.

For the B division, they were NAV lost.
Mark Zizi and Danny Beltran from 82s will
play at another date.

Now for the main event, LETS GET
READY TO RUMBLE!! The battle for the Top
which has been held in the past by some of
the greats is an accomplishment that has been
tried by many but held by few. The 2015 finals
was between Alex Garcia from 66s and Trevor
Insley also from 66s. Wow, these gentlemen
put on a show for the audience that included
their families and friends to watch these battle.
Between the long rallies and broken handballs
these guys would give each other an inch, it
was like a dance. Trevor hunted down every

shot. Alex placed his shots with split second

decisions. In the end Alex won! Congratulations to Alex becoming #1 in LAFD HANDBALL LADDER!

Thanks to all the participants in this
tournament. The information for the 2016
SPRING DOUBLES will be out soon. Also
on the USHA handball website there are some
great outside tournaments coming up. Be sure
to check them out. Royal Flush in Las Vegas is
February 12-14, come on out.

Any questions you can reach Richard
Ramirez at FS 66 or cell phone (562) 9658277. Thanks and keep playing!

Joe Castro and Eddie Marez

Nester Rodriquez and Adon Rescendez
Trevor Insley and Alex Garcia

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North Hollywood

Photos by Rick McClure, Matt Lyneis and Ryan Ling,

32 February 2016

On December 26, 2015, LF 89 arrive first on scene at 12717 Gault Street to

find a one story dwelling well involved with fire. It took companies 15 minutes
to knock down the blaze. Cause of the fire was listed as a Christmas tree.

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Harbor Gateway

Information from Margaret Stewart, PSO

Photos by Mike Meadows and Greg Doyle

34 February 2016

More than 160 firefighters extinguished a major emergency fire that erupted on December 12, 2105, at a recycling yard in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood. The blaze was initially
reported about 10:17 a.m. in the 20800 block of South Denker Avenue. The location is about two miles southwest of the interchange of the 405 and 110 freeways.
A knockdown was declared around 1:52 p.m., but crews worked through the night on the overhaul. The Torrance and Los Angeles County fire departments assisted in the response to the
incident. One L.A. County firefighter sustained a minor injury during the incident, and was hospitalized in fair condition.
The cause of the fire was unknown and is under investigation.

February 2016 35

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36 February 2016

ecause the road from work to retirement

isnt always the smoothest, were hoping the following information will help
to level out any chuckholes or speed humps.
Beginning of the year you retire depending on your retirement date you might want
to adjust the amount of money going into Deferred Compensation if you want to receive
the maximum in the year you retire. Deferred
Compensation deposits can only come from
payroll deduction.
60-90 days Begin the Department of Pensions process by going to to
download the appropriate forms or call (213)
978-4545 to have the forms mailed or faxed to
you. Once you completed the forms, you can
fax to Pensions at (213) 978-4450 to get the
process started.
60 days Contact Personnel Services Section to make an appointment. They will prepare
seven identical Letters of Intent for you to
sign. You will bring one to the Pension Department for their records. During your visit to
Personnel Services they will take your retirement identification photo. This whole process
should only take about 15 minutes. They open
at 0800. Call (213) 978-3774 to make your appointment.
60 days Contact Department of Pensions for
an appointment. Scheduling it on the same day
after your visit to

Personnel will make the process much more

efficient, as you will need the Letter of Intent
when you meet with Pensions. If you have decided what you will do with your DROP money
you can fill out the form they give you or the
one partially filled out by Great West, and sign
it right there and then to avoid having the document notarized if you do it by mail.
30-60 days Contact Credit Union (or your
financial institution) for Automatic Deposit of
your pension check. The Credit Union no longer accepts new payroll deductions so if you
have a loan or want to continue to contribute
you will need direct deposit or get your loan
put on a payment coupon system, which can
be arranged when you initially call the Credit
Union at (800) 231-1626. For more information, go to
30-60 days Contact the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association. They will send a
payroll deduction card for Relief Association
monthly dues deduction and the Relief Association Retirement Checklist form. Contact
Member Services at memberservices@lafra.
org, or call (323) 259-5200 Ext. 222 or 223.
30-60 days - Contact UFLAC for pension
mailing. They should provide payroll deduction cards for dental and life insurance. Call
(800) 252-8352 for more information, or go to
30-60 days Determine how you will receive
your DROP account balance. If you are going
to rollover all or a portion of the monies into a
qualified account, set this up with
your financial institution
of choice. If you
choose to roll
it into De-

ferred Comp, contact Great-West and they will

provide a partially filled out form for rollover
of DROP money into Deferred Compensation
and various disbursal documents for your Deferred Compensation monies. Deferred Comp
is located within the Employee Benefits department at City Hall: 200 N. Spring St. Room 867,
Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information,
call (213) 978-1602. They open at 0830.
You may wish to consult with your tax and/or
financial advisor so that you are aware of any
financial consequences that could affect your
DROP distribution decision.
20 days Call Department of Pensions to
make sure they have received any documents
you sent them and to ensure everything is progressing smoothly. You can request an exit
medical through the Personnel Services Section. If you have an existing medical problem
that could require lifetime care, there is nothing you need to do at this time. If your Work
Comp Doctor placed you on Permanent and/or
Stationary status, he/she should have addressed
the issue of future medical care in his/her report
to your Work Comp carrier. If not, you might
want to contact the Medical Liaison Unit and
discuss your status.
If you dont have the Relief Association
(LAFRA) Fire Medical Plan or UFLAC dental
insurance, you will have to contact your respective carrier to provide a new payroll deduction
card. If you are an active firefighter who, as of
your retirement date, has been covered under
the Relief Fire Medical Plan for a total of 84
months (seven years), you may elect to continue coverage under the Relief Fire Medical
Plan for yourself and your dependents covered
under the plan at the time of your retirement, at
the applicable group rates.
Please note these guidelines are subject to
change and it is up to you to find out the current steps and requirements directly from
each of the organizations and departments
Heres to your happy and healthy

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February 2016 41

tic regardless of where the fire started. Large

attic spaces, multiple living areas and converted attics can easily lead to delays in checking
for extension.

These separate living areas have individual entrances making them difficult to locate. Look for interior stairs, an exterior staircase (rear or side) or even a staircase in the
kitchen. Dont neglect the basement; a 1st floor
fire may have actually started and extended
from the basement area.

The TIC is vital when checking for extension. In no case, however, should technology replace sound firemanship in opening
walls and ceilings to confirm a lack of extension. Remember, having a loaded HL ready
when checking for extension is absolutely vital.

n this edition of KTW Captains Berkery, Hampton and Nakamaru will discuss
(1) checking for extension in a Victorian
residence and (2) Operational Core Values.
These topics and experience-based opinions
should be points of discussion for all.

Operational question: Youre assigned to check for extension on the 2nd floor of a two-story Victorian with
fire on the 1st floor What are your considerations?
CII Steve Berkery, Arson Unit: As you approach the structure pause to clearly identify
the smoke and fire conditions. Do your initial
observations match the mental picture formulated from Tac channel inputs while enroute?
Does the 2nd floor show signs of extension?
Initial and ongoing observations are critically
important at a Victorian type fire.

42 February 2016

Next, confirm 1st floor operations and
tactics are sound (wheres the fire, are the tactics working, whats the impact 2nd floor). A
fire on the 1st floor of a Victorian will not remain compartmentalized because of inherent
design and building features; Victorian construction easily allows fire to extend vertically.
Tools to support your efforts should include a
1 hoseline, TIC, axes and pike poles.

When checking for extension use input
from FA & Vent Cos, and note smoke conditions on the 2nd floor. Ensure a loaded line
in place when aggressively opening walls and
ceilings. Practice good Firemanship by providing salvage prior to going ballistic. Determine early on if the attic has been converted
if so locate concealed access points. Regularly communicate your conditions, actions and
needs with the IC, FA and Roof.
CII Brian Hampton, FS 87-C: The primary
concern in a Victorian is rapid spread due to
balloon construction. With no fire blocking
and a lack of top and bottom plates, a fire in
these structures will extend faster than in newer
construction. When checking for extension in
a Victorian you must be swift and aggressive.

FFs must immediately check for extension once its assumed the fire has extended
into the walls, and make sure you check the at-

CII Eric Nakamaru, FS 15-A: A Victorian

home is typically very large with multiple ways
of accessing the upper floors and basement
area. Theyre built without fire stops, which
greatly contributes to rapid fire spread. Whenever youre checking for extension its imperative to act quickly with the intent of cutting off
the fire before it extends vertical.

When responding into a fire I anticipate my assignment by identifying the tasks already assigned by the IC. Ill also ID the extent
and location of the fire based on TAC channel
communication. When checking for extension
above the fire well bring: a handline, inside
ladder, pike pole, axes and a TIC. Before entering the structure Ill take note of where the
fires located on the 1st floor.

Once on the 2nd floor well position
ourselves directly above the fire. If extension
isnt obvious Ill use a TIC or the back of an
ungloved hand to check for heat in the walls.
If fire is running the walls well open (high
to low) and extinguish. If fire extends beyond
our floor, Ill communicate this to the IC as to
get another company above my location ASAP.
Note: Anytime youre above the fire safety is
of the highest priority.

Leadership question: The LAFD is guided by Organizational Core Values What are your Operational
CORE Values when engaged in emergency activity?
CII Steve Berkery: Everyone needs to develop their Operational Core Values (OCVs)
when engaged in emergency operations. My

OCVs are based first and foremost on knowing your job. Discipline, respect and proper
attitude along with supporting the mission, accomplishing a given task and a thorough After Action are also critical components of my

When in charge, be in charge your
goal should be to make sound and timely decisions based on your tactical objectives and
operational plan of attack. Maintaining job
competence, both technically and as a leader, is
of utmost importance and will assist in conveying your OCVs. Reliability and consistency
are also vital in adhering to company SOGs as

All members should maintain a high
degree of Situation Awareness, both on-scene
and in the firehouse. Maintaining good SA
will assist in anticipating the need for action
and upgrades within an ever-changing operational environment. When confusion or disorder appears ask yourself, Are your actions
supporting the mission? Lastly observe,
assess and act without micromanaging, and
when appropriate provide positive feedback to
modify tasks and assignments.

is vital. Consistency allows your command to

anticipate your actions without confusion or
uncertainty. It also allows those responsible
for assigning operational tasks to predict your
behavior by knowing your capabilities. Such
consistency increases their confidence in your
judgment thus providing more opportunities to
apply your OCVs.

To a certain extent, the principles guiding your non-emergency activities should also
mirror those guiding your emergency activities. Emergency Ops are dynamic, constantly
changing as you work to accomplish specific
tasks and objectives. Adhering to LAFD Core
Values such as a strong work ethic, trust, loyalty, commitment, dependability and integrity
will also assist in safe and effectively completing operational tasks.

Firefighters often revert to those things
we do over and over. Because of this and the
fact our routine activities outnumber our emergency activities, we have greater opportunity
to apply our everyday Core Values. When we
perfect everyday LAFD Core Values we naturally default to past practices when faced with
the challenges of emergency operations.

CII Brian Hampton: Its important for everyone to have sound Operational Core Values, especially as a leader where consistency

CII Eric Nakamaru: My Operational Core

Values begins with good communication.
While enroute I check the MDC and convey

any vital information to my crew. Ill formulate

and communicate a plan as to the desired route,
type of structure, assignment and any specific
hazards we may encounter. This open line of
communication will continue throughout the
incident and include keeping the IC informed.

Time is of the essence when arriving
on-scene and as such my OCVs are founded
on this principle. Consistent training in a wide
variety of areas will improve ones skill and
speed all while maintaining an appropriate
knowledge base. We must never compromise
safety at the expense of speed (time) Our
risk assessment therefore should determine our
course of action at any incident.

Crew accountability is a never-ending
OCV. Part of this is a contingency plan for
meeting outside a structure should we become
separated. Your ability to adapt and overcome
is critical to the flow of action; if things go
wrong, modify and get it right. Lastly, your
OCVs should enable you to visualize the Big
Picture so you can take appropriate action to
stay ahead of the game.
In next months KTW Captains Marty Svorinich and Randy Yslas will discuss (1) using a
Wagon Battery for Transitional Attack, and (2)
how to manage multi-shift conflicts.

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Dear Bob,

Dear Bob,

Please accept this donation to the Los
Angeles Firemens Relief Associations Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund in
honor of the past and present pilots and aircrews assigned to LAFDs Air Operations.
Their skill, professionalism and commitment to
saving lives and property reflect the Core Values and Mission Statement of the Los Angeles
Fire Department and support the time-honored
traditions of the fire service.

I would like to say a BIG thank you
to you Bob for being just a phone call away.
Knowing LAFRA, the Medical Board members and you are there during tough times is
very reassuring.

I read monthly in the Grapevine about
too many LAFD members that have passed on,
way too early in life. Many that I spent years
working with and grew to respect and admire
greatly. Some were supervisors and some were

As I read through the Mailbox section of the Grapevine and see all the letters, I
think Okay Carey! It doesnt take too much
too send a donation, but it makes a difference!

Just remember everything positive
the Department, LAFRA, UFLAC and the
Credit Union have done for us all during our
time of service and in retirement. It takes people who care including our Pension and benefits department.

So I am finally taking a couple of minutes (a lot of minutes for me) to send mine and
will continue in the future.

Merry Christmas and big hugs to you at

Peter and Teri Benesch

Stevenson Ranch, CA

Please accept this donation in honor of
Robert B. Morrison, our father and husband. He
retired in 1982 achieving the rank of Assistant
Chief. He loved his career with the LAFD and
passed this passion on to his sons and grandsons who have all followed in his footsteps.

He developed many lifelong friendships both on and off the job. He built a home at
the Colorado River and invited most everyone
he worked with to come out to vacation. Before SOD, when most firemen had developed
a trade, he had his contractors license and was
president of the LAFD Builders Club. Also, for
many years, he was a member of the board of
directors at the Firemens Credit Union.

The Relief Association has been phenomenal. They have always been there whenever a need arises. We have called on them
many times and they have always responded
promptly and efficiently. Thanks to their advice
and supply of equipment his later years were
the best they could be.

At his service, the flowers were greatly
appreciated. In addition, I would like to thank
Doak Smith for presenting the commemorative
Always Grateful,
The Morrison Fire Family
Sandra (Nikki), Craig, Curt and Kimberly

44 February 2016

Carey Steiner
Olney, MT

Alan Broude and I both attended University High School and we worked at FS 15
and FS 3 at the same time. We were partners on
a place at Mammoth Mountain.

Alan was a pleasure to be around with
a lot of great stories. He was an achiever and
excelled at a lot of things. As well as I knew
him, I never knew that he had been in the Navy
until we attended a show together in Branson,
Missouri and they had sailors stand up while
they played anchors away. He said that was the
only time anyone ever recognized his service.

Girlen and I will miss him. Our prayers
and sympathy are with the family.
Gerry McClanahan

In appreciation of your outstanding
services during my recent hospitalization for
installation of an LVAD, I would like to make
a donation to LAFRAs Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund.
Very truly yours,
Kenneth M. Brass
Banning, CA
Dear Andy,

Please accept this donation for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of my husband, Joseph O. Michell.
Joe was truly proud of being a firefighter for the
LAFD, and he often said that his assignment
as Mate of Fireboat #1 for many years was the

Thanks again Andy for all the good
work that you do for LAFD firefighters and
their families.
Marie Michell
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
P.S. My son Patrick wanted you to know that
his son, Joseph J. Michell, joined the U.S.
Navy in December! I think Joe would have
been very rpoud.
Dear Andy

This donation to the WODFF is in
memory of Joe Darnold who served as controller of LAFRA when Joe (Malais) was a Trustee,
and is the reason we moved to Vegas. Thanks
for all you and the board do for us members.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Marylou Malais
Las Vegas, NV
To the Relief Assoication.

My family and I thank you for Pauline Sckolnik, Chaplain Tim Werle, John Keys
(bagpiper) and Fire Station 17 for the wonderful effort on my husband John Verdones memorial service. It was so lovely and heartfelt.

John would have been so proud. Please accept

this donation in his name for all you do!
Audrey Verdone and family
Grass Valley, CA
I worked with Gene Taylor in the late
70s at 39s. He had one bad hand from an off
duty motorcycle accident but he could swing
an axe better than most men with two good
hands. Great fireman, lots of fun to work with.
Honor knowing you
Sonny Garrido

I worked with Eldon Lodbell when he
was new on the FD and he was a great fireman.
For several years we went our separate ways
until we both landed at old 66s where we assembled the best collection of fire fighters and
ambulance personnel ever to grace a fire station.

When I was away on Union business
he ran the Task Force with absolute precision
and he was probably the best training officer
on the job as evidenced by the abnormally high
number of promotions from our command. I
was surprised that he did not aspire to higher
rank, but he spent his time helping others as
evidenced by his tenure with the Relief Association.

May the Good Lord embrace you and
keep you in his realm. I love your memory
brother and we will meet again.
Andy Kuljis
Anaheim, CA

If I handwrite a will,
isnt that good enough?
Anyone can write out a will, but
> it is subject to probate court's validation
> if assets exceed $150,000 your beneficiaries face
greater financial fees and penalties
> if NOT done properly, the will may be deemed invalid

Trapper (Severino Trapletti) was the TFC at

17s when I was a young engineer in 1977. He
was an excellent leader of men and well liked.
Many good times were had right there with him
at the helm.
Ed Sandell
Somis, Ca

Create an estate plan

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Email or call (323) 259-5217
2016 45
Marlene Casillas, Relief Association Development
& Marketing

urable medical equipment (DME)

is an important and vital component of our Relief Association. After
evaluating our Medical DME Plans, the
Association decided to implement more cost
effective methods to manage this necessary

Since October 1, 2015, per LAFRAs
updated policy change, the LAFRA offices will have five DME items available to
LAFRA members or the members household on a check-out/check-in basis. These
items will be: Canes, Crutches, Folding

Walkers, Geriatric Chairs and Wheelchairs.

We ask that health plan members
obtain their DME through their medical plan. If you are receiving ongoing
DME maintenance supplies through PS
Medical, you will need to contact your physician to obtain a new prescription to forward
to your new DME supplier.

Please refer to the LAFRA website for
updated information at: https://www.lafra.
org/dme If you do not have a computer or
have questions, please call Healthscope Benefits at (866) 995-2372.

Please see below to locate a DME provider based on

your LAFRA plan enrollment: (SEE TABLE BELOW)

** If all else fails, please call LAFRA at (323) 259-5200 **

46 February 2016

Bruce M. Norman, Fireman. Appointed April 8, 1961.
Retired on a disability pension March 1, 1975 from FS 48. Passed away December 8, 2015.
Edward T. Chilson, Fireman. Appointed December 18, 1951.
Retired on a service pension August 16, 1988 from FS 76. Passed away December 9, 2015.
Severino Trapletti, Captain II. Appointed June 16, 1953.
Retired on a disability pension January 2, 1986 from FS 17-A. Passed away December 11, 2015.
Alan R. Broude, Fire Inspector II. Appointed April 13, 1968.
Retired on a service pension July 18, 1999 from FPB PLAN CHECK. Passed away December 13, 2015.
Gene E. Taylot, Fireman. Appointed June 10, 1961.
Retired on a disability pension January 27, 1983 from FS 39-A. Passed away December 13, 2015.
Eldon L. Lobdell, Captain. Appointed March 10, 1962.
Retired on a service pension March 14, 1992 from FS 58. Passed away December 15, 2015.
Ralph J. Kenney Jr., Fireman. Appointed February 10, 1948.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1969 from FS 80. Passed away December 17, 2015.
Thomas E. Laski, Fire Inspector. Appointed January 28, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension July 14, 1988 from LEGAL LIAISON. Passed away December 19, 2015.
Charles W. Sherburne, Fireman. Appointed July 15, 1947.
Retired on a disability pension November 1, 1963 from FS-9. Passed away December 26, 2015.
William L. Kessen, Fireman. Appointed March 17, 1947.
Retired on a service pension September 10, 1978 from FS 2. Passed away January 1, 2016.
Walter K. Sorenson, Firefighter II. Appointed November 1, 1956.
Retired on a disability pension June 29, 1980 from FS 84-B. Passed away January 2, 2016.
Jack F. Robinson, Captain. Appointed April 18, 1959.
Retired on a service pension July 20, 1989 from FS 85-A. Passed away January 4, 2016.
Richard L. Kampff, Battalion Chief. Appointed February 16, 1975.
Retired on a disability pension November 17, 2005 from PUBLIC SAFETY SECTION. Passed away January 5, 2016.
James R. Agee, Fireman. Appointed April 14, 1974.
Retired on a service pension July 10, 1994 from FS 72-B. Passed away January 11, 2016.


Maxine McMurray, surviving spouse of William R. McMurray, passed away December 5, 2015.
Katherine Stevens, surviving spouse of Stanley D. Stevens, passed away December 6, 2015.
Lorraine C. Teeters, surviving spouse of Lester D. Teeters, passed away December 14, 2015.
Johnnie Nesseth, surviving spouse of Lyle W. Nesseth, passed away December 20, 2015.
Peggy A. Watz, spouse of Earl G. Watz, passed away December 22, 2015.
Betty L. Garnett, surviving spouse of Billie J. Garnett, passed away December 26, 2015.
Betty M. Willard, surviving spouse of William R. Willard, passed away December 28, 2015.
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Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - THE LAFD IS 130 YEARS OLD A Timeline of the First 50 Years
Early History:

Founded in 1781, Los Angeles began as
a small pueblo under the auspices of the King
of Spain and flourished as an agricultural community. Buildings of adobe and tile, were practical and resistant to fire but the storage of large
quantities of hay created hazardous conditions
which resulted in large fires. Neighbors would
rush to assist in saving the property by forming
bucket brigades. Since no fire bells or alarms
existed, the person discovering the fire would
shoot a pistol into the air repeatedly, followed
by the similar action of others until most of the
town was alerted. This alarm system was common into the 1880s.
Volunteer Fire Department

In 1850, the City Council was authorized to create a Fire Department, but took no
action until 1871 when the Volunteer Fire Department was organized. Prior to this, Los Angeles did not have a firehouse or professional
firefighters. In 1869, during a meeting held at
Buffums Saloon, an informal volunteer organization was created made up mostly of young
businessmen and civic leaders.

An inadequate water delivery system
was a major problem until the turn of the century. The City Council, as a result of feuds with
the water company, authorized the use of police to keep the water flowing in the event of a
fire. The Volunteer Fire Department faced other
difficulties in obtaining support from the City

Council. For example, in 1874, they had agreed

to authorize two horses to pull an otherwise
hand-drawn piece of equipment. But when
they reconsidered, the volunteer company temporarily disbanded in anger. The problem was
resolved in 1875 when City Council voted to
appropriate funds to purchase a pair of horses
for the express purpose of pulling the engine.
The volunteers began a campaign to
win recognition of their status, but their efforts
to raise money to buy a steam fire engine were
unsuccessful until ample contributions were
made by miners, saloon keepers, and members of the underworld. The fire company also
won the right to collect fines from individuals
violating City ordinances. Residents were prohibited from storing more than three tons of
hay, 50 pounds of gun powder, or 150 gallons
of kerosene.
First Engine House

The first engine house, erected adjacent
to City Hall on Spring Street for $665, was an
adobe structure which remained in service until
1884. The apparatus consisted of an Amoskeag
pumper and hose cart, manufactured in Massachusetts and shipped to San Francisco by train.
Since railway facilities did not exist between
San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Amoskeag
was transported by boat along the California
coast. It was equipped with a 100-foot hose
with a one-inch nozzle and could throw a water
stream approximately 100 feet in the air.



Los Angeles Volunteers on parade down Main St. 1872.

50 February 2016

Positions and Salaries

In 1872, the City
Council appointed
Engineer to operate
the steam pump.
He was the first
and only paid employee of the volunteer company,
and earned a salary
$100 per month.
Charles E. Miles
was elected to the
position of Chief
Engineer for one
year by all mem-

bers in good standing. This did not become

a salaried position until 1884 when Walter S.
Moore received $125 per month. Chief Moore
served a total of four separate times. During an
interim period, he was elected President of the
City Council, where he was able to recommend
items that were advantageous to the Fire Department. Moore was later elected as the first
Fire Chief of the paid Fire Department. His accomplishments include the passage of a bond
issue for the construction of 12 municipallyowned fire stations and plans for a Firemens
pension system.
Official Fire Department- The LAFD 1886

The history of the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Department was climaxed by the
completion of the Plaza Firehouse on rented
property in 1884. Expenses for that year totaled
$11,500, including salaries of Engineers and
Drivers. The Plaza Firehouse still stands on the
southeast corner of the Los Angeles Plaza and
currently houses a museum administered by the
Box 15 Club.

Under the Charter of 1850, and after
35 years of development from a small pueblo
to a flourishing City, the City Council moved
to finance the first fully paid Fire Department
in December, 1885. The LAFD officially went
into service on February 1, 1886, with four fire
stations. To distinguish the members of the Department, uniforms were a standardized navy
blue with brass buttons imprinted with F.D.
and hats made of black felt and gold cord with
a wreath centered on the front.

1887 marked the date of the first Cityowned fire station, Engine Company No. 1,
the expanded site which currently serves as
the Supply and Maintenance facility. Engine
Company No. 1 housed the first hanging horse
harness which was developed by a uniformed
member of the Department, Edward R. Smith,
who later became an Assistant Chief.

Horses played an integral part of the
operation of the Fire Department. Into the early
1900s, they were stabled inside the firehouse
and, at the sound of the fire alarm, were trained
to leave their stalls and walk to a point directly
beneath the harness. The Firefighters were then
able to fasten the collars and the bridles to the

The first drill tower, at First and Hill
Streets, was erected for the purpose of training both permanent and volunteer firefighters.
The tower housed a 2,000-pound bell which
served as an integral part of the Departments
fire alarm system. With a goal of increasing
the efficiency of skills learned on the job and
broadening the knowledge of fire fighting, a
new wooden drill tower was constructed in
1911 adjacent to Engine Company 1.

Attempting to deal with the problem
of an inadequate water supply, the Department
purchased two chemical engines in 1891. The
chemical engine company, capable of controlling small fires without the use of large amounts
of water, utilized two 50-gallon tanks containing a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water,
activated by a chemical reaction when adding
sulfuric acid. The level of success was so great
that three additional chemical companies were
added in 1895.
From the 1920s to Pre-World War II

It was not until the 1900s that the Department began to fully expand its operations.
Included in this expansion were improved
benefits to its members, use of motorized apparatus, creation of the Mountain Patrol, and
implementation of a response system for certain types of medical emergencies.
Pension System

In 1901, the first Fire Department
pension system was established for members injured in the line of duty. Prior to this,
firefighters with job-related injuries were not
compensated. Several years later, in 1913, the
pension fund was expanded to include service
retirement, disability benefits, and assistance to
widows and orphans.
Motorized Vehicles

The first motorized vehicle purchased
by the Department was a seven-passenger automobile used by the Board of Fire Commissioners. This was followed by a 1908 Haynes
roadster used by Chief Engineer Walter Lipps

Engine Company 23 hitching up for a run.

with a fireman driver. The first call for the new

rig was a small blaze at First and Broadway.
According to the paper the Chief was at the
scene before the alarm had stopped tapping.

From Chief Lips came this declaration:
We expect to do great things with this car. I
can cover about three times as much territory
and have my eye on the entire department. It
is dangerous to take a horse hitched to a light
wagon through the crowded section of the business district. The animal knows he is expected
to cover ground, and he does it regardless of

This period ranks the eventual changeover from horse-drawn apparatus to motorized
equipment. 163 horses, the largest number
owned by the Department at any one time, were
in use in 1912. They were gradually phased out
and, in 1921, were completely replaced by automotive apparatus.
Annexed Areas

In 1909, LA annexed the communities
of San Pedro and Wilmington and their eight
miles of waterfront. Two private fire-fighting
tugs were used through 1917. The Citys first
fireboat was a small wooden vessel purchased
in 1916. Three years later, Boat 1 was purchased and put into operation at a fire station
located on the Main Channel.

In 1910, the Hollywood area was annexed, giving the LAFD its first motorized apparatus, an auto chemical hose vehicle. Over
the years, many other areas were annexed,
eventually increasing the size of the City from
29 square miles in 1880 to its present 464.5
square miles.
Platoon System

In 1915, the Department changed over
to a two-platoon system. Until then, members
worked full-time with one day off per month.
Because of their full-time status, firefighters
lived in the engine houses. These working
conditions were not conducive to good morale
or a happy home life, so most of the members
were unmarried. Officers and members agreed

that the implementation of a two-platoon system was the most humane act ever experienced
on the Department. The two-platoon system
required members to work a 12-hour day or
night shift for a total of 72 hours per week. The
24-hour platoon-duty system was instituted in
1929 while the current system of three platoons
went into effect in 1961
Fire Prevention Bureau

As the Departments responsibilities
continued to expand the need for a Fire Prevention Bureau was recognized, resulting in its
creation in 1916. Members worked to reduce
fire hazards in industrial and commercial occupancies, ordered safety improvements in
passenger elevators and later were involved in
lectures on fire prevention to schools, motion
picture studios, and other business establishments. Several years later an Arson Squad was
created consisting of two firefighters whose efforts resulted in a 90% conviction rate of apprehended arsonists.
Mountain Patrol

In 1924, the Mountain Patrol was created to improve fire safety in the hillside communities of the City. The area extended from
the Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park
and to Topanga Canyon. Two fire stations were
built on Mulholland Drive to handle these areas. Because it was often impossible to get
equipment and an adequate water supply into
remote sections, firefighters were occasionally
forced to improvise by using wet burlap bags to
beat out a fire.

The Mountain Patrol enforcement function has since evolved into the Brush Clearance
Unit. This operation enforces the removal of
hazardous brush conditions in the Mountain
Fire District and Buffer Zone areas through
property owners or a contractor compliance
Fire Boats

With the annexation of the LA Harbor
in 1909 came the responsibility of protecting

The LAFDs first motorized vehicle in early 1900s.

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Truck 3 members on July 24, 1938 with their

new 1938 Seagrave 100 foot aerial ladder truck.

The Mountain Patrol in Franklin Canyon

the port from the land and from the sea. The
City immediately contracted for the services of
the Falcon and the Warrior, two privately
owned firefighting tugboats. Although no
firemen were assigned regularly to these two
vessels, during emergencies, firefighters from
land-based fire stations would board the tugs
and go to work.

Los Angeles purchased its first fireboat, the Aeolian, in 1915. This 20-foot long,
wooden fireboat, believed to have been built in
Seattle, went into service in 1916. Considered
one of a kind, the Aeolian derived its firefighting capability from a 60-gallon bicarbonate of soda and sulphuric acid chemical supply.
Just last month the LAFD Historical Society
was able to purchase what is thought to be the
siren from the Aeolian.
Single-Alarm System

1933 marked a turning point in the Departments alarm system. Prior to this time, all
fire stations received all alarms simultaneously,
and it was the responsibility of members to

LAFDs first fireboat, the Aeolian 1915

Calendar for February 2016

determine whether that alarm applied to their

area. The hold out system was the first of its
kind in the country. This made it possible for
only the appropriate stations to be alerted to an
alarm of fire.
New Apparatus

As the City grew, the department augmented its fleet of apparatus with Seagrave and
American LaFrance pumps. In 1937, the LAFD
purchased its first closed cab rig, an American
La France engine referred to as the Lulubell.
Fire Chief Scott provided a unique approach to
fire suppression in the industrial and built-up
areas of the city with the manifold and duplex
pumper combination capable of pumping 3,000
gpms through a number of 2 1/2 inch handlines.
A Seagrave 100 foot steel aerial ladder truck
was put into service in 1938 with an enclosed
LAFD Historical Society Volunteers of the
Year 2015

Each year the
Board of Directors select
Society volunteers who have
made a major contribution in
support of our mission and
goals. The 2015 Volunteers
of the Year are: Don Nash
and Alan Berta for their
technical expertise at the
Hollywood Museum, Gordon Briggs for his work restoring the Ralph J. Scott
fireboat, and me,
Frank Borden, for
volunteer work at
the Harbor Fire Museum. Our Society
is totally managed
and operated by a
small group of hard
working volunteers
with many different
skills and interests.
We do need more
volunteers to continue our work in
the future.

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
52 February 2016

The Restoration of the LAFDHS 1937

American LaFrance Engine

For many years we have displayed our
1937 American LaFrance engine in the Hollywood Museum. This unique rig was the first enclosed cab engine purchased by the LAFD and
nicknamed Lulubell. It was assigned to Fire
Station 68 at 5213 W. Pico. In 2015, we were
fortunate to have Bodie Stroud of Bodie Stroud
Industries in Sun Valley and the American
Restoration program on the History Channel
get together to restore and film a complete restoration of the rig. A huge project with a tight
schedule for an air date on the History Channel
of January 1, 2016.

The before and after condition of the rig
is remarkable. Bodie and his staff did an awesome job of restoring the rig up to the finest
detail work. When it returns to the museum
after some mechanical repairs we will outfit it
with tools and equipment like it was when it
was in service. Thanks to our volunteers Tim
McHenry, Johnny Garcia and Dan Mattera the
rig can be driven. It will be a great showpiece
for visitors coming to the Museum.

Engine Company 68, 1937 American LaFrance,

August 29, 1939. A Platoon members: Firemen
W.E. Wiseman, K.V.Winters, E.O. Barnett, Engineer
K. McClatchey, Fireman L.H. Wade and Captain R.
U. Hill.

American Restoration filming of reveal day at

the Hollywood Fire Museum with the Lulubell.

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December 2, 2015

INVOCATION & Flag Salute

President Juan Albarran called the meeting

of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
9:49 a.m.

Rick Godinez led the invocation. Jeff

Cawdrey led the flag salute.


Juan Albarran entertained a motion to

ratify and dispense with the reading of the
minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting
held November 4, 2015. David Peters so
moved. Jeff Cawdrey seconded. There was
no further discussion or objections.

Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller/Treasurer
Trustee Tyler Tomich (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Barry Hedberg


Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Mike Sailhamer, Member

54 February 2016


Motion carried to ratify and dispense with

the reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees meeting held November 4, 2015.
1) Juan Albarran informed that at the next
Board meeting, the transition of the new
President and Vice President will take
place. He also indicated that they will
swear in any new Trustees.
2) Juan Albarran reminded the Board that
the LAFRA Open House is on December
5th. Todd Layfer indicated that there will
be valet parking for members and stated
that we will have access to the neighboring
parking lots.
3) Juan Albarran provided an update to the
7470 building and indicated that the trees
in front and back will be trimmed and some
landscaping. He reported that we have
entered into a contract with a company that
will place rod iron fencing on the front area
of the building.
4) Juan Albarran informed that they
presented at the new Drill Tower class that
will begin on December 14th. He indicated
that there were 64 members in the class.

that they will be making changes at the

beginning of next year.
2) Bob Steinbacher indicated that the 2016
Committee & Board meeting schedule has
been completed and emailed to everyone.
3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the 2016
conference schedule and indicated that
the first conference scheduled will be the
Investment Institute in March.
4) Joe Vigil provided a report on the IFEBP
Conference he attended in November.
1) Todd Layfer reported on the final open
enrollment count and indicated that there
were a total of 121 added to the plan and
53 have left the plan.
2) Liz Denison provided a status report
on FRITS 2. She referred to the EGWP
project and Medicare issues that involved
system changes. She reported that they
strengthened communication between
LAFRAs eligibility and HSBs system.
She indicated that overall, the conversion
is going well.
3) Todd Layfer presented the financials for
the 3rd quarter expenditure review. Liberty
Unciano reported on the revenue sources,
medical premiums and bequests compared
to the budget. She reported on the Sick &
Injury and Life & Accident Death benefits
paid out for the quarter. She indicated that
these benefits were running higher than
what was expected.


Jeff Cawdrey presented the following


1) Bob Steinbacher referred to the 2016

Committee assignments and indicated

The committee recommends and I so move

to pay the usual and customary bills in the

amount of $1,040,414.71. There was no

discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of

The Estate Planning benefit in the amount

of $8,650,
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $12,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of

The committee recommends and I so move

to approve $10K in start-up money for the
Hook & Ladder Enduro. There was no
discussion or objections.

There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve $10K in startup money for the Hook & Ladder Enduro.

James Coburn read the names of members

who recently passed and asked for a
moment of silence from the Board.

The committee recommends and I so

move to approve $5K in start-up money
for the Buzzard Bait Ride. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $5K in start-up
money for the Buzzard Bait Ride.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the sale of the 2007 Toyota
Avalon according to policy. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the sale of the
2007 Toyota Avalon according to policy.
David Peters presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the applications to the Medical
Plan. There was no discussion and no
Motion carried to accept all applications
to the Medical Plan.

Motion carried to pay the above Relief


Don P. Shumway
Don L. Tolley
Claude L. Kormann
Benjamin Fulghum
Stanley D. Stevens
James Coburn presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$5,639.33 to the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in
the amount of $5,639.33 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the financial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.

retired members. There was no discussion

or objections.
Motion carried to advance funds for both
active and retired members.
Rick Godinez reported that the video
presented at the last Board meeting was
sent to the surviving spouse. He indicated
that she responded with a letter to the
Relief with thanks and to offer her support
Jim Dolan reported that he attended
the L.A. City Firefighters luncheon and
proudly announced that Juan Albarran had
been selected as Firefighter of the Year for



LAFRA Open House

December 5th A
L.A. Retired Fire & Police Holiday
Celebration December 13th C
Buzzard Bait January 16th 18th
Hook & Ladder March 18th 20th

1) Michael Gameroz Thursday, December
3rd A @ Ports OCall Restaurant
2) Linda Ullum - Wednesday, January
27th C @ FHMTC
3) David Liske Wednesday, January 27th
C @ Grace E. Simons Lodge (Peters)
4) Eileen McInerney Saturday, January
30th A @ Saddleback Ranch Universal

James Coburn presented the following


Motion carried to approve the financial

assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to

adjourn. Tim Larson so moved. David
Peters seconded. There was no discussion
and no objections.

The committee recommends and I so move

to pay:


Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of

Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:45a.m.

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount

of $33,816.06

The committee recommends and I so

move to advance funds for both active and

Juan Albarran, President

February 2016 55

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund

December 2015


the Year End Donation


GEORGE & JAN ROSS in memory of

Ardee McBride

memory of Robert Noel



NO. 73-B from the Fire
Extinguisher Fund



PATRICK ENGEL proceeds from the

Kern County Breakfast Club

FIRE STATION NO. 35 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund


John Lawrence


FIRE STATION NO. 78 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

FIRE STATION NO. 39 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund




DAVID KUEBLER in memory of

Alfred Kuebler


CONNIE BOWLES in memory of

Jack Fitzgerald

BETTY LARSON in memory of

Gene Larson

DONNA L. MAGA in memory of my

husband Gil Maga

TIM LARSON in memory of

Captain Gene Larson

RUTH RICHARDSON in memory of

Jack Fitzgerald

GERRY MALAIS in memory of

Severino Trapeletti

SUSAN SVENDSEN in memory of

Glenn Allen

GERRY MALAIS in memory of

Joseph Malais

LINDA VANCE in memory of

Jack Fitzgerald

GERRY MALAIS in memory of

Joseph Malais


of Dan Mattox



from the Challenge Coin Sales
THOMAS J. JEFFERS III in memory of
Michael Roy & Steven Robinson

GERHARDT D. KRUSE in memory of

Homer Harvey



memory of Assistant Chief
Robert B. Morrison


Kern County Breakfast Club

honor of Rick Piccione
honor of Ray Haro
end of the year donation
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
Benjamin Fulghum &
Claude Kormann

ARLENE J. BURNHAM in memory of

my husband Edwin C. Burnham
of Robert Morrison
MARY L. MALAIS in memory of
Joe Darnold
of Ken Clore
memory of Robert B. Morrison

AUDREY L. VERDONE in memory of

my husband John Verdone

MARIE G. MICHELL in memory o my

husband Joseph O. Michell


CAREY R. STEINER in gratitude for

Bob Steinbacher

SUSAN J. LANCASTER in memory of

John Scherer FS 89
GERALD C. BROWN in memory of
Bill Goss & his years of service to the
fire community in California

DAVID SIEWERT in memory of

Mary Inlow

GARY BOWIE in memory of

Doug Murphy
Susan Vandepol
JERRI CHAVES in memory of
Herbert & Joel Slafter

BRUCE DODD in memory of

Bob Morrison

GARY & SUSIE CRAMER in memory of

Robert Morrison



of Robert Morrison

CRAIG L. FUJIMOTO proceeds from my

Retirement Dinner


FIRE STATION NO. 87 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund


of Joseph Everett

DAN & RUTH BROWN in memory of

John Verdone


Gary Cooper

FIRE STATION NO. 80 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

TERI GALLUS in honor of

Wendy Cummings



JAMES E. GILLUM from the

Simi Valley Breakfast Club

FIRE STATION NO. 37 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund


Bob Morrison

KAREN MUDD in memory of my

husband Daivd C. Mudd
of Chero Chic Camera WWI vet & in
gratitude for the Flag Box

56 February 2016



SHERRIE MARTIN in memory of

Captain Fred Martin
Robert Morrison
GREG NEWLAND in memory of
Bob Morrison
Staff at Below-Stations
JOHN SCHERREI in honor of
Robert Olsen
THOMAS STOLP in memory of
Carroll Hoppy Hopkins
Ken Buzzell

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DVD/phone. Garage/ample parking.
$95/night plus cleaning fee. Email
for pictures. Jeff Easton 93-A (805)

58 February 2016

LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat

mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large flat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking.
Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter
$110 per night, Summer $80 per
night plus $65 cleaning fee and
13% tax. All linens included. Drew
or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been
beautifully remodeled. Photos
available on website. Winter $300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus
cleaning. No smoking; no pets.
Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,

jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept

linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
furnished, three bedroom, two
bath with towels and linens, newly
remodeled kitchen, internet and
cable TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk
to the gondola, shops, restaurants
and ski in on the new comeback
trail. Parking at the front door.
Winter: $250/night. Summer $150/
night. Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is included. Call Mike Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122,
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email:
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area.
Winter $115, Summer $90, plus
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or
Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully
furnished, across from Vons, on
shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot
tub, heated pool, sauna, full size
in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning fireplace, pets
rates from $150/night
Ryan @ (310) 717-8483
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.


bedroom, extremely charming
wildflower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$125 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$60/nite. Plus $120 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir (661) 2545788.
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired.
email: or
(213) 399-6534.
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities
including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,
phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat

screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi

(internet), complimentary maid
service, complimentary coffee
every morning and breakfast on
Fridays. Special firefighters discount - Best value in West Maui!
Nice pool & BBQ area - Close to
beach! (800) 336-2185 www.
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
(949) 929-0989
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless
internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.
Call Dan (805) 279-8143 or www. (#494959)
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully

furnished w/linens. Cable TV/

DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community, two
(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts).
Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night
plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose
Agnew at (661) 250-9907 OR
(661) 476-6288.

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Fire Boat No. 1

Fire Boat No. 1

May 24, 1932
R.M. Dysart
L.M. Wilson
N.J. McGree
W.V. Golay
J.J. Schilling
G.E. Moore
E. Trembly
W.E. Bowlee
T.W. Whittley
Fire Boat No. 1 was commissioned August 1, 1919. It was purchased for $33,000 and was all wood construction, 65 long, 17.7 beam, 39.65 gross tons
with a 400 gallon fuel capacity. Powered by a 275 H.P. Hall Scott Invader for propulsion and two 275 H.P. Hall Scott Invaders each driving a 4 stage pump
rated at 1000 G.P.M. for a total pumping capacity of 2000 G.P.M. The Boat was originally stationed at the foot of First Street in San Pedro. In 1927 it was
moved to Berth 260, Fish Harbor, Terminal Island

Captain Thomas W. Whittley

LAFRA records list Whittley as Tug Boat Captain.
He was born in 1882, appointed to the LAFD in
1919, pensioned in 1942 and died in 1973. These
photos are courtesy of Joshua Mimm - great, great
grandson of Captain Whittley, via

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