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What Station Will Be This Years Champion?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th, 2016

8AM to approximately 4PM - B SHIFT
Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex

6201 Balboa Blvd. - Encino, CA 91316


includes t-shirt & lunch

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17015 Burbank Blvd. - Encino CA 91316


Only 32 teams can play, first come, first served!

Team registration Deadline is April 30, 2016
*Check website for game schedule starting May 6, 2016


The LAFD BBQ Team headed by Mark Curry and Greg Pascolla



Contact Keith or Steve for details...
Additional T-Shirts $15ea.
can be purchased online

Keith Bandy, FS 64A (714) 745-7078

Steve Romas, FS 73B (818) 800-0486 Additional Contact: Bill Bringas, FS 23C (805) 660-7473


APRIL 2016

NO. 8

Medal of Valor Awards
A heavy downfall last spring and a man trapped in the Aliso
Canyon wash tested the skills and courage of Task Force 73
and Engine 70. Their attitudes and actions were awarded
Medals of Valor and Special Commendations .........................08

100th Birthday Bash

The LAFDs oldest living retiree and World War II vet, Delbert
Jones, celebrated the century with family, friends and members
of the LA City and Pasadena Fire Departments .....................11

New LAFRA Trustees

The Relief Association Board of Trustees is pleased to
welcome its two newest members Mike Sailhamer
and Tim Freeman ..................................................................07

Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Battalion News ...................................................................................13
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................29
Department in Action ..........................................................................31
SoCal Firemens Association Golf
Annual Partners tournament at Pebble Beach ....................................35
Station Fridge ......................................................................................36
Retirement Dinner Announcements .................................................37
My Safe LA
What can they do for you in 2016 ................................................39
Handling a Work Comp Case
Why an attorney can help ..............................................................40
Using a Wagon Battery for initial knockdown ................................42
Mailbox ...............................................................................................44
Memorials ...........................................................................................47
Dollars and Sense
2015 Board Chair/President-CEO Report ..................................49
LAFD History
The LAFD in 1904 ........................................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................54
Classifieds ...........................................................................................57
Notice: Production of The Firemens Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

2 April 2016

On the cover: Structure Fire - Tujunga


Photo by: Rick McClure

Inset photo by: Juan Guerra

Commercial Structure Fire - Rio Vista

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.

No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

April 2016 3

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Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association

7470 N Figueroa Street, Los angeles CA 90041

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Steve Gentry, Juan Guerra, Brian Haimer, Gavin Kaufman, Ryan Ling, Rick McClure,
Mike Meadows, Lloyd Payne, Jeff Zimmerman, Yvonne Griffin, Laura Lichter.


Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary
Chris Hart
Chris Stine
Craig White
David Ortiz
David Peters
Doak Smith
Frank Hernandez

Frank Aguirre
Gene Bednarchik
Joe Vigil
John Jacobsen
Juan Albarran
Mark Akahoshi
Mike Sailhamer

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Jesus Pasos.........................Chaplain
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Fire-Relief ...............................................................(323) 259-5200
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THE FIREMENS GRAPEVINE (USPS 191-060) is published monthly by the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association, 7470 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90041. Annual $24 Subscription
included with Association membership; Non-members: $36. Single issues $3 postpaid. Back issues $6
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4 April 2016

hope that all of you are planning to attend the LAFRA Health
Fair on April 20 and 21. You can attend either day from 8 am
to 2 pm. This member benefit is all about you and your familys health care. All of your LAFRA Medical Plan vendors (Express Scripts, VSP, Unum, etc) will be on hand to answer questions and for personal consultations. In addition, well have raffle
and door prizes, lots of giveaways, and healthy refreshments. I
do ask just one favor of you since this is a first ever event we
would like to have a head count of those planning to attend. So
please RSVP to or on our Facebook
page soon.

April is Open Enrollment month for the LAFRA Medical
Plan. If you are not a plan member this is a great opportunity to
explore the best PPO plan available to LAFD members. And if
you need to make changes, add dependents, etc. now is the time.
Call or stop by our office, or better yet, attend the Health Fair and
well take of it for you there.

With that being said, while you are down here at the Health
Fair and if you are one the lucky members who are transitioning
from the active role to the retired role, you can visit Liz Perez
and sign your LAFRA retirement documents. The Retirement
Badge is also one of your Relief benefits, and we will order your
badge and Red Book at that time. If you are having some type of

retirement ceremony, tell us and we will get it published in the

Grapevine and posted to

By the time you read this your Member Profile letter should have hit your mailbox. Please read it over and if
something needs correcting, notify us. Please also take a moment
and consider giving to WODFF with every paycheck if you are
not giving now. For those of you already giving, THANK YOU
and please consider upping you dedications by just $25 dollars
a payday.

Hook and Ladder was another great success! In addition
to being a fun event for the entire family, the raised quite a wad
of cash for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
Thank you to all the volunteers that made the event special. Big
THANKS to Craig White and Bruce Galien who put in endless
hours to make it so successful.
Be safe and be kind to each other,

Robert D Steintalker Steinbacher
(323) 259-5200

On Thursday March 10th, LAFRA was presented with a check from Dignity Health- Northridge Hospital for WODFF. The hard work of Heidi Ruff and Rachel Caffey was
amazing at the LAFD Aero Medical conference in November 2015. Heidi and Rachel decided, with the blessing of Liz Clarke ( Mrs. Santa), that the excess money
left over from the T shirt sales should go to a charitable organization. WODFF was the charity that was picked. Thank you for your generous donation.
April 2016 5

Got Questions??

We Have Answers!!

consultations with:

Activities and

LAFRA Medical Plan

Express Scripts Prescriptions
VSP Vision Care Live Health Online
Unum Long-Term Care
Body Scan Medicare
Center For Heart & Health

6 April 2016

Free Massages Raffle & Door Prizes

Free Health Screenings
Exercise Tips & Demos
Healthy Snacks & Refreshments
Lots of Samples & Giveaways

The Relief Association Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome

its two newest members Mike Sailhamer and Tim Freeman
Firefighter III Mike Sailhamer

Thats Mike in the middle, seated next to the boot

Trustee and Firefighter III Mike Sailhamer, assigned

to FS 10, just celebrated his tenth anniversary with
the LAFD. I hope to just be a good resource for the
membership, to be an outlet to answer questions,
Mike stated. As someone whose family benefited from
the comprehensiveness of the medical plan and the
support of LAFRA in a serious time of need, he truly
understands the important role the Relief plays in the
life of firefighters, making him a valuable addition to
the Board.

Firefighter/Paramedic Tim Freeman Jr.

Firefighter/Paramedic Tim Freeman Jr. grew up in the

LAFD his father has been with the Department for 34
years. A cadet member of Crew 3 for three years, he
was hired in January 2014 and is currently assigned to
Fire Station 66. Hes excited to learn what he can and
to serve as an asset for the membership. The Relief
was there for my family when we had a catastrophic
event and I wanted to do my part and give back and
be able to help that individual or family just like my
family was taken care of, he said.

Our new Trustee Tim Jr, with dad, Tim Sr

Were proud to have these two new and dedicated Board members available
to help the Relief continue to provide invaluable service and assistance
to all of our members.
April 2016 7

arly in the evening of May 14, 2015, a

slow-moving thunderstorm in the San
Fernando Valley produced a heavy
downfall of rain in a short period of time. Just
before sunset, Light Force 73 received a dispatch for a physical rescue, which was changed
enroute to a swift water rescue. Upon arriving at the intersection of Parthenia Street and
Wilbur Avenue, the responding units found a
large crowd gathered on a bridge shouting for

The A/O improvised

a harness and lowered
himself into the roaring

8 April 2016

Donald Dillenberger

Joe Flores

Charles Boswell
Joel Smith
Ross Torstenbo

Edward Salas

Antonio Lovato
Dean Stroud
Emile Williams
John Davis

the firefighters to help someone trapped in the

vertical wall storm channel of the Aliso Canyon Wash.

A male victim was gripping an expansion joint in the washs wall, shouting that he
couldnt hold on much longer. The water was
moving very fast and appeared to be approximately six feet deep. Saving the victims life
required immediate action, but because they
were unprepared for a swift water rescue and
werent properly suited up, the responding firefighters had only enough time to throw off their
turnout coats as they moved into action.

The first responders cut the lock on the
gate and ran to where the victim was located,
throwing the main line and harness down to
him. Engineer Dean Stroud used a rotary saw
to cut the fence along the storm channel, while
Apparatus Operator Donald Dillenberger improvised a harness, tethering himself to a suitable anchor point and lowering himself into the
roaring wash. Members of the team supported
them by lowering a 16-foot ladder into the water along the vertical wall.

Working as a firefighter and locking
in to the ladder without the benefit of normal
safety gear or additional equipment, Captain
Joe Flores entered the wash to successfully
rescue the victim, who in the end was lifted
out with the combined efforts of the remaining members of Light Force 73 and Engine
70. The victim and two LAFD members were
transported to Northridge Hospital. After being medically cleared, both Dillenberger and
Flores returned to work the remainder of their

The actions of A/O Dillenberger and
Captain Flores put them in extreme personal
risk. They demonstrated courage and bravery,
risking a lot to save a lot, and were each
awarded with the Departments highest honor,
the Medal of Valor.

The support and teamwork offered
by Light Force 73 and Engine 70 members
is a shining example of the can-do attitude of
LAFD members. The actions of Engineer Dean
Stroud, FF/PM Emile Williams, FF Edward Salas, FF Joel Smith, Capt Charles Boswell, Capt
Torstenbo, FF/PM Kevin Davis and FF/PM
Antonio Lovato were worthy of Special Commendation.

April 2016 9


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:: Reception Get-Together - Beer & Wine (Provided)

T U ESDAY - MAY 2 4 t h

:: Pizza Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM

at Pechanga RV Clubhouse

:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm

T H UR S DAY - M AY 26t h

:: Gathering at THE BUFFET at Pechanga Hotel

- Time: 6pm
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:: Check out! Till next time...

W EDNESD AY - MAY 2 5 t h

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at Pechanga RV Clubhouse

:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm

:: Wine & Brewery Tour - Time: TBA
$90 per person with lunch
For information email


:: Pechanga Resort/Hotel reservation call (888) 732-4264

:: For other Hotels call (323) 259-5235
10 April 2016

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orn on February 29, 1916 in Salt Lake City, Del spent his first
years in Park City where his father was a silver miner. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1926 where his father found permanent work as a carpenter at Warner Brothers Studios.

As a boy he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player
- most boys of that era did. When he was 12, he and his pals saw Babe
Ruth play at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. What a treat! The cost of a
ticket was just 40 cents.

Del graduated Lincoln High School in 1934, after which he
worked for the CCC and then became a sheet metal fabricator. He married Esther Ott a short time later, and was content with his life until his
brothers-in-law, Lawrence Ott and Delbert Carlton, started needling him
to join the fire department. You wont even be able to pass the entrance
exam, they chided. Well, what could any respectable man do but accept
the challenge. He took the test and passed.

Del was working at Fire Station 1 on Pasadena Ave when Pearl
Harbor was bombed in 1941. Some of the fireman spent both day and
night on the roof of the station waiting for an attack. These were anxious
times. Within a few months he received his draft notice. Having been
with the FD only a few months he was ineligible for deferment, and
instead of being drafted into the Army, he enlisted in the Navy. Once the
Navy found out he could work with sheet metal they made him a Metalsmith 2nd class Construction and Repair.

He served with the Navy for 3 years in the Pacific Theater on
the USS Prince Georges, an AP165/AK224 troop transport ship. He was
transferred to an ARDC8 floating dry dock in Pearl Harbor and from

there he traveled on the USS Arkansas to Bremerton, WA where he was

discharged. He was given a train ticket to get home to LA. Although a
sleeping berth would have been a luxury for the long trip, he gave his to
a young mother and infant and took a seat instead. He is that kind of guy.

After the war Del returned to his career as a fireman. There were
many tense moments as well as light hearted ones; once while assisting
a women out of a 3rd story window she managed to get her skirt over
his head as she descended the ladder or the time Del had to jump off a
ladder as it sank into an old septic tank buried beneath him. He served
the Department for 29 years, retiring in 1970. He has fond memories of
being a fireman and still keeps in touch with his old buddies.

Transcending his life as a fireman was his role as husband to
the love of his life Esther. Del met her while dancing at the Belasco
Dance Studio in LA. She was a great dancer and he was taken by her.
They dated for a year before marrying in 1938. Their first son Donald
was born in 1943 and second son Robert in 1946. Del and Esther were
happily married for 71 years. They loved traveling by car throughout the
US and traversed it three or four times. They also belonged to a square
dancing club and danced until they were 90. Sadly Esther passed away
in 2009, and although Del misses her, it did not stop him from traveling
with family to Alaska and the Panama Canal.

Until recently Del was an avid woodworker making wood bowls
and oodles of toys for family and friends. He made beautiful roll top
desks, chairs and tables. Now days he enjoys remaining in sunny SoCal,
playing bridge and visiting with family and friends.

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12 April 2016

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Companies handle a fatal T/A on Pleasant

Ave on 2/7/16. Photo by Juan Guerra

Ceasar Garcia promoted from

FF to Captain I assigned to FS10

Gustavo Perez promoted from

A/O to Captain I assigned to FS 14
April 2016 13

14 April 2016

First in companies found fire through

the roof in 14s district in February

Christopher Sebourn promoted from

FF/PM to Captain I assigned to FS 9

Ian Soriano promoted from

FF to A/O assigned to FS 9
April 2016 15

Warren Worcester promoted from

FF to Engineer assigned to FS10

Kristofer Jorgensen promoted from

FF to A/O assigned to FS 1

TF 50 overhauls a SFD near Ave 54.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
16 April 2016

Victor Tovar promoted from FF/

PM to Engineer assigned to FS 1

Patrick Kitranee promoted from

FF to A/O assigned to FS 12

Companies extricated a driver who struck RA 801 on

North Broadway on 2/22/16. Photo by Rick McClure
April 2016 17

18 April 2016

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may

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On Sunday, February 28, 2016, two of the LAFDs finest retired from FS 80 C. Bill Staples (with 35 years) and Mark Naughton (with 30 years) were joined by
friends and families to share numerous stories and a great prime rib & shrimp dinner with all the fixins in the upper room of FS 80. Photos by David J. Blaire

Congrats to Captain Robert Rosario on his last shift at FS 27. 38 years

on the job, 27 years serving Hollywood. Photos by David J. Blaire

April 2016 19

Here are a couple of stories out of 100s.

FF/PM Dan Kush ordered a drone for
one of his kids and decided to test it at the fire
station. He put the batteries in, checked it all
out and then proceeded to fly it. It went up well
enough, but just kept going and never came
back. He tried the home button but to no avail
. . . it was gone! Oh yeah, he never even bothered to go look for it.

On one rainy day recently, Engine and
Rescue 100 were dispatched to a man down.
When they arrived on scene, they found a pit

bull blocking the doorway, protecting the victim. The captain decided that he would distract
the dog at the front door and the crew would
enter through the back. Seems FF/PM Chris
Miramontes went in a little too soon though
and the pooch got a hold of his hand. From the
blood curling screams the captain thought his
medic was getting mauled. It turned out to be
just a few puncture wounds and a ten day vacation.

And a hearty welcome to 100s new
engineer on the B - Cameron Broms. On a
recent vacation, Cameron decided to help his
friend on a ranch up north roping cattle and
branding them. Seems Cameron got a little too
close to his work and got kicked in the face by a
stray hoof or two. When he came back to work
it looked like he lost the fight in a bar room

Fernando De Los Cobos celebrates 35 years and his

last day on the job at 109s. Photos by David Blaire

Fire family - Egan de los Cobos, Santa Barbara FD, Matt de los Cobos,
OCFA, Fernando de los Cobos, LAFD and Stephen Janes, LAFD
20 April 2016

At 109s, Fernando De Los Cobos celebrated his last shift and 35 years on the LAFD
with a party at the firehouse on February 28,
2016. Fernando was one of the first single function firefighters to train as a paramedic way
back in 1991. He is also responsible for generating the most ambulance billing revenue of
any medic in the history of the LAFD because
he would make sure EVERY patient was transported even if it meant keeping the engine
on-scene for hours and hours! But Fernando is
most famous as the most prolific leaf blower in
BelAir. He once blew out the gutters on Mulholland Drive all the way from FS 109 to the
405 bridge. In his 19 years at 109s he wore
out 27 leaf blowers! So heres to a happy and
healthy retirement Fernando and Lynne!

LAFRA recently honored FS 99

for their fundraising efforts in
support of the WODFF

On 2/13/16, firefighters handled a fatality T/A

and fire on 7th Street. Photo by Rick McClure

Casey Stevens promoted from FF

to Engineer assigned to FS 13
April 2016 21

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22 April 2016

With all the move ups, details, and strike

teams, 98-B finally had a picture day

A transformer fell from a utility pole and crushed a car

and driver on 2/17/16 in Arleta. Photo by Shawn Kaye
April 2016 23

Companies found a small aircraft down on San

Fernando Rd on 2/22/16. Photo by Craig Durling, EPN

On 2/7/16, 98s and 77s handled a fire in a recycling

yard on Branford St. Photo by Rick McClure
24 April 2016

Firefighters extinguished a motorhome on fire

on 3/2/16 in Sun Valley. Photo by Mike Meadows

Firefighters overhaul a SFD at 221 W 61st St

on 2/7/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin
April 2016 25

33s handles an auto at 54th and Main.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN

Engine 57 extinguishes a rubbish fire in January.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN

Richard Kirkwood, Engineer Stephen Hazard,

Engineer Brandon Nunez, FF Timothy Cou-

On June 4, 2014, companies responded
to an incident on Magnolia Blvd next to the 170
Freeway. A car exiting the freeway struck three
girls standing on the sidewalk. 14 year-old Taylor Smith was one of these girls.

Taylor sustained multiple fractures
including a fractured skull. The head trauma
caused Taylor to have five separate areas of
bleeding on her brain. She spent several weeks
in a coma and a total of 64 days in the hospital.

Taylor has since returned back to high
school after completing multiple days of physical therapy. She still has some fine motor skills
to work on. But she has made a miraculous improvement.

Taylor and her mom visited and thanked
some the LAFD members privately. But when
she heard the rescuers were being recognized
by the Board of Fire Commissioners, she wanted to be a part of it.

The accompanying photos were taken
at the ceremony honoring B/C Corey Rose,
Captain II, Sheldon McKowan (Ret.), A/O

26 April 2016

lombe, A/O Kuniyuki Kasahara, FF/PM Dean

Comer and FF/PM Anthony Ferro.

On 2/14/16, Engines102 and 39 handled

a motorhome. Photo by Michael Meadows

Firefighters extricated a T/A victim on the 101 Fwy

on 2/23/16. Photos by Rick McClure

E 89 handled rubbish on 2/11/16.

Photos by Rick McClure

60s crew honored by Fire Commission.

See story on previous page
April 2016 27

TF 105 handled a fire on the patio at 6059

Fallbrook Ave. Photos by David J. Blaire

TF 61 was lucky to train on this

house that was soon bulldozed
28 April 2016

Firefighters work a multi-car T/A on Crenshaw Bl

on 2/29/16. Photo Yvonne Griffin

Want to see your tax dollars hard at
work? Go to the Post Office. Unfortunately,
I had to go there the other day. There were
probably 10 of us in line and only one postal
employee behind the counter. Eventually two
more employees showed up to help, but immediately one of them left, stating he was on his
lunch break. I guess the Post Office Inspector
General never sent out that memo about customer service.

And since these postal employees sit
behind the counter most of the day and move
around like turtles, I can understand how they
can work up an appetite.

On May 22, 2016, FS 87 is doing a
pancake breakfast with a car show. This event
will start at 8:30 am until 11:30 am. This is
a fundraiser will benefit the Darryle Prosser
family. FS 87 has done these fundraisers in the
past and theyre looking to make this an even
bigger event than ever, so please join in for a
great breakfast and an even greater cause.

Also, there will be a silent auction, so
anyone wanting to donate items can do so.
Please contact Kenny Breskin at 805-4045900.

A man was ridin on a bus,
mindin his own business,
when a gorgeous woman
next to him started to breastfeed her baby.
The baby wouldnt take
it, so she said, Come on,
sweetie, eat it all up or Ill
have to give it to this nice

man next to us.

Five minutes later the baby was still not
feedin, so she again she said, Come on honey.
Take it or Ill give it to this nice man here.

A few minutes later the anxious man
blurted out, Come on, kid. Make up your
mind, I was supposed to get off four stops

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id you notice anything unusual about

Februarys issue of the Grapevine?
There were no battalion articles. Is
this a first? Every battalion, includin the Fire
Prevention Bureau, submitted only pictures.
Even Battalion 13, The Battalion That Never
Sleeps, evidently fell sound asleep. You guys
keep this up and the Grapevine editor is goin
to be lookin for a new job.

The other thing I noticed was a picture
of the Fire Chief at a Major Emergency Fire
in a recyclin yard with a Department radio in
one hand and a cell phone in the other, which
reminded me of a picture I saw many years ago
in the Grapevine of a chief at a command post.
Durin this period of time portable handsets
were placed on the hood of chief sedans so the
chief could communicate with OCD and companies on the fire ground while standin outside
the vehicle to get a visual picture of the incident. This picture showed him with a hand set
in each ear. Presumably he was talkin to OCD
and a fire ground company at the same time. He
probably didnt make sense to either OCD or
the fire company, but he sure looked good doin
it. Personally I thought it was a subliminal message for hearin aids.

I guess the Fire Chief is no different
than the rest of the people I see clinging onto
their devices. People are fearful of leavin
their homes without their cell phones, and obviously even the City Fathers/Mothers dont
want their managers walkin around, at any
time, without a collar around their neck.

How did we manage so long without
our mini-computers?

There was a time on the Fire Department when there were no cell phones and only
captains had radios. All the fires got extinguished, no one got lost or left behind and even
the company Fire Prevention was completed on
time by usin pens, pencils and F-52 cards. I
know, progress is inevitable. We used to have
horse drawn steamers, but at least that generation didnt need a GPS device to get back to

But, I guess its the sign of the times.
Walk down any street, go into any store or get
dispatched to any emergency and youll find
someone holdin onto, talkin or textin on a
cell phone. And like Tommy John surgery for
baseball pitchers, the medical community will
probably devise a procedure where cell phones
will be surgically implanted in either our right
or left ear. Whos goin to be the first?

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Risk & RetuRn

A discussion that might come up at the kitchen table while watching CNBC, Bloomberg or
Fox Business on the TV is, howd you do with your investments in 2015? Usually after that its
a comparison of absolute numbers, meaning statements like I made 6%, I was down 2%, or I
made 2% etc., might be thrown around. First, the most common misunderstanding regarding
performance returns are, its a relative number not an absolute number when comparing your
returns to other portfolios. For you, yes its an absolute number if you have $100,000 and with
a 10% return you end up with $110,000. But comparing that to another persons return can be
For example, the person who made 10% may be invested in individual biotech stocks. Compare
this with the person who above stated they made 2% and was likely in the citys Stable Value Fund.
Immediately we should note that these two returns are not comparable due to the fact that the
individual who earned a 10% return took on a tremendous amount of market risk and specific stock
risk. Where the person who earned a 2% return took on virtually no market risk via a fund that
exhibits very little volatility, therefore returns are relatively low. So here, we must first stress one
of the first axioms of investing, risk = returns and over the long-term greater risk in a portfolio is
typically associated with higher returns.

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when considering different investment strategies.

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Photos by Rick McClure

Firefighters knocked down a fire in Tujunga on February 18, 2016,

at 10604 N. Wilsey Ave. inside an unattached garage. The fire was
knocked down at 1:35 a.m. Firefighters discovered a marijuana
grow operation on the property when they were putting out the
fire. The operation was reported to Los Angeles police.

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Van Nuys

Photos by Rick McClure, Craig Durling and Juan Guerra

Info by Brian Humphrey, PSO

Firefighters poured water on a major emergency fire, possibly the result of arson, that tore
through a vacant two-story Van Nuys apartment building that was converted into a motel. The blaze was
reported just after 2 p.m. at 6500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
in a building that had been converted into the Voyager
Motor Inn.

Nearly 170 firefighters responded and were
soon in defensive operations, fighting the fire from
outside the structure and working to keep the flames
from spreading to adjacent buildings. Knockdown was
finally declared at 4:57 p.m.

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The cause of the fire was under investigation,
but fire department officials told a reporter at the
scene it had multiple start points, indicating arson.
There was a fire at the motel, with arson suspected,
within the past year and previous fires before that.

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This was the 42nd year running for
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tournament. Our own Gary Klasse once again
hosted the annual tournament, the longest running tournament in Pebble Beach history.

All the stars had aligned: Weather perfect, conditions perfect, and such a great group
of golfers. Pebble Beach and Spyglass are even
more difficult to play when they are perfect because you continually catch yourself staring at
its beauty instead of focusing on golf. LAFD
had over 40 participants out of 180 that competed!

The whole tournament went extremely
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Suryan ended up in 1st in the A Flight. In the
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Practice green @ Pebble Beach

Flight Randy and John Laur took 2nd place,

Tim Manning and Russell Glauber took 3rd,
and Jim Mosich with Ernie Gamez taking 9th.

This tournament was in remembrance
of Tom Peacock. Tom was a LAFD fireman before being hired by the LA County Fire Department. He was a longtime President of the LA
County Fire Golf Club and part of the Southern
California Firemens Golf Association Board
of Directors before his untimely death this past
year. He was a beautiful human who was loved
by all. He will be missed and always remembered!

This years tournament will be held on
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#18 @ Pebble Beach. Jared Cooper, Ryan Chance, Mark Zizi (all 82-C)

Andy Zar and friends at Cypress Point

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Brookside Golf Club

1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, CA

Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills, CA

Golf (Optional)
Social Hour: 5:00

Dinner: 6:00 PM

BBQ Buffet - $50 includes tax, tip & gift

Call FS 42 - (213) 485-6242


La Crescenta Womens Club
4004 La Crescenta Ave, La Crescenta, CA
Luncheon: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Taco Bar: 12:30PM - 3:30PM - No Cost
Call FS 109 - (818) 756-8609 or
Denise (wife) - (818) 917-9443. Casual Attire
Spouses welcome - RSVP by April 7, 2016

Social: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

$60 includes tax, tip & gift

Call FS 15 - (213) 485-6215
or Brett Davis - (805) 807-0626
RSVP by April 2, 2016


Fire Station 109
16500 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Social Hour: 3:00 PM

Dinner: 4:00 PM

Dinner & Dessert - No cost

Call FS 109 - (818) 756-8609
or Grapevine - (310) 476-0272. Casual Attire

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

Davis Residence
468 Big Oak Road, Thousand Oaks CA
Dinner: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Taco Cart - No cost
Reservations Contact: FS 15 - (213) 485-6215
Casual Attire. RSVP by May 4, 2016

94th Aero Squadron

16320 Raymer Street
Van Nuys, CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Buffet Style - $65 includes tax, tip & gift

Call Scott Hamilton (cell) - (951) 741-7544
or FS 27 - (213) 485-6227


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450 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA

Luncheon: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hosted Luncheon: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hawaiian Fare - $40 includes tax, tip & gift

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2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Buffet Style - $55 includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 92 - (310) 840-2192
For hotel reservations ONLY:
Make checks payable to: FS 92, Craig Nielsen Retirement
2466 Louella Avenue, Venice CA 90291
RSVP by June 15, 2016

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Knollwood Country Club
12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM Dinner: 6:00 PM
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The Los Angeles Fire Department

and its private, professional fire
and life safety education partner
MySafe:LA had a busy year of collaboration in 2015. MySafe:LA provided almost
2,800 smoke alarms to the LAFD for distribution directly from individual fire stations.
And, MySafe:LA installed or distributed nearly
10,000 smoke alarms and CO detectors, all
without taking any money from the City or the
LAFD. As a result, the LAFD and MySafe:LA
both celebrated a 54% reduction in fire fatalities in 2015.

Keeping Neighborhoods S.A.F.E.

I have had many opportunities to collaborate

with MySafe:LA on disaster preparedness educational deliveries, said LAFD Captain Stacy
Gerlich, who heads up the Fire Prevention Bureaus Community Risk Reduction Unit. They
are a professional organization committed to
ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Angelenos (and have) had a significant impact on
a decrease in fire fatalities in the City of Los

Safety Presentations that Education and Entertain

But, its a new year. What can MySafe:LA do

in 2016 alongside the LAFD to reduce
fire fatalities even further, and create a safer

Bureau Canvassing

MySafe:LA has been working closely with all

four bureaus, reaching out to communities they
serve. In the past year, weve conducted smoke
alarm canvassing operations in all four Bureaus, installing free smoke alarms and carbon
monoxide detectors in homes that need them.
Bureau Commanders and their officers identify at-risk neighborhoods, then MySafe:LA
teams up with the first-in fire crew to execute
the canvassing operation, make contact with
residents, and install up to five smoke alarms
and one CO detector to each home that needs
them for FREE.

Installations On Demand

MySafe:LA has also created MySmokeAlarm.

org and a hot-line (844-38-ALARM), making
it easy for people to arrange installations by appointment. If someone comes to any fire station
looking for smoke alarms, they can be referred
to MySafe:LA. Well not only provide alarms,
but install them as well.

MySafe:LA has teams of smoke alarm installers on-call to support the LAFDs Smoke
Alarm Field Education (S.A.F.E.) Program,
which kicks into gear immediately after a
fatality, injury, or significant incident fire.
MySafe:LA teams join firefighters fanning out
in the affected neighborhood, alongside department members, knocking on doors and talking to residents. Our teams go into the homes
and install alarms as needed. Its a powerful
example of the effectiveness of public-private

MySafe:LA has created distinct education programs for children, families, and older adults
that are rich award-winning multi-media content to engage audiences. And all of the curriculum is supported by various online resources.
MySafe:LA provides fire and life safety education to LAUSD campuses every week, and
when school is out, also presents at City of LA
Department of Recreation and Parks Summer
camps. We teach kids about smoke alarms, how
to escape a fire, and even Hands-Only CPR

safety presentation requests, consider giving

MySafe:LA a call.

In Service Training Media

MySafe:LA does most of our media production in-house. We have web and presentation
design teams and a full film production group.
We not only produce award-winning educational films for the public, but also support the
department with in-service training videos. In
2015, MySafe:LA worked with the department
to create RT130 films to supplement required
brushfire training modules in the new learning
management system. In the new year, further
RT130 videos are planned as well as educational films on LAs tsunami risk, and brush
clearance inspection.

Looking Ahead

For 2016, MySafe:LA will continue collaborating with the LAFD at the Bureau level to efficiently and effectively meet the community
outreach and risk reduction objectives laidout by Chief Terrazas. Call on us. Were at
your service!

First-in LAFD fire companies accompany the

MySafe:LA team to show kids tools and apparatus, and sometimes even let kids operate the
hose, which is always a huge hit on a hot LA
Captain Tony Porrata and his crew from Engine 65 joined a recent MySafe:LA Junior Fire
Inspector culmination ceremony in South LA,
and helped hand out the kids badges. As firefighters, we strive to make all contacts with
the community positive, he said afterward.
MySafe:LAs Junior Fire Inspector Program is
another way of doing that, and we thank them
for coming out to our community to educate the
children of Grape Street Elementary School.
MySafe:LA also presents fire, earthquake, El
Nino, and general disaster preparedness education to home owners associations, neighborhood councils, older adult facilities and
other stakeholder groups. If youve received

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his is a true story. It involves a retired

firefighter who came to see me in 2012
regarding a workers compensation claim
he was handling on his own. He had received
a settlement offer from the City to resolve his
case and he needed a legal opinion on whether
the settlement was fair and adequate. What occurred after he met with me demonstrates why
it is always smart to confer with a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney at the
early stage of a claim. A reputable attorney
may advise you that an attorney isnt necessary
on your claim and I, in fact, have so advised
many such clients. The injury may be simple
or one that doesnt result in any significant
permanent disability. The claim may also be at
the end stage and an attorney isnt necessary to
conclude it.

On the other hand, how a claim ends
up often depends on how it begins and critical decisions made at the beginning of a claim
will dictate the ultimate result. Again, the case
I am discussing is true. Had I represented the

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firefighter from the onset, I might have actually recovered more for him that I actually did.
What he did recover was more than 10 times
what he was offered by his employer.

Firefighter X (FFX) was employed by
the City of Los Angeles for 39 years and retired
on a regular service pension in January 2002.
At the time he retired he suffered from hypertension but didnt learn it could be job related
until years later. In 2006 he suffered a bout of
chest pain which years later turned out to be
a first sign of coronary heart disease. In 2012,
he underwent an angioplasty procedure to have
two stents inserted. He then filed a workers
compensation claim with the City which was
conditionally denied until he was examined by
a Qualified Medical Examiner.

Rather than seek legal counsel when
he filed the claim or when it was denied, he
plowed ahead on his own. A panel of QMEs
was issued by the State of California and from
that list (again without seeking counsel) he
chose Dr. Z. Dr. Z is not a doctor that I would

have chosen as he has a propensity for not

finding hypertension to be job related.
FFX was examined by the QME who
issued a report that said both the hypertension and the heart disease were job
related. He also finds that the hypertension has now resulted in thickening of the
heart muscles which constitutes hypertensive heart disease. He concluded that
each condition resulted in some permanent disability but then apportions most
of that disability to nonindustrial factors.
He stated that only 25% of the permanent
disability was industrial. The doctor also
noted in his report that FFX suffered from
diabetes which can sometimes be aggravated by stress but he offered no opinion
on whether the diabetes was job related.
The claims adjuster on his case then advised FFX that the permanent disability
as found by the QME after apportionment
was equal to 22% or $12,880.00. The
adjuster offered to settle his case for that
amount and include a provision of future
medical care for his hypertension and
heart. At that point, red flags go up and
FFX decides he should see an attorney.
I meet with FFX and obtain a detailed
history about his health issues and when
they developed. I review the QME report
and explain that there is a serious question as to whether the apportionment of
permanent disability described by the QME is
legally valid. If the apportionment is invalid,
then the permanent disability would rate substantially higher. I also indicate that it is possible that his hypertensive heart disease and
coronary heart disease may be covered by the
heart presumption for firefighters. For the presumption to apply it must be established that
the heart trouble developed or manifested itself
during the time the firefighter was employed
or up to five years from the last day he/she
worked. In this case, the hypertension developed during the time FFX was still working.
I also felt that the chest pain noted in 2006
(which was also within five years of the last
work day) may have been evidence of his coronary artery disease, but no one ever bothered to
obtain those medical records for the QME to

I suggested the FFX contact the claim
adjuster and offer to settle his case for a higher
figure due to the various legal issues that exist-

ed. I knew that if the case proceeded to further

litigation, the City Attorney would try to raise
the statute of limitations as a defense and claim
that FFX filed his claim too late because his
hypertension was discovered before he retired
and the claim wasnt filed until 2012.

As Ive discovered over the years,
claims examiners seldom do what is right and
rarely consider what might happen if litigation
is pursued. So after FFXs counter proposal
was rejected by the claims examiner, I agreed
to represent him.

I quickly subpoenaed the medical records from 2006 which confirmed the chest
pain. The clients doctor did not follow through
on cardiac testing so there was no formal diagnosis made at that time. I then proceeded to
depose the QME. At the deposition I had him
review the medical records from 2006. He then
confirmed that the chest pain in 2006 probably
constituted evidence that coronary heart disease was developing and since it was within
five years from the last work day, the heart
presumption now applied. I also had the doctor
testify that the hypertension was present when
he was working but didnt develop into hypertensive heart disease until approximately 2004
(confirmed by the medical records). Again, this
meant the heart presumption applied to that

Why was all of this so important? In
2007, the legislature amended the laws on apportionment to prevent any apportionment of
permanent disability on a presumptive injury.
By having the doctor state the conditions were
presumptive, his opinion on apportionment
was now invalid and all of the permanent disability was now job related. Thus, the case now
rated 71%

At the first mandatory settlement conference at the Workers Compensation Appeals
Board, the City Attorney argued the statute of
limitations (surprise!) and that the heart presumption didnt apply. Their offer to settle the
case at 48% was politely rejected. We proceeded to trial and again the City raised the same
issues before the trial judge. After listening to
testimony from FFX and reviewing the deposition of the QME, the judge awarded FFX 71%
permanent disability which was equal to the
sum of $121,297.50 and a weekly life pension
of $85.04 (payment to begin after the first sum
was paid out over several years). This money
was in addition to and separate from his service
pension. And his diabetes was determined to be
job related with future medical care.

Yes, a satisfying result for FFX. But
there is a point to all of this. Workers compensation is a complex system. There are procedural regulations, laws and court decisions that
interpret those regulations and laws. I am not

a magician but I know what I am doing when

it comes to handling a workers compensation
claim, particularly one involving a firefighter.
Firefighters and police officers have the benefit
of special laws such as presumptions for heart
trouble, cancer and other conditions. When
those presumptions apply, the amount of the
benefits that are paid are directly affected. Further, when a claim should be filed and if it is
timely, is not a simple matter. How a claim is
filed and what doctor to choose is even more
important and should be done with careful consideration.

It is often said in law that he who represents himself has a fool for a client. Dont be a
fool. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable
workers compensation attorney who deals regularly with safety members. CSFA screens their
attorneys for a reason. They know what they
are doing and they will offer an honest assessment of your case and whether you need representation. The case of FFX was complex. The
fact his claim was filed 10 years after he retired
automatically sent up a red flag. Not all such
cases will turn out as well as his. The lesson to
be learned from this? Be smart and speak with
an attorney before you make decisions that are
going to affect your claim.

In the meantime, stay healthy and
be safe.

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n this edition of KTW captains Svorinich

and Yslas discuss (1) using a Wagon Battery for transitional attack, and (2) how to
manage shift wars. These topics and experienced-based opinions should be points of
discussion amongst all of us.

Operational question: When would you consider using a Wagon Battery to gain initial
knockdown prior to engaging in an interior
CI Marty Svorinich, FS 57- B: You must first
determine if the volume of fire exceeds that
which can be extinguished by handlines. Second, know there are several factors to consider
prior to employing any heavy-stream, especially if used on occupied structures. Ive used
this tactic primarily on strip-malls, but Ive
also used it on SFDs where adjoining structures were severely exposed and with minimal
resources on-scene.

Of principal importance is laying-a-line
coming in and clearly communicating your
tactical objective to your crew. Your apparatus
must then be spotted so the WB can be used
without compromising the safety of your crew

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and/or apparatus avoid spotting in front of a

unreinforced masonry building where the apparatus is within the structures collapse zone.

I recently employed this tactic at a
2-story occupied center-hall apartment building. Upon arrival heavy fire was showing from
windows on the 1st and 2nd floor, along with
fire blowing out the lobby area to the street.
The WB was not entirely effective because I
did not clearly communicate my intentions.
The tank was not immediately dumped and
my engine was not properly positioned to hit
the bulk of the fire.

Although the use of a WB in an occupied residence is not customary, special
consideration may be given when occupants
are compartmentalized from the effects of its
stream. Officers must consider these concerns
along with ensuring that an aggressive attack

Its vital that you communicate expectations

and identify your locker
room leader.

and timely ventilation commence immediately

thereafter. Softening the target allows us to
quickly knockdown the bulk of the fire thereby
decreasing our risk profile, but it must be used
extremely responsibly.
CII Randy Yslas, FS48-B: Weve all heard the
term pushing fire. Unfortunately this term
has long been misinterpreted on the LAFD,
as hose streams do not push fire. When water
is converted to steam its rapid expansion rate
forces products of combustion into areas of a
structure where they hadnt previously existed.
A Wagon Battery is effective in gaining an initial knockdown, especially at fires where the
intensity is so great it doesnt support an immediate offensive attack. Using a WB in this
manner should not be confused with transitional attack. This type of attack utilizes a hand
line from the exterior at a steep angle (through
a window or doorway) until conditions change
and an interior attack can commence.

When using this tactic there are several
factors to consider. Securing a water supply is
foremost, followed by clearly communicating
your tactics. You must also determine if the occupancy is habitational or commercial and if
the fire is compartmentalized. Finally, are there

sufficient resources to initiate a hose lay while

simultaneously using a WB?

Ive used this tactic on both SFDs and
commercials with success, such as on a SFD
with fire through the roof of the attached garage. At such a fire its reasonable to assume
a firewall is in place separating the occupied
area from garage. Ive also used this method
on a commercial (after hours) where the only
reasonable access, the front door, is blocked by
heavy fire. The bottom line when using a WB
in this manner is: Preparation, Communication
and Decisiveness.

Leadership Question: Avoiding shift wars

is a real issue. What actions can you employ
when its discovered your crew isnt doing
their share of housework?

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CI Svorinich: Avoiding shift wars is easy

when you motivate and lead your people to be
their best. Be it housework, training or emergencies, your command should strive to leave
their mark with competence and effort. Hopefully, you will discover this particular type of
issue before its brought to your attention.

Its vital that you communicate expectations and identify your locker room leader. At
the end of morning line-up I routinely ask this
member about routine HW and other weekly
chores. This member, understanding his role,

quickly responds with the appropriate duties

and chores for all to hear. During the shift Ill
make it a point to thank him for making things

Officers must interact with their people
throughout the day you must get involved
with their routine duties as it builds camaraderie. Im mindful not to micro-manage, as I take
more of a fly on the wall approach. This fosters better team building without me being the
EOE or STAN SMITH of their routine duties. Participating in this manner means youll
have to manage your front office duties more
efficiently, but its worth it.

My strategies for addressing this issue is to Nip it in the Bud by maintaining an
awareness of what goes on in my engine house
and empowering the shift leader. If, however,
they do not uphold their HW responsibilities
Ill immediately address it, ensure they have
the appropriate time to complete such duties
and assist them whenever practical. Be willing to TELL, TEACH and SHOW . . . and get
YOUR hands dirty too.
CII Yslas: The place to start in any leadership
issue is with you. As leaders we must always
look within and ask ourselves: Have my expectations been clearly communicated? Why
didnt I see this sooner? Am I setting a good
example? Am I consistent? Am I spending
enough time supervising and/or observing or

am I in the office staring at the computer while

trying to catch up on paperwork? And finally,
am I over-scheduling activities and not giving my crew enough time to accomplish their

After contemplating my role or lack
thereof, Ill determine the scope of this issue.
Is this a credible complaint? Where did this
come from? What are the facts supporting this
complaint? Creating an open dialogue with the
other shift commanders in this matter is often
overlooked. Communication therefore is the
key to solving any problem, especially when
issues arise between shifts.

As you can see theres an abundance of
work that must be been done before confronting your crew. Knee-jerk reactions and accusations will only serve to build barriers that will
get in the way of your goal. Although a frontal
assault is sometimes needed to get things done,
subtle reminders can also work in certain situations. A housework reminder at line up, scheduling weekly, monthly and annual housework
on the F-957, assisting the crew with a daily
chore and recognizing and commending good
work are all examples of how to resolve issues
such as this.
In next months KTW Captains Chris Hare,
Eric Thompson and Dave Randolph will discuss (1) managing civilians at a major brush
fire, and (2) their most favorite assignment.

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Send your letters & comments to the editor at:


LAFRAGood fireman, Good captain, Good man. Gonna miss you Darrayle [Prosser].
Al Barrios
Moorpark, CA
LAFRAI had the pleasure of working with Darrayle
[Prosser] as firefighter at Fire Station 98 nineteen years ago. A lot of fires, a lot of brush and
a lot of floors to buff. The Good ole Days.
You will be missed.

fear into a person but that was

his gig. We soon had worked
together for about two years and
then on July 1, 1970 were transferred to the fire department.
Richard later became my roommate and I really got to know
him. Despite his hard outer core,
there was a soft part of this man
that really did exist. His coat of
armor would soften considerably when not on duty. While
I did see his tough outer shell
frequently, he never turned on me when I occasionally told him to slow down when on the
whistle. In fact, I recall as if it were yesterday
(nearly 50 years ago) when he reached down
into a filthy toilet to pick up a newborn that had
been left at a Sears restroom to die and hand
the baby to me as softly as he could have. There
was goodness in Richard that most people did
not see. We lost touch after several transfers
and occasionally would meet up for lunch to
talk history. From my perspective and even
after lots of paperwork about Richard came
across my desk which resulted in additional paperwork, I can say this: Even death was caught
off guard when his time came.
Alan R. Cowen

RIP Brother,


Scott Benton
Westlake Village, CA

Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of Thomas E. Laski. It was a privilege
to know and work with Tom in the Legal Liaison Unit of the FPB. He was always there
for me when I needed his opinion and sage advice. To me Tom was Mr. Legal Liaison. He
will be missed by all those who knew him and
worked with him.

LAFRAI first met Richard Houle in 1968 when he was

hired by the City of Los Angeles Receiving
Hospital Ambulance System. He was sent to
be my driver in 77th Division. We were then
known affectionately as the brown bombers
and worked out of Police Stations. It became
apparent in a heartbeat that Richard was a complicated guy who liked to do things his way. He
had the ability to look at you and sometimes put

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Willis Marty Martin
Spring Hill, FL

As a Captain II in the 1970s I had the pleasure of working with Arliss Berenger at F.S.66A. He was a kind of laid back sage to the
younger members. A dry wit, a great mentor,
and an excellent engineer. At his retirement
dinner, he said people asked him why he was
retiring. He said (he lived at the beach), I noticed that while I was running on the beach that
as I ran through the seagulls on the sand that
they didnt get up and fly away, so it must be
time to retire. A true class act!
Glenn Dinger
LAFRAI was Sandras [Smith] Drill Tower instructor
and I can tell you she did everything that was
required and more. No one gave her anything. I
have always respected her for this. Sandra was
a CLASS act who will be missed.
Prayers to the family,
Kevin J. Kearns
LAFRAWhat a wonderful and pleasant spirit you were
[Sandy Smith], always greeting others with a
smile and a friendly hello. I will miss you my
friend and sister and there are no regrets to living life the way you wanted to.
Until we meet again,
Neal Reitzell
Los Angeles Firemens Relief

Thank you very much for the American
flag in the beautiful presentation box. It was on
display at Jack Robinsons memorial. It is now
in a place of honor on my mantel. Thank you
also for arranging for Fire Station 85 to send an
apparatus to the service. Jacks young grandchildren particularly enjoyed it.

Thank you also for the hospital bed and
other supplies you sent during Jacks lengthy
illness. Thank you for the help you gave me at
the time of his passing. Jack always told me
that you would be available to help.
Margaret Robinson
Torrance, CA
Dear Mr. Steinbacher,

Enclosed is a donation for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund in
appreciation of the Association and in loving
memory of John on his birthday February 1st.
Sincerely yours,
Fumiko Humberd
Los Angeles, CA
to you, wish it could be
more. Enclosed is a copy
of Jans report from a trip
we had to the South Pacific and Hawaii, overall a
great trip. Also included is
a copy of an Armed Forces Appreciation Day parade flyer where I was
honored to be selected as Grand Marshal.

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Take care,
George Fischer
Editors note: In addition to his 31 years with
the LAFD, George Fischer spent a total of 42
years in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, serving on the USS Enterprise and the USS Ranger.
In his spare time he flew 285 missions for the
Civil Air Patrol. He also worked as a flight
engineer for Pan American Airlines and a mechanic for Hawaiian Airlines.

April 2016 45

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46 April 2016

Arliss J. Berenger, Engineer. Appointed October 28, 1947.
Retired on a service pension January 01, 1976 from FS 66. Passed away February 12, 2016.
Richard Houle, Firefighter III. Appointed November 1, 1968.
Retired on a service pension May 18, 2013 from FS 112. Passed away February 14, 2016.
Mike R. Urtusuastegui, Fireman. Appointed July 3, 1951.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1976 from FS 42. Passed away February 23, 2016.
Joseph C. Fleming, Firefighter II. Appointed November 24, 1962.
Retired on a disability pension July 14, 1983 from FS 96-A. Passed away February 29, 2016.
Kenneth L. Wilson, Fireman. Appointed February 10, 1948.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1973 from FS 96-B. Passed away February 29, 2016.
Darrayle B. Prosser, Captain I. Appointed March 13, 1983.
Retired on a service pension February 28, 2015 from FS 77-B. Passed away March 2, 2016.
Sandra Smith, Fire Inspector I. Appointed June 5, 1989.
Actively on duty at FPB WEST INDUSTRIAL. Passed away March 2, 2016.
Warren W. Glenn, Firefighter III. Appointed July 24, 1965.
Retired on a service pension May 1, 2007 from FS 106. Passed away March 2, 2016.

Audrey M. Martinat, surviving spouse of Maurice I. Martinat, passed away February 10, 2016.
Barbara A. Collins, surviving spouse of William A. Collins, passed away February 12, 2016.
Martha J. Merriett, spouse of Ray L. Merriett, passed away February 13, 2016.
Frances L. Phillips, surviving spouse of John S. Phillips, passed away February 14, 2015.
Virginia Turley, surviving spouse of Fred F. Turley, passed away February 18, 2016.
Penelope E. Peck, spouse of Gary D. Peck, passed away February 21, 2016.
Rita F. Hargett, surviving spouse of William H. Hargett, passed away February 22, 2016.

April 2016 47

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48 April 2016

Mike Mastro, President/CEO

Firefighters First Credit Union

Gerald Horwedel, Board Chair

Firefighters First Credit Union

2015 Board Chair/President-CEO Report to the Membership

e are pleased to present to you a

review and report of the state of
Firefighters First Credit Union as of
December 31, 2015.

Its with a great deal of satisfaction that we
can say without reservation that the Credit Union is
safe, secure, thriving and positioned to survive and
thrive into the future.


Our Credit Union again achieved a very
solid financial performance in 2015, achieving a net
income of $7,673,106. These results are even more
impressive with this Credit Unions almost nonexistent member fees. This very positive achievement
of net income provided the Board an opportunity
to declare and payout to our member/owners an
Interest Refund/Extraordinary Dividend Bonus of
$1,645,800 and achieve a capital position of 10.12 %
equating to $107,542,170 (7% is considered wellcapitalized) before Interest Refund/Extraordinary
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of our members positive perception of our safety
and soundness and demonstrates positive connection
with our Credit Union.

Our intent and ability to share 20% plus of
net income, in conjunction with growth strategy, is a
very significant reflection of this Credit Unions ability to ensure financial success in a turbulent world
and low growth economy. This sharing of income
clearly demonstrates our members ownership of this
Credit Union.

Risk profile

The Credit Union has in place a professional audit and compliance operation that reviews
and ensures that the Credit Unions risk profiles are
assessed appropriately. Our risk profile is at an appropriate level and enables us to be proactive in our
business focus.

Additionally, the Credit Union underwrites
its loans in a conservative and safe manner with an
excellent and high integrity membership that pays its
bills regularly and on time. Our low loan delinquency
is reflective of the safety of our loan underwriting.
Our audit results are very good and we take all recommendations as opportunities to enhance our processes.

Regional Offices

The deployment of our regional offices is a

growing success. The establishment of Firefighters

First Credit Union as local in the geographies we
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fire departments and fire unions establishing accounts, as well as driving deposit and loan growth.
We are seeing many fire union locals and other fire
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Service to our Members

Our members are why we are in business.
In addition to ensuring that we are safe and sound,
we continue to ensure that Legendary Service is
a top priority. To that end, we monitor service in a
number of ways and are pleased to report that Firefighters First Credit Union remains in the top three
(3) in an independent nationally oriented credit union
rating service. This level, although not our ultimate
goal of #1, is indicative of exceptional and memberconnected service.

Strategic Execution and Thinking

We have moved mountains with our strategic implementation over the past several years. Implementation of regional offices and elimination of
virtually all fees are specific cases to point to. This
strategic success has been the result of excellent partnership between the Board, CEO, Executive Team
and our employees. The net result is an organization
that is proactively positioned for the future.

We have also been successful in the creation
and professional execution of new businesses and related entities.

Over the past ten (10) years we have created
and implemented new businesses, such as:

Firehouse Financial
Firehouse Business Services
Fire Family Foundation
LAFireCU Holdings, LLC
Firefighter Insurance Services

Each of these ventures were considered very
non-traditional and somewhat controversial at the
time we proposed them and today are contributing in
different and very meaningful ways to our members
and our Credit Unions overall success.

Firehouse Business Services creates sustainably $400,000 plus net income per month, significantly adding to the Credit Unions overall financial
success and in providing our special membership
(who have the ability, energy, talent and time to create and expand their businesses) an opportunity for a

personalized business banking relationship and better

deals than they can obtain from the outside.

LAFireCU Holdings, LLC Innovative approaches to non-traditional Income generation

Fire Family Foundation

This Foundation does exceptionally good
and meaningful work for our Fire Families and is an
instrumental and strategic entity that demonstrates
to the broader fire community that we care about
our firefighters and fire victims, in a deep and caring manner over and above the great financial work
we do for our members. This Foundation is receiving very positive comments from fire organizations
across the state. When we can we do well by sharing
our Credit Unions success through the Fire Family
Foundation and with members of our Fire Family in
need, provide an opportunity to our employees, directors and business partners to also contribute their
time and talents and enhance our business opportunities in the process. We create a triple win by sharing
our success through Fire Family Foundation and with
members of our Fire Family in need; by providing an
opportunity for employees, directors and partners to
volunteer to give back to the Fire Family community;
and by enhancing our business opportunities along
the way.

We remain exceptionally energized and excited about this Credit Unions future in the face of an
industry that is getting smaller. In 1980, there were
over 23,000 credit unions in business; today we are
down to about 6,000 and projections are for a substantial continued decrease. The tough decisions our
Board has made (growth and name change in particular) have provided the foundation for this firefighterfocused Credit Union to not only survive, but excel
into the future. We have in place a high performing
Board, Executive Team and Staff; a clear vision and
focus for the future and we have not wavered in our
understanding that it is our members that we serve
and are accountable to. We remain committed to ensure that Firefighters First Credit Unions excellent
fire-focused culture remains in place and the Credit
Union is safe, growing and in the process increasing
value to our members.
Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Gerald Horwedel, Board Chair

April 2016 49

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12:00 Noon 3:00 PM


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50 April 2016

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - The LAFD in 1904

The Nineteenth Annual Report
by Chief Engineer Thomas Strohm

This is an interesting part of LAFD
history. This Annual Report was submitted by
Fire Chief Thomas Strohm to the City Council
in 1904. Chief Strohm was a member of Old
Thirty Eights, the first volunteer fire company
in Los Angeles, before becoming a member of
the LAFD in 1886.

Chief Thomas Strohm had the distinction of serving as Chief Engineer three different times: October 1, 1887 to January 25, 1888,
March 22, 1889 to January 31, 1891, and April
1, 1900 to February 28, 1905.

service for this city, eight new boilers have

been installed in engines, the machinery of engines has been thoroughly overhauled, numerous other repairs have been made, a combination chemical and hose wagon was built, a 65
foot telescopic Water Tower is now in course of
construction to be completed within 60 days.
This shop has been the means of saving the
city a considerable amount in the expense of
apparatus repairs. The Machine Shop building
is 53 ft. x 56 ft., and was built by the members
of Engine Co. No. 4 under the supervision of
Captain Archie J. Eley. The department now
has a complete Machine Shop capable of doing
first-class work.
During the year the Department has responded to 818 alarms of fire, an increase of
247 over the previous year. There were 727
actual fires with a puppetry loss estimated at
$527,545.00. Insurance paid during 11 months
of the year amounted to $363,498.00.

LAFD Chief Engineer Thomas Strohm.

Office of the Fire Department, 217 South Hill
Street, Los Angeles Cal., December 6th, 1904
To the Honorable, The City Council.
Gentlemen:---As provided in the City Charter, I present herewith the Nineteenth Annual
Report of the Fire Department, showing the
property, apparatus, etc., constituting the Department; the work performed during the year
and concluding with such suggestions and recommendations as I deem absolutely necessary
to enable the Department to keep pace with the
rapid growth of the city and afford the necessary protection to life and property.
Machine Shop.
During the last two years the Machine
Shop which is located in the rear of Engine Co.,
No. 4 on Aliso street has accomplished great

New Houses.
During the year a lot was purchased and
a two story brick building erected thereon at
Hope and Court streets, an engine and combination chemical and hose wagon installed
therein, known as Engine Co. No. 16. A lot
was purchased and a two story brick building
erected at Seventh and Santa Fe Ave., and as
soon as an engine and wagon are purchased
will be installed therein and known as Engine
Co. No. 17.
The building formerly occupied by Hose
Co. No. 4 at McClintock & Jefferson streets
was sold and a two story brick building was
erected in its place, an engine was installed
with the combination chemical and hose wagon
already located there and the company is now
known as Engine Co. 15.
The building formerly occupied by Hose
Co. No. 3, at Pico and El Molino streets was
remodeled, an engine installed with the combination chemical and hose wagon located there
and is now known as Engine Co. No. 13.
The building formerly occupied by Chemical Engine Co. No. 2 at 34th and Central Ave.,
was remodeled and an engine and combination
chemical and hose wagon installed in place of

the double tank chemical engine, the company

now being known as Engine Co. No. 14.
Fire Hydrants.
I would respectfully recommend that all
fire hydrants in the city be used exclusively for
fire purposes, and that separate connections
be provided for sprinkling purposes, as the
department has been seriously handicapped at
various times by finding the hydrants in poor
New Engine Houses.
In consideration of the rapid growth of the
city I would suggest that your honorable Body
make provision as soon as possible for the
erection of a building on the lot recently purchased at Adams and Hobart Boulevard and
an engine and combination chemical and hose
wagon installed therein. Also that a lot be purchased, a building erected thereon and an engine company installed in the vicinity of Main
and Ann streets. Also that a lot be purchased, a
building erected thereon and a chemical engine
company installed therein in the vicinity of 56th
and Central Ave. Also that a lot be purchased,
a building erected thereon and an engine company installed in the vicinity of Seventh and
Flower streets. Also that the house now occupied by Hose Co. No. 1 on Griffin Ave. near
Downey be sold and a new house be erected
in its place and a city service hook and ladder
truck be installed therein with the combination
chemical and hose wagon at present located
there, which would then give the needed ladder
service to the East Side, Garvanza and Boyle
Heights districts.
New Apparatus.
I recommend that a Water Battery be built
and added to the equipment of the department.
Drill Tower.
I again recommend the building of a suitable drill tower so that the members of the department can be properly drilled and taught to
have confidence in themselves while working
on roofs, ladders and fire escapes. I believe
that the erection of this tower would greatly increase the efficiency of the men and the department in general.

April 2016 51

I recommend the purchase of at least 5000
feet of 2 1/2 inch hose, which will then give
each company two lines of hose. This enables
the department to take care of the hose after it
has been used at a fire.
Salaries .........................................$141.386.67
Barley and Bran ...................................1,587.59
Horse Shoeing .....................................1,515.50
Veterinary Services ................................ 391.00
Apparatus Repairs ..............................1,052.04
Harness Repairs ..................................1,163.00
Hardware and Tools ............................5,543.80
Lumber ...................................................892.08
Paints and Oils .......................................112.82
Coal Oil ..................................................219.10
Fuel .....................................................2,176.20
Acid and Soda .........................................226.11
Drugs, etc. ..............................................127.27
Light and Electric Power ...................1,378.35
Water Rent ...........................................1,209.80
Furniture ................................................321.85
Plumbing ..................................................70.65
Stationary ...............................................159.45
Telephones .............................................842.30
Hay ....................................................10,748.45
Horses .................................................4,425.00
Hose ....................................................7,750.00
Hydrants ................................................511.95
New Appliances ...................................1,351.75
Miscellaneous .....................................1,627.74
Emergency Demands, Postage, Express
Charges ....................................................32.70
Brick Shed Engine Co. 16 ......................290.00
Water Tower ........................................5,692.67
Total ..............................................$192,805.84
Credit by sale of old hoses, junk, etc., ..................
........................................309.56 - $192.496.28
Engine Co. No. 1. .................................6,824.26
Engine Co. No. 2. .................................6,908.43
Engine Co. No. 3................................16,284. 25
Engine Co. No. 4.................................13,006.38
Engine Co. No. 5...................................9,448.33
Engine Co. No. 6...................................6,880.02
Engine Co. No. 7...................................6,966.88
Engine Co. No. 8...................................7,004.68
Engine Co. No. 9...................................8,221.08
Engine Co. No. 10...............................11,501.09
Engine Co. No. 11...............................10,479.15
Engine Co. No. 12.................................6,719.55
Engine Co. No. 13.................................3,971.20
Engine Co. No. 14..................................3,451.67
Engine Co. No. 15..................................4,162.60
Engine Co. No. 16..................................3,011.57
Chemical Co. No. 1...............................2,726.21
Hose Co. No. 1......................................2,947.07
Hose Co. No. 2......................................3,042.43
Hose Co. No. 3......................................2,883.88
Fire Department General ..................48,613.05
Corporation Yard ................................1,121.57

52 April 2016

Machine Shop ......................................6,630.49

Total .............................................. $192,805.84
Credit by sale of old horses, junk, etc..............
.........................................309.56 - $192,496.28
As Shown by Books of City Auditor.
Three New Fire Engines - $14,250.00
Purchased lot, Hope and Court St. - $3,500.00
Purchased lot, Seventh and Santa Fe Ave. 1,150.00
Purchased lot, Adams and Hobart St. - 900.00
New House, Pasadena Ave., and Ave. 60 6,556.00
New House at Hope and Court St. - 8,072.00
New House at Seventh and Santa Fe Ave. 8,237.00
New House at McClintock and Jefferson St. 8,662.00
Remodeling House at Pico and El Molino St.
- 2,447.00

Remodeling House at 34th and Central Ave. 2,340.00 - $56,114.00

Total - $248,610.28
Franks note on the Horse Department:

The list of horses in this report added
up to 104 so I needed to select a representative
number to conserve space. I chose some interesting names (Frank of course) and variety
of color, age, weight and height (measured in
hands). Babe was the oldest at 21. Mollie
the youngest at 4. Major was one of the biggest at 1500 lbs. and 17.2 hands high. Yankee was the smallest at 1,000 lbs. and 16.1
hands high. The color roan on a horse is intermixed white and colored hairs of any color.

No. Name Color Purchased Age Weight Height

1. Babe chestnut 1889
21 1300 16.3
5. Bob
17 1400 16.1 1/2

Chief Engineer Walter Lips in his Chiefs Buggy in 1905.

LAFD Blacksmith shoeing a horse

Fire Station 15 in 1904 located

at 3202 McClintock Ave.

1881 Hayes aerial truck A at Station 4. We have a Hayes

aerial on display at the Hollywood Museum.

Calendar for April 2016

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

The Gor


Bob Second bay 1893

Rowdy gray
Izzy roan
Major roan
Dandy black
Rock gray
Rufus brown 1897
Patsey bay
Yukon chestnut 1897
Barney bay
Moses bay
Sadie bay
Don Juan gray 1899
Chub bay
Yankee chestnut 1899
Gray Prince gray 1900
Aguinaldo gray 1900
Dago bay

18 1425 17.0
13 1370 16.1 1/2
12 1350 16.2
13 1500 17.2
13 1350 17.0 1/2
13 1350 16.2 1/2
14 1225 16.0 1/2
12 1250 16.2
12 1300 16.3 1/2
10 1450 17.0
13 1250 17.0
12 1200 16.2
10 1200 15.2 1/2
14 1400 16.2
13 1000 16.1
12 1225 16.2
11 1200 16.1
11 1200 16.2 1/2

58. Rondo bay

59. Keno bay
64. Tom S. bay
68. Frank bay
70. Bullet bay
71. Veto chestnut 1902
72. Pepper black
74. Baldy bay
78. Major D. black 1903
84. Rube brown 1903
87. Gray Bill gray
90. Chief gray 1904
91. Dutch gray 1904
101. Mollie gray
104. Blue roan

11 1210 15.2 1/2

10 1070 15.0
11 1400 17.2
10 1150 16.2
11 1100 15.3 1/2
11 1200 16.3
10 1150 15.3 1/2
7 1160 16.2 1/2
9 1375
8 1200
6 1425
7 1250
7 1500
4 1400
10 1350

Engine Co. No. 1........3

Engine Co. No. 14........4

Engine Co. No. 2........4 Engine Co. No. 15........4

Engine Co. No. 3........8 Engine Co. No. 16........4
Engine Co. No. 4........5 Chemical Co. No. 1........2
Engine Co. No. 5........5 Hose Co. No. 1...............2
Engine Co. No. 6........4 Hose Co. No. 2...............2
Engine Co. No. 7........3 Hose Co. No. 3...............2
Engine Co. No. 8........3 Chief...............................1
Engine Co. No. 9.........5 Assistant Chief................2
Engine Co. No. 10.......7 Corporation Yard............8
Engine Co. No. 11.......7 Supply Wagons................3
Engine Co. No. 12.......3 Street Department...........2
Engine Co. No. 13.......4
Total ........................................ 97
Number of horses Dec. 1st, 1903............82
Horses purchased during year..............21............103
Horses sold..................4
Horses died..................2................6
Number of hoses Nov. 30th, 1904........................... 97

Engine 3 coming out of the 3rd St. tunnel

pulled by Rowdey, Kroger and Bill.

The Gorter Water Tower at Station 4 in 1910. We have the

completely restored Gorter at the Hollywood Museum.

Wagon and Engine 18 circa 1906 in front of

18s on Hobart. I was an engineer on Engine
18 in the late 60s. The building is still there.

April 2016 53


February 3, 2016
President Bob Steinbacher called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at 10:50
Robert Steinbacher, President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President (Excused)
Trustee Frank Aguirre (Excused)
Trustee Juan Albarran (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Tom Stires, Retired
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Jeff Cawdrey
led the flag salute.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting held January
6, 2016. Chris Hart so moved. David Peters
seconded. There was no further discussion or

54 April 2016

Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the

reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees meeting held January 6, 2016.
1) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Buzzard Bait
Ride and indicated that it was an outstanding
event. He reported that the event netted just
over $9,000 for the WODFF.
2) Bob Steinbacher indicated that the new
recruit classes are ongoing and asked if any
Trustees would be interested in attending. He
mentioned that they obtained approval f rom
the Fire Chief to show up the night before to
provide time for the new recruits to review
their package from LAFRA.

Motion carried to fund $2 million to Titan and

$2 million to FPA Hedge Fund Managers.
1) Todd Layfer informed that they will be
sending out the member profile sheet that
will contain beneficiaries, medical coverage
and deductions/contributions to WODFF. He
indicated that they will be sending this sheet
in March 2016.
2) Todd Layfer presented the proposed 2016
operating budget for the Boards approval. Tim
Larson motioned to approve the proposed 2016
operating budget presented by Todd Layfer.
Doak Smith seconded. There was no discussion
or objections.

3) Bob Steinbacher indicated that LAFRA has

been approached by the L.A. Retired Fire &
Police with a proposal for LAFRA to purchase
their cemetery plots at various cemeteries.

Motion carried to accept the proposed 2016

operating budget presented by Todd Layfer.

4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Board

Educational Offsite on March 2 nd at the

Doak Smith reported that they will begin the

LAFRA Audit on February 16th.

5) Bob Steinbacher informed that a he and a

few members from the Medical Committee
visited MISCS and indicated that they were
pleased with the body scan facility and their
6) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board
that the Medical Committee has created a
letter referring to LAFRAs annual physical
benefit. He mentioned that there had been
some misinformation sent from UFLAC that
confused LAFRA medical plan members.
7) Andy Kuljis administered the Oath of Office
to new Trustee, Tim Freeman , Jr.
Garth Flint and Mike Breller of Beacon Pointe
Advisors presented the 4th Quarter and Annual
Investment report for the LAFRA portfolio.
Steve Domanski presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move to
fund $2 million to Titan and fund $2 million
to FPA Hedge fund manager. There was no
discussion or objections.


David Peters presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $838,798.55. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $838,798.55.
The committee recommends and I so move to
make an in-kind donation of $12K to the L.A.
Retired Fire and Police Association for the
purchase of cemetery plots plus transfer fees.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve an in-kind
donation of $12K to the L.A. Retired Fire &
Police Assoc., for the purchase of cemetery
plots plus transfer fees.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve up to six Trustees to attend the
Morningstar Investment conference in Chicago.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve sending up to six
Trustees to attend the Morningstar Investment
conference in Chicago.

The committee recommends and I so move

to approve up to $300 with receipts for the
promotional badge ceremony. There was no
discussion or objections.

There was no discussion and no objections.

There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to accept all applications to

the Medical Plan.

Motion carried to approve up to $300 with

receipts for the promotional badge ceremony.


Motion carried to approve the financial

assistance applications for surviving spouses,
active and retired members.

The committee recommends and I so move to

approve up to $42,000 for the elevator upgrade.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $42,000 for
the elevator upgrade.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $13,000 for the multi -purpose
room A/V equipment and installation. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $13,000 for
the multi-purpose room A/V equipment and
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve entering into an HV AC maintenance
contract for $4,000 annually. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve entering into an
HVAC maintenance contract for $4,000
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $4,000 for the web site calendar
upgrade. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $4,000 for the
website calendar upgrade.
The committee recommends and I so move
to increase the Kaiser premium rate to 5.84%
effective July 1, 2016 and maintain benefits
at current level. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to increase Kaiser premium
rate to 5.84% effective July 1, 2016 and
maintain benefits at current level.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve $30K to enter into contract with a
social media services vendor. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $30K to enter into
contract with a social media services vendor.
David Peters presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.

Doak Smith presented the following motion.

The committee recommends and I so move to
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $12,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
Doak Smith read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
Robert B. Morrison
Eldon L. Lobdell
William B. Cook, Jr.
John F. Hood
William D. Rowlett
Robert L. Noel
John D. Moore
Edward T. Chilson
Ralph J. Kenneth, Jr.
Severino Trapletti
Gene E. Taylor
Bruce M. Norman
Bob J. Norton
James R. Agee
Thomas E. Laski
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$71,381.12 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $71,381.12 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.


The committee recommends and I so move
to advance funds for both active and ret
ired members. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to advance funds for both
active and retired members.
1) Investment Committee Meeting @
Beacon Pointe February 23rd
2) Board Educational Offsite March 2nd
3) Investment Institute; Las Vegas
March 14th 16th
4) Hook & Ladder March 18th 20th
5) LAFRA Health Fair April 20th & 21st
6) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament
May 11th B









Steve Tufts Thursday, February 18th B @

Bonaventure Hotel
Mark Flot Saturday, February 20th
B @ African American Firefighter
Museum (Vigil)
Fernando de los Cobos Sunday, February
28th C @ Fire Station 109 (Steinbacher)
Eric Stephens Saturday, March 5th B @
LAFD Museum Old FS 27 (Peters)
Mario Rueda Thursday, March 10th C @
Brookside Golf Club (Hedberg)
Christopher J. Hare Saturday, March 19th
C @ Tierra Rejada Ranch (Coburn)
Michael White Saturday, March 19th C @
Bishop Alemany High School Rec
Center (Dolan)
Robert Rosario Tuesday, March 29th A @
Bel Aire Bay Club (Hedberg)
Steve Schrobsdorf Saturday,
April 16th A @ La Crescenta Womans
Club (Albarran)

Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
adjourn. David Peters so moved. Tim Larson
seconded. There was no discussion and no
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 1:02p.m.
Bob Steinbacher, President

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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund

February 2016


Hook and Ladder Enduro

FIRE STATION NO. 21 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

HELEN S. SUTTON in memory of my husband

John K. Sutton

FIRE STATION NO. 60 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

HARRY R. HOPEWELL JR. in gratitude for all the

work of LAFRA

FIRE STATION NO. 89 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

FRANK ARCIERO JR. for the Hook and

Ladder Enduro

FIRE STATION NO. 86 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund


Lela & Al Crotinger


from the Fire Extinguisher Fund

VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of my husband

Capt. Fred Martin

LORENE HOLDSWORTH in memory of Bobbie Jo &

Billy J. McConnell and Mary & Frank Cutter



RICHARD L. GARNER in memory of Gene Kampf,

Richard Kampf & Severino Trapeletti

FIRE STATION NO. 105 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

FIRE STATION NO. 66 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund


Jack F. Robinson




FIRE STATION NO. 10 from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

GEORGE M. WEBSTER in memory of

Kelly Ann Van Camp
JOHN & JEAN HANNAH in memory of Jack Robinson
MARGARET ROBINSON in gratitude for the work of
the Relief Association and in memory of Jack Robinson
FUMIKO HUMBERD in memory of my husband
John Humberd Jr. on his birthday on Feb 1st
Mike Brumbaugh
WERNER WAHLERS in memory of my brother
Heinz Wahlers
FIRE STATION NO. 26 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
56 April 2016

JOHN & DORIS CONN in memory of Mrs. Peggy Watz
wife of retired Capt. Earl Watz
Betty Garnett widow of Billy J. Garnett
Alan Broude
FIRE STATION NO. 80 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
Inspector II Thomas Laski

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Returns, Electronic Filing available,
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BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,

restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
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BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,

2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About
6 miles from ski slopes & lake.
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen
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$110 per night F-Sun. Weekly
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or
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bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,

HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, including all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-5418311 or
Bath 1,850 sq ft home on the
Eagle Point peninsula. Very close
to the lake, ski slopes, downtown
and grocery stores. Sleeps 9
comfortably. 50 cable TV, DVD,
VHS, WiFi, wood burning stove,
fireplace, fire pit, fire wood, BBQ,
laundry. 2 night min. Winter $160/
night. Summer $130/night. +$90
Cleaning. (4 days+ = no cleaning
fee) Some holiday rates apply.
Tony Zermeno (805) 625-1192
BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin.
Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wifi internet and cable TV. On a large
lot with sled hill. Fully furnished
except linens. $125 Winter $100
summer. Details and availability,
Call/text Jessica (949) 874-5294
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 5102721.
COVE. Ocean front, 1 bed, 1 1/2
bath, sleeps 4. Steps to beach,
pool, gym, putting course, tennis
and more. Newly refurbished,
fully equipped. Includes golf cart,
WiFi. Contact Bart @ (310) 5100190. Ask
for LAFD 8-89 discount. Owner
active LAFD.
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 bed,
2 bath. Fully furnished condo, TV,
internet, pools and spas. Gated
community from $115/night. 3
bed from $125/night. No smoking.
Barbara (626) 798-2484.
cabin with Carson Peak view. Close
to fishing & skiing. Furnished, wood
deck, equipped kitchen, wood
burning stove, tree swing, cable /
DVD/phone. Garage/ample parking.
$95/night plus cleaning fee. Email
for pictures. Jeff Easton 93-A (805)
LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat

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behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
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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
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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
& 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)
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 - 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
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
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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
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530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
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MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
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Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
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morning and breakfast on Fridays.
Special firefighters discount - Best
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Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
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,
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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.


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20th. (562) 799-1134
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