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A true team effort produced another successful fundraiser
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Steve Ruda, with a little help from Tommy Lasorda, explains
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LAFD History
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By John Jacobsen
I
t doesnt take long to be reminded of what a dangerous job we have.
Close calls at an incident, injuries from routine duties and illnesses
that are a result of our working environment materialize on a con-
sistent basis. Almost daily there is notification that one of our members
has been injured or has fallen ill. Although Im not telling you anything
you arent already aware of, the natural inherent danger that firefight-
ers are subjected to should be ever-present in our minds. Complacency
gets to the best of us whether its on the taking care of business side or
taking care of your health. Dont wait too long to get checked out for
that something just doesnt feel right. We all have the ability to see
a professional healthcare provider, so ask yourself, whats the hold up?
In the not-so-distant future, LAFRA will be rolling out our
new website. This has been a lengthy project, so we are excited about
putting it forward. I know that everyone wont get really excited over
this, but it is another tool that needs to be maintained for us to do our
best for our members. It should be seamless for all of you that are regular
visitors to our current site. Some of the highlights will include a different
look, an easier to read and navigational layout, some enhanced calendar
and sharing functions with the latest technology built in. Our hope is that
it will continue to be a source of connection, information and assistance
for our Relief members.
Healthcare reform continues to be a thorn in the side with very
few exceptions. Let me bring some good news that will fall into this
small category. The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) is a
Federal program that was establish under the Affordable Care Act. Under
this program, the Federal government reimburses a health plan for some
of the costs of health care benefts paid on behalf of, or by, early retirees
and certain family members of retirees participating in the plan. 5 Bil-
lion dollars was earmarked for this program and health plans would be
considered for some of these monies after they completed the application
process and were deemed approved. I can tell you that this process was
less than ideal and substantial changes were made since its inception.
With the amount of health plans across the nation we wanted to ensure
our reimbursement before the money ran out. The ERRP guidelines de-
termine the options that LAFRA has in selecting how the ERRP funds
will be used. We have elected to use this to reimburse PPO offce visit
copays to our LAFRA PPO medical plan members and felt this would
provide the largest fnancial savings to the greatest number of members.
Starting July 1, 2013, and until the funds run out, if you incur a PPO
offce visit copay, it will be reimbursed shortly after the end of the month
in which your claim was processed. The Explanation of Benefts (EOB)
that accompanies the check, will reference the reimbursement for the
PPO offce visit copay due to ERRP. Please contact Healthscope Benefts
at (866) 995-2372 if you have any questions regarding the reimburse-
ment.
I am pleased to pass along that the LAFPP Pension Board has
approved a 7% increase to the maximum non-Medicare retiree health
subsidy for July 1st, 2013. As most of you know, or have at least heard,
this continues to be a point of diffculty each year. The process seems to
be very straight forward, yet it gets bogged down with politically subjec-
tive delays every year. Retirees would like to know what their monthly
out of pocket costs for medical will be and this was a guessing game until
the health subsidy was approved.
Respectfully,
John E. Jacobsen
President@lafra.org
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6 June 2013
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true team effort produced another successful Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund fundraiser on April 28th. Firefight-
ers Keenan Porche and Dan Curry handled the logistics. Gary
Montgomery, Rose Thomson and the Corbin Bowl crew provided the
muscle. Task Force 93 showed up to lend their support. And the West
Valley community and Corbin Bowl regulars turned out for the fun, priz-
es and friendly competition.
The incredible support from the Corbin Bowl and the public
is fantastic, remarked Porche. Year after year we have an amazingly
successful event.
In 2002, the SoCal Firefghters bowling league held a two-day
tournament at the Corbin bowl and had some money left over. LAFD
members Bob Clark and Dan Martin thought the WODFF should have it.
After the success of the 2002 tournament, remembers Dan Curry,
Gary Montgomery wanted to get involved with hosting an annual char-
ity event. Gary is a great fundraiser. Keenan is the ramrod. I just pick up
the slack.
Everyone at the bowling alley works hard getting ready weeks
in advance. Managers Bryan and Alyse, along with Krista, Angel, Zoe,
Mario, Vicky and Shane make it a team effort. There was even a pre-
publicity plug on KTLAs morning show that ended up running again
and again throughout the day.
People are very generous in responding to out letters and
phone calls, said Rose Thomson. Our league players help out in many
ways. They always come through. If not Gary does the follow-up!
In addition to the bowling and pizza, there was a silent auction
with the winners grabbing Dodger and Kings tickets, rounds of golf at El
Caballero, Braemar, Woodland Hills and Sherwood Country Clubs and
VIP passes to Ray Romanos show at the Mirage. A plethora of raffe
prizes included Universal Studios tickets and a host restaurant gift certif-
icates from Brents Deli, Smokehouse, Stone Fire Grill, Outback Steak-
house, Morts Deli, Bucca di Beppo and CPK. So it ended up a great
night for the WODFF with almost $11,000 raised for the charity.
According to Dan Curry, Theres always been a tradition of
frefghters bowling and the Corbin Bowl was always the place.
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C
an a leader lead without followers? The
obvious answer is no. But it is a fact
that being a follower is a good thing.
It is my belief that leaders are not born but
formed. I believe that to be a good leader you
must be a good follower.
What constitutes a good follower? I
believe that it is choice we make. A follower is
one who can observe and listen. They watch,
sometimes from a distance - sometimes from
close up, and make judgments on what is hap-
pening around them. They have the ability to
keep their mouths closed and open their ears. It
is a trait that should be acceptable in our pro-
fession. I think our anatomy shows us that there
is wisdom from on high - the Creator gave us
two ears and one mouth.
Recently, the Los Angeles Leader-
ship Academy graduated its largest class of
members from around the City. There was one
Fire Department civilian member who took her
time off to join the heroes, not only from the
LAFD, but many frefghters from surrounding
communities.
We called it the Blue Shirters class.
It was made up of members of all ranks that
came once a week for four months to learn
the principles of leadership. They began in the
observation mode of a follower and each one
emerged on the other side as accomplished
readers, exercise performers, students with
traits that will inspire them to move to the
highest levels of involvement within their fre
service careers.
The reason for this article is to tell
you of the great staff that has been assembled
to provide a course that all members should be
interested in taking. A course that takes you to a
place you might have never thought you would
ever be. As one graduate said, It changed my
life. A pretty bold statement coming from one
so moved by the experience.
I attended the graduation as I have
many times before. This time I was attracted
by the rumor that the famous Dodger one man
PR star was going to be the keynote speaker -
Tommy Lasorda. B/C Gene Bednarchik, a loy-
al Dodger fan, was able to stop the rumors and
introduce the greatest ambassador the Dodgers
have ever known.
Tommy (Skipper) Lasorda is no
doubt one of baseballs greatest legends - a Hall
of Famer, a Big League manager, a man who
understands leadership from the ground up. As
he took to the stage it was obvious that he truly
was glad to be in the midst of future leaders
within the fre service.
Tommy, I hope I can call him by his
frst name as I respect him a great deal, greeted
the assembled crowd, starting off telling a story
about himself. Tommy said, When I got up
this morning my wife said, Where are you off
to now? Tommy said, I am going up to LA
to speak to some frefghters. Mrs. Lasorda
chimed back, You love everyone more than
me. Tommy reassured his beloved wife of
over 63 years and said, I love you more than
football and basketball. The assembled audi-
ence roared with laughter and they applauded
for his marriage commitment of 63 years.
Tommy said that leadership began
for him as a Boy Scout. Without hesitation
and with great verbal stride Tommy recited the
Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty
to God and my County and to obey the Scout
Law. To help other people at all times, to keep
myself physically strong, mentally awake and
morally straight. He continued, in rapid fre
and with conviction, A Scout is Trustworthy,
Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and
Reverent.
If all of us in the fre service could
recommit to these principles, our Department
could put PSD out of service. Tommy chal-
lenged the new leadership graduates to lead, but
not to get so far ahead of your people that you
cant hear their voices or hear their footsteps.
He told the group that once he was called to the
White House to speak before many infuential
people. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was
scheduled to speak just before him. Somehow
he managed and gave a tremendous talk. In it
he said that that as a team player you must play
for the name that is on the front of the shirt not
what is on the back. Sometimes that was hard
to do when the men he was leading made mil-
lions of dollars. Still he was able to lead.
Tommy, in his truest humility, said
he had many awards and accolades in his life -
awards like the World Series Championship and
Hall of Fame induction. But nothing compared
June 2013 9
to his selection to lead his countrys Olympic
baseball team. He led the top baseball players
in America and took them to a gold medal. He
was so proud and told his players that the med-
al belonged to the American people, not anyone
else - especially not the Cubans. He said, as a
manager, he was not entitled to a medal but he
was never so proud of his team wearing their
gold medals and singing the National Anthem.
Certainly the graduation started off
with great motivation. If you would like to hear
Tommy Lasordas complete speech you can go
to YouTube and search for Tommy Lasorda
speech at the Leadership Academy It is awe-
some in its entirety.
It is a tradition that the students
choose a class spokesperson. There were many
to choose from but the class chose Logan
Fields. But something magical happened as
Logan deferred to Ed Martin. Field produced
an unselfsh gesture that was recognized by Ed.
As Ed was introduced, he came to the podium
and humorously remarked how his position
that day behind Tommys great speech was
just what Tommy had experienced when Presi-
dent Reagan asked him to speak after Margaret
Thatcher. But Ed went on to give a great key-
note speech on behalf of his classmates.
May I share with you Ed Martins
speech at the Leadership Academys Gradua-
tion?
Good morning honored guest,
chiefs, family and friends and welcome to the
Los Angeles Fire Departments Leadership
Academy Class of 13-1 graduation ceremonies.
Today you will hear about the imparted theme
of the last four months which is leadership.
One of the purposes of this course is to teach
a life long commitment to the study of leader-
ship. You may be asking yourselves what the
defnition of a leader is - traits such as courage,
confdence, integrity, loyalty, honor and vari-
ous other qualities. These are just some of the
attributes that defne a leader.
To say that this class has been im-
pacting would underscore the very trademark
of this program. I am here to tell you that this is
a life changer. I wish that this training had been
available ten years ago. I would have been a
better husband, father and overall person today.
I thought to tell you all the ways I have been
personally affected but then I would be betray-
ing the very essence that exemplifes a good
leader. The very meaning of what distinguishes
a leader - the simple act of unselfshness, put-
ting others before yourself. Looking out for the
needs of subordinates is the essence of leader-
ship.
Ed continued with an unbelievable
sign of humility. There was never a more clas-
sic example of unselfshness displayed when
collectively we went to select a group spokes-
person. Eight candidates were purposed and the
top two were Logan Fields and me. Logan was
selected, not me. To everyones surprise, he
chose to defer his opportunity to me as a tribute
to my seniority and wisdom. That just means
Im old. (Ed Martin is a senior veteran frefght-
er in Battalion 10). This was by far the greatest
compliment that has ever been conveyed to me.
I applaud you for your character.
Ed then had Logan rise and a stand-
ing ovation was given from his classmates. Ed
continued, Logan, you deserve it, in so much
as in that one single act . . . you defned leader-
ship.
There have been many guest speak-
ers that have addressed this class, many of them
leaders in their own right. All of them spoke of
various qualities of leadership but almost all of
them centered on one element or core, and that
is unselfshness. Put your people frst and you
will be an effective leader.
So begs the question, what is lead-
ership? Can it be acquired knowledge that you
learn through instruction? Leadership is both a
science and an art. Leadership is both rational
and emotional. Therefore, as a science it can be
studied, charted, compared, and as an art it can
be appreciated. And then we rationalize leader-
ship by saying people are different in their ap-
proach to leadership in their thoughts and feel-
ings, hopes and dreams, needs and fears, goals
and ambitions, strengths and weaknesses, indi-
cating that leadership is often complex and can
not be a mere checklist.
Good leadership involves reaching
out and touching others feelings. Emotions
play a big part of leadership, like the ability to
inspire. Dr. Martin Luther King is a great ex-
ample of this. He touched peoples hearts as
well as their minds. But a good leader needs
to look at both the rational and emotional out-
come of their actions.

As you might have already fgured out there
is a strong correlation between leaders and fol-
lowers. A famous quote states, No man is an
island unto himself, everyone is part of the
continent, a part of the main. There is no simple
line dividing them, they merge. Many people
believe that you are born a leader or not, and
others believe that life experiences shape you
into a leader. Quite frankly it is both and nei-
ther. To think that leadership is an innate or ac-
quired quality is to ignore the fact that each one
of us in some past, present or future moment
has faced or will face a leadership opportunity
and will be defned on how we choose to deal
with that moment.
Ed continued, Like the moment we
came together as a class to come up with the
motto. Our motto is Navigating the future for
those inspired to follow. We speak of the fu-
ture with a new found compass to get us there -
put others before you. The future leaders of the
class will be guided with behavioral techniques
that will allow us to make sound decisions, im-
partial judgments and will enable us to engage
those we lead in an exemplary manner.
In closing, on a personal level, I lost
my best friend on February 17, the Sunday
before the captains exam. Ive asked myself
quite often since then, Was I the best friend
I couldve been? And now using the leader-
ship problem solving model to identify what
was happening in the relationship, I could have
used the Emotional Intelligence theory and the
leader theory of Self Awareness, some of the
techniques taught over the last four months, it
would have helped me to be something else for
my friend. I wish I had had them earlier. But
I learned it is never too late to be a better fa-
ther, a better friend and to be better at treating
others with respect and dignity. Looking inside
yourself is very humbling but a necessary com-
ponent in leadership and I challenge all of you
to ask yourselves, Am I putting others before
me. If not, how is that working for you? And
to all the offcers, supervisors, managers, and
future leaders in attendance, I ask that you be
a leader that people want to follow and not a
leader you have to follow.
As many prepare for the captains
exam, consider the words of Dodger great
Tommy Lasorda and Firefghter Ed Martin, the
importance of what is needed in the leadership
roles that lay ahead in promotions and even in
your personal life.
Please consider the Leadership
Academy and honor the support that it receives
from the LA Firemens Credit Union, Serto-
ma, and the Fire Foundation. This course has
been prepared for you by the likes of Captains
Chuck Ruddell, Paul Nelson, John Paxton, and
Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, and a squadron
of keynote speakers and facilitors like Captains
Matt Ott, Kristin Crowley and Administrative
Staff, Kimberly Lopez.
The Blue Shirters have dominated
the classroom spaces but there is always room
for more, especially captains and chiefs. As
a new B/C I thought, what can learn from
this course? After taking the Academy, I was
ashamed that I had that arrogant attitude. So I
encourage those of rank amongst the LAFD to
realize that you are not done - in knowing your-
self and seeking self-improvement. You too can
consider the future knowledge that awaits you
in the upper classrooms at FHMTC. And know
that you can teach old dogs new tricks.
Frank Hotchkins would be proud of
you; those under your command will admire
your efforts. And as Ed Martin so humbly ad-
mitted, It was an experience that changed my
life.
10 June 2013
O
n August 11, 2010, at 1915 hours, the
LAFD received a report of a struc-
ture fire at Washington Boulevard and
Trinity Street. Task Force 10, Engine 15, Task
Force 14, RA 10, RA 810, Task Force 14, RA
814, Squad 4, EMS 1 and Battalion 1 were dis-
patched to the incident. The first arriving com-
panies encountered fire and heavy smoke emit-
ting from a garage-type storage room located
between a church and a two-story single-family
dwelling.
The fre was exposing the attached
structures and had already spread to the eaves
of both the church and the dwelling. Additional
resources were immediately requested, result-
ing in dispatch of Truck 9, Engine 17, Engine
17, Light Force 20, TF 27, RA 27, RA 827,
Emergency Air 1, Battalion 3, Battalion 5, Di-
vision 1, and A-Unit 1.
The Greater Alarm assignment of
approximately 80 frefghters took just 41 min-
utes to knock-down the fre, which resulted in
an estimated $1,000,000 in damage to the 100
year-old church and attached structures. Al-
though the damage estimate was signifcant,
the majority of the church and dwelling struc-
tures were undamaged due to the quick work
of the frefghters. Additionally, there were no
fatalities or injuries reported, even though the
church and dwelling were both occupied at the
time of the fre.
Due to the fact that the fre involved
a house of worship, A-Unit 1 requested the
response of the on-call arson team, which in-
cludes an arson investigator and supervisor as-
signed to the Special Investigations (Day) Unit.
Additional notifcations were made to the Los
Angeles House of Worship Arson Task Force
agencies, which includes LAFD arson inves-
tigators, LAPD Criminal Conspiracy Section
(CCS) detectives, an ATF agent and an FBI
agent.
by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
June 2013 11
As investigators from each of the
Task Force agencies arrived, they were as-
signed to either the fre origin and cause team
or the investigative team. The fre origin and
cause team consisted of an ATF agent, one in-
vestigator assigned to A-Unit 1, the LAFD Ar-
son K-9 handler with the accelerant detection
K-9, the Arson Section forensic photographer
and an Arson Section Captain. The investiga-
tive team, which was assigned to identify and
interview witnesses, was comprised of an ar-
son investigator assigned to the LAFD Arson
Special Investigations Unit, an investigator
assigned to A-Unit 1, the Arson Section com-
mander, two LAPD detectives and their Lieu-
tenant, and an FBI agent.
The origin and cause team conducted
a thorough systematic search of the scene and
determined that the fre had originated just in-
side the double barn-style shed doors, where
they found that a large amount of clothing had
been stored. They determined that the fre was
intentionally set and ruled the cause incendiary.
The investigative team interviewed
two female witnesses who gave similar ac-
counts of a man (suspect) that had attempted
to open the storage shed doors less than fve
minutes prior the discovery of a fre just inside
those doors. The frst witness, who was iden-
tifed as the ministers wife, said she arrived
at the church and saw the suspect attempting
to remove something from between the shed
doors. She said the suspect turned and looked
in her direction, and then approached and
yelled at her as she entered the church.
The second witness was a resident
of the fre damaged dwelling. She had seen the
suspect through her window as he confronted
the frst witness, then returned to the storage
shed doors momentarily before quickly walk-
ing away while looking back over his shoulder
toward the shed doors.
Based on the witness descriptions,
LAPD made a radio crime broadcast and pro-
vided the arson suspects description. Police
patrol offcers searched the area, but were un-
able to locate the suspect.
The following morning, a few of the
Task Force members returned to the church to
conduct additional investigation. There were
several church representatives and the dwell-
ing occupant (second witness) at the location
engaged in salvage activities and damage as-
sessment. The investigators were outside with
the church staff when the forensic photogra-
pher observed a man standing on the sidewalk
a short distance away. The man, who closely
matched the physical description given for the
suspect the previous night, was watching the
activities and carrying items that appeared to
have been removed from the church.
The photographer alerted the arson
investigator, who then approached the individ-
ual and asked to speak with him. The man pro-
vided his name, Ricardo Aguilar Martinez,
and advised that he was not assisting with
the clean up, but said he often came to the
church to obtain free clothing and resources.
Martinez then admitted that he had been at
the church the previous day about 15 to 30
minutes before he became aware of the fre,
which he claimed to frst see from the area of
23rd Street and San Pedro.
At this same time, the forensic
photographer went across the street and
asked the witness whether she thought the
man might be the same individual shed seen
outside her window just prior to the fre. The
witness said she thought Martinez looked a
lot like him, but couldnt be sure.
The arson investigator then con-
tacted the LAPD CCS detectives that had
assisted with the investigation the previous
night, and requested that they bring the min-
isters wife to the church for a feld show-up
and possible suspect identifcation. The de-
tectives arrived a short time later and con-
ducted a feld show-up, at which time the
witness stated she was 75 to 80% sure that
Martinez was the same individual she had
seen the previous night.
The arson investigator transported
Martinez to the LAPD Newton police sta-
tion, where he and a CCS detective obtained
a Miranda waiver and conducted a formal in-
terview. Martinez made conficting statements
and initially denied any involvement, but then
admitted to being the individual the two wit-
nesses had described. He denied intentionally
starting the fre, but said that he might have ac-
cidentally started it and not realized that hed
done so. He also said that if he had started it
intentionally he would have done so at night
when no one could see him.
After concluding the interview, in-
vestigators, believing that probable cause
existed that Martinez was responsible for in-
tentionally starting the fre, placed him under
arrest and booked him for 451(b) P.C., Arson
of an Inhabited Structure. Arson investigators
presented the case to the Los Angeles County
District Attorneys Offce - Arson Unit, and ob-
tained a felony complaint fling for one count of
451(b) P.C., Arson of
an Inhabited Struc-
ture, and one count
of 451(c) P.C., Ar-
son of a Structure.
A pre-
liminary hearing
was held in Sep-
tember of 2010 at
the Criminal Courts
Building in Down-
town Los Angeles.
The ATF agent pro-
vided expert tes-
timony to support
his fre origin and cause determination, and the
witnesses testifed regarding their observations.
Martinez was held-to-answer and bound over
for trial, but on March 17, 2011, prior to trial,
he pleaded no-contest to a single arson charge
and received a State Prison Sentence of three
years.
Note: The Los Angeles House of
Worship Arson Task Force was formed in the
mid-1990s in response to several church fres
that had occurred in other regions of the coun-
try. Battalion Chief Terry Manning, the Arson
Section commander at that time, took a proac-
tive approach and organized the Los Angeles
Task Force. The successful outcome of this in-
vestigation is one of several examples of the
team work and value of this nearly 20-year-old
partnership.
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Just last month RA 804 goes out on
a sick person non-emergency in 2s frst in .
. . its actually the parking lot of White Memo-
rial Hospital. The EMTs fnd that the patient
has a blood pressure of 60 systolic. They call
for a paramedic rescue and are told by MFC
that they will be getting RA 4 from quarters.
So correct me if Im wrong - if the EMTs can
be in the ER quicker than it takes a paramedic
RA to get on scene, they can transport an ALS
patient? They might not be able to make base
contact, and Ill give them that. But they do
have a cell phone and can give White a call
with a basic report. And even if they dont
or cant make the call, thats what it says in
the PRG and in the LA County DHS poli-
cies regarding patient transport. When asked
why they just didnt transport the patient, the
response was, Really? We can do that?
With the fre chiefs new master
plan, we lost the inside member at 10s to
go to 74s as 874. 2s lost the inside member
to 1s as 801. Now correct me if Im wrong,
no 800 series ambulance on the east side,
and they open it up at 1s? In the past three
months, Fire Station 2 has had fve fatality
fres. Not only do they need an 800, the inside-
member would still be benefcial there.
With still no word on the captains
exam results, the rumor mill just keeps fy-
ing. Good to see that certain members of the
department, (members already possessing
collar ornaments) putting on classes to aid the
test takers in the next process. When will there
be a time when these captains, chiefs, etc step
up and provide those services free of charge,
to mold the future leaders of this department?
Outside agencies providing this service is
understandable, but the leaders
within . . . really!!
The new recruit test
was a week later, and they have
already received results, and
are anxiously waiting for interview dates but
only if you were lucky enough to be one of the
frst 600 to turn in a CPAT verifcation. The
options to submit were by e-mail, fax, or hand
deliver. Seems like there might be a little delay
in the candidates who chose option number 3.
As the summer draws near, so does
that threat of assign hires. The department
is thinning out and running low on bodies
to work the vacant positions. Lets continue
to take care of one another. In the month of
April, companies are already being shut down
NAV staffng, and it will only get worse. Make
sure to check your sign-ups, its gonna be hard
to get out of days once hired for.
Keep those stories coming in. Some stories
need to be told.
Big1writer@gmail.com
downtown companies extinguished a fre in a
Metro bus on Figueroa at 4th Street on April 17th.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
14 June 2013
Greetings once again from the sinners and the
saints of the Second Battalion.
Lots of the comings and goings
throughout the City this month. There is some
lateral movement as Capt. Paul Ybarra leaves
Lincoln Heights to bump Capt. Anthony
Hardaway out of the temp spot at 50s on the
C-shift, so to keep things fair, Capt. Hardaway
takes over command in Lincoln Heights. Also,
hopefully only for a short while, the lose the
10th man and open BLS rescues plan has
FF Joe Rodriguez going from 12-A to 50-A,
FF Tyrone Fong 12-B to 50-B, FF Christian
Riley 12-C to 50-C, FF Daniel Cortinas 2-A to
1-A, FF Chad Corona 2-B to 1-B and FF Juan
Marez from 2-C to 1-C.
We also bid a tearful goodbye to
Capt. Percy Jones who leaves the Second
Oldest Station in the City for Recruit Services.
FF/PM Chris Stellern will take the serenity of
El Sereno with him to the beach and ride RA
63 . . . and FF/PM Kelly Corcoran eliminates
the pool paramedic conundrum on 1-B for a
permanent home on RA 95.
To ease the pain of our loss(s), FF
Robert Barna leaves PTI to jump into the pool
at 1-C.
Remember . . . we start off liking you, youll
have to do something to change that.
While no stories made their way
to me this month, it doesnt mean there is
nothing newsworthy to report. The Fire Chief
himself went around our beloved battalion
and addressed the troops being affected by his
new reallocation of resources. Id be lying if I
didnt admit to being surprised and impressed
by his willingness to go into the trenches to
explain things to the rank and fle. Im sorry
I missed it, I would have come in from home
had I known.
That being said, Id be remiss in my
duties if I didnt take a moment to point out
some of the possible problems with the plan I
would have brought up had I been there. From
what I gather, the theory is that by opening
more BLS ambulances, response times will
be improved. To acquire the personnel, one
member from each of 22 truck companies
will be reassigned. This doesnt sound like all
that much until you realize its the loss of 1/3
of the frefghters on the truck. It also means
that we no longer conform to the National
Standard according to NFPA 1710 establishing
the minimums for the safe staffng of a truck
company. And for some reason the Fire Chief
is hell bent on implementing this plan, in spite
of the opposition of our union, the chiefs
union and anyone else who cares about our
safety.
For those of you on the outside
looking in, this means 22 truck companies,
which are emergency responders, (and all
personnel are also trained EMTs) will be
undermanned so that 11 BLS ambulances can
be staffed in order to transport non-emergency
patients. Now, I understand that about 85% of
our present call load is EMS and the bulk of
that is BLS. I also dont argue the importance
of being able to transport non-critical patients
to the hospital in a timely fashion. I have a
problem with the cost in safety, when all who
need transport are currently getting it. Im sure
the issue is the budget, since thats all weve
heard about for the last few years, but how
about fghting for some of the revenue we
generate through the improved ePCR billing?
A big part of the ePCR sales pitch to those
doing the actual day to day of public service
was how this new source of revenue would
help the Fire Departments budget woes. If the
object of the plan is to improve response times
. . . as soon as any resource arrives on scene
the clock stops ticking. The extra BLS rescues
wont improve response times and frst care
gets administered as soon as the frst company
arrives. Getting non-emergency patients to
the hospital faster by degrading emergency
services just seems like a poor exchange. Ive
also heard the plan hopes to stave off attacks
by private ambulance companies trying to take
over our BLS transportation service, as they
claim to be able to do the job cheaper. While
I have a lot of respect for private EMTs, they
are able to bring only one skill set to the party
which makes them about as fexible as frozen
taffy.
Personally, I have a hard time
believing the Fire Chief has no regard for our
safety, but I have no problem believing that a
politician with his term at an end and an eye
to the future would want a gold star on his
resume.
Doing the right thing had to be a lot
easier when there was Civil Service Protec-
tion.
Send your version of the truth, or threats of
reprisal to battalion7news@yahoo.com
A/o Nathan bordofsky from 12-A gets
a Fathers day hug a few weeks early
from 2 year old son Sage at a cadet
muster at FHMtC.
battalion 2 companies worked a fre along
the 60 Freeway that burned 12 palm trees on
April 19, 2013. Photo Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
June 2013 15
On April 24, 2013, a scenario de-
picting a crashed Boeing 777-300 aircraft
with a simulated debris feld of aircraft parts
and a medical triage area with a number of
fatalities and injured people was conducted
at LAX. The two-hour exercise included
nearly 300 participants, representing more
than 30 organizations. About 100 of the
participants were volunteers wearing makeup
to simulate injuries and played the roles of
victims. The drill, an exercise required by the
FAA was dubbed LAX AIREX 2013.
LAFd Photos by Erik Scott, PSo
battalion 5 companies work a
physical rescue on the 101 fwy.
Photo by david blaire
16 June 2013
Hello again from Battalion 10.
Things have been fairly quiet over the past
couple of months, but dont worry because
this month we have a lot to talk about. First of
all, we have some farewells to wish. Cap-
tain Onesto and Engineer Jeremy Chitwood
leave39 B for greener pastures over to 81s
on the C shift. Rumor has it that the two
of them, along with Seth Springer, are all
getting along like a house on fre. Some other
members at 81s have described these three
good looking guys hanging around together as
a scene straight out of Zoolander. Next we say
adios to FF/PM Shawn Rudolph who leaves
83s for Pacoimas fnest at 98s. FF/PM Mark
Miller leaves 81s to go to 84s. Captain Jeff
Birg saddles his horse and leaves the rough
and tumble South Van Nuys and heads to the
quieter, more serene pastures of North Van
Nuys fre station 81. Also leaving the A shift
at 39s is FF/PM Ed Tumbleson who steps into
his extra small level B suit over at 87s. Well
miss you Ed, there arent very many Captain
IIIs like you out there.
Another member who is leaving
the battalion is Captain II Jesse Cisneros who
was promoted to Battalion Chief on May 1st.
Captain Cisneros put on a prime rib dinner for
his crew on his last day as a captain. It was
an excellent dinner and a good time was had
by all. The next day, all but one member of
Captain Cisneros crew suited up in their dress
uniforms and went downtown to City Hall
to be there for his badge pinning ceremony
and show their support. Chief Cisneros was
fashionably late to the ceremony due to a
minor fender bender while on his way to the
event. Everyone was okay, and he received
his hard earned badge from Chief Cummings
and gave one of the best speeches his crew
had ever heard. Congratulations Chief on your
promotion, were proud of you and we will
miss you at 39s. Fortunately you promoted
into Battalion 1 where you will have someone
to drive for you.
Moving on to Battalion 10 news,
we have a story that comes out of . . .you
guessed it, 39s. Recently we had battalion
inspection and true to tradition, Captain Ruiz
was cooking that day so that his hard work-
ing crew could spend the day, nose to the
grindstone, cleaning and preparing the oldest
station in the city for inspection. Dinner time
rolls around and Captain Ruiz calls everyone
to the kitchen for a delicious, hard earned
chicken dinner. The hungry and tired crew all
sit down together to reap the days rewards of
all their hard work, and as soon as the guys
start cutting into their chicken, it begins to
look like a murder scene on all of their plates.
Some of the guys were seen chasing down
their chicken, forks and knives in hand after it
bolted off of their plates. Fortunately the side
dishes were enough to hold back the hunger
pangs of the overworked crew. At the end of
the dinner, there was more seared chicken
spotted still twitching in the trash can, than in
the left over containers.
By the time you are reading this, the
Fire Chiefs new deployment plan has gone
into effect, and there are now several nine-
man task forces and fve-man truck companies
in the city. Lets consider this new plan along
with what we know. In the same week that
there is one of the most signifcant terrorist
attacks on American soil since 9/11, as well
as a massive explosion in Texas that took the
lives of nine frefghters as well as many other
citizens, our Chief comes to the conclusion
that we are all stocked up on frefghter and
public safety and that we can afford to pull
valuable frefghters from truck companies and
use them to staff non-emergency ambulances.
These frefghters are being used to staff non-
emergency ambulances to fx the departments
infamous response time problem. If you re-
member, the Fire Chief had proposed a plan to
City Council, that we could afford to brown
out or close many of our resources in
order to save money, and response time would
remain the same. Nearly everyone openly
opposes this plan, UFLAC and the COA both
come together in rare form to openly speak
out against this plan. The only person other
than the Chief that publicly defends the plan is
former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks. Ask any
LAPD offcer if they liked Bernard Parks as
Police Chief and you will likely lose count of
the four letter words in the frst few minutes
of their answer. But the Fire Chief proposes
this new plan to City Council and it is allowed
to go through. Why not, its not like he has
steered us wrong in the past, or based vital
department decisions on misinformation?
But most importantly, lets fast
forward to the very day before this plan is
to go into effect. A hillside fre broke out in
99s district that trapped three frefghters and
burned two of them, one of which was found
inside the fre unconscious and out of air. We
are extremely lucky that we did not lose any-
body, and our hearts go out to San Francisco
battalion 10 companies, along with Crew 3, work
a brush fre at the 101/405 interchange in April.
Photo by greg holly
Photo by ryAn ling
June 2013 17
Fire who tragically lost two of their own in a
similar type of fre. It would be a slam dunk to
argue the value of every member on-scene of
that fre and how they contributed to the suc-
cess of that fre and how we are so fortunate
to only escape with some minor burns. But
that argument would be in vain, because no
matter what may happen, those members
that we used to depend on to be there for our
safety and ensure that we make it home to
our families are now a mere luxury. Those
members are best served on a non-emergency
ambulance to ensure that the LAFD makes it
to the scene of an unknown medical in fve
minutes or less.
Lets make sure we all take care of
each other out there and keep in mind risk vs.
gain. Lets serve with courage, integrity, and
pride no matter who isnt. Stay posted for next
months article, we are in the midst of fun and
dynamic times so Im sure there is good stuff
to follow. Or this might be the last article that
I ever write and will be banished for life from
the Grapevine.
Send all your stories and photos to
batt10writer@gmail.com
On April 15, 2013, frefghters arrived at
3390 West San Marino Street in 29s frst-in to fnd
fre coming from the attic of a three story apartment
building.
Photos by
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Photo by ryAn ling
Photo by greg holly
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Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps!
Welcome back to another month,
and I cant believe that its June already! Let
me start by giving a huge shout out to one
of Battalion 13s own, FF Jose Perez. After
a recent fre, a homeless occupant of the fre
building was left with nothing but literally
the clothes on his back, and apparently it was
questionable if they could actually be called
clothes. RA 33 members took the patient
into the back of the rescue, evaluated him, and
after he was deemed OK, he emerged from
the back of the rescue with a new blue t-shirt
and a pair of LAFD mesh shorts. From what
I hear he looked like a new man and was very
appreciative. Thank you FF Perez for giving
the shirt off your back to the man, and once
again leaving it better than you found it.
Also this month was the Annual
Dads and Kids Camp-out at Lake Cachuma.
Once again, everybody had a great time,
with perfect weather, flthy kids, and full
bellies.Yes dear, of course the kids are
bathed, ate all their food, and brushed their
teeth! Thanks to all the folks that make this a
great event and looking forward to next year!
Our frst story comes out of FS 21,
where the fully staffed Haz-Mat Task Force is
stationed. Recently our heroes were dis-
patched to their bread and butter, the Haz-
ardous Material call. Since most of us are only
basic Haz-Mat FRO trained, we usually leave
all the technical stuff to the experts. We try
and handle the identify, isolate, and deny en-
try part, and they do the work that earns them
the bonus and all that goes with it. As 21s
arrived on-scene with all their apparatus and
equipment in-tow, they started setting up for
the big one. Meters were warming up, Class
X suits were being donned, and comput-
ers in the squad were working to identify the
problem. Everyone was fnally properly suited
up and ready to get to work . . . except for one.
The Haz-Mat TFC decided to enter the hot-
zone in only a simple all-protecting turnout
coat, with no helmet or 32 gas meter, and
proceeded to walk from shut-and-secure-door
to shut-and-secure-door, open it, and stick his
own personally issued olfactory meter right in
to identify the Haz-Mat product. Appar-
ently their SOGs are to send him down the
hallway . . . and if he comes back unscathed,
then its a safe atmosphere; but if he falls ill,
then its called IDLH and all the proper
and expensive monitoring equipment theyre
issued comes into play. Now I know that all
the team members have specifc functions and
duties, and along with those responsibilities
comes a proper title while on-scene. I think his
was changed from TFC to Canary . . . just
what I heard.
With some of the promotions lately,
theres bound to be some stories out there. One
such story comes out of FS 64. A newly pro-
moted TFC arrived just in time for Bi-Monthly
inspection. His 2nd shift is the shift before
inspection, so as TRADITION would have it,
the captains cook so the crew can fnish the
house . . . right? Uhhh, not so much in this
case. Turns out that making a good impres-
sion and leading by example arent quite
as important as getting your feet wet in the
front offce. Did I forget to mention that there
are a few studiers that have already taken care
of ALL the paperwork and front offce duties?
Anyway, tradition did hold, and the captain
did cook . . . yes, the out-of-house captain as-
signed to the engine for that day did cook. On
a side note, at least the new TFC took some of
the runs for the busy engine captain . . . wait,
this just in . . . nope, he didnt take any runs or
even offer. Oh well, at least the guys worked
hard all day and were rewarded with a fan-
tastic dinner that may have taken a bit longer
than normal to prepare due to the call volume.
As an addendum, the newly pro-
moted TFC did end up cooking the shift of
inspection, AKA 3rd shift rule and also a
tradition . . . well I shouldnt say that HE actu-
ally cooked. His wife cooked and packaged
the food and delivered both lunch and dinner
to the station. Now the question is, Who gets
the C? My vote goes to Mrs. Wade. Sorry
Capt., looks like youre up again next seg-
ment.
Prior to the promotion, comes the
studying. And along with the studying, comes
the acting. And fnally with the acting, also
come the acting. Recently at 65s one of the
FFs was Acting Captain, and the captain
was kind enough to sit backward and be an
Acting Firefghter. Arriving on-scene of a
two-story apartment with fre showing from
the frst foor, the acting captain gave his
comprehensive size-up and the acting FF
went to work throwing his breather, selecting
the appropriate line and rushing towards the
front door. Thats when our acting FF disap-
peared between two cars and all that could be
seen was an explosion of yellow with PPEs
fying in all directions. As the engineer went
to investigate, he stepped over the obvious
curb and found the acting FF face down with
life status questionable. Once he was rolled
over, there was a loud audible gasp heard as
A fre in a church at 4909 Crenshaw bl was extinguished by battalion
13 companies on April 27, 2013. Photos by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
22 June 2013
air re-entered his lungs. With some assistance,
he was helped to his feet and pointed in the
direction of the fre. Reassembling his PPEs,
he made it to the front door and learned that
neither the Y-block nor the radio mic will
connect to the facepiece. In the end, after
some bruised ribs and egos, the fre went out,
was overhauled and everybody went home
safely. Remember, if you dont use it, you lose
it. Dont worry Capt. this will only refect on
your DOR and it might be your next drill.
The other day, a former Battalion
13 employee worked the P.M. on RA 864.
After a normal busy night, this member was
in the kitchen the next morning catching up
with old acquaintances and waiting for the
800 to get back in order to make relief. He
was overheard talking to some of the guys
about some of the issues that hes having
with members of his own station. Issues like
other members not pulling their own weight,
not fulflling their duties, and leaving things
for other members to clean up. In fact, this
seasoned, salty, smoke-eater of eight years and
multiple stations (not all because he wanted
to) actually told one of his inferior FFs with
more time on, Im tired of going home every
morning with a sore back from having to
carry your weight all day! A second later his
relief walked in the kitchen and after his huge
diatribe about how much work he does, he
stepped down from his soapbox and continued
to tell his relief that he didnt put fuel in the
rig because he was tired and that it needs to be
restocked with gloves and ice packs. Now if
that isnt ironic, Im not sure what is! Thank
you Dude, for continuing to be you . . . just
sayin
Our last story goes to our Fire
Chief. Im sure everybody has read and heard
about the new deployment plan taking one
FF off certain Light Forces and reassigning
them to 800 series ambulances assigned to
stand-alone Light Force houses. While this is
obviously another plan for disaster, and further
taxing the LAFD members to once again do
more with less, the real thing that stymied
me was reading his letter on the portal as to
why he was doing it. All I kept reading was
the word . . . or actually, letter I. As the Fire
Chief, I . . . , I am, I will, I continue,
and I am responsible for. Seems as if hes
already forgot the WE. As we all know,
nothing is ever accomplished by I. We are
a strong Fire Department working together as
a team to accomplish all of the daily duties
and responsibilities to the public and each
other. Apparently he forgot about the day-
in-and-day-out work of all the resources and
bureaus trying to move forward and keep us
successful. I wont even go into the LA Times
article where the most out-of-touch LAFD
member gets quoted bringing clarity to the
Fire Chiefs plan. Thank you MD1 for your
words of wisdom and unique ability to try and
make yourself relevant . . . keep trying . . .
and Chief, once you realize that its all of
us, you may have a bit more success. Re-
member those four large posters mounted
on the wall of every LAFD station? You
may want to take a look next time . . . Just
sayin.
Congratulations to all of the
young men and women that passed the en-
try level test and are currently visiting fre
stations by the boatful to gain insight into
the LAFD. Remember, this is our frst op-
portunity to mold and shape the future of
our department, so think back to when you
were doing the same thing and treat them
how you wouldve wanted to be treated.
Well, thats all Ive got for
this month. Stay safe and remember that
2+2 makes sense, play nice, know your
audience, get a cool nickname, fgure out
which formula to use before the media
gets ahold of it, you get out what you put
in, FI-1, read the label, if youre tired-
sleep in, when in need of a driver, call an
already overworked 800 to do your job,
and watch out for irony! Keep sending
your stories to wattsfre@gmail.com
on April 16, three people died in a fery crash when their vehicle
struck a light standard on Manchester blvd. Firefghters from En-
gine 57 battled the fames. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
E 57, tF 33 & E 65 encounter a fre in
a row of bungalows on April 18, 2013.
Photos Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
June 2013 23
On March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday,
actor Jack McGee and his wife, Stephanie,
held their second annual college fundraiser for
Glenn Allens grandson, Nathaniel. They have
combined this fundraiser with their celebra-
tion called the March Music Madness where
musicians and friends play music based on a
theme. This years music theme was Mo-
town and the music and food was fantastic.
300 people feasted on hamburgers and hot
dogs cooked by the members of Fire Station
97. Some notable people in attendance were
anchor person Christine Devine of Channel
11 News, actor Ed Begley, Jr., Steely Dan
band member David Palmer, Maria Riggs of
UFLAC and her husband Dick, Melanie Allen,
Rebecca, Brandon & Nathaniel McPhie.
This event all came about after Jack
and Stephanie heard about Glenns tragic
death at the Viewsite Fire in February 2011.
They had met Glenn when Stephanie fell
while on a hike in Fryman Canyon requir-
ing the services of the LAFDs fnest, RA 97.
Jack, a retired FDNY member, became the IC
when RA 97 arrived. When Glenn had fnally
had enough of his directions, he asked Jack
if he would like to run the incident or would
he like RA 97 to take care of Stephanie. An
instant friendship had been made! Soon after
Stephanie got out of the hospital, Jack was
nominated for an Oscar for the movie, The
Fighter. Instead of talking about himself on
his special night on the Red Carpet, Jack,
wearing his FDNY badge with memorial band,
talked about Glenn and how the fre depart-
ment family had truly suffered a tragic loss.
The members of 97s were so impressed, they
invited Jack and Stephanie up for lunch and a
friendship had begun. Gathered in the kitchen
of FS 97, Jack and Stephanie decided to add
Nathaniels college fundraiser to their event.
Jack and Stephanie, as well as
the members of FS 97, would like to thank
many people that made this fundraiser such a
success: UFLAC for their generous donation
which allowed us to rent VIP porta-potties
for the party, Tony Watson of Andy Gump,
who provided the porta-potties at his cost, and
Craig Sanford, for delivering and picking up
the mini-Moab so that 97s could cook the
food in a timely manner. Wed also like to
thank Light Force 78 and Task Force 60 for
March Music Madness Fundraiser
60s extricates the victim of a t/A
Photo by Shawn Kaye
stopping by and being static displays for all
the families in attendance.
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on April 5th a pick-up truck overturned and landed on the
Lankershim bl offramp from the N/b 101 Freeway. A full
Physical Rescue assignment took over a half an hour to
extricate the victim.
Photo by Mike Meadows
on April 1st a man was killed when his car struck
a parked scrap metal truck on San Fernando Rd.
Photo by Mike Meadows
battalion 15 companies assisted Ventura County Fire after a car drove off the E/b 118 Freeway and
burst into fames. Firefghters rescued the driver and carried her up the hill to a waiting ambulance.
Photos by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
26 June 2013
Meanwhile in Battalion 17 . . .
This story will need audience par-
ticipation and knowledge.
Once upon a time on a morning of
battalion inspection, with the looming arrival
of B/C 17 and EMS 17, a certain individual
took it upon himself to do a little extra.
What do you think he did?
A: Help his crew to do morning of in-
spection duties.
B: Take a hot lap around his rig to ensure
it gleamed like a jewel.
C: Ask the captain if there were any other
special tasks that needed to be performed.
D: Get towels, soap and bucket and begin
to detail his personal vehicle.
Forward your answers and opinions to Fire
Station 104-B
battalion 17 companies knocked down a
fre that destroyed a garage in the 8400
block of Keokuk Ave on April 11, 2013
Photos by Juan Guerra,
juanguerra.smugmug.com
Send your stories and photos directly to you battalion News writer or to the editor at editor@lafra.org
June 2013 27
I
bought my Grandson a small RC (remote
control) helicopter, which is only for
indoor use and is basically intended to
distract him from watchin too much TV. Hes
only 5 years old but he quickly mastered the
controls and movements. It wasnt long before
he was fyin it all over our house and buzzin
the thing around my head. I was impressed
with his skill level and could see he was havin
way too much fun. Naturally, I decided to dive
in and see if I could peg my fun meter!
So far the only thing Ive pegged is
the balance in my bank account. This RC heli-
copter thing is expensive. Especially when you
crash or a wind comes up and blows the dang
thing into the next county. I started off with a
fairly small one, learnin the basic maneuvers
and then tryin to land it within walkin dis-
tance from my house. After feelin as though I
had made some progress, I decided I was ready
for the next step.
I was informed by my local hobby
store that as you go bigger in size the more
stable and controllable they become. I was
also promised that I would never fear the wind
and that I would fnd it easier to maintain level
and steady fight. They were right, except they
didnt tell me they crash as easily as a small
one. The only difference is the money thats
needed to put them back together.
And its really not so much the cost
of rebuildin thats the problem. Its all the dang
accessories. An ordinary transmitter, used to
control the beast, isnt nearly acceptable. I had
to buy some $250 Special Edition model that
can be programmed to control up to 20 models.
Then there are the batteries. My BIG helicop-
ter uses two 25 volt batteries! I did the math
and that adds up to 50 volts! And each of these
batteries cost $230.
COWBOY WISDOM
You can tell the size of a
man by the size of the thing that
makes him mad.


If you have any comments or stories,
please contact me. My email address is below.
Thanks.
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AC
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Then there are the upgrades. These
helicopter manufactures are constantly chan-
gin and improvin everything from the rotor
blades to the receivers. Receivers are the giz-
mos that the transmitter talks to. And you cant
just have one receiver. No, you need a mini-
mum of two, which by the way actually link
up with a satellite orbitin the earth. And Lord
forgive you if youre caught usin some off-
the-shelf cheapo receiver. These fyin clubs
are like the Arson Unit. Its a very Clickish
group thats hard to break into, but once youre
in, youd better have all the right equipment.
What a crock!
Anyway, if there was ever a time
when I truly wished I had promoted to Assis-
tant Chief, its now. Even a Captain IIs pen-
sion wouldnt help me. I was never any good
in math and its ac-
tually a good thing
because I cant
count past
100, but my
wife knows
exactly how
much Ive wasted.
However,
I cant get a fx on
the exact amount
Ive spent because
she stopped talkin
to me six months
ago. I promised her
a new diamond ring, but
she hasnt answered back.
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Two frefghters suffered burns battling a Greater Alarm Structure Fire
at a three-story hillside home at 4008 Sumac Drive on May 4, 2013.
First arriving frefghters attacked the ground level fames and quickly
realized intense fames were burning beneath them. Conditions in-
side the structure rapidly deteriorated. All three foors quickly became
unstable due to extensive fre load. One veteran fre captain, low on
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30 June 2013
Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN, Ryan Ling,
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Pursuant to a Mutual Aid request, the LAFD assigned two strike teams to assist
the Ventura County Fire Department and allied agencies in their battle against a
brush fre between Camarillo and Newbury Park, approximately 17 miles west of
our City.
June 2013 31
32 June 2013
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June 2013 33
Firefghters rescued several residents and halted a fre that ripped through a two-story apartment building at 5158 Riverton Ave on April 22, 2013, leaving one man dead
and another hospitalized. Just after 10:00 AM frefghters arrived on scene to fnd fre blowing out of a second foor unit of a two-story apartment building over parking. As
frefghters ran in the main entrance and half way up the stairs they were met by intense heat and fames billowing overhead. Truck Companies promptly extended ladders
to second story balconies and rescued at least two occupants. Additional frefghters climbed to the roof to perform strategic vertical ventilation with chainsaws. Sixty four
frefghters fully extinguished the inferno in just 25 minutes.
34 June 2013
L
AFD Air Operations (Fire Station 114) was
the venue for the LAFD Foundations Fahren-
heit 2013. The cocktail reception featured fire
department exhibits and demonstrations including
search and rescue dogs, vehicle extrication and our
fleet of helicopters. Fire department friend and NHL
Hall-of-Famer Luc Robitaille was honored for his
(and the Kings) long-time dedication to the LAFD.
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our LAFD cadets had a busy two
weeks while attending the weeklong
California Fire Exploring Academy
(C.F.E.A.) followed by a weekend at the Dave
Russon Memorial Fire Explorer Emergency
Exercise. C.F.E.A.s president, LAFD Fire
Captain Eric Verwey, stressed the importance
of safety, teamwork, and discipline to the 160+
cadets from 25+ agencies in California and Ne-
vada as they spent a week in Chula Vista and
Coronado Naval Base. Participating in events
such as auto extrication, wildland firefighting,
US&R, ventilation, and fire control, the cadets
earned a well-rounded idea of what it takes to
become a firefighter. Also of note is that the
39th Annual Fire Academy chief this year was
LAFD Cadet Post 89s Michael Rucker, and he
led the cadets all week long with LAFD Posts
47, 63, 87, 89 in attendance. The weeklong
training culminated with a graduation where
Captain Verwey handed out certificates to the
proud cadets in front of family and friends.
The following weekend some of the
same cadets attended the Dave Russon Memo-
rial Fire Explorer Emergency Exercise at L.A.
County Fires Del Valle Training Center. These
cadets were also exposed to various aspects of
the fre department such as auto extrication,
wildland, US&R, hazmat, helicopter ops, heavy
rescue, and fre control. Cadets were placed
into companies and responded emergency to
each incident inside fre apparatus. Cadets from
LAFD Posts 87, 89, 94, and 106 gained valu-
able experience from the drill. Thanks to Task
Force 60 for helping with the auto extrication
and making the event a success.
36 June 2013
...And mark you calendars
for the August outing
August 2nd - 9th
Come join the us at beautiful Lake McClure
in Snelling, California
June 14th - 21st
For some great family fun!
For Information Contact
Gary Maga (FS 69C)
(661) 755-6072
Dale Shrode (FS 60C)
(661) 713-7664
June 2013 37
over the shoulder (fg. 1):
To initiate this method, the rescuer
stands at the feet of the victim and pulls the
victim up to shoulder height in one continuous
motion. Although this method can be effec-
tively used by one frefghter, caution must be
exercised to ensure the victims face does not
strike the rescuers breathing apparatus bottle.
Additionally, it can be easily seen that the size
of the victim and rescuer is an important con-
sideration.
Firefghter Victim (fg.2):
Position the victim on their back (breathing apparatus down). Check the waist strap on
the victim for tightness. Grip the victims shoulder straps near the breathing apparatus frame. Lift
the victim and back out of structure using your strongest muscles (quadriceps) to slide the victim
on the lower portion of breathing apparatus bottle. If the victim is moved by pulling the feet, the
position of the victims head can restrict or close the airway. There are several variations of this
method that can work satisfactorily, such as sliding a tool through the breathing apparatus shoulder
straps to allow a frefghter on either side to hold the tool to back out of a structure to remove a
victim.
The methods in this and previous articles are
not the only techniques to remove civilians and/
or frefghters from a structure or challenging
location. The focus of various methods is to
not only stimulate interest and discussion but
to also challenge you to have preplanned meth-
ods that you are familiar with and can safely use
when the need arises.
Remember that search and rescue
operations are some of the most diffcult fre-
ground operations due to their infrequent use
and challenging conditions during structural
incidents. Therefore, the primary focus is
to be prepared even though this subject is
usually out of sight and out of mind
until the need suddenly arises.
38 June 2013
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June 2013 39
The 2013 LAFD Memorial Club Cham-
pionship was held at the PGA West in La
Quinta on April 16-18, 2013. The 2013
Club Champion is Steve Schulz at 247.
A Flight results
1st gross - Steve Schulz at 247
1st net - Noel Murchet at 236
2nd gross - Graham Everett at 248
2nd net - Mark Zizi at 238
3rd gross - Andy Zar at 252
3rd net - Kelly Faulkner at 239*
4th gross - Gary Klasse at 260
4th net - Rod Brewster at 239
b Flight results
1st gross - Bruce Bickly at 264
1st net - Gordon Wilson at 231
2nd gross - Gary Mannan at 272
2nd net - Steve Sutliff at 236
3rd gross - Micky Diaz at 282
3rd net - Jim Horimoto at 246
4th gross - Ray Peralta at 282
4th net - Jose Camunas at 248
C Flight results
1st gross - Jim Sanchez at 281
1st net - Ed Strange at 224
2nd gross - Joe Szabados at 282
2nd net - Mike Sauber at 234
3rd gross - Doug Moore at 285
3rd net - Dennis Harada at 238
4th gross - Mike Monroy at 287
4th net - Randy Brass at 246
D Flight results
1st gross - Will Nevins at 284
1st net - Raul Cabrera at 231
2nd gross - Don Carter at 301
2nd net - Alan Schroeder at 235
3rd gross - Eric Anderson at 307
3rd net - Steve Stigall at 244
4th gross - Ron Lem at 320
4th net - Andy Vidovich at 240
guest Flight results
1st net - Ross Lawson at 232
2nd net - James Mahone at 242
3rd net - Jack Monroe at 252
4th net - Robert Austin at 258
5th net - Eddie Diaz at 260
40 June 2013
BoBBY MooSE MIHlHAUSER, Captain II
Fire Station 73-A
FRIdAY, JUlY 19, 2013
Marriott Warner Center
21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills CA
Social: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Chicken or Tri-Tip - $50 includes dinner & gift
Call Fire Station 73 - (818) 756-8673. RSVP by July 17, 2013
WIllIAM E. THoST JR., Firefghter/Investigator
FRIdAY, JUNE 28, 2013
Quiet Cannon
901 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef or Pacifc Snapper
$50 including dinner & gift
Call Arson Offce - (213) 893-9850
JAMES F. CAIRNS, Battalion Chief, Batt. 9-A
SATURdAY, JUNE 15, 2013
Mountain Gate Country Club
12445 Mountaingate Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049
Social Hour: 5:30 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Mountaingate Buffet - $40 all included
Call FS 37 - (310) 575-8537
or Battalion 9 - (310) 575-8509. RSVP by June 9, 2013
Spouses are cordially invited.
JAMES l. Stiggy STIlGlICH, Firefghter III
Fire Station 100-C
WEdNESdAY, JUNE 12, 2013
odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Buffet dinner - $55 includes tax & tip
Call Fire Station 100 - (818) 756-8600.
BRAdlEY GRoSSMAN, Apparatus Operator, Fire Station 48-C
WEdNESdAY, AUGUST 21, 2013
Ports oCall Restaurant
1199 Nagoya Way, Berth 76, San Pedro CA
Social: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Buffet - $55 includes tax, tip & gift
Call Fire Station 48 - Bus: (310) 548-7548 or Grapevine: (310) 832-4768
RSVP by August 19, 2013
T
he LAFD Handball Team, lead by Chris Yokoyama
and Joe Castro, won the Winter League Champion-
ship, competing against 11 other clubs from as far
away as San Diego and Santa Barbara. Each team provided
two doubles teams and one singles player every league
weekend.
Chris Hart, Ryan Chance, Ryan Carlos, Brett Kl-
emme and Jared Cooper anchored the team with outstand-
ing play in singles. Joe Castro and Chris Yokoyama played
with a rotation of partners including Joe Steiner, Mario
Rueda, Sergio Guzman, and Roy Harvey to dominate in
doubles. Team LAFD won 13 of 18 matches, and 3 of the 5
losses were by one or two points.
Team member Ryan Chance has been sharpening
his skills while practicing against top LAFD players John
Libby, Joe Castro and Chris Yokoyama and he most recent-
ly displayed his rapid improvement by defeating Branden
Silverman and moving into the #20 position on the Depart-
ment Handball Ladder.
June 2013 41
C
ongratulations to John Wolfenstein on his retirement after a 33
year career with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Johns retire-
ment dinner was held at the Antelope Valley Country Club on
April 20, 2013 which marked his 33 year anniversary on the job.
The day started with golf at the country club. The hackers
included I cant make a putt Don Wible and Im tired of carrying Don
for eighteen holes retired member Dave Lilly versus John and I. Im not
going to say who won the hard fought battle, but thanks for the beers
Don and Dave.
Now for the dinner! John and his wife Jamie, along with their
kids and their wives, husbands and fancs all arrived at the country club
in a stretch limo. Class 1 all the way but thats the way the Wolfensteins
roll! The social hour and dinner was attended by many long time friends,
family members and retired and active members assigned to Fire Sta-
tion 97 as well as members of the LAFD. A great flet mignon steak or
chicken and chocolate dessert was enjoyed by all.
Now for the presentations for Johns Years of Service to the
citizens of Los Angeles. John was presented his retirement badge by Den-
nis Benkovsky, who also presented him with his captains dress uniform
coat (see picture) that he had accidentally thrown out. Johns long time
Engineer, Bob Turner, gave John his service pin. FF/PM Jeff Gonzalez,
who built the helmet plaques for all fve retiring members at Fire Station
97, gifted the plaque to John. Gary Johnson, from CSFA presented John
with their plaque and also artwork depicting a 97s frefghter fghting
fre. Then Mike Toby, from UFLAC, gave John the UFLAC axe plaque.
Now it was time for the members of Fire Station 97 to give
their gifts to John. Johns #1 draft choice, Don Wible, who was solely
put in charge of this gift by the other members of the station, miscued
and misplaced Johns gift. If you ever visited FS-97, the B shift was in
some kind of time warp where they could not get rid of anything, even
a dirty kitchen trash can. House dues man, Rick Larson even bought a
brand new stainless steel trash can with soft closing lid to replace this
old, beaten, smelly receptacle only to
come back after a B shift to fnd the ol trash can back in its place. So,
since Don has a big, macho truck, he was supposed to run the trash can
over so it could be put to rest and then presented to John, but somehow
the trash can was misplaced. Oh well, way to go Don. It was then En-
gineer Ron Maga bestowed an underwater camera case that even Lloyd
Bridges from Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau would envy. John and Ja-
mie, along with a group of friends, are going to Jamaica where theyll be
doing some scuba diving and video taping with this new camera case.
In between the gifts, Johns kids, Brad and Amanda (who also
spoke for Becky), got up and told stories about their dad growing up.
They expressed heart felt memories of their dad growing up and how
he was always there for them. Brad also spoke of a special vein that
would pop out of Johns forehead when he got upset and only came to
life just for him. He felt so very special. Jamie then got up and talked
about John and their marriage and family life together. It was a truly
touching moment for everyone present. After the gifts and stories were
presented, it was time to turn the microphone over to John. He told ev-
eryone present how the LAFD had provided for him and his family over
the years. It also gave him many opportunities to coach his kids and
attend all their school events. He said he was looking forward to this
new chapter in his life with Jamie, his bride of 31 years, and to spend
countless hours with the grandkids, and enjoying their new home in Lake
Havasu.
I was honored to be the emcee for the event, but had to rush to
the fnish of the ceremonies because Jamie, along with the Wolfenstein
daughters, Becky & Amanda, were all ready for dancing to their favorite
band brought in all the way from Las Vegas, the Celtic Rockers. It was
brought up that Jamie has been seen dancing on table tops in Vegas to
this band and for everyone to clear their table before the band started to
play. They played great sets of Irish medleys and great rock & roll music
until midnight and everyone enjoyed the dancing.
The members of Fire Station 97 wish John
& Jamie a happy and healthy retirement.
42 June 2013
Dear Andy:
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of my husband Ronald P. Marano. He
loved the years spent with his buddies on the
LAFD. He will be greatly missed by me and
his children. Your kindness was appreciated
and the assistance provided was a big help at a
very sad time.
Sincerely,
Althea E. Marano
Canyon Lake, CA
Dear John:
I was saddened to see the passing of John
Mathers. John was my staff assistant while
I was assigned to Battalion 15 in 1975. He
was a true, fne gentleman and a good man to
know. He helped me in many ways and I will
remember him always.
It is sad indeed to hear of his death, and I
wish to put this contribution in his memory into
the Widows and Orphans Fund.
Sincerely,
John Adams
Camarillo, CA
Dear Andy,
On behalf of my three daughters - Terry,
Donna and Debbie I want to say thank you
for all you did from Terrys frst phone call to
making the fag presentation at the Celebration
of Life event for my husband Boney
Bonesteel. The fag that was fown over Bones
last duty station, 15s, and so beautifully
encased will be treasured for generations to
come. We all were so touched by the fremen,
friends and extended family who came to share
stories and remember Boney on February 17th.
Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org
My daughters and I sincerely appreciate how
effciently the relief Association responded
to our needs and brought closure to a career
Bone loved and enjoyed. Please accept our
check to be donated in memory of Clarence W.
Bonesteel, Captain II retired, to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. His
legacy will continue through a third generation,
my grandson Drew Fortier, Engineer, and our
hearts will always be flled with love for a
wonderful husband, father, grandfather and
great-grandfather.
Sincerely,
Margaret Bonesteel
Anaheim Hills, CA
Dear LAFRA, WODFF.
Please accept this donation in memory of
Neil E. Bullock and Dana R. Laine, who both
passed away recently.
Although I never worked with either Neil
or Dana, I knew both, but with very different
circumstances.
Starting around mid-1975 for about a year,
I drove Danas father, Ray Laine, on Truck 4.
Sometime after that I worked at Old 29s
about the same time Dana was at 11s, so we
knew each other somewhat. One thing about
Dana that I will always remember was his
tremendous sense of humor. Unfortunately he
was forced to retire early with back problems.
Neil I remember from several motorcycle
road trips with a group of couples including
Johnny Sampson, Ralph Whitney, Dick Zeimer,
John Jacobsen and several others. These were at
least fve day multi-state trips with camping in
tents and sleeping bags. At least most of us had
sleeping bags. Neil and Joyce however, thought
that a quilt would be adequate. Did I mention
that we went North? They did survive, but left
the rest of us with some lasting memories.
Sincerely,
Richard Watters,
Agoura Hills, CA
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June 2013 43
Mr. Kuljis
I want to thank you and the Relief
Association for sending the fag in honor of my
husband, Charles Johnson. I know he would
have been very pleased for us to receive it. It
means a lot to me and my family for his service
to be appreciated. He was always proud to be a
freman at 90s.
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.
Sincerely,
Marcia Johnson
Blue Jay, CA
LA Firemens Relief Assn,
My father, John Lewandowski, had passed
away this past December. He had been a captain
at 18s until he medically retired from a heart
attack back in July of 1990. And spent another
22 years in a nursing home near CSUN, where
he continued to get the best care possible,
thanks to the LAFD.
We have recently received a gift from the
LA Firemens Relief Association. It was a fag,
attached with a letter that the fag had been
fown at a ceremony at Fire Station 18, held for
John.
So on behalf of our family, we wanted to
thank everybody at Fire Station 18 and the
LA Firemens Relief Association for the kind
gesture. In our time of grief it was a pleasant
surprise and something we will hold dearly.
I have since given it to my brother Guy, the
oldest in our family. And I know he will display
it proudly.
It may seem like a small gesture on the part
of the LAFD but it speaks volumnes for our
family.
Stay safe!
Sincerely,
The Lewandowski Family
Simi Valley, CA
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MEMBERS
John K. MAthers, FireFighter ii. Appointed June 17, 1952.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension JAnuARy 01, 1978 fRom fs 104-A. Passed away March 28, 2013.
ChArles s. PArKer, Captain. Appointed mARch 10, 1962.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension June 27, 1982 fRom fs 34-b. Passed away March 30, 2013.

FrAnK s. brADy, FireFighter ii. Appointed novembeR 01, 1956.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension June 03, 1982 fRom fs 12-A. Passed away aPril 06, 2013.

ClArenCe J. Altree, engineer. Appointed mAy 13, 1947.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension octobeR 01, 1967 fRom fs 27-A. Passed away aPril 08, 2013.
george J. leebolt, FireFighter. Appointed ApRil 18, 1959.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension July 07, 1981 fRom fs 79. Passed away aPril 12, 2013.
leo DeMPsey, engineer. Appointed ApRil 18, 1959.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension mARch 09, 1989 fRom fs 49-A. Passed away aPril 15, 2013.
DAniel J. slAgh, FireFighter ii. Appointed febRuARy 20, 1971.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension JAnuARy 31, 2008 fRom fs 16-b. Passed away aPril 19, 2013.
John W. MC intosh, FireFighter. Appointed mAy 19, 1958.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension mARch 23, 1979 fRom fs 33. Passed away aPril 19, 2013.
stAnley r. DAiley, FireFighter ii. Appointed novembeR 24, 1962.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension July 18, 1991 fRom fs 108-A. Passed away aPril 19, 2013.
FAMILY
Dorothy i. hAArMAn, spouse of fRed G. hAARmAn, Passed away aPril 07, 2013.
CArol J. VillAViCenCio, spouse of edwARd R. villAvicencio, Passed away aPril 08, 2013.
A portion of fre-related
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Disabled Firemens Fund.
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June 2013 49
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
At each stage of life, your priorities and interests
change. The things that matter most to you starting
out are not the same as those you strive for later.
For this months article, I have provided you with a
wealth of information to show how a lifecycle ap-
proach to fnancial planning makes sense.
StARtING out:
At this stage, its important to develop sound money
management habits and a good credit rating.
Create an emergency fund equal to six
months living expenses. In a two-income family, try
to save one persons paychecks.
Open a checking account with overdraft
protection and obtain an ATM/Check card for access
to cash 24 hours a day.
Establish a solid credit rating by paying
off any student loans and opening a credit card ac-
count. Pay the outstanding balance on your credit
card each month.
Maximize your company benefts. Take
advantage of group insurance plans, employee dis-
counts, and, if possible, stock purchase plans, and
retirement plans.
MoVING AHEAd:
As your obligations grow, and the pace of life quick-
ens, count on the convenience of online banking,
mobile banking, direct deposit, and a personal line of
credit for major purchases.
Invest in a home. Interest paid on your
mortgage may be tax deductible and there is the po-
tential for appreciation in home value.
Make a major purchase such as a new car
or childrens braces with credit, if necessary.
Increase your emergency fund from six to
twelve months income using CDs or money market
accounts that offer liquidity and safety of principal.
Update your insurance protection. If both
spouses work, avoid duplicate coverage in your ben-
eft plans.
Dont overlook your most valuable asset
- your earning power. Protect it with individual dis-
ability coverage.
SECuRING YouR FutuRE:
Plan ahead for major expenses such as
college, a wedding, home improvement/larger home,
and your retirement.
Start a college fund for each child, pos-
sibly using automatic savings or savings bonds.
Invest for the long term. The money you
invest should come from discretionary funds, money
you can afford to risk. Diversify your investments by
spreading your risk across several classes of assets
(for example, stocks and bonds), and across several
industrial sectors. Consider using Dollar Cost Aver-
aging* to invest a set amount at regular intervals, re-
gardless of the share price. This disciplined approach
avoids the risk of trying to outguess the markets
short-term fuctuations.
MAKING tHE MoSt oF YouR MoNEY:
With children in college, and an aging home, you
may need extra cash on-hand. But its also time to
think more seriously about retirement.
Take advantage of your home equity and
consider borrowing at attractive rates to pay college
bills or remodel your home. Then, deduct the inter-
est on your tax return. (Consult your tax advisor for
details.)
Maximize contributions to tax-advan-
taged savings plans. Contribute to an IRA, or to your
Deferred Comp program. Consider fxed annuities
and rate sensitive cash value life insurance in which
interest is tax-deferred.
Adjust your investment portfolio. Consid-
er shifting part of your portfolio to more conservative
investments with a proven record of interest and div-
idends such as utility stocks, tax exempt municipal
bonds, and Treasury bills.
LooKING toWARd REtIREMENt:
These are typically peak earning years when you may
have greater savings and fewer tax exemptions for
children and deductions for mortgage interest and
educational expenses. Tax planning is critical at this
juncture. To add luster to your golden years, review
your estate plan now.
Maintain a balanced portfolio. Consider
investments in tax-exempt bonds and T-bills, plus
CDs and money market accounts for current income,
stocks for future appreciation and income growth po-
tential. By staggering maturity dates on fxed income
investments, you can cushion against interest rate
fuctuations.
Review ownership of assets to make cer-
tain you and your spouse both take advantage of your
estate tax exemptions.
Talk to an attorney about your will, a let-
ter of instruction, a living will, a power of attorney
and, possibly, a trust.
REtIRING IN StYLE:
Your emphasis should now be on preservation of
capital, liquidity and the effect of infation on your
purchasing power. Update your will and estate plan
as your circumstances change.
Take advantage of annual gift tax exclu-
sions by giving gifts of cash to your children.
Reduce your risks by shifting your funds
primarily to insured and guaranteed investments such
as certain types of bonds, fxed annuities, CDs, and
money market accounts. But consider keeping some
funds in stocks as a cushion against infation.
Tap into your retirement account. Decide
whether to take the money in a lump sum or in in-
stallments, and whether to use income-averaging to
reduce the income tax bite. If you annuitize pension
payouts, consider the possibility of spousal benefts
and annual adjustments in your life expectancy cal-
culations.
Update your insurance. Consider buying
a supplemental insurance policy and a long-term care
policy for your Medicare plans.

Your Credit Union provides a complete line of fnan-
cial products and services tailored for frefghters and
their families. Financial planning services are avail-
able to LAFCU members through CUSO Financial
Services, L.P. (CFS) at FIREHOUSE Financial. I en-
courage you to schedule a no-obligation, consultation
with a CFS Representative to review your situation.
For additional information, please visit our web site
or contact us at (800) 231-1626.
The more business we do together as a Fire Family,
the greater the fnancial reward will be for all of us.
Have a safe month!
Mike Mastro
LIFECYCLE FINANCIAL PLANNING
*Dollar Cost Averaging, a systematic investment plan,
does not assure a proft and does not protect against loss in declining
markets. Such a plan involves continuous investment. Investors should
consider their fnancial ability to continue purchase through periods of
low price levels.
Individual situations vary. This article is for informa-
tional purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or so-
licitation to buy or sell specifc investments. Investors should carefully
consider investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before
investing.
Non-deposit investment products and services offered
through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered-broker
dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Ad-
visor. Products offered through CFS: are not insured by American
Share Insurance (ASI) or otherwise federally insured, are not guaran-
tees or obligations of the Credit Union, and may involve investment
risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives
are registered through CFS. Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union has
contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and ser-
vices available to its members.
CFS and its Registered Representatives do not provide
tax or legal advice. For such advice, please consult with a qualifed
professional.
50 June 2013
laFd history
history oF Fire station 27
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
O
ld Fire Station 27 is 83 years old this
year, and of course, is the location of
our museum and memorial. It is the
largest fire museum in a fire station in the
country and is full of LAFD and fire service
memorabilia.
This is a station rich in history and
stories of the members who worked there. My
earliest memory of the station is when my dad,
Stan Borden, worked there as a captain in the
mid 1950s. Later when I was in Division 1, I
would make sure I visited the station and the
members there to watch handball, have mealsr,
listen to the stories or sometimes on offcial
business to meet with the B/Cs. Two great
ones I worked with were Joe Webber and Jim
ONeil.
The old station was badly damaged
by the Northridge earthquake in 1994, but with
FEMA funds and LA City funds the building
was reinforced, repaired and made beautiful
again by a special group of City workers who
do restoration work.
- Frank Borden
HISTORY OF FIRE STATION 27
by Willis M. Martin
This article appeared in the May, 1981 issue of
THE FIREMENS GRAPEVINE.
As a result of the February, 1910
election, the residents of the City of Hollywood
voted to be annexed to the City of Los Ange-
les. Prior to the annexation, all fre fghting
had been performed by volunteer fremen who
drove and operated horse-drawn fre equip-
ment. Shortly after the annexation, the City es-
tablished a frehouse known as Hose Company
No. 7 at Cahuenga and Selma Avenues. Under
the command of Chief Jack Atwell, the small
station housed the frst motorized piece of fre
fghting apparatus in the City.
Of the many fres recorded during that
period, one was journalized as follows: Satur-
day, January 7, 1911. Fire at 324 So. Wilcox.
Outside closet and fence. Loss $50.00; cause:
unknown. Extended to 318 S. Wilcox, one-
story, frame barn. Loss $250.00. Extended to
100 Sunset Blvd., one story frame livery stable.
Loss $50.00. Extended to 319 Townsend Ave.,
dry cleaning works. Loss $200 structure, $100
contents. Extended to 329 Townsend Ave.,
one-story frame barn. Loss $35.00 structure,
$20.00 contents. Used 800 ft. of hose. Worked
2 hours, 50 minutes. Four call men received
$3.00 each.
Another interesting journal entry
appeared on February 20, 1911: While rain-
ing this a.m., the men tried to push Hose 4s
wagon into Hose 7s house--in doing so they
lost control of the pole. The rear wheels struck
the corner of the house, knocking out three
panes of glass. (Approximately a month later
it was noted that Hose 7 received three panes
of glass). The following day the company re-
sponded to a telephone alarm on Gower St.,
one block north of Franklin. They used 150 ft.
of hose and worked 15 minutes to extinguish a
brush fre! It seems that 27s has always had a
brush problem
On Monday, November 20, 1911, a
local resident, Mrs. T. A. Livingston, 559 Es-
telle Ave., was severely burned about the hands,
face, and neck trying to save her chickens and
rabbits from a fre involving her chicken corral
and rabbit house. The fre was started by a fre
in a barn at 562 Estelle Ave. Loss $5.00 struc-
ture and $20.00 contents. Laid 600 ft. of hose.
During Prohibition when the fre-
men and policemen were working from 1625-
29 No. Cahuenga, several of the members of
both Departments jointly rented a residence
in Laurel Canyon. This fraternal lodging was
appropriately named the Boars Nest by the
members of both Departments.
Occasionally the Police Department
would raid a speak-easy, confscate the booze
and bring it back to the station, holding it there
for evidence. It should be pointed out that the
P.D. only needed one bottle of the stuff for evi-
dence and the major portion of the cache would
mysteriously disappear. Of course none of
the police or fremen could tell you whatever
happened to the excess evidence. However, it
was reported that on more than one occasion
when the members of F.S. 27 could roll on a
In 1913, a structure was built at
1625-29 No. Cahuenga Ave., next to
the old Police department bunga-
low and served both as the Fire and
Police department. Hose Co. No. 7
moved there and its designation
was changed to Engine Co. No. 27
Written on the photo: before the two
platoon the boys of Engine Co. 27 and
truck 9 L.A. starting out on a midnight
call Hollywood
June 2013 51
fre and see a loom up in the direction of Laurel
Canyon, some of the members could be heard
to exclaim good God fellows, its the Boars
Nest--lets get going!
Written on the photo: After dinner
the family gathering in the parlor
for rest and recreation, Engine
Co. 27 and truck 9.
In 1927 the City was given property
located at Vine and Lexington. Chief Engi-
neer R. J. Scott took the opportunity to recom-
mend a new fre station be built at that location.
However, the community leaders sounded a
loud protest complaining they didnt want a
fre station on Vine Street. In fact, they went
so far as to get a court injunction against the
Fire Department to prohibit construction of a
fre station there. Subsequently, the property
at 6428 DeLongpre was acquired by degree of
condemnation on October 24, 1929 for a total
cost of $24,321. Three additional lots were
purchased for a grand total of $52,415. On Jan-
uary 16, 1930, the Fire Commission requested
the establishment of a fre station at Wilcox and
DeLongpre.
Los Angeles City Architect P. K.
Schabarum, uncle of County Supervisor Pete
Schabarum, designed a two-story, brown, brick
building, with natural wood trim, tile roof, and
creative masonry work. The new building in-
corporated 18,227 square feet and for many
years was the largest fre station west of the
Mississippi River. The total expenditure to the
City including land and construction was ap-
proximately $178,000.
On Tuesday, July 1, 1930, Engine
Co. No. 27, Hose Co. No. 2, Truck Co. No.
9, Rescue Co. No. 2, and Salvage Co. No. 4
moved into the unfnished building. Although
the building was not entirely completed at the
time of occupancy, a substantial savings was
made in the termination of rental fees on the
old fre house. As testimony to the urgency
of moving into the new building, on Satur-
day, June 28, 1930--Captain Roth and 3 men
(went) to the new house to spread cement on
temporary paving. Recd. 10 sks cement from
storeroom. Apparently the original address of
new Fire Station 27 was not 1355 Cahuenga
Blvd. due to the fact that it was journalized as
1355 Cole Ave. by Battalion 5 in July of 1930.
The frst emergency response from
Fire Station 27 came on the frst day of occu-
pancy at 3:14 p.m. to a two-story brick hotel
at 6724 Hollywood Blvd. The occupants of
apartment 149 extinguished a fre caused by a
cigarette with buckets of water.
An entry in Engine 27s journal of
Monday, December 8, 1941 reads: 7:55 p.m.
Recall of B Platoon. And on December 10,
1941: 8:07 p.m. Black Out Signal--9:16 p.m.
All Clear Signal. On Wednesday, December
24, 1941: 8:30 p.m. All members assigned
to night watches and given Xmas gifts from
Broadway, Hollywood.
In the 57th Annual Report to the
Board of Fire Commissioners for the fscal
year ending 6-30-43, Chief Engineer John H.
Alderson reported that recovery from an exist-
ing manpower shortage had just seemed on the
point of realization when Pearl Harbor changed
the entire aspect. Factors reducing effective
personnel employment included the voluntary
retirement of a group of offcers which con-
sisted of the Chief Engineer, the Deputy Chief,
Assistant Chiefs, seven Battalion Chiefs and 24
Captains. In addition to this, no source of re-
placement seemed available because of quali-
fed men being vulnerable to Selective Service.
In 1943, the Department was down to 1480
men working two platoons averaging 84 hours
per week. In 1928 the Department had 1800
frefghters Considerable effort was exerted
to obtain military deferments for the existing
personnel. However, many of the men enlisted
into the armed services. As a result, a civil-
ian auxiliary fre force was established. Hav-
ing been trained by Fire Department offcers,
the auxiliary force proved to be quite effective
during 14 emergency incidents that year. Dur-
ing that same year Fire Station 27 received a
Utility Truck to provide lighting equipment and
a continuous supply of food and coffee at the
scene of major fres. The major problem faced
by the Department following WW II was the
absorption and training of men returning to the
Department from military service.
During the twelve months preced-
ing June 30, 1945, E-27 had responded to 349
alarms and Truck 27 had responded to 402
alarms. As a comparison, in the twelve months
preceding June 30, 1979, E-27 responded to
2,234 alarms and Truck 27 responded to 1,185
alarms. No one had ever heard of a Heavy Duty
Task Force in 1947 but thats essentially what
was created at Fire Station 27 when Engine 82
moved in there and replaced Hose Co. 2. Bat-
talion Chief Leonard Eggleston decided he was
going to develop the two best engine compa-
nies in the City at F.S. 27. Chief Egglestons
enterprising pursuit left several other chief of-
fcers wondering why their best men were be-
ing transferred to F.S. 27. Engine Co. 82 re-
sponded from F.S. 27 until Fire Station 82 was
built on North Bronson in 1961.
On February 25, 1948, at 3:25 a.m.
the members of Fire Station 27 responded to
6641 Santa Monica Blvd., the Lounsberry and
Harris Lumber Co. The fre, which occurred
there that morning, is said to have been one of
the largest fres involving a single occupancy in
the history of the Department. It was reported
that every available engine company in the
City was committed to the fre and rumor has it
that when one particular Battalion Commander
was advised there were no more engine com-
panies available he exclaimed then give me a
truck company and well beat the damn fre out
with ladders!
The following entry was made in
E-27s journal on June 22, 1951: SPECIAL
NOTICE--At approximately 11:30 a.m. today,
the frst Citywide Circuit Test of the Air Raid
Sirens will be conducted. Offcers in stations
were sirens are installed or where sirens are
installed in close proximity to the station will
make a journal entry recording the time the test
was heard. If the siren is not heard by 11:40
a.m. in the station affected, an immediate tele-
phone report will be made direct to the Captain
on duty at Westlake. (Dispatch Offce) Regular
during the late 1940s, E-27 was assigned a
1937 American La France 3,000 GPM duplex
triple combination pumper. this rig was
affectionately referred to as Gargantua.
1957 dinner at the big
House as Chief Forrest
Moore used to call it.
My dad, Stan borden, is
sitting at the frst table
facing the camera sec-
ond in from battalion
Chief douglass and
next to Fireman Jimmy
Hassan.
52 June 2013
daily tests as outlined in Weekly Bulletin 25
will begin 6-25-51. The responsible offcer in
each station will acknowledge the receipt of
these instructions by the operation of the an-
swer back button. In stations not so equipped,
by telephone to the dispatcher.
If you have ever played handball
on F.S. 27s court, youre playing on beach-
wood that was installed by the frefghters who
worked there in 1952-1953. Those men decid-
ed they wanted a handball court and talked the
City out of $5,000 worth of materials then went
ahead and built their own court. The 25 x 50
court actually ended up costing approximately
$8,000. An extremely low fgure considering
the enjoyment it has provided over the years.
If anyone thinks the existing residency require-
ment is something, well it isnt. As a matter
of fact, F.S. 27s journal indicated that a tele-
type message, signed by Chief Alderson, was
received on May 21, 1955 advising members
to ignore a rumor contrary to the residency
requirement. He also made it quite clear who
was running the Department. Perhaps the fuzzy
thinking of some members was brought on by
the series of smog alerts the City was having in
those days. For example: Oct. 3, 1955--9:42
a.m. SPECIAL NOTICE. Air Pollution Con-
trol declared a smog red day. Red? Maybe the
color has faded since 1955.
One of the most interesting accidents
E-27 was involved in occurred on August 31,
1959 while responding to a box alarm at Sunset
and Orange Drive. While enroute to the above
alarm, Shop No. 1079 hit a traffc sign in the
center of Highland and Sunset with the right
front fender. According to the Captain who
journalized the accident, the spot on the fender
was identical to the spot damaged 24 hours
previous. No further damage was inficted.
Now thats incredible!
On June 10, 1965, the members of
F.S. 27 were wondering who the new Chief
Engineer was going to be. Chief Miller had
just advised the Fire Commission he was go-
ing to take his pension on July 16 of that year.
On July 1, F.S. 27 learned the Fire Commis-
sion had made Deputy Chief Don T. Hibbard
Chief Engineer on an emergency appointment.
This was the same day the mystery of all mys-
teries was solved. How many holes could be
punched out on F.S. 27s tape register with one
complete winding? The results were to be re-
ported to the Westlake Signal Offce at exactly
6:30 a.m. The total? 527. Im glad I didnt
have to count those little buggers.
Remember the Watts riots? F.S. 27
was notifed of a Phase I recall of the A Platoon
on August 13, 1965 at 3:30 p.m. Many compa-
nies were kept extremely busy for several days.
However, being busy was not something new
to E-27. On October 1, 1965 through October
2, 1965, pages 122 and 123 of the journal were
completely flled with red entries except for
two lines.
On July 1, 1970, F.S. 27 became the
home of R.A. 27 along with Bob Sjoberg. Bob
came directly from the Receiving Hospital
around the corner from 27s. There is nothing
extraordinary about that except Bob Sjoberg
had been an Ambulance Attendant with the
Citys ambulance service since February of
1942 and he was 70 years old.
How would you like to have 30 nurs-
es in quarters for R.A. instructions? F.S. 27 did
on June 2, 1971. And on May 8, 1978, R.A. 27
was assigned one of the frst female paramedics
in the City. In the meantime, the R.A. personnel
were having a hard time logging in their journal
entries at night. There was no light for them
to see by, thus requiring some ingenuity in the
use of a fashlight. Several frefghters offered
suggestions as to how the R.A. personnel could
best accomplish this feat. However, the prob-
lem was resolved in October of 1974 when a
lamp was installed in an appropriate area of the
station.
By November of 1975, F.S. 27 was in
need of a new paint job. According to Captain
Barney Nipp, the City painters apparently real-
ized this was just no ordinary building. Conse-
quently, they did a premier job on redecorating
the inside and outside of the building. It only
seems appropriate that the painters would ex-
tend themselves to antique the large lanterns on
the front of the station.
Over the years F.S. 27 had been the
location for a variety of feld tests due to its ac-
tive history. During a six month
period of 1975, the National
Aeronautics and Space Ad-
ministration tested a 4,500 psi
aluminum, fber glass wrapped,
air cylinder for breathing appa-
ratus. NASAs 30 minute cyl-
inder weighed 8 lbs. less than
the model 27s was presently using. NASAs
60 minute cylinder weighed only 2 lbs. more
than the Departments 30 minute model. The
NASA breathing apparatus also incorporated a
positive pressure regulator. The breathing ap-
paratus that E-27 is currently evaluating is a
direct result of several Department-made sug-
gestions regarding the NASA model.
As a tribute beftting this grand old
building, which has seen some of Hollywoods
best times and some of its worse, on October
20, 1976, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage
Board declared, by Ordinance No. 121,971 Fire
Station 27 to be Historical-Cultural Monument
No. 165.
BI G EVENTS IN JUNE
We hope you will come to two of our
big events in June. First is our Annual Fallen
Firefghters Memorial Golf Tournament on
Monday, June 17th at the Porter Valley Coun-
try Club in Northridge. This is our fund raiser
for the Memorial and is a great event with golf,
food and a silent auction. Even if you dont
play, come out for the fun in the clubhouse in
the afternoon.
We will again host the Retired LAFD
Member Luncheon at the Hollywood Museum
(Old 27s) on Thursday June 20th. Come join
old and new friends with your spouse or signif-
cant other and enjoy the museum, food, raffe
and the camaraderie of the LAFD family.
LAFD History on the Internet
LAFD Engineer and LAFDHS board
member Don Nash (Fire Station 51) has been
working on archiving our photos and put many
on his Flicker webpage. Take a look at some of
these great photos at www.ficker.com/photos/
lafdhs
The Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
Restoration Project
The Port of LA is working very hard
to beautify the waterfront as a part of the huge
Waterfront restoration project. They have been
working on the water cut back south of FS
112 and now they are working on a landscape
and paver project around the Ralph J. Scott.
They have ordered the canopy that will cover
the boat while we work on it, until the boat is
moved into its own building.
Heavy duty task Force 27 and
Squad 27 and battalion 5. Captain
Harry Peters is with his crew on
the truck Company. Harry, in his
90s, is a regular volunteer at the
Museum every Saturday.
A new beautifcation area is being
constructed next to the Ralph J.
Scott and the battleship Iowa.
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July 2013
Calendar for
June & July 2013
June 2013
If I handwrite a will,
isnt that good enough?
Learn about creating an estate plan that protects you and your family.
Ask for a Getting Started Kit and information about free estate planning seminars,
email MCasillas@lafra.org or call (323) 259-5217
Marlene Casillas, Relief Association Development & Marketing Director
Anyone can write out a will, but
it may still go through probate court, usually a lengthy process
it may be contested, anyone can attack it
if assets are more than $150,000 your benefactors face greater
nancial fees
it does not include your medical directive or your
nancial directive
PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2013
August
-Harbor Museum Tour, Fri. 8/16
September
-Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD Memorial,
Wed. 9/11
October
-LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen
Firefghters Memorial, Sat. 10/12
-Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott 88th Birthday at
San Pedro
-Harbor Museum Group Tour, Fri. 10/11
November
-Marine Corps Anniversary at Museum 27,
Sun. 11/10
-Hollywood Christmas Parade- Sun. 11/24
December
-HS Annual Holiday Party at Museum 27,
Sat. 12/14
Recently retired Fireboat Engineer Sergio Perez
stands next to the Ralph J. Scott freboat deck
monitor valves that he sandblasted.
54 June 2013
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 03, 2013
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called the Meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
9:45 a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller Todd Layfer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused)
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Tim Larson Pension (Excused)
GUESTS:
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Robert Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Andy Kuljis led the invocation. David Lowe
led the fag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
ratify and dispense with the reading of the
minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting
held March 6, 2013. Craig White so moved.
David Lowe seconded. There was no further
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with
the reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees held March 6, 2013.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Jacobsen referred to the Pensions Boards
selection of a new General Manager
and indicated that there has been some
inconsistency. The Mayor has vetoed
the Boards candidate selection twice.
He indicated that the Pensions Board is
currently deliberating the amount of the
non-Medicare healthcare subsidy increase.
He stated that Pension staff had put together
a recommendation that they follow the
Ad Code by approving 7% or the medical
trend rate. He indicated that no decision
has been made and stated that they sent the
Pension staff to get recommendations from
the CAOs offce. He indicated that this
presents a delay for members knowing how
much of a subsidy increase they will get as
well as knowing what their out of pocket
will be for healthcare starting July 1, 2013.
2) Jacobsen referred to the Medicare
population and mentioned that they have
experienced several routine discrepancies
with lack of payments and/or changes in
eligibility. He indicated that they have
begun using a Capario report which takes
information from CMS and compares it to
the data in FRITS. He stated that it notifes
us of discrepancies which enables them to
be resolved.
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Juan Albarran referred to the LAFRA
Reunion and stated that they have
information placed on the website and
Grapevine. He mentioned that they will
have a meet and greet on Wednesday,
Thursday will be golf with a potluck in the
afternoon, and Friday will have a wine tour
with potluck and social hour. He mentioned
that there will be the communitys Balloon
and Wine Festival on Saturday as well
as a buffet at the Casino on Saturday. He
mentioned that they will have eight reps
scheduled to attend the event including:
Express-scripts, Pensions, Unum, L.A.
Retired Fire & Police, the Credit Union and
others.
BY-LAW COMMITTEE REPORT
David Lowe stated that they were in the
process of reviewing the by-laws for any
desired changes. He asked that Trustees
review the by-laws and let him know if they
have changes.
INVESTMENT REPORT
Robert Steinbacher stated that they have
spoken with Garth Flint and indicated that
he will give them a date to come to the
offce to discuss asset allocations.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
1) David Smith reported that they had
their frst employee safety training meeting
and indicated that hopefully it will have
a positive result with employee accidents
and working to reduce the workers comp
experience modifer. He mentioned that
they also have a second training meeting
scheduled for April 15.
2) David Smith referred to the Credit Union
lease option and stated that their broker
indicated that they agreed to keep their offer
open. He stated that he also told the broker
that their offer was not aggressive and asked
him to make a better offer.
3) David Smith referred to the purchase
and sales agreement for the potential
building purchase and stated that they are
waiting to hear back from the seller today.
He indicated that they have come up with
a project plan of all the tasks needed to
be completed in order to close escrow. He
stated that they have spoken with several
different building inspectors for the due
diligence period.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT
Robert Steinbacher presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the usual and customary bills in
the amount of $916,390.33. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of $916,390.33.
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The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $99,534.41. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees
in the amount of $99,534.41.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve expenditures of $20K for due
diligence for the purchase of a building.
Motion carried to approve expenditures of
$20K for due diligence for the purchase of
a building.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the revisions to the Vehicle
Policy. There was no further discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve the revisions to
the Vehicle Policy.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve up to $700 to purchase a
foursome of golf and tee sign for the LAFD
Sertoma Club Golf Tournament.
Motion carried to approve up to $700
to purchase a foursome of golf and tee
sign for the LAFD Sertoma Club Golf
Tournament.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Barry Hedberg presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the applications to the Medical
Plan. There was no discussion and no
objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to
the Medical Plan.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
$31,297.23
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount
of $6,600,
The Life & Accident withdrawals in the
amount of $11,828
The Life & Accident Death benefts in the
amount of $24,000
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
$22,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
benefts.
James Coburn read the names of members
who recently passed and asked for a
moment of silence from the Board.
MEMORIALS
Clarence W. Bonesteel
Warren J. McAndrews
Douglas B. Evans
Williams B. Kearns
Neil E. Bullock
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$228,787.21 to the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in
the amount of $228,787.21 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the fnancial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTS
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the emergency advancement
applications for active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members.
GRAPEVINE/WESBITE REPORT
David Smith reported on the LAFRA.org
site and indicated that they have received
ten sample designs and indicated that they
will receive three new ones this week. He
stated that once they choose the design, the
site should be up in about 45 days.
David Wagner stated that they are lacking
in the Battalion News section for the
Grapevine. He asked the Trustees to spread
the word asking for members to write
stories and submit them.
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
Doak Smith indicated that they have a
meeting on April 16th with the Audit
Committee and stated that they will come
up with a working draft for the committee
on how to review and format a policy on
audits for the policy manual.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Corbin Bowl April 28th
2) LAFRA Reunion May 29th through
June 2nd
3) Hope for Firefghters June 6th
RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) John P. Miller April 12th The Odyssey
Restaurant
2) Dean Stivason April 13th San Pedro
Elks Lodge #996
3) John Wolfenstein April 20th Antelope
Valley Country Club
4) Roger Camunas April 26th Quiet
Cannon
5) Kenny Myers & Ernie Navarro May
11th Newport Beach Vineyards
6) Richard Martinez May 31st The
Castaway Restaurant
7) James F. Cairns June 15th Mountain
Gate Country Club
8) William E. Thost Jr. June 28th Quiet
Cannon
9) Bobby Mihlhauser July 19th Marriott
Warner Center
ADJOURNMENT
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
adjourn. Craig White so moved. Chris Stine
seconded. There was no discussion and no
objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 10:25 am.

John Jacobsen, President
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donations to Widows, orphans & disabled Firemens Fund
April 2013
MELANIE K ALLEN
MARY TIDWELL C/O John Blair
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of neil e.
Bullock and dana r. laine
MARGARET E. BONESTEEL in memory of husband
and father clarence w. Bonesteel
ALTHEA E. MARANO in memory of my husband
ronald P. Marano
HELEN SCHULZ
MARGARET FARNHAM in gratitude for
Fs 5 luncheon
STEVEN C. POPHOFF in memory of dana lane
JOHN J. ADAMS in memory of John Mathers
MAURICE WEAVER
RICHARD C. PEARSON C/O united way inc.
DOROTHEA C. AVERY in memory of
carol l. Van eaton
MRS. OTTO HERMAN in memory
clarence w. Bonesteel
PRISCILLA GILLOTT in gratitude to Fs 5 luncheon
CHRISTY J. DUNBAR in gratitude to Fs 5 luncheon
FRANCIS G. CLINITE in memory of doug eVans
JOHN ZIOLA in memory of dana laine
MRS. TED WOLFE
STEVEN SMITH C/O at&t eMPloyee
giVing caMPaign
ANTHONY & LINDA WILLIAMS in memory of
roBert lowe
ARTHUR LEAL in memory of gil Maga
ARTHUR LEAL in memory of neal Bullock
CHRIS COOLEY in memory of neil Bullock
JOANNE THRASHER in memory of neil Bullock
JODY SHERMAN c/o aaa t.l.c health care inc.
in memory of Neil Bullock
RICK THRASHER in memory of neil Bullock
BRUCE GALIEN
PEGGY QUINN
PEGGY STAPEL
KESTON ABE
KEITH HOFFMAN (from the Hammers and the
Hoffmans) in memory of John woltMann
CRAIG HURST in memory of BoB and
noreen henderson
MICHAEL MACHER in memory of John woltMann.
As a life member of Middlesex NJ Fire Dept, it is a
privilege to support this organization
ROBERT MEER
RUDY RENKA in memory of dana r. laine. Dana was
a kind hearted man and will be missed by Rudys
garage family
JOHN SCHERREI in memory of leo deMPsey. Leo was
wise, inspirational, humorous and a true friend. It was a
treasure to work alongside him.
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MERCHANdISE
FoR SAlE
2000 HARlEY-dAVIdSoN RoAd
KING. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo-
tor, includes seat back and chrome
rack (10K in chrome), 16,000
miles. Asking $9,500. Also for sale,
2004 Honda XR650R, good condi-
tion. HR hop up kit, runs excellent.
Asking $2,500. (909) 838-5929.
LACO Captain, John Mark FS
135-C.
2008 PRoVIdENCE dIESEl
Cummings 8.3 L, 40X 360HP 5
speed Allison Transmission, 35000
miles with 3 slide outs, 5 TVs.
Many upgrades, Vacuum, exterior
entertainment Center w/TV and
BBQ, Cameras, Spot light w/
remote Control, VSD Compass &
Temp monitor System,
Custom Cover, Tow Bar. $145K
Mike White FS 108-B, 661-904-
2234 cell.
FoR SAlE: Full slate pool table
with subway return. Original cost
$5000. Asking $1500 with all ac-
cesories (wall mounted rack for
balls, cue sticks, etc.) including
over table billiard light. New felt
table top plus new padded cover.
Price includes a Sears incline ad-
justable Proform Crosswalk 400e
treadmill. Call: (310)738-3465.
REAl ESTATE
FoR RENT
FoR RENT. NEW lAKE PoWEll
VIEW HoME.Two separate living
areas, each with own kitchen.
2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath upstairs, 1
bedroom 1 1/2 bath downstairs.
Take one or both foors. 1500 sq.
ft. view deck. Two Seados and ski
boat available. Call 310.283.8975
HoRSE PRoPERTY, lAKE
VIEW TERRACE - Near FS24. 3
bedroom, 2 bath, newly remodeled
kitchen with granite countertops
and stainless steel appliances.
Formal living room, plus family
room. 3 pipe corrals, arena, 2
barns, trail access. Motor home
and horse trailer parking. Gar-
dener included. Available October.
$2800/month. Eng. Ames (818)
257-4549.
loVElY 110 YR. old HISToRIC
HoUSE to share in San Pedros
historic waterfront dist. Private
bedroom with private full bath-
room, kitchen, laundry, air condi-
tioning, spacious back yard, sorry,
no private parking, $700 month.
Cindy 310 831-0926.
THIS CHARMING SPACIoUS 2
BEdRooM HoME is centrally
located in the heart of Encino.
Features hardwood fooring
throughout with a large master
suite, bath, cathedral ceilings and
walk-in closets. The upstairs can
be separate with its own entrance.
Downstairs is a bedroom, full bath
and powder room. Big backyard,
garage and additional parking
for RV. $2500 for the above, or
rent just the master suite, $1000,
downstairs for $1500 a month. Call
Tracy (818) 704-9592.
REAl ESTATE
FoR SAlE
BEAUTIFUl BoISE IdAHo
HoUSE. 4000 Sq Ft., 4 bedroom,
3 bath, prime view with Foothills
Nature Reserve (BLM) trails over
back fence, 15 minutes from air-
port, 40 minutes from ski slopes,
overlook downtown. $569, 900
online. MLS# 98505356. Contact
agent at (208) 870-8292.
BEAUTIFUl, SINGlE lEVEl
HoME available in Mill City,
Oregon. Single owner, retired L.A.
Fireman, now deceased. Quiet
neighborhood on dead end street.
Built among trees, gorgeous
meadow behind, unequaled view
of the Cascades. 3 Bdrm, 2 1/2
baths. Natural landscape with
150 yr. old Maple in the side yard.
Plenty of room for RV, boat, trailer
etc. Contact Judy Quillin, 503
559-8643;
email: JudyQ@equitygroup.com
MLS#640292
BEAUTIFUl SUN lAKES
CoUNTRY ClUB HoME in
Banning/Riverside County.
Quiet-Friendly-Secure Retirement
Paradise! Lovely single-story, 2
bedroom, 2.5 bath, family room,
offce and more, with 2,219sq.ft. of
living area. Open foor plan, with
attached 2.5 car and golf cart ga-
rage parking. Located in a gated,
senior community, with two-18
hole golf courses. One champion-
ship. One executive. Three Club
Houses, one with a Restaurant-
Bar-Library-Craft Room. Six Tennis
courts, Three Pools (1 inside),
Spas, Gym and more! Close to
shopping and freeways. $299,000.
Contact Reginald, LAFD retired at
(424) 800-2193.
CUSToM loG HoME- Kings
Canyon Sequoia Area. 4200 sq
ft, 2 story, 3 bedroom/2.5 baths.
Master bed has walk in closet w/
French doors and deck. Large
game room w/bar and wood burn-
ing stove. Huge gourmet kitchen
w/six burner professional Garland
range, Sub-Zero freezer and re-
frigerator. Hard rock maple coun-
ters and maple cabinets. Large loft
with library and offce overlooking
great room with vaulted ceilings
and riverrock freplace. Pella win-
dows and doors. Hardwood foors
throughout, tile in kitchen, laundry
and baths. Central vac. Deck on
three sides. 15 acres fenced.
Tennis court, pool, 2 car garages,
40X60 metal bldg. Septic and 40
gpm well. $650,000. Contact Ray
Oster (559) 338-2220 or email
rsoster1@dishmail.net for more
info and photos.
FoR SAlE. 2 bedroom, 2 bath
condo fully furnished in Barra de
Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. Short
walk to small fshing village,
beach, restaurants, etc. LAFD
retired. (909) 392-8941.
loVElY 2800 SQ FT 3 bedroom,
2 bath home on Marrowstone
Island near Port Townsend,
Washington. Sits on 4 plus partical
wooded acres with Puget Sound.
230 foot waterfront view. Has barn
for RV storage. City water, oil heat
in foor. Past home of LAFD get
together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)
385-7544.
oREGoN RIVER PRoPERTY
Chiloquin, Rustic homestead on
73 wooded acres, bordered by
turquoise, clear Spring Creek
river. Artesian well produces 200
gpm. Block built 1926 sq.ft. home,
2BD 2BA, large garage, shops,
barn on private, level land. Boat
house w/boat. Near Williamson
and Sprague Rivers; world famous
trout streams. $625,000 www.
survivalacreageoregon.com
RIVER PARCElS. Three 20 acre
Klammath River frontage parcels
in beautiful Northern California- 30
miles from Oregon. Electricity and
telephone available. Rarely used
County-maintained road runs
through. Very private. 6 miles from
Happy Camp. Each parcel has
more than 700 front feet of river.
$195,000 - $295,000. Contact Troy
Bonar, LAFD retired. PO Box 466,
Happy Camp, CA 96039 or call
(530) 493-2453 or fax (530) 493-
2589 or email: troy@sisqtel.net
SKI THE SUMMIT! BIG BEAR,
4+2, 5 minutes from snow sum-
mit, downtown and the lake. Locat-
ed in the desirable Fox Farm area.
2 story-upstairs 2+1, downstairs
2+1 turn key condition, ready to
enjoy. Fully furnished. Investment
Vacation or Retirement. $359,000
Call Therese (818) 216-4628 or
theresewyman@msn.com
THE lAST BEST PlACE. Own
a piece of Montana. Panoramic
views of Flathead Lake. 3 acres
with a great building site. Adjacent
to forested public land. Access to
fshing , summer water sports and
winter skiing. Owned by retired
LAFD. Listed with Riverbend Re-
alty. Keith at 406-837-1501.
www.riverbendbigfork.com
TRUST SAlE, VAlYERMo, CA
2/3 completed home located on 20
acres. The house is 2 bedroom, 3
bath, approximately 2000 Sq. Ft.
It is completely framed (metal stud
construction) and enclosed. Rough
electrical and rough plumbing
completed. Solar power and well
with 10,000 storage tank in place.
Large 24 X 30 storage building
adjacent to the house. In addi-
tion there are approximately 150
acres connected to this property.
$240,000 takes all. For information
contact; Jim Duzick @ Prudential
Troth Realitors. (661) 547-9750 or
Bill Stires (661) 252-2299 or Tom
Stires (818) 240-7153

SERVICES
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Firemens discount. 10% off frst
months rent & no deposit re-
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dJ FoR All oCCASIoNS - You
name it, I play it!! Call Frank (818)
554-7273. Serving San Fernando
Valley over 20 years! Firefght-
ers are my family.
doES ANYTHING BoTHER
YoU? Anything at all? Mental,
emotional or physical? Dr. Bob
Price, psychotherapist. LAFD
retired, has developed a model
that puts the fre out fast. It allows
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My book, Speed Healing, & DVD
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dRYWAll SERVICE, new
construction, remodel, repair,
acoustic ceilings removed. All
types of textures. Licensed, bond-
ed and insured. Gregg Avery, F.S.
66 A residence (805) 494-9037.
FIREFIGHTERS TAXES - Are
you getting the most from your tax
returns? I am a wife of a frefghter
and specialize in their returns, with
60% of my clients being frefghter
families. Taxes done at you con-
venience; my offce or by phone.
Available year-round. TaxPro,
Barbara Ravitz, 661-257-7606.
FIREFIGHTER dISCoUNTS. At
Farmers Insurance Group, I can
assist you in deciding what options
best meet your insurance needs.
Free competitive quotes available
for homeowners, auto, life, RVs,
boats motorcycles and more. As a
former LAFD and LAPD Commis-
sioner, and coming from a family
of frefghters (3 brothers and 1
nephew), I understand your need
for an agent that can make your
life a little easier. For a free quote,
please call the Corina Alarcon
Insurance Agency at (818) 263-
1723.
FIREMAN dESIGN & lANd-
SCAPE. Free design and estimate.
Landscape/irrigation/sod/stamped
concrete/concrete foundations/patio
covers/turf/rockscape. I will beat all
written estimates. Serving all areas.
LAFD 96-B Eric Mendoza. (760)
221-1912 cell. (661) 480-2202 of-
fce. www.fremanlandscape.com
Lic#857078. Insured and bonded.
GARAGE dooR INSTAllATIoN
& SERVICE. Garage doors and
openers. Need to replace your
broken springs? or does your
door need repair, even replaced?
We do it all from new product to
repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563
Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc.
Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year vet-
eran freman.
PAINTING IN MAMMoTH
lAKES. Need your Condo or
Home painted in Mammoth? I
have been painting in Mammoth
for 30 years. Neat, clean, and
reasonable. Fireman references.
Please call Mark Eddy Painting.
(760) 935-4963 or email:
bobbzz@hughes.net
Lic# 468886.
REAl ESTATE FINANCING.
Interest rates are at All-Time-Lows.
Refnance & Purchase Loans,
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lending with exceptional customer
service, integrity, strength and ex-
perience. For your Free Mortgage
Analysis, call (714) 469-8900. Jay
Trementozzi, Mortgage Banker.
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REAl ESTATE SERVICES - Start
a new life in the gorgeous commu-
nities of Temecula and Murrieta.
Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles
from HQ between Los Angeles
and San Diego. Call Mike Utley at
(951) 775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
REAl ESTATE SERVICES -
Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park,
Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo,
and Ventura. Representing Sellers
and Buyers for over 20 years.
Please call or email with your real
estate questions and also request
your real estate activity reports
your neighborhood or areas of
interest. Mike Rhodes Prudential
California Realty. LAFD Retired.
Realtor - BRE License 0177388.
Cell: (805) 501-6044
Email:
mrhodes@prucalhomes.com
REBECCA MARTIN lANd-
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full ser-
vice design/build landscape frm
that creates unique custom exte-
rior environments that will increase
the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
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WINdoWS & PATIo dooRS
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Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD,
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VACATIoN
RENTAlS
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fire-
place/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $95/$105
(two day minimum). $550/$600
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
BIG BEAR lAKES FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email cindy14@cox.net
BIG BEAR VINTAGE CABIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
bigbearescapes.com/pikes-
place
Owned by LAFD member.
CATAlINA BEACH CoTTAGE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
2721.
dElUXE lAKESIdE ToWN
HoME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2
freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
FoR SAlE 5 SHARES 18x70
2008 houseboat on Lake Powell.
1 master suite & 3 staterooms 2
full bathrooms and 1 1/2 bath. 2
large residential refrigerators in
the kitchen/salon and 1 refrigera-
tor & freezer on the topdeck. Top
deck has 36 of hard cover and
full bar, BBQ and lounge seating.
2 LCD televisions with Direct TV
and VCRs. Pictures on request.
Weeks available are week 1 (Fri
after Memorial Day), Week 12
(Aug 17-24), Weeks 14-16 (late
Aug into Sept). These dates vary
from year to year. We are an LLC
corporation incorporated in AZ.
$25,000 annual dues are also ap-
plicable. Call (661) 547-4205.
lAKE HAVASU lANdING-Wa-
terfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Mar-
ket, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
JUNE lAKE CABIN - Scenic
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
junebound@gmail.com
KAPAlUA, MAUI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and
2 bedroom villas from $145/$250,
7th night FREE. Fully equipped
with washer/dryer, Hi speed inter-
net, Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort
shuttle, minutes from ocean. Fea-
tures 3 white sand beaches includ-
ing BEST BEACH in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling,
swimming, surfng, kayaking,
shops, restaurants. Contact Terry
or Diane @ 800-326-MAUI (6284).
www.kapaluavacations.com/
the_ridge.asp or email info@
kapaluavacations.com
lAKE ARRoWHEAd Blue Jay
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
lAKE HAVASU BEACH
FRoNT. Located at HAVASU
LANDING RESORT a gated com-
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munity on the California side of
Lake Havasu. Swim, Ski or fsh
from the front yard. Buoys in front
of home for overnight boat(s) tie-
ups. No need to launch boat each
day. Walking distance to a CASI-
NO, restaurants and grocery store.
Adjacent to miles of off-road desert
trails, great for ATVs, 4 wheel-
ers and Motorcycles. Beautiful
landscaping with a lawn from the
home to the lake. Covered patio
with furniture and a gas BBQ. Four
bedrooms with beds for 10.Two full
bathrooms. Check Craigslist for
pic. $350. Per night 10% discount
for a week. For Reservations call
Bud @ 818 352-4422
lAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FoR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-
ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
lAKE HAVASU CITY. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs
in all bedrooms. Wireless internet
with on site computer. BBQ on
large patio. Swimming pool. Near
marinas and restaurants. $150
per night. $85 cleaning fee. No
smoking or pets please. Scott at
805-208-1598 or h2oratscott@
aol.com.
lAKE HAVASU HoME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/
fully furnished w/all amenities of
home. Large garage 20x32 with
tall doors. Large area for guest
parking. Located less than a mile
from lake on a quiet cul-de-sac!
RV hookups. Ask for FF discount.
Call Ryan Penrod (310) 804-1801
or Nicole (909) 263-8177.
lAKE HAVASU HoME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
lAKE HAVASU Landing Cali-
fornia. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif,
DirecTV, BBQ, full laundry, slip-in
marina included, just steps away.
180 degree view of lake and your
boat in slip. Huge covered patio.
No pets. No smoking. Larry Mc
Andress ret 112A (714) 963-9344
or (714) 393-1464.
lAKE HAVASU VACATIoN
HoMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @
werenthavasu.com or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
lAKE NACIMIENTo. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3 minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smok-
ing. $165.00/night. Call Ben (805)
444-2264.
lAKE TAHoE GETAWAY 3
bedroom, 2 bath home with all of
the amenities complete kitchen,
washer/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet
neighborhood near the lake, casi-
nos and ski slopes. Call for rates.
Call Cal or Linda @ (805) 584-
2718. www.sltgetaway.com
lAKE PoWEll HoUSEBoAT.
68 Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2
cuddy cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep
10 to 12. 2 ref. fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, TV, DVD, Twin A/C.
Party top, fybridge, V8 drives, 12
KW ge., 100 gal. aux. fuel tank
with pump. Dan Coyle (805) 494-
8854.
lA QUINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the
10th fairway of the Dunes Golf
Course in La Quinta Country Club.
Two car garage, large patio with
barbecue. No pets, no smoking.
$200/night - 2 week minimum, plus
refundable security deposit. Call
(323) 254-3874
MAMMoTH CoNdo 2 bedroom, 2
bath, Sleeps 5. Beautifully remod-
eled. No pets, no smoking. 150.00
weekdays, 175.00 weekends.
Contact Scott at 310-562-1366 or
at sdefoe313@msn.com
MAMMoTH CoNdo-CHAMoNIX.
2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included.
Winter $175, $195-weekdays/holi-
days; summer $125, plus cleaning.
No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder
(909) 948-3659.
MAMMoTH CoNdo Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk to
shuttle, Old Mammoth area. Win-
ter $115, Summer $90, plus maid
$126. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMoTH CoNdo NEXT To
THE GoNdolA VIllAGE Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two
bath with towels and linens, fully
stocked 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:
$225/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $275/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com or Bruce
Galien, Retired, 661-645-7448,
email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMoTH CoNdo Fully fur-
nished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6.
Close to Canyon Lodge, pool, spa,
recreation room, laundry facilities,
condo has been beautifully remod-
eled, photos available, $225 a night
winter - $125 a night summer +
$150 cleaning fee. 3 night minimum.
Call for holiday pricing. Joe Angiuli,
North Division (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMoTH CoNdo - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry
on premises. Fall/Winter prices.
$100/night. Spring/Summer $85/
night. One time $135 cleaning
fee. No smoking, no pets, contact:
Julian Edwards (909) 573-3815
MAMMoTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking,
jacuzzis, gym (pool, tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from chair 15. Winter $110
per night, Summer $80 per night
plus $65 cleaning fee per stay. All
linens included. Drew or Nancy
Oliphant (661) 513-2000.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - MAM-
MoTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from gon-
dola village. 1 block to ski shuttle.
Winter $330/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
619-5355.
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 smok-
ing. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - Sierra
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.
MAMMoTH lAKES - One bed-
room, extremely charming wild-
fower condo. Full amenities, close
to shuttle. Antiques, art, satellite
TV, freplace. Sleeps 4. Winter
$110, Summer $85 plus cleaning
fees. Call (818) 371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMoTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788.
MAMMoTH CoNdo Wildfower,
1 bedroom sleeps 4, king bed and
queen sofa bed. Fully furnished,
freplace, dishwasher, stereo, TV/
DVD, phone, spa, sauna, pool and
tennis court. Linens and clean-
ing fee. On shuttle route. Winter
rate $100/night, summer rate $70/
night. Mike Greenup (805) 583-
8239 or cell (805) 338-9955.
MAMMoTH SKI & RACQUET:
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:
cat25sailor@juno.com or (213)
399-6534.
MAMMoTH. SKI IN - SKI oUT
at lift 15, 2 bedroom including
master suite, 2 bath condo. TV/
DVD in living room. Good sound
system. Gym, spa, freplace, very
roomy, underground parking,
tennis courts, pools, and outside
BBQ area. (310) 476-4784. Email:
barbarawinters@yahoo.com or
visit website:
www.mammothrental.com
MAUI BEACH FRoNT CoNdo
oN NAPIlI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
aol.com
or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CoNdo 1 ANd 2 BEd-
RooMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fshing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
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MAUIS MoST BEAUTIFUl
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo with kitchen and
daily maid service. 15% discount
off already lowest prices in the
area. Don Sprenger (949) 548-
5659 or (800) 336-2185.
NICARAGUA SURF CoNdo -
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIEND-
LY SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3 bed-
room 2 bath. See for yourself at:
nicasurfnturf.com. Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
Chrismhart22@verizon.net
PAlM dESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/DVR,
Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Ga-
rage, Gated Community, 2(Pools,
Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts). Near
College of the Desert. $175 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
PGA WEST (lA QUINTA) TPC
STAdIUM GolF CoURSE
CoNdo. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TVs/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
7979 PGAWestVacation.com
VACATIoN RENTAl - So Lake
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www.
SLTgetaway.com. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
LSchlotzhauer@gmail.com
VACATIoN
VEHIClES
MoToR HoMES FoR RENT:
Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot
Motor Homes, with Double Slide
Outs, Fully Loaded, Free House-
keeping Kit, Camping Kit, Discount
Prices Starting at $150.00 to
$180.00 per night. Serving family
& friends of LAPD , LASD, IPD,
OXPD, OX Fire, LA CO., LA City,
Ski Clubs ask for our 25% off
weekly rental rates. Visit us at
www.so-calrv.com or call 661-
714-7689 or 661-297-2398. ALSO
AVAILABLE BIG BEAR CABINS, 3
bedroom 2 bath with pool tables &
spas. PLEASE CALL FOR MORE
DETAILS.
2006 GMC truck with diesel engine and 63,000 miles in excellent condi-
tion. A/C, radio in cab and dual rear wheels. Custom box has multiple
lockable outside compartments and large interior lockable bay with
lights and cooling. $18,900 OBO. Contact Todd Layfer at L.A. Firemens
Relief Association (323) 259-5243 for more info.
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or email: eric@lafra.org
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or email: editor@lafra.org
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