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August 2014 3
From a particularly heated Muster Games competition to an
appearance by Ron Burgundy, it seems this years installment
the 17th yearwas another huge success for our frefghters,
the downtown community and the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06
The LAFD mourns the loss of active duty Helicopter Pilot Brian Lee.
The Medal of Valor recipient, certifed fight instructor, frefghter/
paramedic and loving family man will be missed by all who had the
pleasure of knowing him. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
All tactical and leadership issues have multiple considerations and
available courses of action. This new series will attempt to provide
guidance in these matters for our new leaders and future leaders -
from some of our most seasoned fre offcers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Presidents Message ................................................................................05
Battalion News ..........................................................................................14
Retired Guys .............................................................................................29
Theyve been a long Time coming ...............................................................30
Department in Action ................................................................................32
Retirement Dinners
Paul Sebourn .......................................................................................35
DereSa Teller ........................................................................................37
Chaplains Corner
imPenDing leaDerShiP criSiS volunTeerS neeDeD .....................................39
World Class meets World Cup
laFD memberS viSiT rio Fire DeParTmenT ................................................40
Recruit Graduation
iTS been a long Time coming ....................................................................41
Station Fridge ...........................................................................................42
McDaniel Scramble
golF TournamenT beneFiTing WoDFF .....................................................43
LAFRA Scholarships
inTroDucing The 2014 reciPienTS .............................................................44
Investor Alert
annuiTieS anD Selling ice cubeS To eSkimoS ............................................45
Tee Shirt Quilt
The craig alDer STory ............................................................................46
Retirement Dinner Announcements .........................................................47
Mailbox .....................................................................................................48
Memorials .................................................................................................50
Dollars & Sense
creDiT anD DebiT carD reWarDS ................................................................51
LAFD History
FireboaT 2 The ralPh J. ScoTT, 1925 - 2014 ...........................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................56
Classifeds ................................................................................................58
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I had a chance to attend the recent recruit graduation
at Drill Tower 81. It has been more than fve years since we last
graduated a class. The event had all of the components of the
graduations I had attended in the past, and the Drill Yard pre-
sentation was well choreographed and Im sure very exciting for
family members. The graduation was well attended by family,
friends and even the media. Many encouraging presentations
were made by our administrators. My message to the new re-
cruits: Remember your oath and why you decided to pursue this
lifestyle. It is not just a job!
On December 6, 2014 we will be having our last
Open House at our current location. Our new home (at 7470 N.
Figueroa) is coming along just fne. The largest tenant is sched-
uled to be out at the end of August. The interior renovation plans
are back from plan check and we are making some last minute
adjustments. We have made some choices regarding foor fnishes
and other design features. Our goal is to start work on the reno-
vation in September. The project will take fve to seven months
to complete. We are targeting having our 2015 Open House at
LAFRAs new home at our 7470 N. Figueroa address.
Just a reminder: Once the ERRP funds are exhausted
(probably around August 31, 2014) current copays in PPO offce
visits and prescription flls will resume. PPO copays increased
from $10 to $15 and Non-PPO copays increased from $20 to $30
effective July 1, 2014.
Take care of each other.
Juan Albarran
(323) 259-5200
number of recent events have shown just what your Re-
lief Association is able to do for our membership. LAFRA
Trustees, Chaplains and staff were instrumental in the
support of the families and co-workers in these most difficult of
times. Through the coordinated efforts of the Los Angeles Fire
Department, Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association, United
Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Society, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Ange-
les World Airport, Eternal Valley, Crawford Mortuary and AAA
Rents we were able to provide honorable and meaningful services
for two of our members.
I would like to thank a couple of our members who
carried more than their share in these diffcult times. Robert
Steinbacher and Craig Poulson went above and beyond in assist-
ing the families.
These circumstances reminded us all of the urgency to
have our benefciaries and plans in order. We dont ever get to
choose when its time to move on, and sometimes the end comes
as a great and swift surprise. To make sure that your families are
properly cared for, it is of the utmost importance to have up-to-
date paperwork with the fre department, the pension department,
LAFRA, UFLAC and other benefts organizations. LAFRA and
UFLAC offer life insurance programs to help ease the fnancial
distress of your loss upon your families. LAFRA also offers all of
its members a one-time beneft towards the expense of a will and
I mentioned earlier the various agencies that assisted in
these logistically challenging and emotionally charged events.
Many of these agencies are ably staffed by volunteers. Volunteers
very often are there before we got to the event and you can bet
they will be there long after we leave.
This months Chaplains Corner is an appeal for all of
us to give a little of ourselves by volunteering. There are many
groups in the fre family that desperately need your help. One
of the organizations that is actively looking for volunteers is the
Historical Society. They have many interesting projects in two
different locations. You can help in San Pedro or in Hollywood.
The Boot Brigade is a collection of volunteers dedicat-
ed to helping raise money for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. These amazing people help to make our events
possible. We are always looking for a few good men and women
(and their families and friends) to join us. Check out www.wodff.
org/volunteer for more information.
So please volunteer and help others. Besides, do you re-
ally need to see another episode of Judge Judy?
The old Captain Albarran & the new Captain Albarran
6 August 2014
f you thought downtown L.A. smelled un-
characteristically delicious on June 5th,
thats because the annual Hope for Fire-
fighters event packed the pavement and plaza
outside 333 Hope St., filling the area with peo-
ple, music, family fun and the enticing aroma
of amazing food, all to raise money for the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
Of the event and its connection with the char-
ity, Hope Committee Co-Chair Steve Robinson
said, Relationships come and go, but being
with a particular organization and seeing the
rewards that our efforts bring . . . I am just flab-
bergasted at what [the charity] does with the
money we raise. And from a particularly heat-
ed Muster Games competition to an appearance
by Ron Burgundy, it seems this years install-
mentthe 17th yearwas a massive success.
Things kicked off with a rousing
rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by
talented vocalist Lea Carranza and a fyover
by LAFD Air Ops helicopters. Captain Steve
Ruda and new event emcee KTLAs Mary Beth
McDade kept the show moving along with
Hope Committee co-chairs Heather Ross and
Robinson. And what a show it was.
Whatever your preference, the
frefghters and sponsors offered an incred-
ible menu or culinary wonders. Station 109
(sponsored by Operating Engineers Local 501)
beckoned folks with sausage sandwiches, Fire
Station 61 (sponsored by Peerless Building
Maintenance) made mouths water with orange
chicken, Station 50 (sponsored by Red Hawk
Fire & Security) enticed attendees with carne
asada fries, and Fire Station 9 (sponsored by
Cooperative of American Physicians) made
stomach rumble with tri-tip, just to name a few.
A panel of celebrity judges sampled
each dish. All stations hoped to land one of the
three prizes for the event and, once again, Sta-
tion 88 (sponsored by American Technologies,
Inc.) proved the champs for both Best Entre
for their pulled pork sandwiches with mac &
cheese and cole slaw, and Best Theme for their
Anchorman-inspired booth. This marks the
second year 88s has won those titles and their
third consecutive win for Best Theme. Taking
home the prize for Best Dessert was Fire Pre-
vention Bureau Harbor (sponsored by TRL
Systems, Inc.) for their refreshing Snow Cones.
And while the stations duked it out
for the awards and bragging rights, sponsor
teams went head-to-head in the frefghter style
Muster Games. Some teams were made up of
competition veterans and others counted only
newbies among their ranks. But, when the
stopwatch clicked on, they all did their best
in the three events: the Hose Cart, the Bucket
Brigade, and the Suit-Up and Life Net. In an
unprecedented result, Brookfeld won both
frst and third place thanks to their two Muster
Teams. L.A. Galaxy nabbed second place and
Cal Hospital Med Foundation landed the fourth
place prize.
For Brookfeld Muster Team mem-
ber Adam Smith, being a part of Hope as a
longtime sponsor provides a fun perspective.
He said, Its pretty nice to do it year-to-year.
You get the feel and the depth of [the event].
August 2014 7
8 August 2014
Of course, the food booths and spon-
sors Muster Teams werent the only way the
event raised money for Widows & Orphans.
The popular Firefghter Photo Booth, where the
public could get their photo taken with a real
frefghter, stayed busy all day. And the silent
auction and raffe, which included a set of tick-
ets donated by Alaska Airlines, helped bring
the total even higher.
Jeff Etherington, the airlines Direc-
tor of Sales & Community Marketing, said,
Alaska likes to get involved with the commu-
nities where we have service and its a great or-
ganization that weve identifed with. We have
a lot of employees that have family and friends
that are in the frefghter organization, so it was
a natural ft for us.
In fact, all of the sponsorssuch as
Universal Protection Service, CBRE Global In-
vestors, IBEW Local 11feel the same grati-
fcation and connection with the event. Senior
Vice President of presenting sponsor US Bank,
Wendy Waldron, said, This is something that
were very proud to sponsor every year.
And thanks to those supporters, do-
nors and volunteers, the event once again left
attendees smiling and satisfedall in the
name of helping frefghters and their families.
Were already looking forward to the games,
music and especially the food at next years
August 2014 9
hen it comes to landing in the win-
ners circle at the Hope for Fire-
fighters event, Station 88 has been
killing it. They nabbed the Best Theme award a
stunning three years in a row. And according to
Firefighter Brett Porter, thats no coincidence.
The better we make [the booth] look, the more
people see it, he said.
While the guys at 88s certainly en-
joy the good-natured competition, they really
do it for Widows & Orphans. That sentiment is
echoed by Relief Trustee Steve Berkery, who
said, Obviously, it all comes down to beneft-
ting the charity.
For this years theme, Anchorman,
88s constructed a booth that looked like a
television news studio, complete with rotating
On Air light. To seal the victory, frefghters
staffng the booth dressed as characters from
the flm and mingled with the crowd, encour-
aging them to line up and try the pulled pork
sandwiches. I cant tell you how many people
I posed with for photos, he said.
While some stations go with jokes or
messaging only frefghters will get, 88s tries
to pick themes that the non-frefghting public
attending Hope will enjoy. They previously
won with an Animal House theme in 2012 and
a Duck Dynasty theme in 2013. (The former
even included actual Animal House cast mem-
ber Stephen Furst aka Flounder).
Porters eclectic background helps
keep the ideas fowing and the commitment
high. When he was younger, he started a skate
company with his father and visited trade and
skate shows where companies constructed
elaborate displays to grab attention. He felt
particularly inspired by the efforts of Volcom, a
youth oriented lifestyle brand. Those guys had
it, he said of their talent for creating entertain-
ing booths.
Plus, his time in the Air Force and
at MTV, where he worked in casting, helped
train him to work well under pressure. Thats
how 88s was able to construct the Anchorman
booth in just three days and even drum up extra
supplies. In addition to generous support from
American Technologies, Firefghter/Paramedic
Mike Finger sought out other donations to
make sure they had more than enough food and
to offset construction costs. Porter said, A lot
of favors were called in to get it done.
On top of all of this, 88s also won
Best Entre two years in a row for their pulled
pork BBQ sandwich. They havent picked a
theme or a dish for next year yet, but they plan
on keeping the same level of showmanship.
They hope their winning streak ups the com-
petitive spirit at other stations the same way
their friendly battle with 39s forced them to
take their themes up a notch. And even if anoth-
er station takes home the prize next year, Por-
ters just happy that it will all ultimately help
the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
10 August 2014
August 2014 11
12 August 2014
Native Californian Brian Michael Lee was born May 16th,
1967 in Reseda to Clayton and Patty Lee. He grew up there and attended
Reseda High School where he played basketball. It was in 11th grade
that he became interested in frefghting. He told his stepfather Ron, who
worked for LAPD at the time, of this interest. Ron thought that would be
a great and encouraged him to stand in the correct line.
After graduating from Reseda High in 1985, Brian attended
Valley College and studied Fire Science. It was October 6, 1988 that
Brian realized his dream when he was hired by the LAFD. Brian started
his 25 year career at Drill Tower 89. After graduation he was assigned to
FS 86 in Toluca Lake, FS 89 in North Hollywood, and FS 60 just around
the corner.
On January 17, 1994 the City experienced a 6.7 earthquake
centered in Northridge. Brian, with his company, responded to a house
that had slide off of its foundation and down a 100 foot hillside. With the
possibility of two trapped occupants, Brian selfessly climbed down the
hill, made entry to the house, and rescued two people. Our Risk Manage-
ment Policy states Risk a little to save a little, and risk a lot to save a lot.
August 2014 13
Brian risked life and limb as he accessed that
house amid the continuing aftershocks. For this
valiant and selfess effort he was awarded the
Medal of Valor.
Later that year, seeing the need to be-
come more valuable and to help more people,
Brian entered paramedic school. After fnish-
ing paramedic training, Brain was transferred
to FS 21 were he refned his skills with a heavy
call load and lots of complicated medical and
trauma runs. After fve years, Brian transferred
a bit closer to home and served the Northridge
area at FS 103.
As a pilot and a certifed fight in-
structor, Brian was interested in becoming a
fre department pilot and joining the LAFD
Air Operations Section. Brains determination
proved worthy when all his hard work and ef-
fort earned him a promotion to pilot in 2010.
Brian joined an elite team and found a new side
of the fre department that responded in the sky.
He earned the certifcation of Helitac Level 1,
which is the highest rating one can achieve and
began instructing others to reach the same lev-
el. Brian trained in water dropping operations,
air rescue hoist lifts, air ambulance transports,
and most recently he completed his training
with night vision goggle, which is extremely
rare for aviation pilots.
Brian took pride in everything he
did. He maintained his paramedic license and
worked as a paramedic when needed. Recent-
ly Air Ops underwent a detailed audit by LA
County DHS on their paramedic equipment.
With no one else available to prepare and stand
inspection, Brian stepped in and prepared for
the audit and passed with fying colors. This
was Brians character. He worked hard, was de-
tailed oriented, and had great situational aware-
ness. He was just about to advance to Pilot 3
because of his display in profcient operations,
attentiveness to details, and tenacious work in
completing tasks.
Brian enjoyed many things: Fast dirt
bikes, fast desert cars, and fast boats. It must
have been this need to accomplish things and
get from place to place quick that inspired one
of his most practical purchases. You see, Brain
had a house with a small front yard. But ap-
parently it was too much to mow with a push
mower, so Brian purchased a ride-on mower
to expedite this weekly task. That was Brain,
always looking to be more effcient.
Brian loved his family. He and Cher-
yl met about 10 years ago. Cheryl would drop
off Dakota at a baby sitters house near Brians
rental. She would drive by and wonder who the
handsome guy was working on his house. Her
babysitter encouraged her to go tell him she
was interested in renting the house. Cheryl rang
to doorbell and no one answered. She heard
a noise on the side yard and peeked over the
fence. Brain was spraying for ants with a big
pump sprayer. She said hello and Brain grunted
a response, What do you want. She said she
was interested in renting the house. He put the
sprayer down, went through the house, and
when he came outside and could see more than
just half her face, he suddenly became very
nice. He thought it might be a good idea that
they talk about it over a drink - and that is how
they met.
Cheryl has two daughters, Samantha
and Dakota, that Brian treated as his own. Four
years ago, Brian and Cheryl gave birth to twins
of their own, Chloe and Avarie. Brian loved his
family and loved his girls. He would bring in
pictures and video just about every shift of their
escapades and play them on the big screen for
everyone to see. Brian and his family enjoyed
spending time at the river house in Topak, boat-
ing, camping, and riding.
Brian, as you sit with our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ I am reminded of the lyr-
ics - Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but
now Im found, was blind but now I see.
Brian you will be missed. Rest in
peace brother.
What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie,
retired from the LAFD and LAFRA,
your stations Extinguisher Fund is a
simple way to collect donations for the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Fire-
mens Fund. Ted saw the accumulation
of change that the cook dumped into
the mess fund box each shift and had a
better idea. If this change was instead
collected for the WODFF he fgured it
could really add up. With an average of
50 cents per day per station, in a year
there would be . . . well, you can do the
So take your turn in the cooking
rotation and remember to drop all your
change into your stations extinguisher.
There should be one in every frehouse.
And any loose change in your pockets,
any that you fnd in the TV chairs, or
hoarded in the ashtray of your vehicle
can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Dis-
abled Firemens Fund is the heart of
the Relief Association. This fund pro-
vides assistance to our frefghters and
families who are faced with personal
diffculties and tragedies. Donations are
the sole means of support for this Fund.
Firefghters risk their lives
to protect the community on a daily
basis. Thus, they and their families can
be comforted in knowing that the Fire
Department Family, supported by the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire-
mens Fund, is there for them in times
of need.
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TF 12 sounds the roof at false alarm at
2800 Division St. on 6/17/14.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn
Firefghters assist Expo Line passengers
at 18th and Flower St 6/12/14.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn
August 2014 15
I just want to give FS 63 some much
deserved props. I have actually never worked
there and got a SOD day there a few weeks
back. I sign up city wide because I get to see
other parts of the city and get to run into old
buddies and even make some new ones. But
63s really was a pretty cool place to work at.
With morale on the department unfortunately
being low at times, you would never know it
by working at 63s. I mean that house has a
lot of character. The members assigned there
take a lot of pride in their house and it shows.
They got the cool Yosemite Sam thing going
on as their mascot, the stalls in the downstairs
head look like a rig, the casing and interior
doors look like an FDNY frehouse, and their
kitchen table has some really nice artwork.
(the pictures in the Grapevine really dont give
it justice). And that station looks like they just
had annual!! And if you like working out, their
gym has lots of character. It really looks like
the old skool Golds Gym in Venice from back
in the day and its got some great equipment.
You walk in there and you WANT to work out.
OF A FIREHOUSE with lots of camaraderie.
You guys should be really proud of it. And
you guys really make an out-of-house guy feel
like a guest. Keep up the great work, FS 63 . .
. you guys are top shelf.
On Thursday, May 15th, the mem-
bers of Fire Station 63 A Platoon (New
Guard) hosted lunch for three former mem-
bers of the LAFD looking for a free (or was
that good) meal. The luncheon was organized
and prepared by Engineer Julie Wolfe and a
variety of delicious salads was the menu of the
day. Representing the retired members (Old
Guard) were Lowell Johnson, Bob DeFeo
and Roger Gillis. Lowell just happens to live
in FS 63s frst-in and has become well known
by the members of FS 63. He joined the
LAFD in 1947 and served a distinguished ca-
reer, retiring as a B/C from Battalion 1 in 1977
(thats 37 years retired!). He just celebrated
his 89th birthday, but claims to have been
counting backwards for the past three decades
and is now only 36! On a side note, Lowells
father Clarence was also on the LAFD and
joined the department in 1923 and retired as a
B/C out of Battalion 13.
The other two freeloaders, Bob and
Roger, just happened to have had the pleasure
of serving as Aides (drivers) for Chief John-
son. Bob was Lowells frst Aide in Battalion
19 (no, thats not a typo) and Roger was his
last in Battalion 1. A couple other of Lowells
noteworthy (or not) Aides during his career
were Hugh Big Foot Tucker and Bruce
Snake Larson. Lowell was well known for
his easy going style and calm demeanor, both
on and off the fre ground. One of his nick-
names was Mr. Smooth.
As an added surprise for lunch that
day, the Commander of Emergency Services,
Joe Castro, his assistant, A/C Pat Butler and
liaison, CII Dean Zipperman also attended.
Along with coming to visit some old friends,
Chief Castro was there in his offcial capac-
ity as Bureau Commander to acknowledge
two deserving members of FS 63. Firefghters
Chip Cervantes and Keith Kenoi both received
Certifcates of Appreciation for their dedica-
tion and unselfsh giving of their time working
with the youth in the area as Explorer Advi-
sors. Nice touch Joe!
Thanks again to all the members of
FS 63 A and Engineer Wolfe for the invite
and the hospitality. Its good to see the tradi-
tions of the Old Guard being carried on by
the New Guard. If the morale and camara-
derie of the members in attendance that day
are indicative of todays LAFD, the citizens of
Los Angeles are still in very good hands!
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Greetings from the Harbor! By the
time you read this, hopefully well be through
with Annual Inspection, and the 24/7 days of
cleaning will be over.
From 36s - The IOD situation is
getting contagious. Now a total of fve mem-
bers are off duty. And you think the Harbor is
easy? Or maybe we just break easy? Get well
guys and hurry back - everyones getting tired
of working for you.
From 38s - Stop the presses! FF/
PM Dave Chavez bought and wears an LAFD
t-shirt. If you know Chavez, you know this is
like hell freezing over. If only we had pictures.
From 85s - If you didnt know, FF/
PM Doug Peterman is the designated keeper
of the Lost and Found. One day, Peterman
was working SOD on Rescue 36. At relief, the
medic on RA 36 couldnt fnd his sunglasses
so he called Peterman, who was now work-
ing back at 85s, to see if he had seen them.
Lunchtime came and everyone was sitting at
the table when Rescue 85 visits on the way
back from the hospital. Peterman comes into
the kitchen and lays out about ten pairs of sun-
glasses and says, Is any of these yours? 36s
medic picks out his pair and thanks Peterman
for bringing them over. So, if your sunglasses
ever get stolen . . . no lost . . . call Peterman
and see if he found them for you.
Congratulations to all who pro-
moted and have new assignments. Im sure
theres not much difference in the call load
from Battalion 6 to your new digs. Speak-
ing of promotions, I would like to take this
opportunity to talk about tradition, and why
it is the way it is. Promotional dinners are not
just a celebration, or a chance to eat a free din-
ner, theres a reason behind them. When any
member studies for a promotion, he undoubt-
edly gets help form his fellow frefghters to
ease some the stress that studying causes. For
example, a member who studies might not
do his share of the housework, or someone
might take his place in the cooking rotation,
just so that member could study. An engineer
may not have to wipe down his apparatus
because the guys have taken care of it already
so he could study. You get my point? So the
promotional dinner is a big Thank You for
all the guys did to help out and cover for the
member who studied for the promotion. And
believe me, if you helped out a member when
they were studying, they do appreciate it. To
all the new guys who dont really know about
this tradition, if you didnt help out and cover
for members who studied . . . I guess you just
want a free dinner.
I know theres some stories out
there from other stations in the Battalion, but
I forgot them. You know us old folks in the
Harbor sometimes get senile. So write it down
and send me some news, so I dont forget.
LAFD Air Ops assisted the City of Glendale
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LF 90 handled a hydrant at Sepulveda
and Superior on 6/30/14.
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August 2014 19
Tom Yost recently retired with 38 years on the job 25 years at FS 88
as an engineer and another fve there as a captain. Good luck Tom!
On 6/19/14, Battalion 10 frefghters knocked down
a grass fre on the Haskell on ramp of the 405.
Photo by Steve Gentry
New story out of FS 90 Firefghter Aaron Gragas knows he
has a snoring problem and even has a CPAP machine. The only
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August 2014 21
On May 8, 2014 the members from
FS 15-C and a 15s wannabe from 26s rode
the 3rd Annual Horak Carlsbad Bike Classic.
The event begins at 15s, a Blue Line ride to
Long Beach, and then a 13 man peloton down
PCH to San Diego County. Jesse Beck could
be seen poppin wheelies up the hills of Laguna
Beach and its always great to stop in and visit
15s retiree Eddie Hewko in Dana Point. At
the fnish line is the ultimate prize, an In N
Out Burger, a night of camping at the beach,
and a trip to the Purple Church to settle the
nerves and work out the kinks. A good time
was had by all. Stay tuned for the next ride.
Firefghters extinguished a rubbish fre
at Beverly Bl and Parkview on 6/18/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
E 74 handles an auto on the 210 Fwy in June.
Photo by Doc DeMulle, The Foothills Paper
On 6/16/14 companies responded to a rollover
at 11570 Laurel Canyon Blvd in Mission Hills.
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E 75 and 77 work a brush fre along the 210 at
Polk St on 6/1/14.
Photo by Doc DeMulle, The Foothills Paper
Battalion 12 frefghters found a well-involved
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24 August 2014
Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Hope everybody had a safe 4th of
July! Im sure it was a very peaceful night
with an enjoyable show with 360 degree views
of professional freworks everywhere . . .
and that was on-duty. Fortunately, this year,
our citizens will fnally read the banners that
have been hung from every fre station in the
City that lets them know that Fireworks are
Illegal. Since these banners work so well, we
might also want to focus on some other cam-
paigns such as, pulling over to the right and
yielding to fre apparatus and driving in the
gutter lane/right hand turn lane to pass a bunch
of cars and go straight is not a good idea! Oh
wait, weve tried these before and they still
dont work?!? Maybe we should pass these off
to the DMV.
In other news, congrats to the engi-
neer candidates for fnally being given a light
at the end of the tunnel! After years of no tests
and constant studying in preparation for the
inevitable, a good source told me that the
test is defnitely going to be the 2nd weekend
after the longest sunset of a day that ends with
a y in 2012. Now the studiers can really
ramp up for the August 30th test . . . What?
Oh now they moved it back because it was
impossible for anybody to know that this was
Labor Day weekend? I guess being pushed
back three weeks is better than no test at all! I
did hear some of the requirements for the test:
1) Engineers test wont be open to any current
FFs, anybody that is certifed on an engine or
pump, or anybody that knows or has ever con-
versed with an engineer or previous engineer
of the LAFD. 2) You can either mail in the
application with a postmark from a specifc
mailbox located in the Gobi Desert on or after
July 17th all the way until July 18th, stand in
line with your application at a secret location
and turn the application in to 1-of-1 certifed
personnel, or email it in from 8:02am until
8:02:01am. 3) Only the frst four applicants
will be chosen. Good luck to all those who are
studying, who have put the time in, and de-
serve this job. And to those studying for A/O,
I heard from a reliable source that the test is
going to be on the 25th day of December . . .
just what I heard! Good luck . . . moving on
A few weeks ago, Battalion 13
was set to receive training on new over-
haul procedures. Apparently, companies in
the Battalion were going to be trying some
state-of-the-art equipment that would not only
help our longevity and overall health, but also
save time during the overhaul process to get
companies available quicker after a fre. Some
of the equipment that was to be used is on
loan and the time is about to be up. The date
was set and the venue was reserved . . . until
that morning when Metro called and said that
overhaul training is cancelled for Battalion
13 and new ePCR training is on-deck for
Battalion 6. Huh!? Now this is the same ePCR
that was launched in Battalion 13 on May
27th of this year and un-launched also on
May 27th of this year? This is the same ePCR
that we received training on in the Battalion
and then were told that there is something
wrong with the server so we took these NEW
tablets and re-programmed them with the
OLD Toughbook program. This is the same
ePCR that just launched again in Battalion
13 on June 23rd of this year and AGAIN un-
launched that same day . . . are we noticing
a pattern here? I know that we are resistant to
anything new, but this truly is terrible! By the
time this article comes out, we will probably
be back to writing 902s and using the ePCR
tablets as a clip board to write on #goodthin-
goverhaultrainingtookabackseattothis #class1
#80%ofourcalls100%ofourproblems #902s
As you are all well aware, Assign-
Hires are abound and plentiful so far this
summer and sure to get worse. The Depart-
ment actually came up with a fair-and-equi-
table rotating system with the Assign-Hire
Codes. At least you knew when you would
be on the hook and didnt have to be cre-
ative about not getting assign hired. As this
was also about to be launched starting June
29th, it was actually un-launched before
the ignition switch was even hit. Back to the
drawing board and creativity. One member
was recently assign hired on a Saturday which
was to be expected. Unhappy about his situa-
tion, he cornered the EIT and was overheard
complaining about getting assign hired and
wondered why the new rookies that graduated
a week before couldnt work for him? Im
sure that fve years ago when he was a new
rookie, he wouldve been absolutely honored
to be assign hired every weekend . . . or not;
but Im sure just like everybody else did, he
told them that hed be happy to work anytime
you need, just happy to be here, cant
wait to get some experience, and you wont
be disappointed by hiring me. The biggest
boomerang-to-the-head piece of irony here is
that just the weekend before, a guy got assign
hired on a Saturday because Bobby decided to
take his HO . . . Just the version I heard. #wa-
tchoutforirony #whatgoesaroundcomesaround
With all the recent promotions,
rookies, and graduations from paramedic
school theres been a bit of movement go-
ing on around the department. One recent
paramedic intern at 57s had graduated from
PTI and was placed in a Temp-VP FF spot
at 57s awaiting his state certifcation. The
day fnally came and with all the pomp and
circumstance that youd expect. A police
escort guided the Brinks truck through the
town parade to FF Bennetts house to deliver
the document. Now that he was certifed, it
was time to pick a more permanent spot and
moreover to deliver a bit of tradition. As
tradition goes, you cook on your last shift to
show the crew a little appreciation for your
time there, even though in less than a week,
33s knock down palm tree.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
Garage fre on 82nd St. on 7/5/14.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
August 2014 25
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Finally, a little story out of 46s.
Apparently Captain DiScala was overheard
telling someone over the phone that he was
probably going to make the Grapevine for
something he did. . . soooo in order not to
disappoint and to make everybodys dreams
and wishes come true, here it goes. Captain
DiScala was working a SOD day at 85s, his
previous stomping grounds. A great day was
had and it was absolutely nothing like most
days at 46s. Im sure it was quite a change
going from the front left seat of Engine
285 to the front right seat of Engine 46. As
the perfect day came to a perfect close (an
astonishing sunset, crab legs and prime rib
for dinner, and sparkling water to drink), the
frst dark thunderous cloud drifted over the
horizon bearing bad news. Captain DiScala
was presented with a real dilemma. There was
a Captain I SOD day at FS85 where he was at
the moment and FS46 where he was assigned .
. . hmmmm what to do, what to do? Work with
your old buddies at a place you just spent the
last 15 years studying to get out of or show
some station pride, set a good example and
work at your new assignment that you studied
so hard to get into? Well if you came out #2 on
the list, you would go to your new assignment
but since he was #1, the obvious answer is to
stay at 85s. Once again, the right thing to do
isnt always the easiest and we keep proving
that over and over. Didnt want you to feel
left out. #houseofpain #1 #dowhatsrightand
yourcrewwillfollow #sometimesthetruthhurts
youll be back at the same place, but in your
new position. Crunch time: I know Ill really
dazzle the guys and make them a meal they
wont forget. Pots were rattled, pans were
panned, spoons stirred, and watched water
actually boiled. As the 6pm reservation came
around, the matre d escorted the crew into
the main dining hall and the 4-piece orchestra
stated up. As they were seated, the appetizer
phase was skipped and straight into the main
course. The plates with the upside-down metal
bowls covering them were brought in and the
elegant meal was uncovered. Spaghetti with
3lbs of meat in the sauce, pre-made garlic
bread and over budget. Is this is a sign of
things to come? I guess the good part is that
youll get plenty of practice in the cooking
rotation. Welcome to FS57-C, FF/PM Lee
Bennett . . . just sayin. Also I heard that you
got a cool nickname in the process: Spaghet-
Lee #3lbsofmeatfor10eaters #welcomeback-
towhereyoujustleft #spaghet-Lee go (hah
thats hilarious)
On 6/29/14, Battalion 13 companies worked
a structure fre at 106th and Avalon.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
26 August 2014

Finally, a shout out. Recently Task
Force 64 went to a 1:30am fre and after a
knockdown was called, the cause was to be
determined. Apparently it was pretty obvi-
ous with the front door left open, a large TV
blocking the entrance, and multiple sets - so
Arson was on their way . . . 45 minutes later
they fnally showed up. After a little investiga-
tion, they decided that the obvious evidence
wasnt enough and decided to call out the
special Arson dog that is located in the Valley.
Realizing that it was going to be awhile, the
chief headed out and came back a half-hour
later (dog still wasnt there) with a few boxes
of donuts and some coffee. After everybodys
second old-fashioned, the dog fnally showed
up . . . around 4:15 from what I hear. With a
belly full of pastries and energy from coffee,
they were able to fnish the overhaul and head
home around 5:15am and play everybodys fa-
vorite pre-relief game sit-and-stare. That is
the taking care of the crews part of taking
care of the crews. Thank you Chief Crowley
for setting a good example and doing the right
thing! #4:30amdonutsneverhurtanybody!
OK, thats all Ive got! Keep taking
care of one another. Stay safe and remem-
ber 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, watch out for
irony, dont fumble Tradition, take 1st relief so
you can go back to sleep, never Stand By,
check boxes for politics always beat common
sense, when you have the opportunity to do
the right thing, take the EIT spot instead!, a
# makes everything seem much nicer, if it
rains and you dont feel like doing your job,
just journalize it, when you need to go to the
DMV, wear your uniform, show up late to
your own ceremony, a bad idea is still a BAD
idea, water drops for all brush, call out an
already overworked 800 to keep your shield
available, and fnally, answer only a text
instead of a phone call if what youre about to
do is the wrong thing. Glad to see that some
of you are following my advice! Keep sending
your stories to
Hello again from Battalion 14.
It was nice to have an article go out in last
months Grapevine!
Congratulations to some outstand-
ing engineers that have
promoted to the rank of
captain: Engineer Robert
Schrode from FS 60
and Engineer Ben Culp
from FS 89. Welcome
back to the battalion
Justin Moore, who also
promoted to the rank of
A wise man
once said if you keep
writing, then the stories
will come. So thats what
were hoping for. To
clarify there is only one
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news! Send your stories
E-102 caught an auto
fre on Victory Bl in
Valley Village.
Photo by
Mike Meadows
August 2014 27
LF 78 and E 102 work a physical rescue at Magnolia
and Coldwater on 6/6/14.
Photo by Juan Guerra,
TF 87 works a rollover on Balboa Bl
at Plummer St on 6/21/14.
Photo by Greg Doyle
Not exactly the Stanley Cup at FS 87.
Photo by Adam Van Gerpen
28 August 2014
Hello again from the 18th hole every-
body, hope everyone is well,
Well open with a story from 58s
and I gotta admit Im a little ashamed. The
story goes that A/O Sean Wonders and his kids
were going to the Dodger game and he wanted
to leave his car at 58s for a few hours and
carpool with his buddy. Sean pulls up in front
of the station just as Engine 58s pulls in and
the captain gets off the engine. Sean asked if he
can park his car at the station and is told fat out
NO. WHAT? Okay, I know 58s has a small
parking lot, but really. There was once a task
force and a rescue there. You cant ft one more
car for one of our own for a few hours? Weak
sauce Cap. A few members from 58s reach out
to Sean and apologized. Good for you guys.
Sean, if you need to park you can come to any
station in the Battalion and well fnd a spot for
you. But dont go to 58s......
Now a story out of 61s. One C shift
day the Battalion was running short, so 61s had
to send a member to 92s. So the SOD member
packs up and heads over to 92s. Meanwhile the
captains were having a chat in the front offce
about a captains meeting. FF Ray Topete was
sitting up there on the computer and overheard
them talking. Using his own initiative, he gets
up and instructs another member to get on the
phone and call the member that left to come
back - they need the plug buggy and coverage
for the captains meeting. The other member
had arrived at 92s and was unpacking, so he
packed back up and returned home. When the
member got back to 61s, the Captain II looked
at him and said, What are you doing here?
The member said Ray told me to come back
because you had a captains meeting. The Cap-
tain said, What? That meeting isnt until next
week!!! The Captain III strikes again.
Next story is the B shift at 61s got
invited to The Price is Right for frefghter
day. The crew went to represent, and low and
behold one of them got called up!! FF Craig
Kuykendall was chosen. He won an initial bid
to get to play a game and then made it to the
Showcase Showdown. Only to lose, not one,
but two BRAND NEW CARS!! All was not
lost. He did win an XBOX. One to play to keep
his mind off the cars he lost.
Well now on a sad note, as many of
you may know, we lost a good friend in Stu
Premmer. Stu Premmer lost his battle with
cancer on June 23rd. He was a good man in all
aspects. Rest in Peace Stu...
Be Safe.
Truck 73 frefghters overhaul a single
family residence on Zelzah Ave in June.
Photo by Adam Van Gerpen
Members gather at Stu Premmer
memorial ceremony at Old 27s.
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August 2014 29
The cell phone and tattoo crowd I
talked about last month? Well they all showed
up the other night at Dodger Stadium. No kid-
din! It was a Friday night game, which I would
rather have avoided, but my wife insisted we go
because theres a freworks show immediately
followin the game. And, unknown to my wife
and I, the freworks show came with blarin rap
music from the gigantic stadium speakers, so
those willin to endure the light show could tap
their feet to the unintelligible lyrics. Ill come
back to this.
So, there we were, enjoyin the
Dodgers gettin pummeled by their competi-
tion when I noticed the massive crowd dressed
up and actin exactly like the folks I watched
in Las Vegas a month earlier. I actually recog-
nized a few of them and quickly came to the
conclusion that this crowd of cell phone and
tattoo misfts must have been herded onto tour
buses and dropped off at the game. By the way,
the next stops for these folks include Montana,
Texas, Nevada and Colorado, but not necessar-
ily in that order!
Between the constant fow of people
makin their way to the various food vendors
and the insatiable need to take selfes, Id
guess there were only 10 people in the entire
stadium that were watchin the game. And in
case youve never heard of a selfe, its takin
a picture of yourself, or your signifcant other,
while holdin up your phone at arms length.
Its actually a touchin moment.
So, then came the 7th innin stretch.
My friend turned to me and asked, So, whats
the 7th innin stretch? I immediately fashed
back to when I was seated in front of Chief Don
Anthony, tryin to explain why I had hired a bi-
kini clad dancin girl to visit the fre station. I
couldnt fnd the words then either. And with
the 7th innin stretch completed and another
check mark in the lost column for the Dodg-
ers, the freworks show began.
As I eluded to earlier, someone must
have thought it was a good idea to blast rap mu-
sic throughout the stadium in synchronization
with the freworks. I thought not, but a young
couple in front of us liked it and whipped out
their cell phone and started takin selfes.
Obviously they had never seen themselves to-
gether, so this was an opportunity they couldnt
pass by. Then they started to embrace and be-
fore long they were practically prone on the
seats. As this side show progressed I leaned
forward and suggested they might be more
comfortable if they got a motel room. I got the
evil-eye but they left, so Im guessin they
liked my idea.
In the greatest days of the
British Empire, a new com-
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After welcomin his re-
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meet Captain Smithers, my right-hand man.
Hes really the strength of this offce. His talent
is simply boundless.
Smithers was summoned and intro-
duced to the new CO, who was surprised to
meet a toothless, hairless, scabbed and pock-
marked specimen of humanity, a particularly
unattractive man less than three feet tall.
Smither, old man, tell your new CO
about yourself.
Well sir, I graduated with honors
from Sandhurst, joined the regiment and won
the Military Cross and Bar after three expe-
ditions behind enemy lines. Ive represented
Great Britain in equestrian events and won a
silver medal in the middleweight division of
the Olympics.
Here the colonel interrupted, Yes,
yes; never mind that Smithers, the CO can fnd
all that in your fle. Tell him about the day you
called that witch doctor a no-good phony scum
More than 300 people attended the
annual Los Angeles Retired Fire and Police
Association meeting and BBQ at the Grace E.
Simons Lodge in Elysian Park on June 4, 2014.
It was the largest turn out of members and their
spouses in many years.
Director Kenneth Buzzell updated
the members regarding the LARFPA lawsuit
against the City of Los Angeles. Then we had
a short presentation by Pension Commissioner
George Aliano regarding his re-election, thank-
ing our membership for their support.
The main speaker was Dept of Pen-
sions General Manager Raymond P. Ciranna.
Mr. Ciranna started off with some quick facts:
LAFPP provides service to more than 25,780
members, 13,224 active and 12,432 retirees and
benefciaries. Assets are over $18 billion and
we are on track to make double-digit returns in
2013-2014 - approximately 13% (although we
are still not fully funded). The presentation was
very well received by the membership, who
gave Mr. Ciranna a very loud and rousing ap-
After the meeting everyone went out
to the picnic area to start the BBQ festivities.
In addition to the catered lunch, there were
representatives from both the Fire and Police
Credit Unions, both the Fire and Police Relief
Associations and the Pension Dept. All the rep-
resentatives were very helpful with members
questions and they also gave small gifts of ap-
preciation to those in attendance.

We all should realize as fre and po-
lice retirees that our pension and benefts are
ours because we earned them. We also need to
realize that our benefts are continually being
attacked and we could lose them! LARFPA
members need to always stand together to pro-
tect what we earned together as aggressively as
we protected each other while we were active
Support your Los Angeles Retired
Fire Police Association, attend the General
Membership meetings, be informed and if
you have a retired fre or police friend - recruit
them. Only in numbers will we be strong. We
need to look out for each other.
30 August 2014
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Eddie Marez was promoted to captain and assigned to FS 60-A David Moorman was promoted to captain and assigned to FS 59-A
August 2014 31
ike many, Ive been exposed to count-
less nuggets of operational wisdom and
leadership insight simply by sitting at
the kitchen table. I vividly remember assem-
bling after dinner and listening to some of our
best and brightest recall fires of the past and the
warhorses that led them. Although narratives
like these were long considered an established
norm, in recent times they have sadly evaded
LAFD galleys like dust in the wind.
Can you imagine the value in sitting
at a kitchen table listening to FF Silgen pas-
sionately discuss the importance of salvage
and overhaul? Or Engineer Molle discussing
ventilation tactics as if he were an A/O? How
about Capt Nipp speaking on the true meaning
of leadership? Or A/O Carter discussing ways
to improve Multi-Co ventilation operations?
Or even the son (Capt Nowell) of an LA City
Councilman sharing his blueprint for HR Fire-
Being exposed to such kitchen table
wisdom amplifed my freground education as
Im sure similar sit-downs enriched many of
yours. As a young lad, FS 10 was my univer-
sity and those glorious men of days gone by
were my professors. Although the aforemen-
tioned greats and many like them have faded
into darkness, their legacies continue to reso-
nate amongst a selected few at kitchen tables
all across the land.
How you may ask are we shaped by
the endowments of those who have slipped
from the memories of most? Answer: Because
disciples of their teachings remain in our pres-
ence even today. Disciples, where? Well, lets
just count a few: Although we no longer have
FF Silgen, we have Jeff Haas. Although we no
longer have Eng Molle, we have Paul Nelson.
Although we no longer have Capt Nipp, we
have Jeff Ambarian. Although we no longer
have A/O Carter, we have Steve Wynne. Al-
though no longer have Capt Nowell, we have
Mark Martinez.
Thats all well and good you may
say, but if Im not assigned to one of these
seasoned offcers how can I learn of their
wisdom? How can I parlay their teachings
into tangible results? And how can I pass on
these lessons to those in search of refning their
skills? Well, through the combined efforts of
The Firemens Grapevine and several partici-
pating offcers, a series of articles will seek to
address just that.
Beginning next month I will facili-
tate a monthly article entitled Kitchen Table
Wisdom. Each article will take on a single op-
erational and leadership issue which many of
our fnest captains will comment upon. The
selected offcers will provide astute commen-
tary in addressing many of todays challenging
issues based on their operational wisdom and
leadership acumen.
As with all tactical and leadership
matters, there are multiple considerations and
courses of action that can be taken. This series
of articles therefore is simply an attempt to pro-
vide further guidance as seen through the eyes
of our most seasoned offcers. In the frst
article released next month, readers will gain
insight into the decision-making process of
Captains John Paxton, Selwyn Lloyd and Matt
For those who would like to have a
specifc operational or leadership question an-
swered via this forum (your name will remain
confdential), email your request to: Gerald.
32 August 2014
Photos by Mike Meadows
Three girls from the Oakwood Secondary School were
hit by a car as they crossed in a crosswalk on Magnolia
Blvd in June. All were transported in critical to moderate
condition. TF-60, E-86 and three RAs responded.
August 2014 33
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
On June 12, 2014, Engine 89 was frst to arrive
and found heavy smoke showing from the 2nd
foor of 7350 Lankershim Blvd. Later arriving
companies found fre showing from one unit.
34 August 2014
Photos by Greg Doyle
98s, 89s and 7s handled a physical
rescue on the Terra Bella off ramp from
N/B 5 Fwy on June 27, 2014.
August 2014 35
n June 20th, family and friends of Paul
Sebourn came together to celebrate his
retirement after 38 years of service to
the citizens of Los Angeles. Ports O Call res-
taurant was the venue and Andy Ruiz served
as the nights MC. As the cocktail hour got un-
derway, Andy expressed concern to this writer
about this being his first time MCing a retire-
ment dinner. I handed him a free drink (Paul
had an open bar going!) and assured him that
hed do just fine. Secretly I had grave reserva-
tions, given some of the unsavory elements that
began to fill up the room. My fears proved well
founded when Andy attempted to give Tom Ke-
nyon the hook, when Tom went a little long.
This did not sit well with the aforementioned
unsavory elements and the crowd became agi-
tated. The virgin MC quickly reversed course
and all went smoothly after that . . . but Im
getting ahead of myself.
After an hour or so of cocktails (did
I mention they were free?!) the celebration got
offcially underway. First was a beautiful water
display by the crew of Boat 4. Brian Hishinu-
ma, Pauls classmate and relief at 49s, led us
all in the pledge of allegiance and later in the
night presented the UFLAC axe plaque. Brian
had a lot of nice things to say about Paul as
his relief . . . this would be a common theme
throughout the night. The invocation was done
by John White. Although John could not be at
the dinner, due to his commitment to serving
others, this time in Haiti, he did a wonderful
job via video of sending Paul off and blessing
the evenings festivities. MC Andy then intro-
duced Pauls family: including wife Neeleke,
sons Chris and William, and daughter Joanne.
Another son, Lt Commander Peter McMorrow
of the US Navy was unable to attend due to his
commitment to keeping safe all of us. John En-
glund came up to say a few words and toast the
guest of honor. Even though Johns words were
few he did manage to offend this writer and
a couple others in the room with some story
about a Mexican and a weasel . . . Im not sure
(did I mention the drinks were free?!). Sev-
eral attendees worked to put Paul completely
at home for the night. Marty Svorinich put a
scanner in his hand and Rich Fields put a TV
remote in the other. Lou Polanco gave him a
Coke with ice and guys from 49s brought up
two TV chairs from 49s! Paul and Neeleke
then took their place in the front row.
Rick Sakurai, Pauls Captain I at 49s
presented the PRB and said that it was mostly
unremarkable, although he found it interesting
that in the personal stats section, Pauls last
know weight was 219 lbs. After that all the
pages were stapled together . . , hmm probably
just to keep them from falling out. Paul Hil-
leary presented a gift cert for a fy fshing shop
from all the guys at 49-B as a small token of
their appreciation for the fve years Captain
Video spent at the helm of Boat 4. Barry Hed-
berg presented the retirement badge and spoke
about his time together with Paul at 66s. Paul
then presented Neeleke with her retirement
badge and thanked her for all she did while
he was away at work. LAFD legend, Larry
Loom Up Schneider presented the city ser-
vice pin and spoke eloquently about Paul. Next
up was Larry Smoke Showin Schneider - he
presented the certifcate of retirement. Larry Jr
was Pauls relief for the last year at 49s and he
had nothing but good things to say about The
Admiral. Joe Kovacic led the room in a tradi-
tional LAFD hymn, the words of which were
changed because of the mixed crowd . . . NOT!
Tony Vidovich, Pauls longtime A/O,
came up with a group of 33s alumni that in-
cluded Rich Fields, Jack Holt, Lou Polanco,
Joe Demonte, Marty Svorinich, MC Andy,
and presented a gift basket with a bunch of
Pauls favorite stuff. Tony then gave a really
nice, heartfelt speech about their time together.
It was clear that time was something special
for all of them. He ended by saying that Paul
was his favorite captain to drive and that his
fre ground presence was second to none, high
praise from a guy whos been a driver for a long
time. Tom Kenyon had A LOT to say about
Paul, mostly good. He fnally fnished after be-
ing told that he needed wrap it up and get going
or he would be locked out at the rest home.
Rich Fields spoke of how good it was to work
for Paul as did Steve Mueller, Pauls pilot on
Boat 4. Chris Sebourn spoke of following in
his dads footsteps and their closeness. Finally
the man of the hour had his turn. He spoke of
his biggest accomplishment . . . his family. He
remembered a lot of the good times in 38 years
on the LAFD . . . and some of the bad. He was
grateful for his career and for everyone who
came out to celebrate it. These are the events of
the night according to my notes and memory, if
I got any (a lot) of it wrong I apologize. Did I
mention the drinks were free?!!!
36 August 2014
Firefighting is a risky job; we want you to take better care of yourself
Consult your personal physician before
scheduling any of these exams
*Plan coverage as of 7-1-14, all benefits subject to change
1 Routine Physical Exam every year at 100%
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2 Body Scan every 3 years at 100%
*limited to $600
3 Eye Exam every year, $10 co-pay
using VSP in-network provider
4 Colonoscopy every 5 years at 100%
*after age 50
5 Standard Immunization Vaccines at 100%
6 Dermatology and skin cancer check,
$15 co-pay
7 Well-woman Exam every year at 100%
8 Mammogram every 1-2 years at 100%
*women 40 years and older
All above benefits for In-Network providers only
August 2014 37
Firefighting is a risky job; we want you to take better care of yourself
Consult your personal physician before
scheduling any of these exams
*Plan coverage as of 7-1-14, all benefits subject to change
1 Routine Physical Exam every year at 100%
*details at
2 Body Scan every 3 years at 100%
*limited to $600
3 Eye Exam every year, $10 co-pay
using VSP in-network provider
4 Colonoscopy every 5 years at 100%
*after age 50
5 Standard Immunization Vaccines at 100%
6 Dermatology and skin cancer check,
$15 co-pay
7 Well-woman Exam every year at 100%
8 Mammogram every 1-2 years at 100%
*women 40 years and older
All above benefits for In-Network providers only
After 35 years as a paramedic and
inspector, Deresa Teller fnally pulled the
plug. She invited everyone to celebrate her
retirement with a party at Rancho Teller, and
will soon be traveling to Australia and New
Zealand on a Scottish Dancing tour.
Deresa wanted to extend a heartfelt
thank you to all who attended the affair. She
also discovered that the Relief Assn Red Re-
tirement Book was not passed around at the
party. If those who attended (and even if you
didnt) would like to send Deresa a retirement
message, please contact her at bellastux@aol.
com and she will include your message in the
book. And if you happened to have a carica-
ture done by the artist that was there that day,
please include a scan or photo of that too, so
that she can place them in the book together.
Have a long and healthy retirement
38 August 2014
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August 2014 39
ecent surveys show that out of 130
developed or developing countries, the
United States ranks 1st in generosity.
According to the World Giving Index 2013
in any given month the percentage of people
in America who gave money, volunteered or
assisted a stranger was 61%.
As a country and as a Department
we have a strong tradition of giving. Recently
we had Hope For Firefghters, we have blood
drives, golf, softball, over-the-line and bowl-
ing tournaments, theres bike rides, some shave
their head for cancer, we fll the fre extinguish-
er and we also Fill the Boot, we also have
our very own surf classic! So many events and
with such frequency I cant mention them all
in one writing. Im so thankful to be part of an
organization known for its generous giving.
In a chaplains column the obvious
connection here would be to the words of Jesus
that it is better to give than to receive. Other
scripture texts urge us to consider others more
important than ourselves, even to the extreme
of placing the needs of others before our own.
Ive seen many of our members, both active
and retired, doing this frequently. For many
frst responders the act of giving is simply a
way of life, its as natural as breathing.
My hope is that the motive connect-
ed to our generosity stems from a true love for
God. Hopefully our loving, serving, giving and
living is a willing response to Gods generous
love for us. Since He sacrifced His one and
only Son for us, its logical that we would in
turn present our lives back to Him as an act of
Sacrifce - now theres a
good word. For me the con-
stant challenge in my giving
and serving is the challenge
to give enough of my time,
treasure or talent to the point
that it hurts. Im not into
pain, but Ive recognized
that I often give only what
or when its convenient. Its
called stale giving; I give
left overs. Again, the ex-
ample of God in Christ is not
only one of generosity, but
of an extremely generous
sacrifce. I want to give God
my very best in return for what Hes already
given me - not to earn His love, but because I
have already received His love.
I want to be clear that in the context
of this particular column when I use the word
give that I am using it primarily to refer to
time and talent, not money - this isnt about
money. Please read on and youll see what I
Deep within our tradition of giving is
one type we call giving back. This tradition
has a distinct meaning. Quite often this refers
to giving back to the fre department family.
The recent Rookie Class 2013, one in keeping
with tradition, came together and purchased a
paver for our own - now their own - Memo-
rial Plaza. Good job guys and welcome to the
family. This is an example of choosing to lend
fnancial support to an organization which in
turn strengthens our own fre family.
Under the category of sacrifce and
giving back I wanted to mention a potential, al-
most certain staffng crisis - not what you think.
What I wanted to highlight and sound the alarm
for is our pressing need for several key volun-
teer positions. Did you know that right now
theres a growing need to shore up volunteer
ranks within our service organizations? Rather
than run the risk of overlooking one of our key
institutions I will speak mostly in broad terms.
Id ask you to take a look around, to consider
how you might sacrifce some of your time and
talent to come along side some of our current
volunteers, especially those senior members
who have been giving and giving for many
Consider the Relief Association,
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. How about the LAFD Historical Soci-
ety with the Hollywood and Harbor Museums
and Ralph J. Scott restoration project. Theres
also the Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police
Association. These are just three of the few key
agencies staffed largely, if not exclusively. by
After many years of gifted, sacrifcial
service, aka leadership, we are nearing a crisis.
For some time, the same small groups of vol-
unteers have kept certain key ships afoat for
us. Those with experience deserve and need a
lighter load, a breather and the peace of mind
knowing that others have stepped up to share
the task, are trained up and thus able to carry us
in to whatever future the Good Lord gives us.
Ive been told that in history theres a pattern;
what one generation fghts for, the next genera-
tion tends to protect, appreciate and enjoy. By
the time the third generation is born, they grow
up assuming that the standard of living they
enjoy is a right, as opposed to a privilege. In the
midst of complacency and ingratitude the inev-
itable outcome is most often at least an eroding
of, if not a complete loss of that beneft.
So here we are. We are largely that
third, even fourth generation. Ready or not its
my turn and its your turn to step up.
Every day the public benefts from
the professional service you provide. I am
hoping that soon several of you will acknowl-
edge the need within our own family and step
up and take ownership through service its
the right thing to do. Thats what Im hoping
for and thats what Im praying for. It would be
a shame to forfeit what so many others for so
many years fought to gain.
Im appealing to another generation
for help!?
Its your turn.
As we join together to make it better,
may the Lord bless our every step!
40 August 2014
n April 2013, a group of 37 firefighters from
Brazil visited Los Angeles to learn about
facets of our operations. They came with
an interest to study brush firefighting tactics,
managing large scale incidents, media relations
and hazardous materials response. Their train-
ing was conducted by B/C Corey Rose, Capt
Dave Perez, Capt Jaime Moore and B/C Jaime
Lesinski. The Brazilians left with an interest in
fortifying a partnership with the LAFD and in-
vited us to visit their department in the future.
A couple weeks prior to the 2014
FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Chief
Lesinski and Captain Moore arrived in Brasilia
to participate in an international symposium on
Haz Mat emergencies hosted by the fre depart-
ment there.
After an 18-hour fight, both mem-
bers were warmly greeted by a group of Bra-
zilian frefghters in their readily identifable
bright orange nomex work uniforms. A tour
of the Departments main training academy
kicked off a whirlwind of networking and edu-
cational experiences for these two LAFD mem-
bers. Housed in a hotel on a military base, Les-
inski and Moore were actively involved in the
symposium alongside other instructors from
England, France, Belarus and Poland.
The LAFD representatives spent
many hours teaching Haz Mat response tech-
niques to 200 Brazilian frefghters and com-
mand staff. Captain Moore also used his fu-
ency in Spanish and his Portuguese translation
abilities to help introduce the Brazilian fre ser-
vice to both the positive and negative aspects of
social media in the public safety arena.
Outside of the classroom, Moore
and Lesinski visited numerous national land-
marks and networked with their Brazilian and
international colleagues. They recognized they
werent just representing the LAFD but also
representing the USA when they had the op-
portunity to meet members of the United States
Embassy in Brazil. They also toured the Na-
tional Stadium of Brazil, site of World Cup
matches, to assess public safety concerns and
possible fre and life safety issues.
After six days in Brasilia, Lesin-
ski and Moore returned to Los Angeles having
further strengthened the relationship between
these two great fre agencies and brought back
a better working knowledge about how inter-
national fre agencies handle many of the same
challenges we face here in LA.
August 2014 41
n a ceremony held at the Valley Recruit
Training Center 81, 58 recruits graduated
from the academy on Thursday, June 12th.
The recruits completed a 20-week training cur-
riculum aimed at preparing them for a success-
ful career with the LAFD. The graduation cer-
emony was immediately followed by a skills
42 August 2014
August 2014 43
he second annual McDaniel Scramble was held in Las Vegas on
May 6-8, 2014. The tournament consisted of two rounds of golf
at the Rio Secco and Boulder Creek golf courses. The competi-
tion was tight and the winning team won with a 15 foot putt on the first
playoff hole.
More importantly it was a fun trip with lots of laughs and great
camaraderie. And to top even that, the group raised $1,500 for the Wid-
ows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund.
I hope this $1500 can help a family in need at a tough time in
their lives, said Cory McDaniel, the events architect. And I am look-
ing forward to a bigger, better tournament next year.
There were 12 players who all contributed to the success of
this years tournament. In addition to McDaniel from FS 52, they were
Nick Acedo (52s), Rob Espinoza (52s), Mark Zizi (82s), Jason Tamayo
(4s), Gage Oetgen (89s), Gordon Wilson (14s), Larry Kim (MFC),
Doug Brickell (retired), Cameron McDaniel, Tristan Gadberry and
Jake Londe.
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pplicants for this years Relief Schol-
arships proved that firefighter kids
are incredibly smart and driven. In the
end, six students made the difficult cut.
Caroline Skubik (Leo K. Najarian
Memorial Scholarship) heads to UCLA. She
has yet to declare a major, but she wants to get
into communications. She also enjoys costume
design and hopes to get involved with the the-
atre department at the school to possibly parlay
that interest into a career.
Paige Rueby (Bill Goss Scholarship)
will attend Texas Christian University studying
nutrition, a subject that frst caught her interest
in high school. She plans to become a regis-
tered dietician after she gets her degree.
Colin Akahoshi (Relief Scholarship)
will go to UC Santa Barbara, where hell ma-
jor in psychology with a focus on businessa
combination of his interests. He intends to go
into the specialized feld of Industrial and Or-
ganizational Psychology, which uses psycho-
logical techniques to improve the work envi-
ronment and increase effciency.
Gavin Wuerfel (Relief Scholarship)
hits the Chapman University campus to study
business. He wants to get into the stock trad-
ing and analysis feld, but as an active person,
hes especially excited about the schools water
polo team.
Casey Eugenio (Relief Scholar-
ship) continues a sort of family tradition when
he starts classes at University of Oregon, the
school from which his brother graduated. He
has yet to declare a major, but hes already on
the schools football team as a preferred walk-
Lucas Reiner (Memorial Scholar-
ship) will go to Loyola Marymount to major
in accounting and minor in history. The former
subject he sees as a stable feld of study and the
latter he simply enjoys.
Congratulations to all of the winners,
each of who gets a fnancial boost to continue
their education. Caroline summed up the feel-
ings of the scholarship recipients when she
said, Thanks [to the ReliefAssociation] for the
opportunity. Its really awesome.
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Never invest in any idea you cant illustrate with a crayon.
Peter Lynchs Principle #3 of Investing
hile this is an article about annui-
ties and their many potential pit-
falls, this must be taken in context
and prefaced with some important background
information. As participants in the City of LAs
Fire Police Pension System (LAFPP) we are
blessed with a very generous retirement system.
Now of course we have to put our time in, but
if we choose to go the distance we can receive
50% - 90% of our Final Average Salary (FAS).
To put this in some historical context, up until
2002 the maximum pension benefit was 70% of
FAS for 30 or more years of service. It can safely
be said that our standard of living in retirement
has drastically improved.
For most fremen or police offcers,
the current pension payout will usually provide
suffcient income to support a comfortable re-
tirement. In addition, most pension plan par-
ticipants are contributors to the Citys Deferred
Compensation Plan (DC) and the vast major-
ity also participate in the DROP Program. So
a healthy pension, plus DROP and DC assets
may add up to an income level that can equal
or exceed your FAS. This leads us to the point
Im trying to convey in this article. Given these
conditions, the proposition that someone sug-
gests you purchase an annuity with your DROP
or DC assets seems very suspect. Sales tech-
niques used to push annuities can vary from
you could lose your pension if the city goes
bankrupt to an annuity can be used to di-
versify your portfolio. In reality, after careful
scrutiny, both fear-based scenarios are very un-
likely and inaccurate.
To further support the statement that
annuities usually arent best suited for investors
like ourselves (and this goes for most individu-
als with a substantial defned beneft pension)
some basic annuity information is in order. An-
nuities are insurance products that broadly fall
into two categories: fxed and variable. Within
these two groups they are typically either im-
mediate or deferred. This is where confusion
gains momentum and the fnancial wordsmiths
come out in full force. Salespeople often use
terms like Variable Annuity, Equity Indexed
Annuity, Life Annuity and Indexed Annuities
with potential investors. Understanding exactly
what you are being sold is critically important.
The majority of annuities sold are some vari-
ant of a Variable Annuity. This is an insurance
contract you buy from an insurance company.
If annuities arent best suited for
someone with a large defned beneft pension,
who are they good for? An investor with a sub-
stantial amount of assets that are not within tax
deferred accounts (for example our deferred
compensation plan, a 401k, or 403b plan are
all tax deferred) may want to use an annuitys
ability to have assets grow tax deferred. This
brings up an important point. May peddlers of
annuities will state your investment grows tax
free. First point is - our DC assets also grow
tax free (we are only taxed when we pull the
assets out). So the selling point that an annuity
has certain tax advantages is irrelevant if you
are using DC or DROP assets to fund this pur-
chase. An annuity might be good for a business
owner who has sold their enterprise and has a
large asset pool subject to ordinary investment
income and capital gains taxes. Another ben-
efciary could be someone who has sold a large
real estate holding and seeks to diversify their
income stream with an annuity. But again, for
the most part, keeping assets with the DC plan
or utilizing an IRA rollover when you retire is
preferred to locking up assets in an annuity.
Annuities have been subject to a fair
amount of regulatory scrutiny due to marketing
techniques that havent been exactly accurate
when comparing them to other investment op-
tions. FINRA (the Financial Industry Regula-
tory Authority) has issued an Investor Alert
regarding Equity-Indexed Annuities (EIAs) ti-
tled Variable Annuities: Beyond the Hard Sell.
Further, the SECs Offce of Investor Educa-
tion and Advocacy has weighed in also with an
Investor Bulletin on Indexed Annuities. This
bulletin outlines many factors that are typically
not discussed with prospective purchasers of
these insurance products. Annuities have been
able to gain popularity after investors have wit-
nessed two signifcant bear markets in recent
years. But, most individuals who are sold these
insurance products are frequently not informed
of an annuitys high commission sales fees,
lockup periods and from FINRA a variable
annuity within a tax-deferred account . . . may
not be a good idea.
Before you consider any investment
make sure you fully understand what you are
buying. Ask about lock-up periods, surrender
charges, Contingent Deferred Sales Charges
(CDSC), and the overall fees to manage the an-
nuity (this can be as high as 3% per year).
Kurt Stabel is the founder of Andorra Invest-
ment Mangement, Inc and an active LAFD
member. You can reach Kurt at kurt@ai-mgmt.
com or (562) 433-1400
* Peter Lynch ran Fidelitys Magellan Fund
for many years and coined the phrase invest in
what you know.
Information for this article was gathered from various independent
sources. For more detailed information please visit:
2) SEC:
3) American Association of Individual Investors:
. . . the proposition that some-
one suggests you purchase an
annuity with your DROP or
DC assets seems very suspect.
46 August 2014
The Man Behind the Quilt
Prior to sustaining life altering inju-
ries in 1996, Craig Alder worked as an engineer
for the City of San Bernardino Fire Department
(SBFD). Craig was an excellent frefghter and
civil servant that truly served the citizens of
San Bernardino with honor and courage. Craig
is the son of retired LAFD Fire Captain Rich
Dick Alder and the brother of retired SBFD
Division Chief Mike Alder.
Craig was severely injured on Oc-
tober 16th 1996 while attending an Oktober-
fest celebration in Temecula. As he and his 18
month old son Wyatt were crossing the street
to go home, they were struck by a car. Craig
and Wyatt sustained severe head trauma and
were airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center
in critical condition. After several days it was
determined that both had sustained major brain
injuries. Miraculously, son Wyatt was able to
make a full recovery. Unfortunately, Craigs in-
jury was a shearing type of injury to the brain
and so severe that he would be unable to make
a full recovery and most likely unable to ever
be able to care for himself.
Craigs rehabilitation was very
lengthy and is ongoing even today. After almost
two years of various hospitalizations, he was
eventually released to go home with his fam-
ily. The decision by his incredible wife Buffy
to bring him home was against all hospital and
doctors recommendations. Due to the severity
of the injury and Craigs severe limitations, he
was in need of medical attention and 24 hr. su-
pervision. However, that was not going to deter
Buffy who wanted Craig home with her and
their two sons. With Gods grace, and the help
of family and many friends, Craig is living at
home with his family today.
To raise funds as support for Buffy,
Craig and their two sons, the annual Craig
Alder Charity Golf Tournament was founded
and continues to this day. The annual golf tour-
nament is a life-line for Buffy. She would not
be able to make ends meet and care for Craig
the way she does without the money that is
raised by family, friends and frefghters. The
entire Alder family is so blessed to have so
many friends that give of their time and their
generous donations to help with fnancial and
heartfelt support.
The Story Behind the Quilt
In early 2013, Janice Munoa, wife of
retired LAFD Captain Bob Munoa, approached
her husband with the idea of making a Tee
Shirt quilt for the Craig Alder Charity Golf
Tournament. Janice had made a couple of these
quilts previously as retirement dinner gifts for
both her husband Bob and their good friend re-
tired LAFD Captain Bill Finn. Janice felt that
the Alder quilt could be used as an auction item
at the next tournament and help to raise addi-
tional funds in support of the Craig Alder fam-
ily. Bob and his family had long been a fnan-
cial supporter of the charity golf tournament,
even though hes never played a single round
of golf!
The idea was born and Bob was as-
signed to fnd as many fre service and golf
tournament t-shirts that he could. Janice be-
gan the labor intensive job of constructing the
beautiful quilt you see and completed her work
just prior to the 17th Annual Craig Alder Char-
ity Golf Tournament held in Temecula, Califor-
nia on September 9, 2013.
On the day of the tournament, the
quilt was proudly displayed for all to see. At
the banquet that followed the tournament, the
quilt was offered up at a Live Auction for
all to bid on. There was plenty of interest in
the quilt and it was fnally sold to the highest
bidder, retired LAFD Captain Dennis Denny
Coville and his wife Sue. Immediately follow-
ing his purchase of the quilt, Denny turned it
over to the Alder family with the desire to have
it donated to the LAFDHS Museum, so that
it could be shared with fellow frefghters and
their families for years to come. The thought
behind this was to show the close relationship
of fre service families. Firefghters worldwide
have always demonstrated their willingness to
support each other in diffcult times. The quilt
is proudly on display at the LAFD Museum in
This years Craig Alder Golf
Tournament will be on Monday, Sep-
tember 8th at the Temecula Creek Golf
Course. The camaraderie and joy shared
by all who attend is something you dont
want to miss. Come join frefghters and
their families from all over Southern Cal-
ifornia in supporting a fellow frefghter
and his family.
For more information about
the tournament, go to www.insidethe- (click on the Foun-
dation tab) or contact Mike Alder at
(951) 972-7878.
August 2014 47
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48 August 2014
Finger, Tom Haus, Greg Felix, Houston Hermon,
Brian Simon, Steve Ziemer, Ty Baker, Frank
Aguirre, Geoff Balchowski, Greg Terrill, Ron
Klamecki, Kamron Carlis, Rich Diede, Derrick
Goldstein, Chris Winn, Richard Ramirez, Al Poirer,
Scott Hilton, Jose Morales, Jorge Garibay, Chrsitan
Our deepest appreciation extends to the Fire
Department for going above and beyond to provide
full support because without you, we would not be
in this position today.
Robert MacInnes and family
Fire Station 38-A
Chief Ruda,
Thanks again for all the effort you made to make
my 90th birthday so great. I found the perfect place
to hang the Certifcate of Appreciation.
I enjoyed sitting in the kitchen eating and visiting
with each freman. It took me down memory lane
more years than I can remember. I appreciated the
crew showing me around the quarters and all the
changes. Its been years, but with the crew sharing
their time, memories, and conversation with me, I
felt the old fre station camaraderie.
Once a freman, always a freman. Please accept
my check for the Widows and Orphans Fund.
Frank Disparte, LAFD retired
Huntington Beach, CA
hospital accommodating the mass amount of Fire
Department members who showed up to support
my family and myself allowed the magic of healing
to begin.
As the provider for our family, being helpless on
a bed wondering what will happen is frustrating to
say the least. As the medication started taking effect
and my brain began to relax, my day got foggy
with the time and some details faded. The one thing
that was always there was the reassurance to not
worry about the family or job as meals were being
prepared for the next weeks, donations were being
set up, and it seemed that every other need was
covered by someone in the Fire Department. This
reassurance gave me a peace of mind to concentrate
on getting passed the critical frst 48 hours and then
months to follow as I pushed my recovery with
one goal in mind: to get back to my job both in the
department and at home.
On April 15, less than three months after the
initial accident, I returned to full duty. I must
extend my deepest gratitude, because I can never
be thankful enough for my family and friends of the
Fire Department. For without you, I would not be
here today. The ability to not stress about anything
but recovery, surrounded by positive energy,
prayers, and help is the reason I was able to make
such a quick and full recovery. My family and I are
forever grateful for your generosity, physical and
emotional support, and will never forget those who
stuck out a hand in a time of need.
Thank you for your support to the following Fire
Stations: 18, 19, 24, 35, 39, 45, 52, 59, 71, 72, 73,
74, 81, 82, 83, 86, 88, 89, 91, 96, 98, 99, 102, 105,
106, 108, 109
And a special thanks to: Craig White, Tom
Henzgen, Hollyn Bullock, Scott Mitchell, Wes
Schroeder, James Martin, Mike Flynn, Mike
Dear Fire Department Family and Friends,
On January 25th, 2014 our family suffered a
signifcant, near fatal traumatic event that changed
our lives and future. At approximately 0630, I
suffered a signifcant stroke at home. As my left
side weakness turned into full paralysis, I was
struggling to get up from the foor I had fallen
to, let alone get out of the bathroom for help. As
I drug myself across the foor, our little MinPin/
Jack Russel Terrier was already alerting my wife
and oldest daughter that something was wrong. By
the time I was able to reach the door, my wife and
daughter were already coming out of the bedrooms.
Unable to get up and barely able to speak, my
wife immediately called 911 and off we went to
Torrance Memorial Hospital.
While my wife dealt with getting me to the
hospital, my daughter called Captain White to
inform him what was happening. He and others
immediately mobilized, coming to my familys
assistance. The overwhelming support by the
Send your letters & comments to the editor at:
August 2014 49
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.
Our family is grateful to receive the beautifully
encased fag. We want to thank all of you who
are responsible for fying the fag at Fire Station
88 during the ceremony commemorating Joe
Lockwoods career with the Los Angeles Fire
Department. We were very impressed with the
plaque on the fag case indicating his years of life
and his LAFD service. The fag will remain in our
family forever. We are so appreciative that LAFRA
honored Joes memory in this way.
Thank you so much for your kind, heartfelt
words in the letter. It is such a comfort to know
how well respected Joe was. He was a great guy,
devoted father, and dedicated freman. I am grateful
for 63 years of marriage to this loving and caring
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in Joe
Lockwoods memory.
Jeanne Lockwood
Las Vegas, NV
Dear President Albarran and Board
On behalf of FS 33, I would like to thank you
and your board for the support in April when
Craig Poulson and I traveled to Boston to attend
the funerals of Lt Edward Walsh and FF Michael
Kennedy, Boston F.D. Engine 33 Ladder 15. We
were there as representatives of the LAFD to
support the grieving members of the Boston Fire
Our attendance at these Line of Duty Death
funerals would not have been possible without the
generous support of LAFRA. Uniformed members
from across the country were in Boston, and
because of you, the LAFD was able to be a part of
this national brotherhood of frefghters.
For us to be a part of this collaboration between
the Relief, UFLAC and the Administrative Offce
was an honor. This partnership to send our members
to Massachusetts to pay respects to the fallen was
something that I have never witnessed in my 33
years of service. We were proud to be in uniform
representing all the members of our Department.
Craig and I thank you for your support. The
goodwill that was spread across the country to our
brothers and sisters in Boston is priceless. Thanks
for allowing the LAFD to be a part of it.
John Paxton, Capt II,
Fire Station 33-A
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund is a one-of-kind
charity ready to help you and your loved ones in times of unexpected
It is here for you thanks to our kind donorsmore than half are
frefghters themselves.
One of the easiest ways to give is to include a charitable contribution
in your will or trust. By pledging now and paying later, it is extremely
afordable. More important, your gift will help someone in need and
make a huge diference in their lives.
We invite you to join this special group of donors, committed to
supporting your Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund, by
leaving a planned gift.
Make A Difference
For information call
Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director, at
(323) 259-5217 or email me at
50 August 2014
August 2014 51
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Firefghters First Credit Union
From low interest rates to annual fee
waivers, to travel and shopping benefts, credit
card companies have longed to fgure out a way
to get consumers to apply for and actually use
their cards. Over the last two decades, rewards-
based cards have become increasingly big busi-
ness. For this months article, Id like to talk
about credit and debit cards and whats in it for
Earning Rewards
One of the frst companies to launch
a credit card with rewards was Citibank when it
struck a deal with American Airlines. Purchas-
es made with the card earned miles redeemable
for travel with American Airlines. This sparked
a new opportunity for card companies to get
their card in the hands of consumers.
Today, consumers have more op-
tions. Rewards arent just limited to credit
cards anymore. The fact is that almost no one
writes checks anymore. So, earning rewards
with a check card has become a primary chan-
nel for consumers as well as credit cards. It just
depends whether a consumer wants to make
payments over time or have funds deducted
from their checking account. Either way, earn-
ing rewards for everyday transactions has nev-
er been easier.
Extra Awards
At Firefghters First Credit Union,
every time a member swipes their Platinum
VISA credit card, theyll earn Extra Award
points. Members can then use those points
to book travel, get gas cards, get Costco gift
cards, and more.
So in other words, use the card and
get rewarded.
I think its important to mention that
sometimes consumers dont always understand
the program fully. Some of them think they
only get points for the number of transactions.
With Firefghters Firsts program, the larger the
charge amount the larger the reward. Members
earn one point for every dollar spent on their
Platinum Visa. If the member spends a $1,000,
then theyll get 1,000 points. For $10, theyll
earn ten points. With our eCheck Card, mem-
bers earn one point for every $4 spent. There
is no limit to the points that can be earned. In
addition, Firefghters First makes this program
available for both personal and business cards.
Here are a few tips on how you can
maximize the beneft of earning Extra Awards:

Use your card for utility payments
Designate your card for recurring
charges, like mobile phones or gym member-
Make your card the one you use for
everyday purchases, like gas or groceries
Register the card at your favorite on-
line retailers as your preferred method of pay-
New improvements
Recently we made some improve-
ments to our card programs, making it easier to
travel and use your cards nationwide. Enhance-
ments include: elimination of many nuisance
fees, increased credit limits, custom card im-
ages, and free text alerts for protection against
fraud, to name a few.
With increased limits on your debit
cards, you wont have to write a check any-
more for big-ticket items at retailers like Home
Depot. Plus, when you have direct deposit at
the Credit Union, you can go to ANY ATM
to make withdrawals we will pay the fee.*
You shouldnt have to pay a fee to access your
Members should also take comfort in
the fact that card transactions are secure. With
programs like the smsGuardian Text Alerts,
members can receive free text messages when
any suspicious activity occurs with their credit
accounts. Alerts include: transactions over
$100, card not present (such as online purchas-
es), gas purchases, more than fve transactions
in a 24-hour period, and others.
The way it works is that whenever
a transaction occurs that falls into any of the
suspicious activity categories, youll be alerted
for the amount and location of the charge. If the
charge isnt yours, you can click on that text
and stop any further activity on that account.
It puts the power back in your hands to fght
fraud, and provides you with peace-of-mind
that the Credit Union is monitoring every trans-
Also, members are not responsible
for any fraudulent activity they fnd on their
VISA account, as long as it is reported within
60 days of the charge. So members should feel
comfortable using their VISA for everyday
purchases at grocery stores, gas stations, and
Firefghters First members can also
customize the image on their credit cards. Its
a great way to show off your family, a favorite
vacation, or frehouse. For me personally, my
grandson is an important part of my life now
and I want to see his image on there. To cus-
tomize your card, please visit our web site at
In addition, the Credit Union is
also researching the possibility of including
chip technology in its debit and credit cards.
Already adopted in European countries, the
technology makes it more diffcult for fraud-
sters to duplicate the card account information.
U.S. regulators are specifying that this change
should happen by the Fall of 2015. We will be
I am proud to lead the team respon-
sible for members products and services and
will continue to look for ways to improve the
VISA Rewards programs for our members.
All in all, I think we have a pretty
good deal going!
At the Credit Union, frefghters
are frst. We look out for your best interest
by offering products and services tailored to
your unique lifestyle. A representative can be
reached at (800) 231-1626.
The more business we do together as
a Fire Family, the greater the fnancial reward
will be for all members!
Have a safe month!
Mike Mastro
*ATM rebate program details: Firefghters First Credit Union will reimburse you
for your ATM surcharge fees incurred when making a withdrawal using your Credit
Union ATM/Check Card. Fees will be reimbursed for your three (3) ATM transac-
tions that incur a surcharge fee, per calendar month. Fees will be reimbursed the
same day unless your ATM withdrawal is after 3:00pm (PT). Withdrawals after this
time or on a non-business day will post on the next business day along with the fee
reimbursement. To qualify for this program, you must have a combined direct deposit
total of at least $500 per month and you must make your ATM withdrawal from your
Credit Union personal or business checking membership.
Funds on deposit at Firefghters First Credit Union are insured up to $500,000 per ac-
count by American Share Insurance. This institution is not federally insured and if the
institution fails, the Federal Government does not guarantee that depositors will get
back their money. Accounts with this institution are not insured by any state govern-
ment. Firefghters First Credit Union is an Equal Opportunity Lender.
Material provided is for your information and convenience only. For specifc legal
advice, consult with a qualifed professional. Your credit card issuer can also provide
you with disclosure information for any included benefts.
52 August 2014
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
July 2014
FIRE STATION NO. 99 from our Fire Service Day
ROBERT J. MUNOA from the Buzzard Bait Run
MARGARET E. MARK in memory of my husband Robert Mark
LOIS J. LOCKWOOD in gratitude for the DME
JUDY WALGREN in memory of my husband and father Tim Walgren
for the Kindergarten class Tzedaka Project
Kindergarten Tzedaka Project
JUDITH C. SWEDLUND in honor of Ronald Dwight Smith
KAREN K. RINGER in memory of Ronald D. Smith
KELLY S. RADETICH in memory of Ronald D. Smith
PAUL & KIKUNO NAKAMURA in memory of Pat Baker
DONALD R. SPREEMAN in memory of mate Ron Smith
JOHN C. WARE in memory of Willis A. Willie Friend
MARCIA L. MORROW in memory of Cheryl Mayo
MARCIA L. MORROW in memory of Ellen Francis
GREGORY P. HOELCK in memory of Brian Lee
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of Steward E. Premmer
ROBERT L. KILPATRICK SR. in memory of Steward E. Premmer
RODNEY S. KILPATRICK in memory of Brian Lee
WILLIAM E. DAHLQUIST in memory of Hallack Robb, Larry Korchak,
Forrest Taylor & Ron Smith
WILLIAM E. DAHLQUIST in memory of Aldo, Reno, Angelo &
Paul Zuliani
RICHARD J. ANDERSON in memory of Brian Lee
FIRE STATION NO. 87 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
in memory of Lela Crotinger
MAUREEN E. MIGAUD in memory of Ronald D. Smith
MARION & SHIRLEY COOPER in memory of Pat Baker
GERRY MCCLANAHAN in memory of Joseph Lockwood
ARDEN B. FLAMSON in memory of Ronald D. Smith
GARY L. WONG in memory of Raymond Carpenter
THOMAS B. OBERLIN in memory of Brian Lee
DANIEL D. DUNKIN in memory of Brian Lee
ROBERT L. HURLEY in memory of Ronald Smith
WILLIAM C. ROBINSON in memory of Karin Bassett
MERRILL E. REED in memory of Jim Barrett
WILLIAM J. TANNAHILL in memory of Carol Reed, wife of Edward Reed
FIRE STATION NO. 19 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
FIRE STATION NO. 28 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
ALVERNO HIGH SCHOOL proceeds from your Service Fair
JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley Brekafast Gang
JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley Brekafast Gang
CHARLES B. OSBORNE in memory of Bob Lafamme
JACK A. BENNETT in memory of Joe Lockwood
DONALD R. BEAVER in memory of Billie Brubaker
SANDRA GIBSON in memory of Karin Bassett
BARBARA NORRUP in memory of Carol Reed, wife of Ed Reed
SHARRON ROBINSON in memory of Karen Bassett-Williams
JOE DIFATTA in memory of Karin Bassett
JUDY A. VESS in memory of Karin Bassett-Williams
RITA A. ALLEN in memory of Karin Bassett
RUKAIYA LANG in memory of Brian Lee
MICHAEL VAVRIN in memory of Brian Lee
JAMES CAIN in memory of Brian Lee
LORNA MORSE in memory of Brian Lee
JAMES NICHOLSON in memory of Brian Lee
JAMES NICHOLSON in memory of Timmy Walgren
RICK & BETH SEMSCH in memory of Brian Lee
PATRICIA ADAMS in memory of Ronald Dwight Smith
SHARON JUSTVIG in memory of Richard J. Wright
RICK & BETH SEMSCH in memory of Sebastian Grewal
DAVID TIMONY in memory of Rodney Smith
DAVID SCHEPER in memory of Tom Ottman and in honor of
Juliet Brandolino
JOSEPH & ELVIRA WILKINSON in memory of Ben G. Wilkinson
JOSEPH & ELVIRA WILKINSON in memory of Gene Stepan
TOM MORAN in memory of Pat Baker
August 2014 53
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
The Early Days
With the end of World War I and the
Panama Canal open to shipping, the Los An-
geles harbor and the fre department embarked
on a period of extensive expansion and pros-
perity. The new Chief Engineer was Ralph J.
Scott, a man who was soon to become one of
the most progressive fre chiefs in the nation for
his ability to take advantage of every trend and
opportunity to upgrade the department. With
Chief Scotts support, a $2.5 million bond is-
sue was passed in 1922 providing for 14 new
fre stations, including three more in the harbor
area and a new freboat. This was in an era of
large capacity freboats. Every port worth its
salt wanted a freboat capable of dealing with
the kind of disaster potential encountered in an
active harbor.
On October 20, 1925, L.A. Fireboat
Number 2 was launched at Los Angeles Ship-
building and Dry Dock (later known as Todd
Ship yard) in San Pedro at a cost of $214,000.
Mrs. Scott christened the vessel L.A. City No.
2 by breaking a bottle of fre-fghting foam
across its bow. At 99 feet and a pumping capac-
ity of 10,200 gallons per minute, Boat 2 was a
beautifully engineered wrought steel, gasoline
powered vessel. With fve large turrets and up
to a 6-inch nozzle tip, she had six pumps, three
propellers, nine engines and a 44 foot high el-
evating turret, the frst of its kind in the nation.
She had a top speed of 17 knots and a crew of
14 LAFD members. The large 8-inch monitor
known as Big Bertha could throw a stream of
water hundreds of feet with devastating force.
In spring of 1926, fnishing touches
were completed on a magnifcent wooden boat
house and fre station to accommodate the new
seagoing super-pumper. Located at Berth 226-
227 on Terminal Island, it occupied a strategic
position near the geographical center of the
harbor. Boat 2 was there for the transition from
wooden sailing ships to steel hulled power ves-
Many modifcations were made on
Boat 2 during its over 77 years of continuous
service so that it would retain a maximum ca-
pability in fre fghting and rescue operations.
The gasoline engines originally installed were
replaced by Hall-Scott gasoline engines in the
mid 1940s. In the mid 1970s all the gasoline
engines were replaced with diesel engines. Af-
ter the engine changes the pumping capacity
of the boat increased from 13,500 gallons per
minute to its current capacity of 18,655 GPM at
150 psi. It is interesting to note that the six By-
ron Jackson bronze 4-stage centrifugal pumps
were never changed and still work as effcient-
ly as they did 77 years ago. Now Big Bertha
can produce 10,000 GPM at nearly 500 feet.
Major upgrade improvements were
made to the boat in 1969 thanks to plans from
freboat Captain Warner L. Lawrence. Im-
provements included: a modernized pilot sta-
tion and engine room (the boats steering wheel
was replaced with lever steering controls at this
time), new hydraulic stainless steel monitors,
six bulwark nozzles, under water maneuvering
jets, large capacity under-wharf monitors, and
a hydraulic lift boom and winches. This mod-
ernization and increased effectiveness resulted
in the reduction of staffng from 14 crew mem-
bers to eight. Special equipment and personnel
were added to the boats capability including
certifed LAFD SCUBA divers for underwharf
fre fghting and water rescue operations.
Emergency Operations
The Ralph J. Scott has been in-
volved in responding to emergencies in the
Port of L.A. for over 77 years. A record that
will be hard to match by any response appara-
tus in years to come. The frst major fre fought
by this famous boat was aboard the steam
schooner Sierra which caught fre laden with
Douglas fr lumber on March 3, 1926. Boat 2
responded to the frst major wharf fre in De-
cember of 1926 at Berth 175. As the years
past, the boat fought fres in baled cotton on
the docks, fres in refneries and aboard ships,
and in warehouses. Several large fres occurred
during the 1940s. 1200 feet of wharf and a
warehouse was destroyed on May 14, 1941,
at Berth 88 in San Pedro. In 1943, an early
morning fre burned the South Coast Cannery
near Fish Harbor. Berth 223 was the scene of
a disastrous explosion and fre on October 21,
1944, with 16 killed and 50 injured. The fre
destroyed 200 feet of wharf, two Navy vessels,
and 25 vehicles. It was June 22, 1947, how-
ever, that the fremen of the day recall most
vividly. At Berth 167 in Wilmington, the tank
ship Markay, while taking on a cargo of gaso-
LAFD Fireboat #2 under
construction in 1925 at LA
Shipbuilding in San Pedro.
Ralph J. Scott in front of the
boathouse on Terminal Island
after being modernized.
54 August 2014
main channel. The water display from Boat 2 is
spectacular and was a part of all major harbor
celebrations including the Tall Ships visit to
the Port of L.A. in 2002 and the dedication of
the new LAFD Boat 2, the Warner L. Law-
rence in 2003.
Fireboat 2 celebrated its 50th an-
niversary in 1975 and in 1976, the boat was
named a Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural
Monument. In 1989 the U.S. National Park
Service designated the Ralph J. Scott a Na-
tional Historic Landmark because it possesses
national signifcance in commemorating the
history of the United States of America.
On April 12, 2003, a special dedica-
tion and retirement ceremony took place in the
Harbor with four new LAFD freboats replac-
ing four old freboats. The Ralph J. Scott was
retired from service, but not before it was used
to dedicate the new LAFD Fireboat 2, and put
on a memorable water display.
Because of its signifcance, the Code
3 model company made a model of the Ralph
J. Scott for many to remember and enjoy in
the years to come. Since they are no longer in
production, the Historical Society purchased
many of them for future sales and special gifts.
The boat has truly become a landmark of the
harbor and Los Angeles having been visited by
thousands of people and appearing in movies
and on television.
line and butane blend, suddenly exploded kill-
ing 11, injuring 22 and setting fre to wharves
and warehouses located at Slip 1. At one point,
Boat 2 was forced to plow its way through a
sea of fre with its monitors opening the way
to protect the upper reaches of the slip. A very
risky and brave operation by the crew. The fre
loss was over $5 million.
Boat 2 controlling the wharf
fres from the explosion of the
tankship Markay in 1947.
In 1951 Boat 2 pumped into a 10 inch
line for several hours to supply water to com-
panies fghting a large fre at the Union Oil Re-
fnery. The Matson Terminal fre at Berth 200A
in 1960 was burning a large area of the wharf
when Boat 2 cut the fre off saving the wharf
and a container crane. A grain terminal fre
wharf fre in 1967 at Berth 174 found Boat 2
both cutting the fre off and supplying water to
the LAFD SCUBA divers. On August 8, 1972,
a major fre occurred at the General American
Transportation Corporation (GATX). Several
tanks of various petroleum products and chem-
icals were exploding and burning with one tank
rocketing up high into the air and landing on a
warehouse roof next to some of the frefghters
on the ground. Fireboat 2 pumped through 17
hose lines for more than three hours. In January
of 1974, the Starkist Tuna Cannery caught fre
and Boat 2, along with the other LAFD fre-
boats, was credited with saving adjacent can-
nery buildings. The evening of December 17,
1976, was suddenly shattered by an enormous
explosion and freball in the outer harbor. The
super-tanker Sansinena had blown in half at her
moorings at Berth 46, killing nine and injuring
22. Fireboats rescued more than 18 crewmen
from the water, and boats and land companies
fought the fre for many hours. As a result of
this catastrophe, a new policy of LAFD tanker
inspections was implemented. In 1988 the S.P.
slip at Berth 73 was the scene of a major fre
involving the wharf and several fshing boats.
The quick action of freboats and land compa-
nies saved hundreds of feet of wharf and doz-
ens of fshing boats and their valuable nets.
On May 8, 1965, Fireboat 2 was
renamed the Ralph J. Scott in honor of the
progressive Fire Chief who was involved in
the development of the boat and a special cer-
emony included a water display parade up the
Looking Ahead
The Ralph J. Scott was retired after
a record of over 77 years of continuous service
having been replaced by a new more power-
ful Fireboat 2 capable of pumping more than
38,000 gallons per minute. Old Fireboat 2 has
certainly become a legend and one the most
famous freboats in the world. The LAFD His-
torical Society, working with the City of Los
Angeles, Fire Department, and Port of Los An-
geles embarked on a plan to preserve this great
historic landmark for generations to come by
placing it near its last frehouse, Station 112 at
Berth 86. It will be placed in a beautiful setting
on land, in its own museum, surrounded with
displays, so that people can see and learn about
this magnifcent freboat and its service to the
citizens of Los Angeles and of course the per-
sonnel who worked on it.
The Preservation Project
In June 2002, the Los Angeles Fire
Department (LAFD) formed an advisory com-
mittee which included Los Angeles Harbor
Department (LAHD) and the Los Angeles Fire
Department Historical Society (LAFDHS), and
began consultation with a variety of commu-
nity groups and government agencies including
the National Park Service and the California
State Historic Preservation Offce, concerning
the fate of the freboat Ralph J. Scott, a Nation-
al Historic Landmark, on her pending retire-
ment from active duty. To support the work of
the committee, the LAHD commissioned two
studies: one to evaluate the condition of the
vessel (Vessel Inspecting Report: MV Ralph J.
Scott Los Angeles Fire Boat No. 2 (Retired) by
Robert Allan LTD. Naval Architects, 2003) and
the second to develop a plan for its the historic
preservation (Final Historic Preservation Plan
for the Fireboat Ralph J. Scott, 2006).
The consensus of the committee and
the greater community was that the Ralph J.
Scott should be preserved, and its NHL status
should be maintained. To that end the LAFD,
LAHD, and LAFDHS have embarked on a
plan, to rehabilitate and preserve the Ralph J.
Scott as a museum vessel and public education
display, near Fire Station 112, as part of the
multimillion dollar redevelopment of the San
Pedro waterfront in the Port of Los Angeles.
The Ralph J. Scott Historic Preservation Plan
provides an overall preservation framework as
well as specifc recommendations. The preser-
vation plan includes:
Historic context
Stabilization plan
Documentation plan
Preservation approach
Interpretive plan
Work plan

The LAFD agreed to allow the
Scotts incorporation into the Port of LA re-
development project designed to connect the
community to the waterfront, enhance commu-
nity - and visitor - serving commercial opportu-
nities and thereby revitalize the waterfront. The
redevelopment project passed environmental
review and construction of project elements be-
gan. The LAHD will provide the land and con-
struct a two-storied protective structure which
will complement and support the historic con-
text of the freboat, protect its historic materi-
als, and not detract nor compete with the Scott
while providing the public the opportunity to
view the vessel.
The LAFDHS took on the respon-
sibility for the rehabilitation of the Scott be-
fore her placement into her permanent home.
Key personnel in this effort include William
Dahlquist, retired LAFD with over 20-years as
crew member and freboat pilot and volunteer
in charge of the rehabilitation of the Scott and
retired Assistant Chief Frank Borden, Director
The last water display of the 77
year old retired freboat #2.
August 2014 55
LAFD, an educational program using the fre-
boat with static and interactive displays within
the building space, to present the story of the
Scott and the frefghters who manned her, fre-
fghting in the Port of Los Angeles and history
of the Port itself. In addition, the building will
have a transparent wall facing a plaza to be
constructed as part of the waterfront redevel-
opment project. With the building closed, the
freboat will still be visible during the day and
when illuminated at night.
04/12/03 - RJS retired from active service.
LAFD, LAFDHS and POLA join together to
plan for the preservation of the vessel on land
in a covered building.
12/09/03 - RJS receives Vessel In-
spection Report from Robert Allen
08/12/04 - RJS moved to Larsons
Boat Works for hull bottom reha-
08/20/04 - RJS removed from the
water by Connely Pacifc barge
crane, and moved to a location on
the wharf top at the foot of Third
09/03/04 - Limited work starts on
preparing for preservation and re-
habilitation. A 40 foot shipping
container installed along side RJS.
05/11/05 - Attended a NHL Owners
and Stewards meeting in Riverside.
07/13/05 - First LAFDHS RJS
Committee Report submitted.
06/01/06 - RJS Rehabilitation Pro-
gram submitted by LAFDHS.
07/01/06 - Final Historic Preserva-
tion Plan submitted by Jones and
Stokes Company.
Calendar for August 2014
of Operations for LAFDHS as co-chair with
Bill on project oversight. Most of the work so
far has been carried out by LAFDHS volun-
teers with some help from members of FS 112.
There are two facets of the project,
frst the rehabilitation of the vessel in prepara-
tion for its new role as a museum vessel and
public education tool, and secondly construc-
tion of the protective structure in which it will
permanently reside. Rehabilitation will focus
on addressing the deterioration of the vessels
fabric by removing paint and corrosion down
to bare metal and applying new protective cov-
ering to the vessel, removing residual oils from
the machinery and equipment, cleaning and
performing repairs to the vessel to return her
to the appearance in her fnal years of opera-
tion. Long-term preservation will be achieved
by placement of the vessel on a specially en-
gineered and constructed foundation providing
support along the length of her keel to prevent
over stressing and damage to the vessel and en-
closing the vessel in an purpose built climate
controlled building for her display and protec-
tion from the elements.
Once placed within the building and
a controlled environmental, maintenance needs
of the Scott will be vastly reduced and supplied
by staff and volunteers from the LAFDHS,
many of which are retired Scott crew mem-
bers. The building will open to the public for
viewing of the freboat. The LAFDHS will also
provide, in conjunction with the LAHD and
Architects rendition of the museum
structure for the Scott located
just south of FS 112.
The Scott was taken out of
the water in San Pedro in 2004
to be berthed on land.
02/28/07 - Waterfront Improvement Project be-
gins environmental review.
07/18/08 - LAFDHS meets with POLA and
consultant architects to discuss the RJS Mu-
seum project.
10/01/09 - Harbor Commission Approves $1.2
Billion Waterfront Project.
09/16/10 - San Pedro Downtown Harbor Proj-
ect submitted including the design of the new
RJS Museum.
2011/2014 - Rehabilitation work continues us-
ing a small volunteer group from the LAFDHS.
Work includes all aspects of the vessels con-
dition and systems. Items have been removed,
tagged, photographed, location measurements
taken, drawings made and placed in a shelter
awaiting restoration, after which they will be
placed in protective containers awaiting re-in-
stallation. A temporary covering structure was
purchased by POLA and installed in 2013 by
Mahaffey Tents.
A four volume History of Ralph J.
Scott freboat is nearly completed and a 2 vol-
ume rehabilitation history and work log is also
underway. A number of various scale drawings
both original and later have been preserved.
During the remainder of 2014 and
through 2016 work will continue to prepare the
boat for its move into its museum building. The
new tent will provide protection for the boat
from the weather and an improved working en-
vironment for the volunteers. Fund raising for
the rehabilitation of the boat will continue as
well as volunteer recruitment. It is anticipated
that the building to house the boat will be com-
pleted in 2016/17.
Our volunteers now work on the boat
inside the tent that protects the boat
and them from the environment.
Stan Matesich has brought a check to
the Harbor Museum to help preserve the
Ralph J. Scott Fireboat. Stan on the right,
Gordon Briggs on the left and Frank Bor-
den. The LAFDHS is very grateful to Stan
for his continuous support.
56 August 2014
President Juan Albarran called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at 9:57
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee Francisco Hernandez (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary (Excused)
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Chris Stine
led the fag salute.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting held May 7,
2014. David Peters so moved. Rick Godinez
seconded. There was no further discussion or
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with
the reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees held May 7, 2014.

Rick Godinez presented each of the Scholarship
Program winners with their awards and
congratulated them on their efforts. He also
acknowledged the Scholarship Committee and
thanked them for their hard work.
1) Juan Albarran reported on the LAFRA
Pechanga Reunion and indicated that it was
a great turnout. He thanked Tim Larson and
Steve Domanski for their hard work in planning
the event and making sure the attendees had a
great time.
2) Juan Albarran mentioned that they will be
attending a recruit enrollment at the Drill Tower
on Friday and will also attend the graduation on
June 12th. He indicated that they will be taking
some LAFRA staff on Friday to help enroll
some of the recruits.
1) Bob Steinbacher indicated that everyone
attending the Annual IFEBP Conference in
Boston should have already received their
confrmation. He asked that they book their
fights as soon as possible to avoid paying
higher fees.
2) Steinbacher also mentioned that he attended
the RCP Annual Investment Conference in
Chicago and indicated that they reviewed each
of their ten funds.
Steve Domanski reported that the Building
Committee met earlier in the month and
indicated that they reviewed some renderings
and made a few changes.
Steve Domanski reported that they had met with
Garth Flint from Beacon Pointe and indicated
that they were in the process of updating the
Investment Policy Manual. He also stated that
the Investment Committee will be interviewing
for a new Large Cap Manager on June 25th.
1) Todd Layfer provided a summary of those
helping at the Hope for Firefghters event
on June 5th. He noted that the second page
provided staffng areas, planning and menu
items. He reported that 19 fre stations are
cooking and four are manning beverage booths.
He also indicated that they have decided to
raise the pricing on entrees from $7 to $8.
2) Todd Layfer referred to the insurance
renewals and indicated that they will meet with
the insurance broker, the Rule Company in the
3rd week of June and will report back to the
Board with the fnal numbers for the policies.
3) Todd Layfer reported that they received a
second distribution from the BRAVO Fund
in the amount of $746,176.38. He stated that
LAFRA has received over $1.5 million back
from this fund so far.
4) Todd Layfer reported on the Open
Enrollment statistics and indicated that the net
gain for members joining the medical plan was
13 with 34 dependents effective July 1st.
Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $994,263.90. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $994,263.90.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $125,540.47. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $125,540.47.
June 4, 2014
August 2014 57
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $500 for the LAFD Graduation
recruit class. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve up to $500 for the
LAFD Recruit Class Graduation.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve $200 for the LAFD Fire Hogs
Memorial Ride. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve $200 for the LAFD
Fire Hogs Memorial Ride.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $8,500 for a plan expediter for
the building plans. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve up to $8,500 for a
plan expediter for the building plans.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $10K for a building challenge
consultant. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve up to $10K for a
building challenge consultant.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve $5K to purchase a new server for the
offce computers. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve $5K to purchase a
new server for the offce computers.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the $100 deposit for next years
Pechanga LAFRA Reunion. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the $100 deposit
for next years Pechanga LAFRA Reunion.
David Peters 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.
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
James Coburn read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
Thomas M. Campbell
Daniel L. Mattox
Roger B. Duncan
Robert J. Brinkman
Francis L. Wommack
Vernon R. Begley
Ronald D. Smith
Hallack F. Robb, Jr.
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $7,427.61
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $7,427.61 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
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.
Chris Hart asked Trustees to let him know
when members ask questions about retiring
or medical questions so that they could place
items on the website that may answer their
David Lowe indicated that there have not been
any submissions for changes to the By-laws.
1) Hope for Firefghters June 5th
(Picnic May 18th)
2) LAFD Recruit Graduation, Drill Tower 81
June 12th 10:00 am
3) Fire Hogs Memorial Ride June 28th
4) Get Together Foundation Concert
@ Canyon Club July 3rd
5) Over the Line Tournament September 3rd
6) Colorado Springs Memorial
September 18th 21st
7) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
September 22nd
8) SIIA Conference Arizona October 5 - 7
9) IFEBP Annual Conference (Boston)
October 12th 15th

1) Ben Simpson June 7th Edgemont Ranch
2) Paul Sebourn June 20th Ports
OCall Restaurant
3) Curtis O. Black June 20th Newport Beach
4) Deresa Teller June 29th Simi Valley
5) Robert Bob Motheral July 10th
Towsley Lodge
6) Joseph Johnson July 19th Friendly
Hills Country Club
7) Ed Tapia September 6th Castle
Catering Pasadena
8) Matthew Powell September 13th
Dalmatian Amer. Club
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn.
David Peters moved. Chris Hart seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 10:54 a.m.

Juan Albarran, President
58 August 2014
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Fully furnished except linens. $125
Winter $100 summer. Details and
availability, Call/text/email Jessica
(949) 874-5294 sugar-
COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one
block to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) 347-
6783 or Clarence (310) 510-2721.
BEACH CONDO. 180-degree ocean
front view, 1 bedroom, 1 1/4 bath,
living room, sofa bed, outdoor patio
ocean front view. Morro Bay/ Hearst
Castle, Central California Area. Steps
to beach and fshing pier. Nearby pub-
lic golf & tennis. Weekly or monthly.
Contact Sondra (818) 985-9066.
cabin with Carson Peak view. Close
to fshing & skiing. Furnished, wood
deck, equipped kitchen, wood burning
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/phone.
Garage/ample parking. $95/night
plus cleaning fee. Email for pictures.
Jeff Easton 93-A (805) 217-5602.
CABIN. Charming 2-story with creek,
large deck, two baths, complete kitch-
en, TV/VCR/DVD, freplace, washer
& dryer. Walk to Blue Jay Village.
Sleeps 8. $90/night. NO PETS! Bruce
or Sue Froude, (805) 498-8542.
front, steps to the water. Boat moor-
ing out front, off-road desert behind
house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/
linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino,
Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp,
Marina with Boat House, Gated Com-
munity. No pets/smoking. $350 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities-
Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3
car boat-deep garage. 3 miles from
launch ramp. Close to downtown
shops & restaurants. View of the lake.
Quiet street in good neighborhood.
No pets. No smoking. Snowbird rates.
Call Mike (661) 510-6246
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2
bath, large loft. 3minute drive to main
marina in Oak Shores. Large fat
driveway. Fully equipped kitchen,
BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No
cable. No pets/smoking. $185/night.
3 night minimum. Call Ben (805)
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit
condo, sleeps 6. Convenient under-
ground garage parking. Jacuzzis,
gym (pool/tennis in summertime),
shuttle right outside! Across from
Eagle Lodge, Winter $110 per night,
Summer $80 per night plus $65
cleaning fee and 13% tax. All linens
included. Drew or Nancy Oliphant
(661) 513-2000 or email: mam-
MAMMOTH CONDO. 1 Bed/ 1.25
Bath sierra manors condo. In town,
on shuttle route. Sleeps 4 easily. Pets
OK. Fully furnished with new furniture/
HDTV/WIFI Woodburning freplace.
Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in complex. Re-
duced rates for FFs starting @100/nt
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon Lodge.
Newly remodeled recreation room
with pool and spa. Laundy facilities,
condo has been beautifully remod-
eled. Photos available on website.
Winter - $300 per night, Summer
- $150 per night. $150 cleaning fee.
Call for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
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, lin-
ens included. Winter $175 weekdays,
$195-weekends/holidays; summer
$125, plus cleaning. No smoking; no
pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
rooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI,
3 TVs, pool, spa, walk to shuttle, Old
Mammoth area. Winter $115, Sum-
mer $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
14% city tax. Includes linens. No pets,
no smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept linens.
Near shuttle/chair 15. Winter $125/
night. Weekends and Holidays $110
midweek. Summer $95/night. $495/
week. No smoking. No pets. Jim
Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.
ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, sleeps 10, fully
furnished, 2 TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/
linens, freplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex
has pool, spa, sauna, laundry. Winter
$335/night, Summer $215/night, plus
cleaning. Includes city bed tax. No
pets, no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully fur-
nished, across from Vons, on shuttle
route, easily sleeps 8. Hot tub, heated
pool, sauna, full size in unit W/D
HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning
freplace, pets OK FIREFIGHTER
DISCOUNTS, rates from $150/night
Ryan @ (310) 717-8483
MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra Manors
Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath. Fully
furnished except linens. 2 TVs/VCR/
DVD, stereo/CD. Dishwasher, micro-
wave, sauna, jacuzzi, pool. No smok-
ing/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 bedroom,
extremely charming wildfower condo.
Full amenities, close to shuttle.
Antiques, art, satellite TV, freplace.
Sleeps 4. Winter $110, Summer $85
plus cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
(818) 371-6722
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.
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
email: or
(213) 399-6534.
entrance to Yosemite. 2 bedrooms, 1
bath, sleeps 6. Newly built. Complete
kitchen, washer & dryer, wi-f, satellite
TV. Seasonal rates. www.thecotta-
Call 888-977-1006
NAPILI BAY - 50 from water. Studios
and 1 bedroom. Luxury furnishings +
full kitchen. All the amenities! Mauis
best snorkeling/beach. All island
activities & Kapalua within 4 minutes.
5-day minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sher-
rie or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
nished, three bedroom, two bath with
towels and linens, newly remodeled
kitchen, internet and cable TV, pool
and Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola,
shops, restaurants and ski in on
the new comeback trail. Parking at
the front door. Winter: $250/night.
Summer $150/night. Holidays $300/
night. Cleaning is included. Call Mike
Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122,
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-645-
7448, email:
ROOMS. Centrally located on beauti-
ful Maalaea Bay. Excellent swimming
and snorkeling; white sandy beach.
Minutes from golf, tennis, fshing,
shopping, airport and resort areas.
Marsha Smith or Jeanne McJan-
net. Toll free (800) 367-6084. www.
- Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo
that sleeps 4. Lanai/balcony, full kitch-
en, king bed, fat screen TVs/DVD,
ACs free WiFi (internet), complimen-
tary maid service, complimentary cof-
fee every morning and breakfast on
Fridays. Special frefghters discount
- Best value in West Maui! Nice pool
& BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of Glacier
Natl Park, in the foothills of the
Rockies, mountain and canyon views.
1,000s of miles of trailheads, fshing,
etc. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, dining,
living, kitchen & washer/dryer. SatTV,
wireless internet. $125.00 night +
cleaning. Call Dan (805) 279-8143 or (#494959)
SIVE. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla
Mujeres, Cozumel - Exclusive
member service and treatment. Visit to view various
resorts and amenities. Price is for one
week, two persons, any day travel
and includes airport transportation,
massages and two tours. Price varies
by season. John @ (626) 757-5341
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, one
level. New re-model, fully furnished w/
linens. Cable TV/DVR, Private Patio,
BBQ, Laundry, Garage, Gated Com-
munity, two (Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis
Courts). Near College of the Desert.
$175 Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2 bath
plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable TV,
washer/dryer, microwave, woodburn-
ing stove. 7 minutes to casinos and
Heavenly. Located in Tahoe Paradise.
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$105 per night plus cleaning. Call
Shawn or Rose Agnew at (661)
250-9907 or (661) 476-6288.
class A 40 motorhome. Sleeps 8,
bunk beds, 4 slides, 4 TVs, fully
loaded. $270/day (with active/re-
tired frefghter/police discount), in-
cludes cleaning fee and unlimited
miles. 3-day minimum, tow dolly
available. Get more, pay less. Call
Shawn, LAFD. (888) 540-4835.
Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot
Motor Homes, with Double Slide
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weekly rental rates. Visit us at or call 661-
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bedroom 2 bath with pool tables &
12 DUMP TRAILER. $85/day.
Contact Gregg Avery, FS 98-A.
(805) 320-8311
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