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2 May 2015

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VOL. XCI

MAY 2015

NO. 09

FEATURES
Closing in on One Million

The LAFD and the LAPD team up and shave heads to


raise funds to fight childhood cancer at the annual St Baldricks
event at Fire Station 89 ....................................................06

2014 LAFD Sertoman of the Year

The LAFD Sertoma Club honored its top volunteer as well


a group of cadets who dedicated countless hours to the
Toys for Needy Children Program .....................................09

Fire Hogs Ride for Injured Warriors

50 Fire Hogs made the journey to Camp Pendleton in support


of the Injured Warriors of our military forces ........................43

Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride

Firefighters, their families and a host of super heroes ride off-road


for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund ...........51

CONTENTS
Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Battalion News .................................................................................10
The Retired Guys
Remembering Ross Stevens .....................................................27
Station Fridge ..................................................................................29
Department in Action .........................................................................32
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...............................................37
Kitchen Table Wisdom
The value of senior firefighters ...............................................39
Mailbox .............................................................................................41
Memorials ........................................................................................47
Dollars & Sense
Help us help you .....................................................................49
LAFD History
The First Fire Service Day ...........................................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .......................................................56
Classifieds ........................................................................................59

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s we roll into May, how can the month with the shortest
spelling be one of our busiest? This month we have the
Lane Kemper Softball Classic (May 13th), the LAFRA
Pechanga reunion (May 18th-22nd), a Board meeting and a Committee meeting, throw in a couple of retirement dinners . . . and I
nearly forgot we are on schedule to move to our new location in
the last week of May. Buckle up and hang on tight!

In this months issue you will find a tear-out pamphlet that
you can keep posted on your refrigerator. The purpose of this
tear-out is to remind you and your family to plan ahead. Prior to
you needing medical care, you should scout out an urgent care facility, as well as the local hospital that provides emergency care.
We also recommend that you verify that your preferred urgent
care and emergency rooms are PPO providers. Our experience
is showing that more and more the emergency care facility is a
PPO provider but very often the doctor(s) are not. They have individual contracts with the hospital and set their own rates. In a
true, defined emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital otherwise get to an urgent care facility.

As we move into the summer months we will be providing a service called LiveHealth Online. This service will be
for common health concerns like colds, the flu, fevers, rashes,
infections, allergies and more. It is not intended to replace your
primary care doctor but is only an additional convenient resource
at your disposal. We will provide more information in the coming
months.


I would like to thank those that help provide content for
the Grapevine, allowing it to be the quality publication it is. And I
would like to especially thank the new battalion news writers who
have stepped up to fill vacant spots. Please send your photos and
stories to your battalion news writer or to editor@lafra.org. Keep
it fun and keep it positive.

A reminder that next month is Hope for Firefighters on
June 4,, 2015. We are still looking for stations to staff the food
booths while having fun and raising money for your Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens fund. We are also looking for silent
auction and raffle items. Please contact Juliet Brandolino at jbrandolino@lafra.org.

The construction at 7470 N. Figueroa continues on schedule. As you can tell from the photos in the story in this issue,
there has been substantial work in the last 30 days. I would like
to thank the Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety for their
direction and assistance in this endeavor.

A reminder to all of us what Lane Kemper intended with
the annual softball tournament- Fun, Camaraderie and Sportsmanship. If we can accomplish this, the event has been a success.

Juan Albarran
president@lafra.org
323.259.5200

Juan supervising the construction at 7470


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or twelve years the


Los Angeles Fire
and Police Departments have teamed up
valiantly to fight kids cancer. By partnering with the
St. Baldricks Foundation,
Los Angeles firefighters
and police officers shave
their heads to raise vital
funds to support childhood cancer research.
This years event, held on
March 21th at Fire Station 89, was another huge
success. More than $110K
has been raised so far!

More than 200 brave souls were shaved
from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, including the members of the public and even a few women. In a
display of leadership and solidarity, Fire Chief
Ralph Terrazas and Police Chief Charlie Beck
joined together on stage to shave fire and police
noggins with barbers from Marinello Beauty
school and celeb barbers Angeline Rose Troy,
JD Scott, Kailani Bayot, and Jason Winston
George.

The crowd also enjoyed the Pancake
Factory/Starbucks pancake/sausage breakfast
prepared on UFLAC Local 112s Mother Of
All Barbecues, and kids were all smiles as they
were entertained by face painters, magicians,
and balloon artists who graciously donated

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their time and services. The fire and police apparatus were highlighted by LAPD S.W.A.T.s
Bearcat tank and weapons display. Julia Dillon snapped amazing pictures and Precious
Pixs Laura Lichter worked with LAPD Motor
Officer Laura Gerritson to set up a donationfueled photo booth using her electric LAPD
dirtbike as a kid-pleasing prop. Over 42 pints
of blood were donated to the Providence Blood
Mobilefilling them to maximum capacity,
with Kelly Khoury of KENK USA ensuring
there were plenty of drinks and snacks to replenish all throughout the day. A silent auction/
raffle was organized by Maggie Compton, wife
of LAPD Officer Jason Compton and mom to
cancer survivor Ryan. Her hard work resulted
in many items donated by generous sources,
and happy winners won some great prizes including an LAPD Air Operations helicopter
tour. Co-organizer LAFD Lt. Greg Doyles
wife Kris and daughter Nina organized and
MCd the honored kids ceremony with City
of Hopes Dr. Clarke Anderson to recognize
childhood cancer survivors and their families.
Particular mention was made to cancer survivor Emily Magilnicks brother Max, who has
amazingly raised more than $12K this year
alone. Max truly embodies the LAFD/LAPD
St. Baldricks selfless spirit!

The monies generated come from the
hard work of the participants reaching out to
sponsors, who either give them cash or checks,
or donate online at www.stbaldricks.org/
events/lafdlapd (HINTYou can still donate
online). St. Baldricks, the LAFD, and LAPD
would like to thank all the participants, supporters, and sponsors for the event over the
yearssuch as Mr. Jay Leno who has graciously contributed $5000 each year. Without them
this event truly could not be a success!

Please join us again next year as the
LAFD / LAPD St. Baldricks Fundraiser is
scheduled to raise a grand total of over ONE
MILLION DOLLARS towards fighting
childhood cancer!

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t the 2014
Volunteer
Luncheon,
hosted at FHMTC
on February 21,
2015, the LAFD
Sertoma Club honored retired Deputy
Chief Rey T. Rojo
as the 2014 Sertoman of the Year.
Rey has been a member of the LAFD Sertoma
Club since 1980 and a member of the Torrance
Sertoma Club since 1966. He continues to be
actively involved in fundraising efforts, club
activities and meetings for both clubs. His excellent community service extends to recruiting, volunteerism, sports, education and the
military.

Today, Rey serves as the President of
the LAFD Sertoma Club, and has held club positions of Board Chair, President, Vice President, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms. He has
also served two terms as the LAFD Sertoma
Club District Governor, and has volunteered
for the LAFD Affirmation Action Committee
for 15 years. During his 48 years with the Sertoma Club, Rey has been able to organize many
volunteer events including, sponsorships for
walk-a-thons, fire station openings, luncheons,
LAFD Leadership Academy graduation ceremonies, scholarships, and the LAFD Sertoma
Clubs Toys for Needy Children program. Today, under his leadership, the LAFD Sertoma
Club has assisted the Tobermans Neighborhood Center in gang intervention for the past
two years.


Rey created the
LAFD Sertoma Clubs
Toys for Needy Children
Program with the LAFD in
1976 and has since become a vital part in the
programs success throughout the years. His
donation of 252 toys to Harbor General Hospitals childrens ward was the starting point
that launched a program that has grown significantly in the last 38 years. From a charitable
donation, Rey has seen his program grow from
252 toys in its first year to over 110,000 toys
last December, and an estimated 3.5 million
toys that have been donated over the years. Rey
continues to coordinate the Toys for Needy
Children Program, the ABC Spark of Love
and the Marines Los Angeles Toys for Tots
program. The LAFD Sertoma Clubs Toys for
Needy Children program has expanded beyond
the City of Los Angeles and into the fire departments of four surrounding counties. Without
Reys vision and dedication to the City of L.A.,
the Toys for Needy Children Program would
not function.

The volunteer luncheon also recognized
the many volunteers who work the entire holiday season to successfully execute the program.
During the 2014 holiday season, approximately
120,000 toys were collected and distributed to
children in need. During the event, Fire Chief
Ralph Terrazas thanked all of the sponsors, volunteers and members of the LAFD who made
the program possible. In a memo written by
Battalion Chief Jaime Moore he said, I especially want to thank Firefighters Mike Marquez
and Ray Topete for their continued dedication, leadership and exhaustive efforts. Both of
these members along with several cadets and

civilian volunteers spent countless hours away


from their families from November to January
to ensure that they toys reached the hands of
needy children in the Los Angeles Community.
A program that would not be possible without
Chief Rojo, who started from the trunk of his
very own car.

Among those recognized were LAFD
Cadets, an exemplary group of young people
who dedicated more than 300 hours volunteering for the Toys for Needy Children Program.
The young Cadets along with civilian volunteers were honored for their commitment and
support to the toys program and LAFD. Fire
Chief Terrazas presented all the volunteers with
Special Recognition certificates for all of their
hard work. Among those honored were: Cadets
Jashon Bradley, Ian Dominguez, Brian Flores,
Steven Galvez, Edgar Garcia, Brian James, Joe
Montoya, Jorge Ruiz, Eddie Tiburcio, Jesse
Soto and Alfred Taylor Jr. Other volunteers
that also worked behind the scenes at the Toy
Program were recognized and awarded at the
volunteer luncheon, for their countless volunteer hours over the last 10 years, they included:
Amanda Boxley, Nani Paxton, Jeffery Paxton,
Elizabeth Schnell, Father Chris VanLiefde,
Lauren Ventura and Judy Wong.

Fire Chief Terrazas presented Chief
Rojo with the LAFD Sertoma Club Award for
Sertoman of the Year. Upon acceptance of his
award Rey said that he started the program to
give toys to the poor people of Los Angeles.
I am very proud to be a part of this. I couldnt
imagine how big this program was going to get.
Thank you for what you do, and thank you for
your support.

May 2015 9

Peter Dante Marasco,


son of FF John Marasco
(FS 3-B) was born on
St Patricks Day.
E-10 shopping for mess
at Ralphs, a major Hope
for Firefighters sponsor.

TF 3 works a rollover at 6th and


Figueroa on 3/31/15.
Photo by Yvonne Griffin


For all you fire buffs out there, especially Farva at the Double Nickel which
Ill get to later, this is your new Battalion 2
writer. Im Carlos Danger, coming to you
from the East Side of town, where the juicy
Grapevine material is plentiful.

First off, Id like to say my farewells to
all our friends that will be leaving us. Big A/O
to FF Dave Burwell, leaving Highland Park
and going down the street to the Downtown
Shops. Hell be a great asset to the Rescue
Maintenance Unit. Dave, the men at Fire
Fightin 12s salute you. Captain I Nick Ferrari
47-A to OCB-A - rest assured chief, all your
pens and pencils will all be aligned in perfect
order in the drawer Capt Ferrari couldnt
have picked a better spot!

Theres also been a few more swaps
of personnel within the Battalion. Looks like
everyone jumped ship at 1s and is heading up
north to 12s. For what reason I dont know.
Rumor has it the low call volume mixed with
that Get Some attitude made it a necessity
to create their own still alarms in front of
quarters. This could have been a contributing factor. Anyhow, we have A/O Cecola and
FF Theodore going to 12s under the prestige

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command on the A Shift. Next we have Engineers Tim Aguayo and Christian Bage going to
12-B, leaving
behind a thoroughbred of a
Pump Engineer
Argumosa
to command
E-201.
Hats
off to all you
future engineer
and inspector
types out there
who made the
list, another
chapter in the
book of your
LAFD career.
Next is the A/O
exam coming
up this May, so break out the finger paints
and crayons and get ready, its coming up just
around the corner. Good luck everybody.

Thats not all, brush season is coming
up and fire houses, make sure your district is
kept up High and Tight. The fellas at 12s
do so by going around the district keeping
the brush clearance up to standard with their
impeccable landscaping skills. E-12, under the
command of Fire Captain Brian Stires, was a
four man Gardening Task Force to a local

E-12 goes above and beyond


for a local resident.

resident, assisting with clearing out a lot of


dry brush. Job well done and what an example
of leading from the front. What a concept,
everyone take notes!

So in closing, this is Carlos Danger
signing out, welcoming all your stories and
pictures, accuracy of stories is not an issue.
Cant wait to hear from you!
CarlosDangerBatt2@gmail.com


I see a lot of brothers and sisters going
real hard for the recent engineer promotions.
We all know what that entails and every last
one will be very well deserving of that promotion. You should all be very proud of yourselves for your effort. I know I spent a lot of
time away from my family when I promoted
to engineer and nothing has changed in that
aspect. But I want to send a special shout to
those that take the plunge to the dark side
to become paramedics. Whatever your reason
is to volunteer to go to medic school, thats
your business. Unfortunately you guys and
gals dont get the deserved props you should
be getting. I failed out of paramedic school
but made it as an engineer. And I know Ill
butter someones biscuit by saying this, but
paramedic school is much harder than going
for engineer. Quizzes every day, block exams,
all the studying, and then all the stuff you
have to know and KEEP knowing when you
get out there. And then you have your clinical,

your internship, and the National Registry


exam. And if you fail, there are no protests or
throwing out questions. And you have to pass
with an 80% on everything. There are like 15
practical evolutions as a medic, as opposed to
four for engineer. Hey, the engineer thing aint
no cake walk, but these paramedics deserve a
pat on the back as well for making it through
medic school. And its not like your quality
of life improves as you become a paramedic
as an engineers does. Not trying to ruffle
any feathers, but all jobs on the LAFD are
important and we all work together to get our
mission accomplished.

There are also quite a few brothers and
sisters out there that are on the list to make
captain; hopefully they will get promoted
before the list runs out. There are a few
stations where these captain hopefuls get to
regularly rotate onto a fire apparatus. For some
of these captain hopefuls that are paramedics,
their skipper is also a paramedic. And if these
captain hopefuls are nice enough, their skipper
will swap seats with them so they can act as
captain, and the actual captain gets to ride the
tailboard and play paramedic. Of course the

LA City firefighters, along with Glendale and Burbank handled a


vegetation fire in the LA River on 3/31/15. Photo by Mike Meadows
Eng 44 after a structure fire
in their district in March.

acting captain does all the captain duties for


the day, which they dont mind doing because
they get to learn the captains role. You know:
time keeping, doing the 5054s on Sundays,
running the FLSA report, entering the 393
entries for training, printing a 957, yata, yata,
yata. And even all the FUN stuff like answering the business phone all day, answering
questions of citizens that come by the station
all throughout the day, doing the ePCR, yata,
yata. These acting captains do a good job and
they NEVER complain, and they actually DO
learn a lot.

Now being a captain does come with
a few perks. Ya get your own room at night,
ya dont do housework, yata. Unfortunately
there are some captains that, when they switch
positions with the medic they, get all their
captain work done by the acting captain yet
still want the perks of being the boss. Thats
right, they wont give up their dorm for ONE
shift per segment, they dont do housework
because they are still a captain, and they
wont even jump on the rescue for ONE call if
the medic is up to cook on the rescue and the
acting captain switches with the medic on the
rescue so he can get back to quarters to cook.
Are you all following me? A good captain
has no problem remembering where he came
from and would not have his own
guy do something that he wouldnt
want to do himself. Oh yes, there are
many that forget REAAAAL quick
and REAAAAAL fast what it was like
being a tailboard fireman. I have never
worked for Captain Carlos Caceres
or Captain Chris Segovia, but have
actually seen them gladly ride the 800
on SOD days when they have actually
gotten hired for a fireman spot on the
truck or the engine to give the guys
riding a rescue some reprieve. Some
of these new captains wont give the
medics a reprieve if they get a SOD
day as a medic on a fire resource. And
these new captains preach, Moneys
money. Its all the same. It doesnt
matter where you ride. Theres a
lot to learn from the old skool guys
that promoted. And imagine that they
didnt even take these leadership
academies or read some books on
leadership. They sure DONT make
em like they used to.
Thats all I have for this month.
Ive been in this battalion for a couple
years now and want to do something
fun before I retire; thats why I chose
to be a Grapevine writer. Cmon,
Battalion 4 needs to be repped in the
Grapevine too. So send me your stories and photos before I have to make
something up.
Batt4news@yahoo.com

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At a ceremony at their landmark meeting hall, Hollywood Post 43 of the American
Legion honored Engineer Gregory Resendez
of FS 35 as their Firefighter of the Year.
Among the significant incidents Resendez responded to in his 34 year career were the First
Interstate Bank fire, the 1992 Civil Unrest, the
Northridge Earthquake and the Glendale Amtrak derailment. He also helped to institute the
Apparatus Operator and Engineers Network.
In addition to recognizing Eng Resendez,
Post 43 made a hefty donation to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.

On March 23, 1998, Fire 3 went
down while transporting a 12-year-old girl
to the hospital. The crash killed her, as well
as Firefighter/Paramedic Michael A. Butler ,
Apparatus Operator Michael D. McComb and
Firefighter/Paramedic Eric B. Reiner.

Today, 17 years after the tragedy, we
continue to mourn. Capt. II Scott Souter (FS
35), Capt. Jared Cooper (FS 82) and Apparatus Operator Trevor Cooper (FS 27) led a
private memorial at the site in Griffith Park.
The ceremony began with a detail formation,
march to the crash site, presenting of arms, a
short prayer and a moment of silence. The ceremony continued with policing the memorial
(removing weeds) and concluded with laying
flowers at the foot of the memorial.

Eng. Resendez, FS 35, receives


American Legion honor

Engine 82 in the neighborhood with


Ms. Jacqueline at her La Poubelle Bistro

Ceremony at the Fire 3


memorial in Griffith Park

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Mark Zizi, Gary Klasse, Dale Gant and Joe


Castro are among the 1% lucky enough to
play at Cypress Point.

Firefighters battled an attic fire in the 5000


block of Romaine Ave on 3/16/15.
LAFD Photo by David Ortiz


Well another month has gone by,
and still no one is utilizing this dynamic and
informative method of communicating the
current events with our own Harbor Battalion.
Seriously people, we need stories to keep the
Grapevine entertaining, and most importantly,
relevant to our own situations in Battalion 6.
So please send me something, anything, to
write about.

That being said, we can move on to
the things that have been heard through the
grapevine. And again 85s seems to have
the most stories coming from their neck of
the woods. Want to know how DP and BG
saved an airplane from diversion? Well, the
story goes that whilst traveling enroute back
to sunny southern California from their chalet
vacation ice fortress in Sweden, the stewardess on the airplane encountered a fellow
who wasnt feeling so hot. The stewardess
immediately recognized that this person

14 May 2015

Engine 82 practicing their lumberjack skills in Bronson Cyn

Capt Carbajals last F-957 ever!


required a higher level of care, so she yelled
out Is there a doctor on board? Right away
DP and BG knew their services were needed
and swiftly moved into action. They laid the
patient down and he started to feel better. The
pilots then asked if they needed to divert to a
closer airport, to which BG replied No that
wont be necessary. In fact, why dont you
hand over the controls to me and Ill take us
in for a smooth landing, and dont worry, Im
fire control 5 certified. This was incredible
as they had the presence of thought to know
what stress the pilot would be under and to

simply take control of the whole situation. The


ending? Well you guessed it; they landed, and
received free plane tickets for their services.
Way to step up, job well done guys!

The next story is of a seemingly simple
incident occurring in 38s district involving
a dead body, a tree, and a thriving village of
urban campers. 85s was called out to assist
in removing a deceased person from a tree in
38s district. While completing this operation
they noticed the ominous orange glow of a
ripping structure, err rubbish, errr brush fire
(what does a few tents and shopping carts
count as?) directly adjacent to their current
operation. They quickly attempted to get water
on the fire, which apparently is its own story
in itself. But the real story of heroism occurred
when they realized a paralyzed man was
trapped amongst the burning . . . stuff. Immediately the shifts own RJ jumped into action
- directed lines to be pulled, threw his turnouts
on as best as he could, then dove through the
fiery gates of hell and disappeared behind
a curtain of flames. Soon after, he emerged
with the paralyzed man over his shoulder. But
before putting him down where it was safe,

Companies extinguished a blaze on 3/14/15 in


the 5700 block of Halbrent Avenue
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

RJ grabbed a 2.5 with his free hand and laid


down the most spectacular example of fire
suppression ever seen. The area is rumored to
have a statue being built in his honor.

The members of Battalion 6 would
like to thank Battalion Chief Timothy Kerbrat
and Captain George Carbajal for their years of
service, and congratulate them on their retirements. Have a great and long retirement, you
guys deserve it. Were not too sure if Chief
Kerbrat approved of Captain Carbajals last
F-957 for the month of March 2015. But here
is a shot of it for your amusement.

So these are the stories I heard recently. I have no reason to believe that they arent
anything but word for word, and completely
accurate. So if you dont have access to email
(yeah right), you dont have a smartphone
(maybe), and you dont know someone who
doesnt have either of those (completely
unlikely), then please at least keep the word
of mouth grapevine alive and keep telling the
stories. If you have access to those things, then
please send me those awesome stories. For the
men and women of the Harbor Battalion that
used to sleep but dont quite sleep all night
anymore, stay safe, and send me those stories.

E 109 shopping for mess in Encino. Ralphs


is a 2015 Hope for Firefighters sponsor.
May 2015 15

S AV E THE DATE !

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 2PM (check-in) to Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 12PM (check-out)

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THUR SDAY - MAY 21st

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

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- Time: 6pm
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:: Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM


at Pechanga RV Clubhouse

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


:: Wine & Brewery Tour - Time: TBA
$90 per person with lunch
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:: Pechanga Resort/Hotel reservation call (888) 732-4264


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by calling LAFRA (323) 259-5200

RSVP to sdomanski@lafra.org after youve made your reservation.

On 3/9/15 companies handle a blaze in the


600 block of East 29th Street.
Photo by Martin Nate Rawner

FS 11 rang ten bells and raised a flag for


retired Engineer Burton Hosterman.
May 2015 17

Berlin/Los Angeles Firefighter Family Exchange Program

s part of the Next Generation Project, the Berlin Fire


Department is inviting ten
teens from LAFD families to visit
Germany in July, 2015. The LAFD
teens will be hosted by and staying
with Berlin Fire Department firefighter families.

The teens will depart for
Berlin on July 13th and arrive back
home on July 29th.

Ten Teens Wanted


The search is on for ten teenage boys and girls who would like
to travel to Berlin. Host families
in Germany will provide accommodations and food in their homes
for the participants. Transportation,
spending money and other expenses will be paid by the American
participants own families.

To qualify, teens must have
one parent on active LAFD duty.

Schedule of Events


The group will spend time
at such sites as the Berlin Gate,
Potsdamer Platz, Kurfurstendamm
Street (world class shopping) the
Berlin Tower at Alexander Platz,
the American Embassy, and other
cultural and historical spots worthy
of a visit by American teens. Host
families are encouraged to plan
their own unique activities for the
visitors as well.


Those interested in volunteering can contact Lisa Schechter or Isaac Burks (LAFD retired) in the office of
Councilman LaBonge for the application. They will be happy to answer any further questions you might have. The
applications deadline is June 12, 2015.

Lisa Schechter: lisa.schechter@lacity.org


18 May 2015

Isaac Burks: isaac.burks@lacity.org

Both can be reached at 213.485.3337

89s and 77s handle a sheared hydrant at Glenoaks


and Sunland Blvd. on 3/16/15.
Photo by Doc DeMulle, The Foothills Paper

7s and 98s caught an attic fire in a small single


family dwelling on Osborne St on 3/31/15.
Photo by Mike Meadows

On 3/6/15, FF Matt Carter from T-75 plucked a cat stuck 75 feet up a tree in Sylmar.
Photos by Mike Meadows
May 2015 19


Greetings from the Battalion that never
sleeps!

Hope all the stations in the battalion
got their training hours up to standard. Doesnt
matter how busy you are, make sure to get
your numbers up - wink, wink. For data inputers its referred to as trash in trash out.

Carl Weideman earned the nickname
rock catcher for his ability to stop rocks with
his face, but recently was seen with the hedge
trimmer trying to get a new nickname. From
what I hear, it only cost him 14 stitches across
his thigh. Get better soon and I would stick
with the moniker Crazy Carl.

FF/PM Andrew Schmad (FS 66) and
wife Christa had a baby girl on January 6th.
Her name is Olivia Zalene Schmad. Their first
baby! They are all home, healthy, and doing
well!

Also at the 66th, one of my snitches
sent a photo of Captain Russell one of the new

captains. This gives a whole new meaning to


just, firm, and dignified. If you would like to
have a caption contest, send in your suggestions!

What does straightening out your
locker and buying a prime rib have in common? Most people would think very little
or nothing at all, unless you are the chiefs
assigned to Battalion 13 - then it must be some
type of conspiracy. If you say you look out for
the guys, then to talk the talk, you gotta walk
the walk.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the members
of FS 46 conducted a ceremony for FF/PM
Brian Hammond (46-C). The ceremony was
called the 2015 House of Pain Hammie Favorite NFL Team Pick-Off. Brian Hammond
or (Hammie) as we all know him as, grew up
in Southern California and was a Rams fan.
Since the Rams left for St. Louis, the LA area
has been without an NFL team since 1995.

Well, back in December, FS 46-C
had its Christmas Party. Hammie vented his
frustration of LA not having a team for so
long and that hes tired of not being able to

support a team. The members of FS 46 held


a selection of all (32) NFL teams written on
ping pong balls. Additional New England
Patriots balls were placed into the pot to
appease his Boston-native wife. Additional
Rams & Chargers balls were placed into the
pot for Southern California allegiance and
nostalgia. An extra Green Bay Packers ball
was placed into the pot because of his likeness
for the Pack. There is, however, an opt-out
clause if in fact a team returns or arises here in
Southern California where he will support that
team. After a potluck day and pre-Super Bowl
festivities, Hammie reached in and selected
the San Diego Chargers as his new favorite
team. Hammie was later seen online shopping
for a shirt to support his new team. So all you
Bolts fans out there can now welcome Hammie to the Chargers Nation.

Never let the truth stand in the way of
a good story! Remember if I dont get stories I
have to start making stuff up.
wattsfire@gmail.com

Photographer Yvonne Griffin


caught this shot of TF 66

caption contest at 66s


20 May 2015

Olivia Zalene Schmad born 1/6/15

TF 21 overhauls a fire at
1243 E 57th St. on 4/4/15.
Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Hammie chooses the Chargers


in the FS 46 NFL draft

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On 3/19/15, TF 60 handled an
auto at Sarah St & Carpenter Ave.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

LA City and Burbank fire companies responded to an autos vs tour


bus on the 134 Fwy on 3/28/15.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
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Firefighters worked a fatal crash


and fire in Northridge on 3/20/15.
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Greetings from the battalion that used
to sleep! Oh how we love that new tiered
dispatch system. But Im pretty sure it should
have been spelled TEARed dispatch, cuz there
is a lot of crying going on every time that
phone rings, and boy does it ring.

I sure do hear a lot of the gold badges
talking about how our department is a stats
driven department now that the new FireStatLA has taken off. It really seemed to be
doing the job too, when we found out E 35
was being put back into service. Then we
heard 69s was slated to get their engine back
next. What happened to 73s? Thats all those
guys at 73s have been talking about after
the rumor mill stopped by and gave them the
false hopes that because their light force stats
were so high their engine would be next up for
reinstatement. Then reality set in . . . it seems
as though the stats game is just smoke and
mirrors. The real game is politics. 69s district
has way better politician$ than Reseda. Better
luck next year 73s, just keep doing the best
you can for your citizens, because thats really
what they deserve, the best!


Well, March sure was exciting with
all the engineer practicals coming to an end.
Congrats to all the members in the battalion
that did well on the exam, and practical. Way
to make us proud, and represent!!

Speaking of promotional exams, the
A/O exam is coming up so everyone with kids
looking for crayons, just a quick heads up, the
local stores in the battalion are all out of stock
until May 3rd. On that note, Im sure someone
will auto fail when they bring markers instead
of crayons to the practical.

The Department, and more importantly
the battalion, lost another great captain this
last month and we want to wish him farewell
and let him know he will be missed. Thank
you Captain Easton for all your years of
service and keeping those guys at 93s in line.
Thats no easy task.

The annual Dads & Kids camping
trip was held in March and it seems everyone
came back in one piece. Thats the good news!
The bad news was someone from 66s may
have been sleeping in his environmental emergencies class when he put all his gear down
in poison oak, including his kids bike. Some
more good news was that our battalion beat
up those guys from 10s when it came down
to the water balloon and squirt gun fights! But

all joking aside, thanks to the guys at 10s


who provided the popcorn machine and huge
video screen for movie night! Great work! But
I think the crew back at the station were really
worried about where that popcorn machine
went. I think I even saw its face on a milk
carton. A huge thanks to Captain Peters at 72s,
and Captain Berkery in Arson for putting this
together and keeping it going for 25 years.
Great work guys!!

For those of you guys and gals with
no kids yet, or ever, dont feel left out because
next year we are starting the very first Dads &
Dogs. So quit going out to the bars looking for
your soul mates. Just head down to the pound
and adopt a furry baby! The camping trip will
be held at Petco Park, and the movie will be
All Good Dogs Go to Heaven!

I heard there was a close call at 104s
when someone left the oil on the stove and the
members returned to a loom up! By the way
fellas, wet RA towels arent recommended for
putting out grease fires. Oops!

Well, thats all for now. This month
was a little weak on the taddle tales, and story
tellers, so dont be shy! Spill the beans at
batt17writer@gmail.com.

Until next month!

May 2015 25

Firefighters overhaul a garage at


4227 Don Ortega Pl. on 3/14/15.
Photo by Yvonne Griffin

GOT NEWS!?
Writers Needed
Contact
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26 May 2015

had heard of him but didnt know the man


and never worked around him. Ross Stevens was his name. He was raised in San
Pedro and before joinin the Fire Department,
he co-owned a print shop and was in the Navy
Reserves for eight years.

On March 10, 1962, Ross Stevens was
appointed to the Los Angeles City Fire Department. After his probation he spent nearly four
years at Fire Station 62 where friendships with
Denny Strong, Rudy McTee, Tony Ennis and
Gary Peterson were started. Lots of good times
were enjoyed by these guys and their families
over the years.

Ross promoted to Auto Fireman in January of 1968 and went to Old 26s, located
at 2475 W. Washington Blvd. Here he drove a
1960 Seagrave 100 aerial truck, shop #60038,
and developed into an outstandin driver.
Durin this period there were lots of fires, and
equipment and tools were used many times
each shift. Maybe the most used equipment on
the truck were the blowers. After structure fires
were extinguished, blowers were brought inside the buildin to clear out the smoke, which
was pushed out through opened doors and windows. Goin to six or more fires per shift meant
these blowers got filthy dirty and cleanin them
was a real chore.

Fortunately, the Mother of Invention
spoke to Ross and told him there was a more efficient way to remove the smoke out of a building that would also eliminate much of the time
needed to degrease the blowers afterwards.
Ross decided it was better and more efficient
to place a blower outside the structure and
seal the door openin with pressurized air.
The smoke would then be pushed out through
selected windows and door openins.

To test his idea, and with the help of
the Trainin Section, 26s acquired a smoke
machine and went to old FS 18, which was
located at Adams and Hobart Blvd. Since the
station had recently been closed, the guys filled
the buildin full of smoke. The blowers were
set up outside, a door opened in the rear and
the smoke was quickly evacuated from the
buildin. This experiment worked extremely
well and because of Ross Stevens, Positive
Pressure Ventilation was born. This method of
ventilation has since became standard operatin
procedures for the L.A.F.D.

Ross Stevens was an outstandin individual, who was very modest and very mechanically inclined. The guy could fix anythin.


He was also tall, approximately 6 5
and acquired the nickname of Lurch. Of
course Ross was born way too early because
in todays world he could have sued somebody
and lived happily ever after on a Fire Chiefs
salary!

One of the many fires 26s went to back
then was under the Crenshaw Shoppin Center
(MLK x Crenshaw Blvd.) This underground
area was used for deliveries, which also contained dumpsters. When a fire was started in
a dumpster, this two block underground area
would fill with smoke. By reducin the large
openins at each end with salvage covers and
usin multiple blowers, the area was quickly
ventilated.

In August 1974 Ross promoted to engineer and went to 109s. Then in November
of 1975, Ross transferred to FS 9. After stayin
at 9s a few years Ross transferred to FS 90,
where he eventually retired in July of 1984.

As stated earlier, the friendships developed with Denny Strong, Rudy McTee, Tony
Ennis and Gary Peterson were strong and the
families gathered at Topaz Lake for boatin and
skiin trips. This tradition was started in the mid
1960s and continued for many years.

In 1962, Bud Thompson, who was a
retired LAFD engineer and father of Darby Ennis, Tony Enniss wife, bought the Lake Topaz
resort along with Bob Grip, a retired LAFD
captain. Then in 1984, Ross and Gayle Stevens
bought the resort, living there and runnin it until 2002. The Stevens then moved to Gardnerville, Nevada.


After their move to Gardnerville, Ross
and Gayles daughter Julie, along with Julies
husband, David Hurley, ran the Topaz resort
and have done so since 2001.

Sadly, Ross passed away on February 7,
2015. For the many fireman that knew, worked
and admired Ross, it goes without sayin that
it was a sad day. On February 22, 2015, a flag
ceremony was held for Ross Stevens at Fire
Station 90. An American flag was raised and
lowered and then presented to the Stevens
family by nephews Engineer Jeff Stevens, who
works at FS 33-B and Fireman Brett Stevens,
who works at FS 66-B. This ceremony also included Capt. II Paul Egizi and his crew, along
with LA County B/C Tom Stukey.

A memorial for Ross Stevens was held
on March 28, 2015, at his sons house, Brent
Stevens, in Thousand Oaks. Ross, youll never
be forgotten.
COWBOY HUMOR

Women will never be equal to men until
they can walk down the
street with a bald head
and a beer gut and still
think theyre sexy.
AC
KEEP SMILIN!
Chopped up@att.net

B/C Frank Leavitt presents Ross his


engineer badge at 109s in 1974

back row standing, l to r: Walt Clements, Engineer Bill Knapp,


Ross Stevens, Capt. Howard Garner. front row kneeling, l to r:
Gary Peterson, Joe Osborne, Tony Ennis

Ross2015
at Lake Topaz
May
27

DROP...MAYBE NOT?
The DROP is a voluntary program within the Los
Angeles Fire & Police Pensions (LAFPP) system that
officially began on May 1, 2002. Per LAFPPs 2012
annual report there are 1,193 sworn members in the
DROP, versus 1,314 during 2011. Many LAFPP participants have described the DROP as a no brainer
and an almost free way to bolster their retirement
assets. But, lets examine the DROP just a bit further
with some simple math. This information is intended
to draw attention to the importance of DROP and
some associated issues to consider.
If you were to retire with 25 Years of Service (YOS)
your pension percentage is 65% of your Final Average
Salary (FAS), which we will call early retirement. If
you were to retire at 30 YOS, your service pension percentage is 81% of your FAS, or late retirement for purposes of this illustration. Immediately we should note
that the difference in waiting 5 years to either retire
or enter DROP adds 16% to your pension percentage.
This difference may not seem that significant but lets
compare these two scenarios over a long period.

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= $65,112 in retirement, versus retiring later at 81%
x $100,173 gives us $81,140. Annually, your pension
would be $16,028 more if you waited 5 years and
didnt enter the DROP. Multiplying $16,028 by an
assumed 25 year retirement span gives us a gross
higher payout over a pensioners lifespan of $400,700
(NOTE: this doesnt take into account COLA, which
would make this number even higher).
To compare apples to apples, if you retired with 25
YOS and participate in the DROP for five years,
using the numbers above you would end up with
approximately $369,000 in your DROP account and
accordingly with a lower annual pension as illustrated above. Notice how similar these amounts are,
$400,700 versus $369,000? Basically your DROP
balance is a present value payout of accruing 16%
less on your pension while you are retired. To further cloud this issue is the fact that the early versus
late retirement pension amounts will continue to
grow farther apart over the years due to the citys
COLA factor that, when compounded becomes
quite significant.
So, what does this all mean? As in life, there is no
free lunch! This should illustrate how important it
is to properly budget for retirement, including if and
when you should enter DROP.

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May 2015 29

Going to the ER for a non-emergency


could cost you money. BEFORE you
end up with a huge bill, consider:

Endangers your life or could result in a


serious injury or disability
Requires immediate medical or surgical care

Many Urgent Care facilities open early, close


late and offer weekend care. The average
out-of-pocket cost is about 10x less

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE


GET FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM &
URGENT CARE FACILITIES
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Visit lafra.org/er-vs-uc for information


if the tear-off pamphlet has been removed.

LAFRA - EMERGENCY ROOM BENEFIT


Hopefully, you will never have the need for emergency care but, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, understanding the information below will ensure you access care that will provide you with the best coverage.
LAFRAS EMERGENCY ROOM BENEFIT:
Using a PPO facility and PPO providers, in a true emergency, provides the most coverage under the LAFRA plan. Log onto
the Anthem Blue Cross website (www.anthem.com/ca) to become familiar with the contracted Hospitals nearest you. If you
are admitted through the emergency room, pre-authorization must be made within 48 hours by calling 800-274-7767.

EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES

EMERGENCY ROOM PROVIDERS AT A PPO FACILITY:


Charges for the hospital (facility) and the other types of providers (physicians, radiologists, etc.) who may also provide
services at the hospital are billed separately. Providers at a PPO facility are not always PPO-contracted providers. This
is important to know because you could incur additional charges from Non-PPO providers, even when you use a PPO
facility.
We recommend that you always verify that your providers are PPO providers but, if you do incur services from a Non-PPO
provider at a PPO facility in a true emergency, the provider charges will be paid at 100% of the UCR (usual, customary and
reasonable) allowance. Any amounts billed over UCR, are the patients responsibility.
If you use a PPO facility for non-emergency services and are treated by a Non-PPO provider, the provider charges will be
paid at 80% of the Scheduled Amount and you will be responsible for the remaining 20%. Therefore, it is important to go
to the emergency room for care only if you feel you have a true medical emergency.
TRUE EMERGENCY DEFINED:
A true medical emergency is the sudden and unexpected onset of a condition or injury that you believe endangers your
life or could result in serious injury or disability and that requires immediate medical or surgical care. In an emergency, call
911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
URGENT CARE FACILITIES:
Emergency room services are typically significantly more expensive than urgent care or office visit services. In order to
maintain a higher emergency room benefit and keep your out-of-pocket cost down, care for non-life threatening emergencies should be directed to urgent care facilities or your primary care provider.
A list of Anthem PPO contracted Urgent Care Facilities can be found by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Log on to www.anthem.com/ca
Click on Find Urgent Care on the right side of the screen
Enter the state in which live
Under Select a plan/network, choose Blue Cross PPO (Prudent Buyer) Large Group if you live in
California or National Blue Card (PPO) if you live outside of California
5. Click on Select and Continue
6. Enter your specific search criteria and click on Search

May 2015 31

PALLET YARD
South Los angeles

Photos by Yvonne Griffin, Martin Nate Rawner


& Rick McClure, EPN

On March, 20, 2015 Task Force & Squad 21, Engine 14, Battalion 13, first on scene near the intersection of East 48th Place and Long Beach Boulevard,
had fire showing from one section of a large pallet yard. With flames shooting 50 feet into the air, firefighters attacked the fire with hand lines and master streams including wagon batteries and ladder pipes. The fire spread to a one story commercial building to the west before being knocked it down in
approximately an hours time. There were no reported injuries and overhaul was extensive. The cause of the greater alarm blaze is under investigation.

32 May 2015


On Saturday, March 14, 2015, an estimated 26,000
participants began the LA Marathon at Dodger Stadium. The
route snaked through the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood,
Beverly Hills and ended in Santa Monica.

LOS ANGELES
MARATHON
Photos by Adam VanGerpen

Just four miles from the finish line, a runner suffered a heart
attack. The man was stricken at 10:23 a.m. in the 11900 block
of San Vicente Boulevard and treated by LAFD firefighters and
paramedics, said PSO Brian Humphrey. With record temperatures that reached about 20 degrees higher than usual, 185
participants were treated for ailments and injuries, of which 36
were taken to local hospitals, said PSO Erik Scott.

May 2015 33

HELICOPTER OPERATIONS TRAINING


Air Ops

Photos by Greg Doyle

Air Ops and personnel from 90s met at Lopez Canyon on March 22, 2015,
to drill hand signals, sling loading and fueling operations.

34 May 2015

PHYSICAL RESCUE
Van Nuys

Photos by Rick McClure, EPN

On March 10, 2015, Task Force 39 extricated the driver


of an overturned vehicle at Van Nuys and Victory Blvds.
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DARRAYLE PROSSER, Captain, FS 77-B

RICK RAMIREZ, Engineer FS 49-C

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Buffet Dinner - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 77 - (818) 756-8677 or Sean Williams (661) 810-9378
or Steve Moskovitz (661) 713-8446

Bannings Landing Community Center


100 E Water Street, Wilmington CA
Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taco Truck - No cost (Donations are encouraged)
Donations will be divided between WODFF & WWP
Call FS 49 - (310) 548-7549 or (310) 513-8900. RSVP by April 28th

KENDAL KONEVAL, Firefighter III, FS 8-B

WENDELL F. SMITH, Captain II, FS 73-C

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

Sagebrush Cantina
23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas CA

Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA

Dinner: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Hour: 6:30 PM

Dinner: 8:00 PM

Buffet with soft drinks - No cost

Buffet Style - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift

Call Maureen Koneval - (818) 517-7717 or email: maureen527@aol.com


Live music and dancing.

Call FS 73 - (818) 756-8673


RSVP by Monday, April 27th

RON MYERS, Captain I, FS 90-B

GARY MAKALE, Engineer, FS 48-B

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2015

Sierra La Verne Country Club


6300 Country Club Drive, La Verne, CA

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his months KTW is a letter from


FF/PM Steve Meiche (FS49-C) on
the value and lost artisanship of the
Senior Firefighter.

The focus of the Kitchen Table Wisdom
articles center on captains, with the names and
examples of some great LAFD members. But
from my own experience as a career firefighter,
the bulk of my education didnt come from
captains, it came from senior firefighters.

These were the firefighters that always
seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
They could act in any position, teach like no
other, drive the chief if needed and operate any
piece of equipment. They were fire prevention coordinators, house dues men, permanent
cooks, and they volunteered for details without

hesitation. They were the leaders I grew


up admiring and wanting to emulate.

On August 2, my emotions ran wild as I attended Bob
Lamberts last shift at Fire
Station 17. He was an excellent firefighter who
spent thirty-four years
on the LAFD, with
thirty of those years
assigned to FS 17.
Bob was also a PC
for twenty-seven
of those years a feat that well
probably never be
seen again.
I recognize the
role of a firefighter has evolved
into so much
more than when
I was appointed
in 1980. These
challenges,
along with less
fire activity, have
made it increasingly difficult to
train and educate
our young members.
Today more than ever,
the value in having senior
firefighters mentor our youth is
as critical as ever.

So who are the senior firefighters of today? Where are they assigned? Are they even
aware of their legacy? Sadly, it appears what
was once a well-respected position is no longer
the case. Consider this for a moment Longevity Pay was first established in appreciation of the efforts these gifted firefighters made
above and beyond their duties. Thats right, at
one time the LAFD valued senior firefighters
enough to bonus them.

Unfortunately, the past several years
Ive witnessed too many young firefighters disengage, or worse yet promote, rather than fully
buy-in to their role as an LAFD firefighter. Ive
never seen so many young, burned-out firefighters in the prime of their careers shy away
from the duties of the job they so eagerly chose
as a career.


Many of these young firefighters have
only vague notion of how to run-a-hire, make
an NFIRS entry, or even sign on to FPOS.
These members tend to have limited proficiency in driving and operating heavy apparatus,
and possess nothing more than an elementary
understanding of company SOGs or fireground strategy and tactics.

Dont misunderstand me, weve hired
some terrific people over the years. My deep
concern however is that were not setting a
proper example for them. The senior firefighters who at one time guided you and I are now
few and far between. Not only that, but the appreciation the department had for those who
chose to remain career firefighters seems to
have been devalued.

The following are a few of the outstanding senior firefighters I remember from my
days as a young lad: Greg Ikeda, John White,
John Leon, Phil Ganguish, George Deasee,
Lane Kemper, Murray Ames, Bill Thost, Denny Silgen, Dickie Gilmore and Gorilla Hayes.
Of course there were many others, but like you,
my memory is not what it once was.

These were the guys that truly made
coming to work enjoyable. They were the ones
I wanted to be like as I valued their every word
when it came to learning how to be an LA City
Firefighter. They invested countless hours of
their own time to train and develop many others and me. They routinely pointed me in the
right direction and even kicked me in the behind when my attention appeared to drift away.

These were the firefighters who showed
me the subtleties and tricks of the trade when
it came to being a firefighter, protecting the
citizens and respecting each other. Remember,
many of the most gifted members to ever wear
an LAFD badge held the rank of firefighter. I
owe my career to them; I owe my life to them.
FF/PM Steve Meiche
FS 49, C Platoon
Next months KTW article: Senior Firefighters Jim Nicholson, Andy Vidovich and Steve
Meiche will discuss (1) operational conflict on
the fireground, and (2) the responsibilities of a
locker room leader.

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LA Firemens Relief Association
Your Relief Association has been a big help to us,
with the recent loss of my father-in-law Ross Stevens.
We enjoy going through the Grapevine when
visiting my mother-in-law and understand an article
is being written about Ross. We would like to be
added to the subscription list so we may receive the
Grapevine monthly.

Dear LAFRA:

Dear Andy,

Bob [Patterson] was an icon of the LAFD. My


dad Stan was his friend from way back and I met Bob
as a young boy. His cartoons in the many years of
Firemens Grapevines are legendary. We have some of
his original artwork in both the Hollywood and Harbor
Fire Museums for all to enjoy. We also have all those
old Grapevines in our archives. He made many people
happy and served our country and our city with honor.

Thank you for all the support you gave me during


his passing away. Knowing you were there gave me
the strength I needed to put on a celebration that paid
tribute to Les. Thank you also for the plant and the
American flag. It was an honor to have you there.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Dear Andy,

Frank Borden

Christine Hawkes
Los Alamitos, CA

LA Firemens Relief Association,

Dear LAFRA,

I was an Auto Fireman at FS 17-A and Bob


[Patterson] was our Truck Capt. Bob was instrumental
in the making of the film Our Obligation and was
the most famous Fire Dept cartoonist ever. Most of
Bobs cartoons were the result of real happenings! Bob
understood the character of firemen which resulted in
him being a great leader.

The support of this organization has been so


important to our family. Please accept my thanks to
each and every one who played any role in providing
assistance. This is a very difficult time and your help is
greatly appreciated.

Please accept this donation in memory of my


dearest husband, Robert M Brewis Capt II. Bob
always considered it an honor and privilege to be a
member of the LA City Fire Department. He thought
the world of LAFRA and all the good work that you
do. You were certainly there for me in my time of need
four years ago. I am so grateful.

Larry Schneider

Paula Ward (widow of Harold Ward)


Atlanta, GA

Relief Association:
I rarely comment publically about men that had a
profound influence on my life, but Bob Aaron is the
exception. Bob was my first Captain at Fire Station
3 when I joined the LAFD in 1976. He was my Task
Force Commander at Fire Station 27 when I was a
newly promoted Captain in 1984. Captain Aaron
always adhered to the rules and regulations of the
LAFD. He always ran a tight ship. His knowledge
and experience of Firefighting Principles were never
questioned. We always marched into hell together.
He was never considered as a man among men,
even though he was a monument among stones. When
we went into battle together, we went because we
knew it was the right thing to do.
Bob and I never rode motorcycles together, we
never skied together, nor did much together off duty,
but we were joined at the hip when we were in combat
fighting fire.
Most Firemen are rarely remembered for their
accomplishments as firefighters. I would like to
acknowledge that Chief Aaron was a brave and
tenacious firefighter who was dedicated to preserving
and protecting the lives of everyone who lived and
worked in the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you,

Dear Pauline,
Thanks to you for all your help and to all the men
and women who helped me throughout my working
years as an LA Times news photographer. I always
enjoy the Grapevine.
George Fry
Eugene, OR

Debbie Stevens
Thousand Oaks, CA

Sincerely,
Patricia Brewis
Irvine, CA
Juan,
This donation to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund was collected from retired LA City
firemen who meet once a month up here in Tehachapi.
We are known as the Retired LA City Fire of Kern
County. We are hopeful this will be a recurring
donation to our great organization.
Sincerely,
Robert Klopfenstein
Tehachapi, CA

My family sends its deepest sympathies and


condolences to the Aaron Family.
Millage Peaks

May 2015 41

42 May 2015

n the morning of November 7th,


50 Fire Hogs and friends from both
chapters of the Fire Hogs made the
journey from Orange County Harley Davidson
to Camp Pendleton in support of the Injured
Warriors. What a great feeling it gave us as we
joined the 300 other bikers who all made the
escorted journey.

As we traveled the highways to Camp
Pendleton I was amazed at the honor the procession was given by all other travelers. Traveling the roads through Camp Pendleton, we
were astonished to see members of the military
at attention and saluting our group as we passed
by. It was a humbling experience knowing we

were there to help these heroes but it was they


that were honoring us.

Once at Camp Pendleton we enjoyed
a great lunch, met the commander and event
organizers, and were rewarded with the knowledge that we had raised more than $70,000 that
day. As it turned out that amount was enough to
purchase seven motorized wheel chairs for the
Vets in need. I have to say the Fire Hogs were
by far the single biggest group in attendance.

In true Fire Hog fashion, at the end of
the event, the only volunteers left to pick up the
table and chairs were the Fire Hogs. It was a
very rewarding day to say the least.


There are many more rides coming up!
You dont have to be a Fire Hog to participate.
All you need is a willingness to have fun. Come
on out to see what this is all about. Events are
posted on our website www.firehogs.org.

Apply for an account to be e-mailed notifications of upcoming rides. Members wishing to join the Fire Hogs can contact any of the
board members from our website.

As a national organization, we are also
accepting applications for new Fire Hog chapters from riders from other agencies.

Join us on Facebook @Fire Hogs M/C,
Like our Facebook page @ L.A.F.D. Fire Hogs.

May 2015 43

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FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH OFF


Well, its that time of year again, TIME TO FISH. Can you believe it, this is our 15th Annual
Fish Off. I want to thank all of you that have been supporting this fishing tournament throughout
the years. This year we have more boats,more raffle prizes and more fire departments participating. The organization that we have been supporting is the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors.
Firefighters Quest is an organization that has been able to support Burn Survivors and their families
in their worst and most painful moments in their lives. Save the date and come out and represent
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Depart: June 8, 2015 @ 2100 Hrs
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May 2015 45

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MEMBERS

Donald N. Sawyer, Captain I.


Appointed January 30, 1978. Retired on a service pension June 14, 2006 from FS 8.
Passed away March 2, 2015.
James D. Olson, Engineer.
Appointed April 13, 1968. Retired on a service pension April 30, 2007 from FS 25.
Passed away March 7, 2015.
Robert J. Patteron, Captain.
Appointed January 21, 1941. Retired on a service pension February 1, 1971 from FS 87.
Passed away March 7, 2015.
James E. Barr, Fireman.
Appointed November 1, 1956. Retired on a disability pension August 1, 1973 from FS 35.
Passed away March 9, 2015.
Lawrence L. Harris, Fireman.
Appointed October 7, 1947. Retired on a disability pension May 31, 1950 from FS 68-A.
Passed away March 17, 2015.
Robert A. Moore, Engineer.
Appointed March 16, 1948. Retired on a service pension April 1, 1978 from FS 80.
Passed away March 21, 2015.
Burton M. Hosterman, Engineer.
Appointed July 2, 1956. Retired on a service pension July 6, 1986 from FS 11.
Passed away March 25, 2015.

FAMILY
Cornelia W. Dowell, surviving spouse of George P. Dowell, passed away March 7, 2015.
Betty L. Woodson, spouse of Edward O. Deane, passed away March 8, 2015.
Gayle A. Schenk, spouse of Donald W. Schenk, passed away March 8, 2015.
Barbara W. Brown, surviving spouse of Robert E Brown, passed away March 9, 2015.
Jacqueline J. Parmelee, surviving spouse of Robert G. Parmelee, passed away March 16, 2015.
Beryl F. Jarrett, surviving spouse of Hilton F. Jarrett, passed away March 22, 2015.
Geraldine Comport, surviving spouse of Raymond F. Comport, passed away March 27, 2015.
Jeanne M. Christopher, surviving spouse of John S. Christopher, passed away March 27, 2015.
Dorothy M. Davis, surviving spouse of Ralph N. Davis, passed away March 28, 2015.
Margaret H. Rue, surviving spouse of Dale E. Rue, passed away March 29, 2015.

May 2015 47

Trustees and staff gather for a tour of


the 7470 Fig building on March 18th

Member Services Specialist Maria Rodriquez


and Member Services Coordinator Ana Salazar
happy to have located their new office

48 May 2015

Command staff pretends to understand the floor


plan (l to r: V.P. Bob Steinbacher, Trustee Chris Hart,
Exec Dir Todd Layfer and Trustee Dave Lowe)

LAFRA Operations Supervisor and Facilities


Mgr Kevin Thome tours executive suites

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO


Firefighters First Credit Union

Help Us Help You.


Over the past year, your Credit Union
has made some huge strides to ensure our future success by carefully and appropriately
adapting to a rapidly changing financial environment. Decisions made required strategic
thinking, courage, and leadership. Our Board
of Directors and staff have aligned themselves
with your needs to ensure we are able to grow
and thrive.

Its exciting to see how bright the future
is for your Credit Union. There isnt any other
financial institution that exclusively serves fulltime, paid, active and retired firefighters in the
state of California like we do. We are an organization dedicated to serving you and your
family. And, its been an honor to do so.
Our success is the result of many factors. You
have embraced the unique mix of products and
services we provide. We continue having minimal loan delinquencies and charge-offs, while
experiencing strong share and loan growth. All
of these factors make us a stronger financial institution, which benefits all of us.

We are here for you.


At the Credit Union, we want to help
you make sound decisions about your personal
finances. Managing your debt is a key strategy
we employ. There are some financial institutions that dont have the borrowers best interest at heart and dont want to lend to someone
carrying a lot of debt. But Firefighters First
members are at the center of everything we do.
If you want common sense underwriting, come
to the Credit Union.

Should you ever experience financial
difficulties and are having trouble making ends
meet, talk to us. The Firefighters First Credit
Committee is composed of five Board of Directors who are retired or active firefighters
like yourself and are available to all members
to discuss any financial need or concern. They
can assist with credit related questions and issues. By working closely with the Consumer
Lending and Real Estate departments, they can
review loans, grant extensions and accommodate special requests as needed.

You have a voice at the


Credit Union.

Your feedback is extremely important

to us. So, we want to hear from you. As we


continue to drive improvements to enhance
your experience with us, we want to find ways
to make sure we can exceed your expectations
whether that means offering more convenient
services with improved online and mobile
channels, providing higher quality and timely
service, or reducing fees.

In the past, you told us that it was difficult to reach us by phone. We heard you. If
you have called us over the past year, you may
notice that wait times average less than 20 seconds. On many occasions, a representative answers calls after just a few rings, bypassing the
automated phone menu.

In the past, you told us that we charged
too many fees. We heard you. While other financial institutions continue to raise fees, we
eliminated many nuisance fees like stop payments, money wires, return deposit items, and
others. Plus, if you have a checking account
with direct deposit at the Credit Union, youll
continue to enjoy three free out-of-network
ATM withdrawals per month/account that incur a surcharge fee in addition to the thousands
of no-fee CO-OP ATMs.* In 2014, almost
$250,000 in ATM fees were reimbursed to
members.

Enhancements to your Credit Union require on-going feedback. So I encourage you
to continue to share your thoughts with us. In
case you havent visited our web site lately,
just click the Talk to Mike button and tell me
whats on your mind.

Its Yours


Our tagline, Its Yours, reflects your
ownership and our intent to provide you with
value-added premier products and services.
Firefighters First Credit Union is deeply committed to ensuring the Credit Union will survive and thrive even as competition accelerates
from traditional and non-traditional businesses.

As we head into our 80th year of serving the Fire Family, I want to thank you for
helping us help you. Without the support of our
founding department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Los Angeles City firefighters, we
would not be the premier financial institution
we are today.
Thank you for your loyalty. Together we are
stronger.
I have kept my money with the Credit Union
for more than 18 years. And, even though I am
in New Mexico, there is not a friendlier, more
accommodating bank in the country. I love the
personal care given by all Ive ever talked to. I
love Firefighters First.
Zenshin R.
Member Since 1997
The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the financial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month!

Mike Mastro
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.
*ATM rebate program details: Firefighters First Credit Union will
reimburse you for ATM surcharge fees incurred when making a
withdrawal using your Firefighters First ATM/Check card. Fees will
be reimbursed for your first three (3) ATM transactions that incur a
surcharge fee, per calendar month. Fees will be reimbursed the same
day unless your ATM withdrawal is after 3:00 pm (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 Firefighters First
personal or business checking membership.

May 2015 49

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50 May 2015

ear seventeen comes to a close at the


annual Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride
with another successful event benefitting the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. After 16 years at the Ocotillo
Wells Off-Highway Vehicle Area the event was
moved across the highway to a camping area
on private property. The powers that be in the
OWOHVA had decided they have had enough
of the law abiding firefighters and their families, and refusing to allow us to hold our event
in their (our state run) park on MLK weekend.
Something about too much dust, too many people, no rangers to watch us, and really we dont
want you here using the park for its intended
purpose.

This years theme was Super Heroes. A
course was set up to include five stops to re-

ceive cards for the best poker hand. Each stop


was manned/girled (I like to be politically correct) by super hero cartoon characters. One
stop found Buzz Lightyear and Catniss handing out cards, another stop saw Wonder Women
and Batman. At the Ninja Turtle stop there was
a mini theater set up for the kids to watch movies. Dave Sotos wife, Virginia, came as herself
(a super woman) as a last minute volunteer. The
stop that generated the most comment though
was She-Ra, Princess of Power and He-Man,
Master of the Universe. These two had superpowers to transform themselves from their
mortal beings into super heroes using their
swords. One day they inadvertently crossed
swords and became He-She and She-Man and
started the first LGBTG chapter in Ocotillo
Wells.


A few noteworthy incidents included
the two pickup trucks that ignored the signs to
not follow the course into a narrow slot canyon.
It was too narrow for a full size pick up, but
the narrow minded drivers thought otherwise,
causing a massive backup on the course. Also
Dave Soto could be seen pulling Dave Rogers
through the course in his broken rented RZR.
Then there was Buddy Bob in his new RZR,
giving rides to some of the girls. In his attempt
to show the girls what his new toy could do, he
rolled it on its side. Nobody was seriously injured except Buddy Bobs pride. He explained
to the parents of these young girls that the accident occurred because he was driving too
slow!

Again a big thank you goes out to Mike
& Sonja Reitmayer, and Doug & Rene Weber
for putting on another great event.

May 2015 51

Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association


Annual Bar-b-que
June 3, 2015
12:00 Noon 3:00 PM

GRACE E. SIMONS LODGE


1025 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The General Membership Meeting begins at 10:00AM
Bar-b-que will immediately follow the meeting.

Please call the Association office at (888) 288-5073 if you have any questions.
Sorry, no telephone reservations will be accepted.

The deadline for reservations is May 25, 2015


Please return the bottom portion with your
reservation payment to:

Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association


9521 Las Tunas Drive Suite 4, Temple City, CA 91780
All Members and their families are welcome to attend!
***Tickets are $5.00 Per Person***

Name_____________________________________________ Phone (

) ________________________________

Number of Adults:________ Children:_________ Amount Enclosed:________ Check Number:________


Please choose one of the following: Fire_______ Police_______
Payments are not refundable, No exceptions.

Please RSVP by May 25, 2015

52 May 2015

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - 1956 - The City and the LAFD Grows

The First Fire Service Day Then & Now

illiam L. Miller served as Chief


Engineer from January 17, 1956 to
July 16, 1965. He was the Fire Chief
when I came on the job in 1959. Los Angeles
had grown tremendously since the time Chief
Miller joined the department in 1933 - without
the corresponding growth of the fire department. The population growth escalated into an
urban sprawl of a magnitude never experienced
in the historical development of any city in the
world. The fire protection challenges attendant
to this growth were awesome, from the new
building explosion in the San Fernando Valley
to new homes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The airport and harbor were also expanding
at a rapid pace. In 1956 the LAFD had 2,832
firefighters, 89 engine companies, 30 ladder
trucks, 15 salvage trucks and eight rescue units.
The LAFD had a ratio of only two firefighters per 1,000 residents. Other large cities had
four. First alarm districts averaged five square
miles, compared to less than two miles in cities
of comparable size. Compounding the problem
were the large number of antiquated fire stations and apparatus.

In 1947 the LAFD had earned a Class 1
rating from the National Board of Fire Underwriters (NBFU) - the first given to any city with
a population over 500,000. Now nine years later the population explosion and building boom
had put that Class 1 rating in jeopardy. Chief
Millers challenge was to bring the department
up to a level to retain the Class 1 rating and
keep fire insurance rates in the city low. A major program was developed to improve the fire
department, the water systems and building
regulations in the city. While developing new
standards, Chief Miller hit upon an idea which
would have many ramifications. He would
need public support for what would have to be
a jumbo-sized bond issue for fire department
improvements. Chief Miller recognized that
few people had ever been inside a firehouse. He
decided upon a department wide open house on
the first Saturday in May.

The idea succeeded beyond his best
hopes. Chief Miller reported that more than
100,000 people visited fire stations in the city
on May 5, 1956, and had close-up looks at
apparatus and firehouse facilities while being
escorted by firefighters in dress uniforms. The
following year, California Governor Goodwin

Knight, with Chief Millers encouragement,


proclaimed a statewide Fire Service Day, May
4, 1957. Fire Service Day thereafter became an
annual event throughout California and serves
to bring fire safety lessons and public awareness of fire departments to the publics attention. More than 50 years running, this months
Fire Service Day falls on May 9th.

Through the years special themes were
given to Fire Service Days. That day on May
12, 1979 was declared Arson Suppression Day
using the theme, With Your Help, Were More
Than a Match for Arson. A major publicity campaign involved newspapers, brochures,
billboards and an hour long television documentary hosted by Randy Mantooth, co-star
of the Emergency television series. Captain
Patrick McGuiness, commander of the LAFD
Arson Section and author Paul Ditzel worked
with telephone officials in establishing Californias first toll-free tipster hotline.

Arson was forcefully brought to the
publics attention when two LAFD firefighters
were killed battling incendiary fires which occurred only 17 days apart. On April 25, 1979,

Firefighter Brian E. Phillips, Truck 102, died


of injuries in a fall from the aerial ladder (Full
story in the April, 2009 issue of the Grapevine. The Hollywood has a memorial display
for Firefighter Phillips) and on May 12, 1979,
Firefighter Lynn R. Hazlett, Squad 39, died of
suffocation in a commercial building fire. May
12th was Fire Service Day.

Apparatus Operator Thomas G. Taylor,
Truck Company 60-B, died January 28, 1981,
of burns in a roof collapse at an arson caused
fire at Cugees Restaurant. The arsonist was arrested and convicted, but has been up for parole hearings several times. One hearing was in
March of this year and members of the LAFD,
including Fire Chief Terazzas, personally attended. We are thankful that the arsonist was
again denied parole.
FIRE SERVICE DAY MAY 9, 2015

The City of Los Angeles has certainly
grown since 1956 with a population of just over
two million then. Amazingly the LAFD has
not kept up with that growth in providing the

Chief Miller on a Mack Tank


Wagon at Fire Station 71
Open House in Bel Air. Actor
Dennis Day is at the wheel.
Photo from the late 1950s.

Fire Chief Miller presenting


Honorary Fire Chief helmets to
Lucille Ball on the left and Vivian Vance from I Love Lucy.

May 2015 53

The Annual May Fire Service Day Pancake Breakfast at the Hollywood Fire Museum.

Task Force 27 demonstrates a rescue operation


for Fire Service Day.

corresponding resources for optimum protection for the people and property of the city of
now more than four million. Have you looked
at downtown L.A. lately? The Proposition 13
cuts in 1978 and the budget cut of 316 positions
in 2011 reduced the LAFD staffing back to almost the 1956 numbers of approximately 2,800
personnel. The LAFD has grown tremendously
in resource capability with a full EMS service,
Urban Search & Rescue, Air Operations, Marine Task Force, Haz Mat, communications
and incident management in the last 50 years.
So the personnel of the LAFD have been doing much more with fewer people. It is time to
bring the LAFD back to at least the pre-2010
staffing and resource level through a yearly
addition to the budget for a maximum of four
consecutive years.

Another fact that may surprise you
is the in 1965/66, the Citys population was
2,660,000 and the authorized uniform positions were 3,430 and we had 112 fire stations.
In 2015 we have fewer uniformed members
protecting more than 4,000,000 people. The
LAFD has 106 fire stations now. Those 106 fire
stations and special venues will be open to the
public on Fire Service Day this year and again
the LAFD Historical Society will be having its
annual Pancake Breakfast at the Hollywood
Fire Museum. New Fire Station 27 next door
to the Museum (Old Fire Station 27) will have
open house and demonstrations of fire fighting
and rescue operations. It will be a great day
with a full pancake breakfast and yard sale at
the LA Fire Museum and a visit to Fire Station
27. We plan on having retired Captain Barney
Nipp there overseeing his trainees on the grill.

54 May 2015

HAPPENINGS AT THE HOLLYWOOD


AND HARBOR FIRE MUSEUMS

I mentioned in last months article that
I would give an update on now retired Chief
Pilot Jeff Moir who volunteered to restore the
LAFD 1963 Bell 47 helicopter for the LAFD

Retired LAFD harbor firefighter Stubby Dils came


from Nevada with his
wife and daughter to the
Harbor Fire Museum to
donate his helmet.

Our hardworking volunteers polishing the nickel


plate on the original Old
Engine 36. Clockwise
around the rig: Gordy
Briggs, Mark Howell and
Tim Kennoy.

Historical Society. Hes been at work for five


years, using his own resources to work on it.
That story will be in the June issue. Jeff will
be making a special presentation to our Board
of Directors about the project. Things are happening with the restoration of our Museum apparatus. Our volunteer workers will have several projects to handle in the next few months.
Exciting times for us and new displays for our
visitors. More on that next month also.

We continue to have a steady crowd
of visitors at the Harbor Fire Museum in San
Pedro. We are in old Fire Station 36, opened
when the San Pedro City Hall was built in 1928
and in service until 1972. Many of our frequent
visitors like Bill Strickland and a few of our
volunteers like Frank Vidovich, Don Cate and
Rudy Govorchin worked in the old station. It
is great to have them there to hear their stories. Now the LAFD Operations South Bureau
staff is headquartered in the building on the 5th
floor.
NEWS FROM THE RALPH J. SCOTT
RESTORATION PROJECT

We now have two more retired LAFD
members doing double and triple duty at the
Old Fireboat on Fridays, the Hollywood Museum on Saturdays and mid- week projects
where ever needed. Thank you Johnny Garcia
and Dan Mattera. A real dynamic duo. We have
had some group tours of the old boat in the last
couple of months. The Long Beach Yacht Club

came through the tent for a close-up, on-board


tour of the project. The San Pedro Chamber of
Commerce also had its monthly Mixer there.
These visits are very good for us because it
brings awareness of our project to restore the
boat and they get to see a vessel with a colorful
history and appreciate our goal of preserving
this National Historic Landmark. The project is
all funded through donations and accomplished
by LAFDHS volunteers.

The old boat received a historic item
from the members at Fire Station 112. Its
a large industrial size dual grinder that had
been used by the crew of Old Fireboat 2 for
more than 70 years. The grinder started in the
boathouse work room on Terminal Island, was
moved to the temporary station in San Pedro,
then to Fire Station 112s work room and now
joined back with the Old Boat again. We thank
112s for upgrading their work room and returning the grinder back to the boat.

CURRENT LAFDHS PLANNED EVENTS


2015
May
- HS Annual Pancake Breakfast Sat. May 9th

Hollywood Fire Museum
- L.A. Wood Car Show, San Pedro

(Date TBD)
June
-Fire Hogs Memorial Run Museum 27 Start

- Sat. June 13
-LAFD Retired Member Luncheon

Museum 27 Thur. June 18
-Ralph J. Scott Fundraiser Party - Sun.

June 28

The Hollywood Museum is

located in Old Fire Station 27 at

1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA


90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San Pedro City Hall at 638 S.
Beacon St., San Pedro CA 90731.

Anyone interested in joining

our great cause by becoming a mem-

Dan Mattera getting trained on restoring the tower on


Old Boat 2 from Glenn Wilkinson. You can see from the
photo that we are down to the base now from a tedious
top down operation using our Mark Howell designed
scaffolding.

ber, or volunteering to work, or make


a donation of money or an LAFD item
may contact us by mail:

LAFDHS Museum & Memorial


1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember

we are currently staffed part time, so


leave a message and we will return
your call. The fax number is 323-464The members of Fire Station 112 delivering the old
grinder back to the boat. Thats Bill Dahlquist in the
middle who used that grinder in the Old Boathouse on
Terminal Island.

Calendar for May 2015

7401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@

aol.com. Web site at www.lafdmuseum.org. If you want to look at some

great LAFD history check www.


lafire.com. and check the LAFD web

site for information and events at


www.LAFD.org. We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at
the Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department


Historical Society is a non-profit 501
(C) (3) organization.

PRESERVE, EDUCATE,
MEMORIALIZE

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
May 2015 55

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


March 4, 2015
CALL TO ORDER
President Juan Albarran called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at 9:30
a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension (Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
GUESTS:
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Tim Larson led the invocation. David Lowe led
the flag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting held February
4, 2015. David Peters so moved. Chris Hart
seconded. There was no further discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes and Board actions of
the Board of Trustees held February 4, 2015.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Paul Reyes requested to make a presentation

56 May 2015

to the Board asking for support and participation


with the Firefighter Summer Olympics. Paul
Reyes provided a brief presentation and
indicated that this year, the L.A. City Fire
Department is hosting the 2015 Summer
Olympics. He stated that it is going to be held
from July 12th through July 17th with multiple
events. He indicated that this event allows
firefighters to get together for camaraderie in an
informal environment. He provided additional
information on the operations and planning
of the events. He asked the Board for support
of $2,500 for one specific event, the Surfing
Competition, and indicated that any proceeds
raised by a fundraiser would be donated back
to the WODFF.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT

David Peters motioned that they move the


request for support over to the Administrative
Committee for discussion. Chris Hart seconded.
There was no discussion or objections.

3) Todd Layfer reported that they had their first


Executive Committee meeting for the Hope for
Firefighters event. He announced that Ralphs
has committed to donate gift cards, beverages
and ice valued at approximately $20K. He
indicated that U.S. Bank has again agreed to be
our presenting sponsor and will donate $15K.

Motion carried to move the request for


support over to the Administrative Committee
for discussion.
2) Juan Albarran informed the Board that
their Drill Tower presentation scheduled
for February 24th had been canceled and
postponed until March 18th.
3) Juan Albarran informed that they had
attended an offsite Fire & Police Pension
meeting. He indicated that they discussed
medical plan options and investments.
4) Juan Albarran referred to the Fire & Police
Pension Operating Agreement and indicated
that they are still reviewing the document.
5) Juan Albarran reported that we have
trademarked the LAFRA logo and name.
He indicated that they have made changes to
reflect the correct Latin now on the logo.
6) Juan Albarran indicated that he attended the
McKnight Memorial ceremony at MFC and
stated that the event was well attended.
7) Juan Albarran reminded the Trustees that
they will be having a Policy Book review
meeting on March 19th.
8) Juan Albarran referred to the LAFRA
Pechanga Reunion scheduled for May
18th through May 22nd and indicated that
information is in the Grapevine magazine. He
stated that they have reserved around 32 RV
spots.
9) Juan Albarran provided an update to the 7470
Figueroa construction progress. He mentioned
that they are currently receiving bids on the fire
and security systems.

1) Todd Layfer reported that he and Liberty met


with U.S. Bank to review banking operations,
efficiencies and cost reductions. He indicated
that they proposed some changes with the
service menu and stated that U.S. Bank should
get back with a revised amount of costs for
those changes. He also stated that they look at
the rates and safety and credit worthiness of the
bank as well as utilizing ACH filters and blocks
to prevent fraud.
2) Tim Larson reported on the Golf Committee
meeting and indicated that they will again hold
the tournament at Mountain Gate.

4) Todd Layfer informed that they will be


holding the LAFRA staff HIPAA training on
April 23rd and indicated that attorney Bob
Macaulay will be instructing the class.
5) Todd Layfer informed that the Express
Scripts quarterly meeting will be on April
15th after regular committee meetings. He
indicated that Burchfield will also be present
and indicated that they will be discussing drug
use patterns and costs.
6) Rick Godinez addressed the Board and
provided a brief summary on what is currently
taking place in the Marketing Department.
He reviewed upcoming events, web content
and revenue coming from online auction
items. Marlene Casillas referred to the Grant
Giving programs available for non-profits
and indicated that she would like to begin
completing applications to obtain these grants.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
Todd Layfer referred to the annual Beacon
Pointe meeting and reported that Symons and
St. James managers are currently on the watch
list. He indicated that these two managers have
experienced poor performance.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
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.
The committee recommends and I so move to
increase the medical premium rates for actives
by 2% and retirees by 7% effective July 1,
2015. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to increase the medical
premium rates for actives by 2% and retirees
by 7% effective July 1, 2015.
Heather Leavitt from Bradawn Inc. addressed
the Board on the Cadillac Tax scheduled to
take effect in 2018. She indicated that this tax
is a 40% excise tax on health plans that provide
health benefits to their members. She stated
that threshold amounts have been established
to determine the amount of excise taxes to be
paid. She indicated that this tax does not apply
to Medicare plans and stated that LAFRAs
Medicare eligible retirees are excluded; only
active and early retiree members are considered
when calculating the tax. LAFRA is working
closely with its healthcare consultants to ensure
that the medical plan stays below the threshold
amount to avoid paying the tax.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT
Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $2,402,443.29. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $2,402,443.29.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $439,852.05. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $439,852.05.
The committee recommends and I so move
to purchase a table of ten for $340 at the
Firefighter of the Year Luncheon. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to purchase a table of ten for
the Firefighter of the Year Luncheon.
The committee recommends and I so move
to purchase USB Port security software for
$1,000. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to purchase USB Port security
software for $1,000.
The committee recommends and I so move
to purchase a foursome of golf and tee sign
for $690 for the Firefighters Quest Charity
Golf Tournament. There was no discussion or
objections.

Motion carried to purchase a foursome of


golf and tee sign for $690 for the Firefighters
Quest Charity Golf Tournament.

to approve the emergency advancement


applications for active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.

RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT

Motion carried to approve the emergency


advancement applications for active and
retired members.

James Coburn presented the following motion.


The committee recommends and I so move to
pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of
$9,557.14,
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of
$6,120,
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $24,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of
$49,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
benefits.
James Coburn read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
MEMORIALS
George C. Fuller
Ronald A. Weber
Harold Ward
James W. Clark
Stephen Baumeister
Charles L. Christensen
Louis Mouton Jr.
Carter B. Ames
James S. Johnson
Paul L. Polk
Dudley E. Sorenson
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $4,295.10
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $4,295.10 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the financial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the financial
assistance applications for surviving spouses,
active and retired members.
EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTS
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT


Rick Godinez reported on the status of the
Scholarship Program and reminded the
Trustees that March 27th was the deadline to
submit applications. He stated that the exam
will take place on April 11th at the LAFRA
offices.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 21st
2) Firefighter of the Year Luncheon April 1st
3) Scholarship Exam April 11th
4) Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
April 25th
5) Lane Kemper Softball Tourn May 13th
6) LAFRA Pechanga Reunion May 18 22
7) Practice Picnic HFF May 30th
8) Hope for Firefighters June 4th
9) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
Memorial September 19th
RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) Paul Hilleary March 7th Banning Landing
Community Center (Hedberg)
2) Doug Reyes March 12th Knollwood
Country Club (Bednarchik)
3) Randy Beaty March 18th The Odyssey
Restaurant (Godinez)
4) Gregory Acevedo & Carlos Vargas
March 29th Knollwood Country Club (Ortiz)
5) Javier Campos April 4th Friendship
Auditorium (Albarran)
6) Gregory E. Newland April 11th Dalmatian
American Club San Pedro (Kuljis)
7) Ted Nonini April 16th Knollwood
Country Club
8) Jeff Easton April 19th FS 27 (Steinbacher)
9) Randy Beach April 29th Porter Valley
Country Club (Ruda)
10) David Dumler & James W. Vels
April 30th Bel-air Bay Club
11) Darrayle Prosser May 2nd
Odyssey Restaurant
12) Rick Ramirez May 4th Bannings
Landing Community Center (Doak)
13) Kendal Koneval May 5th
Sagebrush Cantina
ADJOURNMENT
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn.
Frank Aguirre so moved. Chris Hart seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:13 p.m.

Juan Albarran, President

May 2015 57

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


April 2015

HOOK & LADDER PROCEEDS 2015

DENNY & DONNA STRONG in memory of Ross Stevens

LEONA I. SORENSON in honor of Andy Kuljis and in


memory of my husband Dudley Sorenson

DAVID J. RAYA in memory of Lenore Bastillas

D.A.K. ENTERPRISES
PATRICIA A. BREWIS in memory of my dear husband
Capt. Robert M. Brewis
LENA F. BEGLEY in memory of my husband Vern Begley
STEVEN & PAM SORENSON in memory of our father and
grandfataher Dudley Sorenson
HOLLYWOOD POST NO. 43/THE AMERICAN LEGION
in honor of FS 35
BETTY J. HALL in memory of my husband Joseph P. Hall
ARTHUR A. PEREZ from surplus donations from
my retirement luncheon
DON W. CLEGG in memory of Clarence Red Bramley
& Bert Willmore

MARY T. COULTER in memory of


Dolores Cullen McGuinness
JOSEPH WINKEL in memory of William Bill Czernek
JAMES B. WADLEIGH in memory of Bill Czernek
ARTHUR & CATHY SKUBIK in memory of Noemi Franco,
mother of Robert Franco retired
JACKIE MC PHEETERS in memory of Bill Czernek
DALE & JEANETTE RATZLAFF in memory of
William Czernek
ANSELMO J. GARRIDO in memory of Kelly Ann Van Kamp
RICHARD & CYNTHIA ALLEN in memory of Bill Czernek
JOYCE WILLIAMS in memory of William Bill Czernek

EDMUND M. MIYAMOTO in memory of Ann Fix

LOU & MELINDA PUCCI in memory of


William Bill Czernek

DON & PAT CHAMBERS in memory of Bill Czernek

LISA ANGEL in memory of Kelly Van Kamp

ROGER & ELIZABETH REYBURN in memory of


William Bill Czernek

DAVID A. BOLDING in memory of Ross Stevens

RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of Michael A. Roy


& James D. Olson

ANTHONY J. HIDALGO in memory of Bob Aaron


RICH & JOYCE HOWE in memory of Ross Stevens

BARBARA A. BLAKE in memory of William Bill Czernek

CAROL JONES in memory of William D. Czernek

RICHARD & MARY ANN CUNEO/TRIPLE C


APARTMENTS in memory of William Bill Czernek

NORA & TOM RIEBOLDT in memory of Anthony Maricich

ROBERT C. KLOPFENSTEIN from the Retired LA City Fire


of Kern County

RICHARD W. SEMSCH in memory of Ronald Weber


JILL K. JOHNS

AMICA COMPANIES FOUNDATION

JAMES L. STIGLICH

THE BOEING COMPANY EMPLOYEE INDIVIDUAL


GIVING PROGRAM

RICHARD E. LARSON

DONALD & MARILYN SPREEMAN in memory of


Bill Czernek
HELEN L. SCHULZ
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of Dudley Sorenson
58 May 2015

MARK L. KOENIG
JAD ELKHOURY in memory of William Czernek
VALERIE HONGO-WHITING in memory of Les Hawkes

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WAYNE PRESS CHIROPRACTIC. Work, Auto, DMV, Wellness.
Preferred provider for most PPO,
HMO, MPN, Union, Auto accident
and Workers Compensation
Plans. (818) 527-7246.
DrWaynePress.com
WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS
8-C (800) 667-6676.
www.GeeWindows.com

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VACATION
RENTALS
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $100/$110
(two day minimum). $550/$650
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About
6 miles from ski slopes & lake.
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen
- furnished. $100 per night M - Th.
$110 per night F-Sun. Weekly
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or
(760) 948-2844.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINESTDeluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, including all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-5418311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com
BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin.
Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wifi internet and cable TV. On a large
lot with sled hill. Fully furnished
except linens. $125 Winter $100
summer. Details and availability,
Call/text Jessica (949) 874-5294
sugarloafcabin@cox.net
sugarloafcabin.com
CARPINTERIA BEACH CONDO.
2 bedroom, 2 bath. Three blocks
to beach, five blocks to downtown. Sleeps 8 - Monthly rentals
only - completely furnished - cable
+ WiFi. (vrbo.com - 603800 search). Jill Johns (805) 490-8196.
CATALINA BEACH
COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1
bath, one block to beach, view,
fully equipped housekeeping unit.
Marci (818) 347-6783 or Clarence
(310) 510-2721.
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2
bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo,
TV, internet, pools and spas. Gated
community from $115/night. 3
bed from $125/night. No smoking.
Barbara (626) 798-2484.

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JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA


cabin with Carson Peak view.
Close to fishing & skiing. Furnished, wood deck, equipped
kitchen, wood burning stove, tree
swing, cable /DVD/phone. Garage/
ample parking. $95/night plus
cleaning fee. Email for pictures.
Jeff Easton 93-A (805) 217-5602.
junebound@gmail.com
LAKE ARROWHEAD BLUE JAY
CABIN. Charming 2-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV/VCR/DVD,
fireplace, washer & dryer. Walk to
Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 8. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR
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
LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large flat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking.
Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter
$110 per night, Summer $80 per
night plus $65 cleaning fee and
13% tax. All linens included. Drew
or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000
or mammoth241@aol.com
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
fireplace. Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in

complex. Reduced rates for FFs


starting @100/nt
oldtownmammothcondo.ownernetworks.com
mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/
rates
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been
beautifully remodeled. Photos
available on website. Winter $300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus
cleaning. No smoking; no pets.
Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO
THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two bath
with towels and linens, newly remodeled kitchen, internet and cable
TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the
gondola, shops, restaurants and
ski in on the new comeback trail.
Parking at the front door. Winter:
$250/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area.
Winter $115, Summer $90, plus
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAMMOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2

TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,


fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or
Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully
furnished, across from Vons, on
shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot
tub, heated pool, sauna, full size
in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning fireplace, pets
OK FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS,
rates from $150/night
facebook.com/mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com
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, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMOTH LAKES - One
bedroom, extremely charming
wildflower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788.
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired.
email: cat25sailor@juno.com or
(213) 399-6534.
MAMMOTH CONDO- SEASONS
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities

including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,


phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
Bobby@310-350-5552.
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
aol.com or visit:
www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport

and resort areas. Marsha Smith or


Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com

internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.


Call Dan (805) 270-8143 or www.
VRBO.com (#494959)

MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL


BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat
screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi
(internet), complimentary maid service, complimentary coffee every
morning and breakfast on Fridays.
Special firefighters discount - Best
value in West Maui! Nice pool &
BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)
336-2185 www.napilivillage.com
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
929-0989

PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,


one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community, two
(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts).
Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.

MONTANA ROCKY MT. FRONT


GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless

SEE NEW ORLEANS MARDI


GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night

plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose


Agnew at (661) 250-9907 OR
(661) 476-6288.

VACATION
VEHICLES
MOTOR HOMES FOR RENT:
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with pool tables & spas. PLEASE
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