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JULY 2015

NO. 11

2015 Lane Kemper Softball Classic

Twenty teams registered to play on May 13th, 2015,

and all had a chance to set aside the shift rivalries and
departmental buffoonery and partake in true fire family fun. ......06

Annual LAFRA Get-Together

Your Relief Association sponsored the 3rd annual

LAFRA Reunion at Pechanga with hundreds showing up
for some camaraderie with old friends and new. ......................12

Documenting Work Comp Injuries

Very few firefighters go through their career without

a work related injury. So how should you protect yourself
when an injury occurs?. .....................................................34

Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Dream Fulfillment
First responders team up for Make-a-Wish ..............................11
Battalion News .................................................................................14
The Retired Guys ............................................................................33
Department in Action .........................................................................36
Fire Hogs
Solvang ride ................................................................................39
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Tactical considerations of back-up fire attack .......................40
Station Fridge ..................................................................................43
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...............................................45
Summer Tip-off
LAFD vs LAPD basketball game .............................................47
Mailbox .............................................................................................49
Memorials ........................................................................................50
Dollars and Sense
Improving your financial life .........................................................51
LAFD History
Fireboat 2 Captain Warner L. Lawrence .......................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .......................................................56
Classifieds ........................................................................................59


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Here I am writing from the confines of our new location, 7470 North Figueroa Street. Our move was a monumental
task that could only be accomplished by the likes of Operations
Manager, Bob Dillon (working behind the scenes like the Wizard of Oz), our Operations/Facility Supervisor Kevin Thomes
orchestration, and the tireless work of your LAFRA staff. I know
I mentioned this last month, but having lived through the move, I
wanted to remind you who to thank next time. Please stop by for
a tour of your new LAFRA home.

Speaking of our staff, I had the opportunity to attend a memorial service for one our retirees in Simi Valley. I wanted to let
you know how our staff gets involved with this type of distinguished remembrance.

The familys initial point of contact was our receptionist
team of Monica and Angelica. They are tasked with routing all
calls diligently and professionally. They put the reporting person in contact with Andy Kuljis or Jim Dolan for the necessary
notifications and service arrangements. It is at this point that
Andy and Jim assist the family in anything that the family might
need. They have handled many interesting situations and requests
over the years. LAFRA and members of the LAFD fly a flag at
the deceased members last known assignment. We then place the
flag in a beautiful wood flag case and present it to family. In this
particular service, the family wished to witness the members of
Fire Station 20 fly the flag at half-staff in honor of their deceased
relative. At the mentioned memorial service I was privileged and
honored to receive all the accolades for what the Relief Association has done for our family. But it was not me. All I did was
attend the ceremony. It was our staff and their going the extra
mile that provided a great memory for this, our fire family.

The Reunion at Pechanga was a great success! The event
was well attended. Thanks to Angelica Patino, Steve and Chris
Domanski, and Tim and Wendy Larson. See you all next year!

Hope for Firefighters was held downtown on June 4, 2015.
Despite some wet weather we had some great food and interesting station booth decorations. This event is a great example

of what the combined efforts of LAFRA staff, LAFD stations,

volunteers and the Hope for Firefighters committee can accomplish. The logistics of this event dwarf a large scale brush fire!
Thanks to all involved.

Effective July 1st, a there will be a couple of new things
to talk about at LAFRA. We have added a trust preparation
advancement benefit. This will allow a member up to $1200 in
an advancement to help prepare a trust. This is in addition to the
estate planning grant benefit of $600 (lifetime). Check the
website after July 1st.

The other item is the LiveHealth Online. This feature
will allow you to talk face-to-face online with a board-certified
doctor. This doctor can provide a diagnosis, proper treatment and
even a prescription if needed. Check back after July 1st.

Were here for you. Stop by for a cup of coffee.

Juan Albarran

Daran and Don Paone attended the LAFRA Reunion in Temecula.

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6 July 2015

Fire Station 33 - Champions

Fire Station 64 - Runners-up

Bill Bringas and crew

Fire Station 61

t is so easy to find a reason to not do something. And what you feel you need to do
always takes precedence over what someone else would like you to do. We often get
caught up in the shortest, quickest way to get
somewhere and the easiest, fastest path to git r
done. Just human nature, I reckon. Heck, how
many apps and devices are out there specifically designed to replace mental effort and creative thought with instant gratification. This,
presumably, to free up our time for more important endeavors. It is tragically funny how,
with so much time saving technology, we still
routinely come up short on time. Sometimes
we just have to suck it up and make time.

One day every year a group of dedicated souls takes time, out of very busy schedules, to put together an event that offers all of
us a chance to escape the controlled chaos of
the firehouse, the out of control world we serve
and protect and, for some, to enjoy a welcome
recess from the tugs of the home front. On May
13, 2015, the annual Lane Kemper Softball
Classic took place. We all had a chance to set
aside the shift rivalries and departmental buffoonery and partake in true fire family fun. 20
teams registered to play. Almost enough players, for that many teams, showed up. In past
years we have had more than twice that many.
Aside from those gracious enough or greedy
enough to work and those who had truly pressing health or home concerns, is there any reason there werent more members involved?

Lane Kemper was special, though he
would be the first to downplay that fact. Lane
embodied what it meant to be a good fireman.

Lovely volunteers

Know your job. Do your job. Love your job.

Share what you know. Outside the job, Lane
embodied what it meant to be a good man. He
was always there for his family, friends and coworkers. His infectious personality and high
standards drew people in. His ability to motivate and inspire got a lot of us to reach a higher
potential. Lanes passion was to get as many
people as he could to gather in fun and friendly
competition to strengthen camaraderie. Camaraderie is almost cliche nowadays in many
firehouses. It is certainly watered down. That is
tragic. Lane hasnt been with us for some time
now but his legacy still stands and still inspires
some. Whoever would be inspired must be prepared to help carry the torch. Sorry, Lane, for
the sermon. Just trying to rally a little more interest.

PLAY BALL! The day started cool
and overcast. Perfect conditions. No extreme
weather deployments. No big department
drills. No tactical alerts. Just another big traffic
day in the big city. About 260 registered players
and more than 100 supporters and spectators
gathered for the fun and friendly competition.
The logistics played out nicely even without
the gold badges and white radios. Mark Curry
and his cast of camp cookies circled the wagons and lit off the Qs. E-Z ups, tables and the
sound system went up without difficulty. Raffle
prizes (lots of nice ones) were displayed. Refreshments were cooled. Fields were prepped
nicely. A wonderful rendition of the National
Anthem was given. Only thing left was for Bill
Bringas to concoct some equitable method of
pairing the teams and tracking the competition.

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It doesnt matter if nobody but Bill understands

it. It actually worked out as games were assigned and started on time.

For a change we had more than enough
umpires. Many games had multiple field umpires to minimize controversy. There seemed to
be no blatant disregard of the rules and no reported game changing missed calls. Of course,
that statement is subject to ones opinion. The
newly added five run up rule of scoring kept
the games moving and competition a little
more equitable. Most seem to agree its a little
more fun to play in a game where there are at
least more chances for the underdog to score in
a lopsided game. Every team got to play at least
three games. That was more than enough for
some. For others, you would never know the
first two games were just for fun. Speaking of
fun, the Fire HOGs, with the costumes (oops,
colors) and great attitudes, epitomized what
the whole thing is about. Camaraderie, fun and
charity. Thanks guys.

The competition ranged from casual
to intense, as expected. The perennial power-

Greg Pascola
Kevin Smith
Chip Johnson
Craig Nielsen

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house teams from down south were there to

win. The semi-final games were more intense
than the scores indicated with 33s beating 46s
13-0 and 64s beating 98s 12-3. This set up the
exciting rematch of last years final between
64s and 33s. Lots of hits and lots of fine defense ensued and 64s took the lead early looking strong against the somewhat younger and
arguably stronger 33s. Late in the game, a rally with the bats and some fine base running allowed 33s to come back for the repeat win, and
still champs, with all the bragging rights and
accolades for another year. Nice win guys and
classy shirts with the Kemper touch. Thanks.

Are there no sleepers hiding out in the
Valley? You Crazy Dogs from 98s gave great
effort to make it into the final four. And 88s
and 91s showed support . . . but is that all the
Valleys got? It is a fact that your side of the
hill gets an ever increasing number of big incidents, and workload in general, but wheres
the old any time, any place mantra you guys

had back in the day? Come on, we need you.

No certs needed. No stripes, horns or Bill of
Rights. No CTS! Just a can do attitude.

To all those who did participate in the
competition and raffle, thank you. We had a
ball. Hope you did, too. And we raised over
$15,000 for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. Thank you, all who offered sponsorship. Thanks, Mark Curry, Greg
Pascola, and Eric and Rebecca Stevens for
your equipment and efforts. Thank you, Valerie
Lawrence for your passion and tireless contribution. Thank you Jim Vels for your talent and
generosity. Thank you, Juliet and all the staffers and helpers from LAFRA. Thank you, umpires for risking life and limb. Thank you, Hoy
Talbott for your selfless contribution. Thank
you Steve and Mona Romas for being first to
arrive and last to leave. Thank you Bill Bringas
for keeping the dream alive. Thank you, Keith
Bandy for accepting the torch. Thank you,
Lane for the inspiration.

Jeff Haas
Nick Fratiani
Mark Curry
Greg Malais

Fire Station 9

Fire Station 11

Fire Station 88

Fire Station 26

Fire Station 66

Fire Station 46 & 96

Fire Station 91

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The Scioscia Angels Family
Los Angeles Dodgers
Warner Brothers Consumer products
Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke Sherwin, & Lee
Straussner Sherman

Nestle Pure Life Water

Donna Encinas
Sarazen Law Offices
Bruce & Debbie Galien
Galpin Ford

Fire Station 2

Fire Station 37

Battalion 4

Fire Station 35
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10 July 2015

Fire Station 98

Fire Station 3

Fire Station 15

Fire Hogs

ver a few days inn April, LA first responders were honored to make an
8-year old boys dreams come true.
Noah Cohen, from Vermont, was diagnosed
at birth with a rare disease that required him
to endure 24 surgeries. But despite his lifethreatening condition, he still continues to be
energetic and positive.

Noah has a strong fascination with the
lifestyle of firefighters and police officers. With
the aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Noah
and his family to travel to Los Angeles to fulfill
his wish: experiencing the excitement of being
a Los Angeles Firefighter and Los Angeles Police Officer.

Noah arrived at LAX and walked down

the stairs of the plane with an enormous smile

on his face. He waved dramatically at the firefighters, police officers, and news reporters that
greeted him with open arms. His welcoming
ceremony included an opportunity to ride in a
firetruck, and he and his family were presented
with special gifts and uniform apparel.

The LAFD was excited to assist Noah in
continuing his emergency services career when
he joined the Recruit Class at Drill Tower 40
in San Pedro. He was provided a swearing-in
speech and an honorary acceptance, got fitted
in protective equipment, and was run through a
specialized training course.

Noah then had to implement his newly
acquired skills in extinguishing a fire, taking

vital signs in a simulated medical emergency,

then assisted extricating a trapped victim from
a traffic collision by raising the vehicle off a
patient utilizing an air bag system.

Young Firefighter Cohen was then provided a graduation and swore a modified oathof-office, then had a firefighter badge pinned on
him and was given a special plaque.

Finally, Noah went to sea at Fire Station
112 in San Pedro where he got an up-close look
at Fireboat 2, the Citys largest, and then joined
the firefighters for lunch.

All agencies involved were moved by
this brave young man and were honored to
provide a memorable experience that we will
never forget, and we hope he doesnt either.

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Employee organiza

n reps were there to

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The red LAFRA cups

were a big hit

Domanskis & Larson

undreds of active and retired LAFD

members - and their wives - made it
out to the Pechanga Resort and Casino
for the 3rd Annual LAFRA Reunion in May.
Many arrived in motorhomes, others on motorcycles, but all came for a day or two . . . or five
of camaraderie with their old friends, and maybe made a few new ones while they were at it.

This was not a charity event like Hope
for Firefighters or the September golf tournament. This was your Relief Association giving
back to its members. This was a week of pure
fun and relaxation.

There was a little business going on in
the clubhouse each day. Reps from LAFRA,
the credit union, the department of pensions,
and Unum (our long term care insurance provider) were on hand to answer questions and
solve service problems with members face-toface.

There was also a little house-cleaning
going on. If you didnt know it, the Relief Association has moved! In order to keep the moving costs down, Juan Albarran ordered the attic
cleaned out and he brought loads of logo items
to give away. The red plastic cups were a big


Temecula Wine Tro

hit and no one went away empty handed. Also,

if you didnt know it, the LA Firemens Credit
Union changed its name to Firefighters First
Credit Union. Aimee, from FFCU, was giving
away as many nail files, sewing kits, shoe shiners and key chains all with the old name on
them as you could carry.

LAFRA hosted a pizza and beer reception on Tuesday night. The stacks of gourmet
pizzas were ordered from a famous local pizzeria I think it said Kirkland on the boxes.
After there were only a few crusts left on the
plates, Andy Kuljis whistled . . . and everyone
listened. LAFRA Trustee Tim Larson then got
up and told a few stories of how the organization is helping its members in need: one about
a disabled retired member whose roof blew off
and another about a members wife who died
delivering their baby. Tim followed this with
a plea for everyone to buy Golf Ball Drop
tickets, of which 100% of the proceeds go to
the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens

Steve and Chris Domanski coordinated
an area wine tour for Wednesday. The trolley
made a stop right at the clubhouse door and

whisked away the large group of wine enthusiasts, stopping at two wineries in the Temecula
Valley. There was also a stop at a brewery for
those with a more pedestrian palette. I heard
there were just enough cork dorks on board to
help evaluate the QPRs, and avoid the plonks
and clunkers.

Sadly, Chris Domanski was unable to
partake in the wine tour. She was forced to remain in the motorhome with their sick puppy.
Maybe the pooch ate the leftover pizza crusts
from the night before? Or drank out of someones red LAFRA cup?

Wednesday evening was another
LAFRA hosted dinner in the clubhouse, and
Thursday everyone met in the hotel to try some
of the 250 fresh items and action stations offered at the Pechanga Buffet. By Friday noon,
the hotel rooms and RV park were empty with
the actives headed back to the firehouse, and
the retirees . . . well, doing whatever it is they
wanted to do.

Theres plenty of room for everyone
at Pechanga, so dont miss the fun, and start
making your plans to come out for next years

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3s on the roof of 1400 N

Sutherland St on 5/30/15.
Photo by Chris Conkle
Congrats to Mark and Jessica Hatcher
(25-B) who are proud to present Presley
Jade, born on 4/24/15 and weighing in
at 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 inches

14 July 2015

Welcome back all you Nay Sayers and
Go Getters - Carlos Danger back with open
arms for all your stories. The past month has
been a busy month for all the A/O candidates,
Engineer 3-whole score and Inspector candidates. A lot of new Departmental movements
for all the new probationary members going to
their new assignments, so everyone treat them

Let me start off this month with a positive note and the topic will be Nepotism.
Since 1912, Grand Pappy Schneider as his
great grandson FF William Schneider likes
to call him, basically built the Watts Fire
District and surrounding areas with his own
crew. Years ago, fire captains were tasked to
build fire stations and survey their own land.
That alone sets a great foundation, not only for
the LAFD, but also for the Schneiders and the
big shoes they have to fill. Next is Great Uncle
Larry Schneider, 63 years on the job, spent
most of his firefighting years at 22s, 30s,
and 33s, and his last 33 years as a Battalion
Chief. He recently came to Fire Station 12 to
keep an eye on his Great Nephew William. It
was the last day on probation for FF Schneider
and Uncle Larry was cordially invited. He was
Williams inspiration and role model, helping
him to become the outstanding young man he
is today. FFs on the A-Platoon there said they
couldnt have asked for a better rookie. Thank
you for all your hard work Bill. Good luck
at 15-B. That right there is proof that not all
nepotism is negative.

Next we have our welcomes and
farewells. To Fire Station 1-B, welcome FF
Ramirez. Good luck to Captain Navarro who
got a phone call on vacation and next week
magically appeared back at the drill tower the
following week. The fellas at 12s will miss
the Fire Code Jeopardy for dishes. Guys at
12s tip their hats off to you for all the hard
work and training, all members have only
gained from your time there. Salute!

Third and most importantly, lets talk
about tradition. When a member forgets PPEs
on a run, usually that member buys a wheel
for his penance and all is washed away, But
not for the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time),
FF Toys, who was acting on the truck. They
responded to a reported smoke, and when

arriving on scene, he realized his turn outs

were still sitting in quarters. The TFC then
said, Here Mijo, take mine! When they
returned to quarters, he then pulled a Houdini
and couldnt be found. The crew was waiting
on a wheel, amongst other things, and is still
waiting. All readers out there - do the right
thing. Whether its doing your daily checks
correctly, to wiping down the rig, to fueling it

up, it all falls back on our core values. Simple

as that!

While on the topic of A/O candidates,
congratulations on passing the written examination - whether you took it on that date or at
a later time. Keep on practicing and drilling. It
will all pay off at the end!

To conclude this months column, Id
like to talk about Assign Hire Codes. Dont

screw the person next to you and Bang In FI

on your coded day. Work it, trade it, or get a
guarantor. Lets make sure were fully staffed
to the best of our ability, and soon it will all go
back to normal.

A persons true nature is revealed at
times of the greatest adversity.
-Daisaku Ikeda

Firefighters responded
to a structure fire in 1s
district on 5/1/15.

Task Force 12 after a fire

in Lincoln Heights in May
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Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Great Uncle Larry helps nephew

William celebrate at 12s
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18 July 2015

You may remember the works by
Rosie Tos that were featured in the Battalion
News last year. She painted a beautiful mural
and the kitchen table top at Fire Station 63.
This year Rosie is at it again. She was recently
commissioned to enhance the atmosphere
at FS 5 and has transformed the station with
huge murals. She painted a 32 x 12 mural at
the entrance to the firehouse, 13 x 3 work in
the kitchen and a 28 x 10 wall painting in the
new gym. Great job Rosie thanks!

For those that think 51s just kicks
back in the trailer . . . got news for ya . . .
THEY RUN!! The station is pretty comfy. But
their last stats looked like this - 5,513 runs per
year. They had 855 automatic alarms. And if
they gotta find the pull station? They are walking through a HUUUUGE terminal. The last
time the stats were compiled, the Tom Bradley
terminal ran a few calls less than 9sdid to one
of THEIR regular spots, 601 South San Pedro
. . . aka The Mission. If ya think 51s has it
easy, work over there. Just knowing how to
drive on that airport is trick: lights, lines, FAA
guidelines, huge planes all over the place.
Heck just trying to get through all the doors
and passageways is like a maze. Try finding a
fire control room at LAX or an FDC. I got it
pretty easy over there working SOD as an engineer, these guys tell me where to drive. And
the guys at 51s are always having a good time
and are no doubt great ambassadors to the fire
service. I am sure all these travelers, whether
passing through or coming back home, get a
good taste from the guys at 51s. And they are
an all-risk fire company as you can see by the
little fella they managed to wrangle up.

You will see that some RAs in the
city have a rotary saw and some forcible entry
hand tools as their unofficial inventory. Rumor
has it RA 63 will be receiving these in the near
future. Without the usual F/E resources, they
were first on scene of a working fire and one
of the members had to improvise to gain entry
into the structure via a window (see photo).
Not a bad idea, I think. It doesnt require any
maintenance, no special knowledge or ridiculous numbers to spit out for a drill, can be
used by anyone, and it was proven extremely
effective, and no one was hurt. Ya can even
find one laying around outside of almost every
structure. Now thats thinking on your feet.

Improvised forcible entry tool

Fire Service Day at Fire Station 63.

Photos by Yvonne Griffin
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The amazing artistry of Rosie Tos at Fire Station 5

51s is an all-risk fire company

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22 July 2015

Task Force 27 and Engine 26 responded

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Photo by Juan Guerra

88s met Paul Scrivano and the crew from

Firemens Brew at the Blue Dog Tavern in
Sherman Oaks for a WODFF fundraiser
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On 5/6/15, firefighters investigated a pick-up truck vs

house at 16002 Leadwell St. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

Engine 83 and Ralphs, a Hope for Firefighters sponsor, team up at event in May.

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Money Matters
Timing the Market (Really?)

Investors will often ask, what do you think of the


objectives rather than what you or the popular financial

What they are really asking or thinking is,

media are saying will happen in the financial markets.

should I get in, or out of the stock market? For most

Switching to a long-term focus of what you want your

investors this is very difficult to do successfully, as most

investments to accomplish can immediately change

who try to correctly move in-and-out of the market are

your perspective.

unable to consistently be right over long time periods.

when you are at or nearing retirement you may not need

This is evidenced by some retail investors riding the

a high exposure to equity investments.

market all the way down to the lows experienced in 2009

approximately 90% of the volatility (otherwise called

to then consider selling, which would lock in substantial

risk) in your portfolio comes from equity exposure. So,

losses. Compound this problem, many waited for the

determining how your risk profile is structured will likely

market to stabilize before feeling comfortable to get

have an impact on your level of anxiety if we experience

back in and missed a huge rally in the financial markets.

a decline in the market.

This trader-like behavior, sometimes referred to as herd

mentality, can be very damaging to investment returns.

Later in your investment lifecycle

So why worry about all of this?


High volatility

(typically associated with more risky portfolios and

Market timing behavior by individual investors is

investments) has been shown to either make individual

well documented. A recent report by Dalbar (a leading

investors pull their money out of the markets (market

financial services market research firm) details that

timing) and/or reduce their future contributions to their

returns for individual investors underperform relative

portfolio. Realizing that we have a natural tendency

equity benchmarks. The level of underperformance is

to loss-aversion and can make emotional investment

up for debate (some state on average it may be as high

decisions during extreme market events will help make

as 8%) but it is clear that on average, timing behavior

us better investors. If youd like to discuss your portfolio,

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Captain II Armando Valencia,
from Fire Station 20-C, retired from
the LAFD after 35 years of service to
the residents of the City of Los Angeles
He celebrated his retirement at the firehouse with his family, friends and coworkers on February 24th. Many came
by all day and evening to wish Armando the best as breakfast and lunch were
served. With so many years at 20s,
even Daryl Strawberry came by to wish
Captain Valencia a great retirement.
Thanks Mando for all the memories,
congratulations on your retirement!

The guys from 13s help out at an event at Ralphs, a Hope for Firefighters sponsor
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On 5/14/15, firefighters knocked down this blaze at

9346 Glenoaks Blvd. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

Companies battled an industrial plant blaze, with

possible tainted runoff, at 12825 Rangoon St. in
Pacoima on 5/10/15. Photo by Juan Guerra

77s and 74s rescue a hiker on the Hofstetter Fire

Rd on 5/26/15. Photo by David Doc DeMulle
28 July 2015

Companies prepared for the brush season

at a drill at Hansen Dam on 5/26/15.
Photos by Juan Guerra

Firefighters use foam on a brush fire on

5/20/15. Photo by David Doc DeMulle

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The Watts community held a car show at FS 65 on Fire Service Day

LF 64 handles an auto on the 110 Fwy on 5/3/15.

Photo by Tod Sudmeier

The guys from 21s at

Ralphs, a major Hope
for Firefighters sponsor.
30 July 2015

15s Davis and Horak pose with their Minion alter egos

On 4/20/15, companies worked a T/A on the 170

Fwy involving a LASD bus transporting inmates.
Photo by Mike Meadows

Chris Granucci with a visitor at FS 86 on

Fire Service Day. Photo by Mike Meadows
Photo by Mike Meadows

Fire Service Day at FS 8

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Firefighters responded to an explosion

in West Hills in an SFD on 5/23/15.
Photo by Juan Guerra

Fire Service Day at Fire Station 34. Photos by Yvonne Griffin

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The highlight in the book for me was
Toms take on Ordinary People Respondin to
Extraordinary Situations. He said, It is not
the ordinary person who becomes extraordinary. Rather, it is the right leadership creatin
the right culture that allows ordinary people to
be capable of extraordinary outcomes, thereby
providin all that is necessary to succeed.

Congratulations on a well written book
Tom. If anyone is interested in readin this book
its available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon,
both of which can be accessed on-line.
Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead
crows near Boston recently
and there was concern that
they may have died from the
Avian Flu.

A bird pathologist examined the remains of all the crows and, to everyones relief,
confirmed the problem was definitely not Avian

Flu. The cause of death appeared to be due to

vehicular impacts.

However, durin the detailed analysis it
was noted that varyin colors of paints appeared
on the birds beaks and claws. By analyzin
these paint residues, it was determined that
98% of the crows had been killed by impact
with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an
impact with a car.

MTA then hired an ornithological behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for
the disproportionate percentages of truck kills
versus car kills. The ornithological behaviorist
determined that when crows eat road kill they
always have look-out crows in a nearby tree to
warn of impendin danger.

He discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout Cah, not a single one
could shout Truck.

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long runnin joke around the kitchen

table a number of years ago was the
comparison of the business world and
the Department Administration. Many felt that
if a business ran a company in the same manner
as the Administration ran the Fire Department,
well, theyd be out of business in no time. Obviously our time line wasnt very accurate!
None the less, the organizational structure,
leadership, motivation, trainin and takin care
of employees are a few of the common bonds
shared between a private business and the fire

Through the efforts of Dave Wagner, I
was given a copy of a newly written book entitled LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOUR BUSINESS. This book was written by Tom Pandola and James W. Bird, both retired from the
LAFD. I had the pleasure of workin with Tom
when we were both firemen at FS 9.

Tom was appointed to the Department
in November of 1977 and did his probationary
rotation in Battalion 1. FS 10 was his first assignment and Captain John Peterson was his
first TFC. Tom promoted to A/O in 1981 and
was assigned to FS 1. In 1983, he promoted to
Captain I and spent time at 13s, 83s and 100s.
In 1987, Tom promoted to Captain II and was
assigned to FS 88. He also did tours of duty at
Air Operations, 5s, 27s and 105s.

Then Tom promoted to B/C in 2000 and
was assigned to Battalion 14. In 2003, Tom decided it was time for a new adventure and he
retired. The refreshin aspect of Tom was the
fact that, through his many promotions, he remained the same level headed guy he was as a

Part of Toms new adventure after retirement was his desire to write a book. He had
thought about this for many years and finally,
with help from Jim Bird, the encouragement of
Dave Murray and help from others, the book
was completed. In fact, it just became available
at the end of April, 2015.

Tom was always good with managin
people and creatin an environment that encouraged teamwork and empowerin people to
perform at their highest level.

So thats what Toms book is all about.
It bridges the business world environment with
the Fire Department. Both of these cultures rely
on management and leadership principles to
overcome challenges to successfully complete
a mission or to maintain a winnin corporate

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few firefighters go through their entire career without ever having a work related injury. They work 25 or 30 years, retire and
move on to the next stage living a happy and healthy post-career
life. I truly wish that for every young firefighter who comes onto the job.
Yet, I know that will probably not be the case. Many firefighters suffer
at least one injury on the job that results in time off from work, extensive
medical care, including surgery and sometimes resulting in permanent
disability from the injury. Even though they return to
their usual and customary duties, they
never fully recover and continue
to suffer from the lingering effects of the injury.

Some firefighters incur several injuries throughout
their career many of which are
simply reported to their captain
without any request for treatment. The firefighter hopes the
injury will resolve so they continue
working in their regular assignment
without any loss of regular and overtime
pay. Then there are those who seem to have
no luck whatsoever and suffer injury after injury,
resulting in protracted time off from work and repeated surgeries.

Finally, there is the firefighter who doesnt
pursue any type of workers compensation action for
injuries suffered throughout his/her career but as they
near the end of the line, their body is physically exhausted and they now need to seek medical care.

Where do you fit within these scenarios? How
should you protect yourself throughout your career so
that you are taken care of when an injury occurs? Should
you report each and every injury or incident that occurs or
should you wait until you are ready to retire to file one claim
to cover the ailments that were caused by the job?

This article will try to answer these questions and offer
simple advice on what steps you should take to ensure you are
properly protected. I have represented firefighters for more
than 30 years and I have seen each scenario described. Ive
also met with firefighters who are thoroughly prepared with
documentation when they come in to see me and also firefighters who dont have one piece of paper about any injury
sustained on the job. Hopefully you arent the latter and here
is how to avoid being that person.

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An on the job injury can be one of two types. There is the specific
injury which occurs from a specific activity such as pulling hose, lifting a
ladder or a person/patient in need of assistance, on duty traffic accidents,
a slip and fall at a structure or hillside fire and other similar activities.

There is also what is referred to as a continuous or cumulative
trauma injury which means you suffer an injury as a result of the repetitive nature of your job and the effect it takes on a body part. Examples
include back trouble due to wearing heavy turnout gear and breathing
apparatus, repetitive lifting, bending, and carrying heavy objects. The
same activities over a period of time can cause injury to your neck,
knees, shoulders, hands and just about any part of the body that is physically stressed. Further, a cumulative trauma claim can be to your internal
system including injury to your cardiovascular system, hypertension,
gastrointestinal system, hearing loss, skin and other types of cancer.
Some of these cumulative trauma injuries are presumed industrial for
firefighters because the legislature has recognized you perform an arduous and emotionally stressful job. Cancer is presumed industrial if you
establish you were exposed to a known carcinogen. Anyone who was
ever exposed to diesel exhaust automatically meets that criteria.

So how do you take care to ensure you can prove these claims
when it is time to do so? Do you file a claim for injury with each
specific incident that occurs on the job? When do you file a continuous
trauma type claim with your employer?

Firefighters normally maintain a journal of their daily activity
and enter items in the journal which are not routine aspects of the job.
Use this journal to document your career and it will benefit you in the
long run. Every time you are at a scene where you feel you may have
suffered an injury, you should log it in your journal. If necessary, advise
your captain or other supervisor of the incident. If you dont think you
need treatment then by all means, dont ask for or seek it. By noting the
injury, you have done what you are required to do. The Labor Code requires all injured workers to report an injury to their employer within 30
days from the occurrence. An employer may deny liability for an injury
that is not reported in that time frame. By noting the incident in your
journal and advising your captain, you are complying with this requirement.

If the injury does result in treatment, time lost from work, and
any resulting permanent impairment, then you should finalize that claim
by entering into a Stipulation With Request For Award with your employer. That Stipulation must be submitted to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board and approved by a judge. Many firefighters
are led to believe that they automatically have life time medical care for an injury because the claims examiner told them
so. Adjusters are notorious for telling firefighters, Dont
worry, you are covered for medical care on this injury. All
you need to do is call us if you need treatment. Wrong!
If you dont have an Award for future medical care from
a workers compensation judge, you dont have lifetime
medical care. If you ask for care on that injury down the
road, it can be denied based on the statute of limitations.
While you dont necessarily need legal representation on every
injury, you would be wise to consult with an attorney on any injury that
requires protracted treatment and results in permanent disability. I do
not recommend entering into a settlement on a case (Stipulations With
Request For Award) without first consulting with a competent attorney,
as that settlement may be inadequate and may affect other injuries down
the road.

Continuous or cumulative trauma injuries can occur well before
you are ready to retire. You may notice orthopedic problems that begin
without any particular precipitating event and as those conditions worsen, it affects your ability to perform the job. When that occurs, its time

to speak with an attorney. Do not file such a claim on your own as you
will probably put down the wrong date of injury and you may volunteer
incorrect information that affects the claim. I have met with countless
firefighters who file a continuous trauma claim on their own and in their
paperwork they indicate that their claim started with a particular injury
that occurred years earlier. That injury is probably barred by the statute
of limitations but now they have either told their employer or a doctor
that this old injury was the start of their problems. You are a defense
attorneys dream client because that attorney will now argue that all or
the majority of your problems are a result of an injury barred by a time

There is also the issue of whether you should file one continuous
trauma claim for multiple body parts (ie, back, neck knees, etc.) or file
separate claims for each body part. Filing one claim means you have one
year of temporary disability (4850 benefits) if you have to go off work
while filing separate claims can result in a year of 4850 time for each
condition. However, filing separate claims will also result in significantly
lower permanent disability compensation rather than one claim where
the body parts are added together. As you can see, the manner in which
a continuous trauma claim is prepared and filed is a complex one with
many issues to consider. Consulting with an attorney before filing such a
claim is imperative to insure it is done properly and with your best interest in mind.

It is also wise to file a continuous trauma claim with your employer prior to your retirement. Do not wait until you walk out the door
and then decide to meet with an attorney. While you may still be within
your legal rights to pursue such a claim, there are again legal issues to
consider in filing prior to retirement. In addition, your continuous trauma
injury may entitle to you a disability retirement and waiting until after
you retire on a service retirement to discuss the workers compensation
claim may jeopardize any right to pursue a disability retirement.

Keeping a good record throughout your career is what an attorney wants to see when they meet with you. When you are injured on the
job, keep all of the following in a folder and keep it organized: the claim
form or report of injury submitted to your employer; all correspondence
you receive from your employer and/or their workers compensation administrator pertaining to that injury; any medical reports pertaining to
your injury; and of course any settlement documents if you settle the
case on your own. If you meet with an attorney later on about a new
injury to the same body part or even other body parts, that attorney will
want to review any settlement documents for any previous injury. If your
injury did not result in any settlement, make certain you maintain and
all paperwork for that injury even if it seems insignificant to you. Let an
expert determine what is significant and what is not.

Finally, keep that journal. You normally are given that journal
when you retire and it can be invaluable to you later if you develop a condition that may have resulted from an incident years earlier. That sometimes occurs with contagious or blood borne diseases such as hepatitis
resulting from a needle stick which you may have journalized and now
proves hazardous to your health! The journal also supports the number of
times you have noted back or other orthopedic troubles and of course it
documents hazardous exposures at fire scenes which becomes your proof
in case you suffer some type of cancer.

Workers compensation is a complex system with rules and regulations that boggle the mind. You can help yourself and your attorney by
keeping good records throughout your career. Hopefully you may be one
of those firefighters that ride off into the sunset happy, healthy and ready
to enjoy your retirement. I hope I never meet you as a client and you
never need my services as an attorney. For those I will meet, lets make
sure we are ready to combat all the arguments your employer will throw
at us in trying to defeat your claim. As always, stay safe.

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North Hollywood

Photos by Mike Meadows & Juan Guerra

36 July 2015

On May 10, 2015, firefighters knocked down a stubborn fire at a North Hollywood storage facility. The
fire was reported at 2:37 p.m. at a one-story storage building in the 7300 block of Bellaire Avenue.
The pesky blaze burned in at least six small, densely packed interior rental storage units. Sixty-three
firefighters took 72 minutes to knock down the fire.



Photos by Chris Conkle

On May 30, 2015, companies responded to 152 N Vermont Ave (Virgil Middle School), where a victim became trapped in a 2x2 chimney vent in a three story school
building. The victim apparently entered from the roof level and was trapped for 3 hours, falling approximately 25 feet. Rescuers implemented a rescue plan involving
use of a capture strap off Truck 11s aerial. Able to comply with rescuers commands, the victim assisted in her rescue by appropriately affixing the strap lowered to
her. The rescue was completed within approximately 90 minutes

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n May 2nd and 3rd, the Fire Hogs once again ventured out on
a ride to Solvang for a relaxing weekend of comraderie. This
was the 13th year for this ride. This years group of more than
30 bikes started out with a meet n greet at Cronies Sports Grill in
Newbury Park. The route was set for an easy ride along the coast through
Santa Barbara and on to Solvang.

The first stop was at The Cold Springs Tavern in San Marcos
Pass. Since 1865, this has been a favorite stagecoach watering hole for
weary riders. The group then continued on Hwy 154 past Lake Cachuma
into the Santa Ynez Valley. Next stop . . . the Maverick, in Santa Ynez.
At this Old West saloon BIG TOM was there to serve up the best tritip sandwiches in the valley. Nothin like sittin on the front porch there,
havin a cold one, watchin the oak trees and fields blow in the wind. A
tough place to leave . . . but then it was on into Solvang to get a room for
the night.

As usual the hotel offered great accommodations and service, secure covered parking for the bikes, and even complimentary breakfast!
With the iron horses secured, the group boarded their private shuttle for
dinner at A.J. Spurs Steakhouse in Buelton. After a great meal, it was
back on the shuttle for some friendly nightlife. Some went wine tasting,

others to the local casino, but most end up back at the Maverick for live
country music and more camaraderie.

The next morning it was breakfast at the hotel, or at world famous Paulas Pancakes in Solvang. All then saddled up for a morning
country ride through the Santa Ynez Valley. The route went past beautiful farmland, ranches, vineyards and wineries. The morning ride passed
through historic Los Olivos (est.1897), and ended back in Solvang. On
the way home many riders stopped for lunch at Longboards on the pier
in Santa Barbara. It was then ADIOS until next time.

This scenic, relaxing, coastal ride through the Santa Ynez Valley
and into Solvang again proved to be a weekend favorite for LAFD riders.
Thank yous go out to the more than fifty people that participated in this
years event. Nice weather, fine scenery, great friends and good times all
made for an excellent ridin weekend. All riders are always welcome on
this ride, so join us next time for the fourteenth year of the Solvang Ride.

Fire Hogs events are posted on our website
Members interested in joining 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 other agency riders. Join us on Facebook @Fire Hogs M/C. Like our Facebook page@
L.A.F.D.Fire Hogs.

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n this edition of KTW Captains Kemp,

Wynne and Hing discuss (1) back-up fire
attack considerations, and (2) why captains
fail to earn the respect of their commands.
These topics and experienced-based opinions
should be points of discussion for all of us.

Operational question: Tell us your tactical considerations and actions when given a Back-up Fire
Attack assignment on a Single Family Dwelling?
CII Kenny Kemp, FS 21-B: When assigned
Back-up F/A I initially consider the district
where the fire is located as were enroute. This
keys me in on various tactical considerations
depending on the area and occupancy trends. I
also listen to radio communications in an effort
to determine the extent of fire and the progress
being made by the initial fire attack company.

Ill direct my company to lay-a-line and
then develop a hoselay from the most suitable
engine. Generally, for aboveground residential fires I lean towards a 1 handline and for
ground level residential fires a 1. When assigned Back-up F/A my goal is to locate and
determine the extent of the fire prior to entering
the structure, and then to follow-up the primary
F/A handline of the company Im backing up.

I will co-locate with the company Im
assigned to back-up at which time Ill identify
my assignment and myself. Ill update the fire
attack officer on conditions Ive observed from
the outside and get his input on the operation/
progress being made. From here I develop a
coordinated attack on the fire while considering search and rescue, checking for extension,
pulling ceiling, etc.

Once promoted, captains can no

longer be the jokester, prankster or
locker room mascot.
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CII Steve Wynne, DPU: A Back-up F/A assignment supports the efforts of an interior fire
attack company already in place. Tactically, I
would secure a supply from a separate hydrant
and then advance an additional handline along
with taking a pike pole to the entry portal. I
would determine who Im backing-up and support their actions by pulling hose, pulling ceiling, providing additional GPM, etc. to support
their efforts.

Like all other assignments, Back-up
F/A requires a disciplined team approach. We
will enter through a different portal or proceed
in a different direction, and not advance over

another F/A Co. We are there to help advance

and fulfill the tactics initiated by the company
were there to support.

There may be instances during a Backup F/A assignment when a different tactical
approach is necessary. When this occurs you
must support the tactical shift initiated by the
IC or company youre assigned to back-up. In
re-evaluating conditions, if you determine a
different tactical approach is warranted, communication and teamwork is key. A Back-up
F/A assignment is a support role, even when a
different tactical approach is taken.
CII Jason Hing, FS 27-A: A Back-up F/A assignment is a crucial tactic in the overall strategy of mitigating a fire related emergency. My
primary responsibility is assisting the initial
fire attack team with developing their handline, pulling their hose, feeding it around corners, up/down stairways, etc. Working with the
primary F/A Co rather than trying to overtake
their handline demonstrates discipline and job

When assigned Back-up F/A we bring
an additional handline for several reasons: the
primary attack line is not pulled far enough for
the objective, the primary line fails, protection
of the initial F/A Co and added gpm to augment
the primary line. The Back-up F/A Co should
also assist with a secondary search, evaluate
salvage concerns and check for extension and
hot spots with the TIC.

Controlling the portal of entry and ensuring we limit the number of people to those
needed for extinguishment is necessary to complete the given task. Keeping all non-essential
personnel out minimizes many problems and
helps if immediate egress from the occupancy
is required.

Leadership question: In your opinion, what are

the two biggest reason captains fail to gain the
respect of their commands?

Kemp: Officers can either loose or fail to

gain the respect of their commands for several
reasons. Some of the most apparent are their
lack of operational competency or poor interpersonal skills. While many of todays officers
have numerous certifications and ratings, a
large number still do not possess the necessary
field experience to effectively command a fire

At times some of these officers can be
inflexible or unapproachable, which further
hampers their ability to lead. They often disallow more experienced subordinates to train
their commands for fear of being upstaged or
exposing their own lack of experience. As for
their poor interpersonal skills, Im referring to
an inability to speak with subordinates in ways
that would make them want to listen.

Capturing a members attention without commanding it and creating an atmosphere
of followership and buy-in is my goal. Some
of the skills I use are: common sense, patience,
tact, active listening and simplicity. I truly believe if an officer gives a direct order in a nonemergency setting then they need to take a step
back and reevaluate themselves as an LAFD
Wynne: As a captain you not only hold your
command accountable, you hold yourself accountable as well. This starts the moment horns
are pinned on your collar, as does the responsibility and influence accompanying your new
rank. Unfortunately, some do not understand
this. Captains can no longer be the jokester,
prankster or locker room mascot your success, in part, depends on this.

Captains must own every decision they
make. We must demonstrate respect for the position we hold, because if we dont, our commands never will. Ultimately, we are the ones
making the decisions that benefit our community, department and crew. Although these decisions may not be the most popular, they are
often the most crucial.

Not being responsible and accountable are leading causes for captains failing to
gain the respect of their commands. Youre not
tasked with being the most friendly or popular
- youre tasked to lead. When a member steps
out of line its your responsibility to immediately correct them, hold them accountable and
reeducate them on our mission. Popularity does
not qualify as leadership - carrying on the mission prescribed by the Chief does.
Hing: One of the problems within our organization is that too many people assume positions
of leadership without considering the impact
it will have on others. To me, the key reason
for captains failing to gain the respect of their
commands are character flaws related to credible leadership. Two of the biggest contributing
factors are entitlement and selfishness.

Respect is not an entitlement; it is
earned. How many times have we heard: Promoting to the rank of captain does not guarantee you instant respect. Some new and seasoned captains fail to gain the respect of their
crews through this simple, but misunderstood
concept. Realizing youre here to take care of
your people and not just yourself is a prudent
expectation, and one that can be easily demonstrated while carrying out your duties.

Selfishness contrary to societal beliefs
its NOT all about you. In choosing to thrust
yourself into a position of leadership you are
now charged with the development and wellbeing of your people. You develop your crew by
placing their needs first; in doing so they perform at a higher level, build morale and foster
trust . . . thats leadership.
In next months KTW retired chiefs John
Nowell and Don Stuckey will discuss (1) fire
attack considerations on center-hall apartments,
and (2) how to manage subordinates when they
failed on the fireground or in the engine house.

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Luncheon: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The brain child of Ted Bailie, re-

tired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your

stations Extinguisher Fund is a simple
way to collect donations for the Wid-

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

ows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens

Fire Station 80 (LAX)

7250 World Way West, Los Angeles CA

Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of

Social Hour: 1:00 PM

Lunch: 2:00 PM

change that the cook dumped into the

mess fund box each shift and had a

BBQ Lunch - $20 includes food, drinks & gift

There will also be a breakfast served (Free) from 7 AM to 9 AM

better idea. If this change was instead

Call FS 80 - (213) 978-2180 or email

or RSVP by July 1, 2015. Casual Dress.

could really add up. With an average of

CRAIG FUJIMOTO, Fireboat Pilot, FS 49-A

Fire Station 49
400 Yacht Street, Berth 194, Wilmington CA
Social Hour: 3:00 PM

Dinner: 4:30 PM

collected for the WODFF he figured it

50 cents per day per station, in a year
there would be . . . well, you can do the

So take your turn in the cooking

rotation and remember to drop all your

change into your stations extinguisher.
There should be one in every firehouse.

Hawaiian Style Food

And any loose change in your pockets,

Call FS 49 - (310) 548-7549 or text (949) 322-0374

or email:

any that you find in the TV chairs, or

hoarded in the ashtray of your vehicle
can be thrown in for good measure.


Disabled American Veterans #73
6543 Corbin Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chicken & Tri-Tip (Stonefire) - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift
Call Sean Kleckner (son) - (818) 522-9847

The Widows, Orphans & Dis-

abled Firemens Fund is the heart of

the Relief Association. This fund provides assistance to our firefighters and
families who are faced with personal
difficulties and tragedies. Donations are
the sole means of support for this Fund.

Firefighters risk their lives to

protect the community on a daily

Malibu Wines
31740 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

BBQ Buffet - Cost per person TBD

basis. Thus, they and their families can

be comforted in knowing that the Fire
Department Family, supported by the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund, is there for them in times
of need.

Call FS 39 - (818) 756-8639. RSVP by Sept 6.

Hawaiian Attire

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n Saturday, May 2, 2015, the LAPD and the LAFD partnered

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Summer Tip-off Basketball Event and Youth Festival. More than
5,000 children and their families attended this special event featuring a
spirited basketball game between police officers and firefighters. The
basketball players from both departments were also on hand to mentor
attendees and discuss the importance of staying physically active, being
involved in their community and inspire them to make contributions to
their neighborhoods.

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48 July


Send your letters & comments to the editor at:

Dear Andy and L.A. Firemens Relief Association family,

Apologies for the delay in writing to
you. We are so grateful for all that youve done
to honor our dad, Clarence Bramley. From
providing medical equipment to presenting us
with the flag that flew over Station 85, and the
rigs and firemen who attended his funeral we
were blown away by your love and support.

Weve seen firsthand that firemen really
do take care of their own.
With love and appreciation
Terrea Tamanaha and Mona Bramley
Huntington Beach, CA
Dear LA Firemens Relief:

I had the good fortune to work with
Wendy [Cummings] for many years at Fire
Station 10. Wendy and Linda Ulum were one
of the best paramedic teams in the City. We often said that if we were injured, we hoped that
it was Wendy and Linda who responded to the
scene. We knew we would be in good hands.
Now Wendy is in good hands. RIP, you will be
Marv Williams

I worked with Jack Bennett as an Inspector, Captain, BC, AC and Fire Chief and he
was outstanding in every role. My first memory
of Jack was as the ultimate professional plan
checker for the LAFD. He not only knew what
was required by code, he knew and demanded
what was needed to provide adequate fire protection.

As a company officer he was a role
model, doing not only what was expected of an
LAFD officer, but doing it the right way. As a
Chief Officer he exemplified what that position
should be, respected by subordinates, peers and
those of greater rank.

When we both served as Chief of Department in the Bay Area, he was the model of
an effective, efficient fire officer improving the
level of protection and service to the citizens
and the safety of his firefighters.

We celebrated our AC promotions together at his home in the Valley with Bill Blair
and Frank Borden. Jack was without a doubt
the best Incident Commander I ever witnessed
and I feel blessed to have had him as my colleague and friend. Ill miss him.
Bill Neville
I had the pleasure of working with
Wendy [Cummings] her last year or so at Fire
Station 10. If you knew her, you loved her . . .
how could you not? She loved people, loved
her job, and always had such a positive outlook
on life.

I really enjoyed reading her blog, wendyonwillow. She was such an amazing writer
you could almost hear her talking to you when
you read her blog. She kept you abreast of her
life in retirement, adventures on Willow, and
her ups and downs in this fight with cancer.
She lived life to the fullest and will be greatly
Dan Rodriguez
No one really dies, unless they are forgotten

You were a friend, a co-worker, a member of our 911 response team, and most important, a wonderful person. There wasnt anyone,
on or off the job, who did not enjoy your exuberant personality. My heart is sad, a friend has
left. You will remain in my heart forever.
May you Rest in Peace.
Howard Kaplan
LA Firemens Relief Association
Jack Bennett was a firefighters fire
chief. I have known him since the mid 50s
and throughout his career as he promoted
through the ranks he was interested in making
the fire service a better place for fellow firefighters.

He was one of the first heavy duty
task force commanders under Chief Hills start

of the task force concept. He worked in the

Planning Section as the Disaster Planning Officer. He worked at S&M developing changes
in breathing apparatus and turnouts.

He was assigned the difficult task of
starting Prescription Burning operations in the
Santa Monica Mountains with the Los Angeles
County Fire Department. This later on would
be the start of a bond, working hand-in-hand
with hand crews and the County during wild
land fires.

He retired to take the position of Fire
Chief in Menlo Park, California. Working there
five years, he was a leader in developing mutual aid and wild land operations. He retired there
and moved to Bluffton, SC and was involved in
the formation of a C.E.R.T. team.

It was my pleasure to know and work
with Jack over this long period of time. Working with him you were working with the best.
Bob Mac Millan
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Relief Assn.

Ed Phelps (Fast Eddie) was my Captain
up on the hill, and I will always remember him
as being a very knowledgeable, friendly skipper. He had a very humble and humorous way
about him that made you enjoy being around
him. He was missed when he retired from the
job, and will be missed as a great person on
George DeMott
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Assn,

Capt Peter Pleick spent many nights
coaching me and developing my skills to become not just a firefighter but a valuable firefighter. The efforts of he and Captain Rick Ortiz enhanced my testing skills and work values,
enabling me to realize my dream to become
one. I continued utilizing these skills and applying their values throughout my 35 year
career with the Orange County Fire Authority
through the rank of battalion chief. Each time
I took a promotional exam I could apply those
lessons to any challenge presented. I shall be
forever grateful to Captain Peter Pleick.
Steve Whitaker
Dear Sirs,

I enjoyed our time at 108s. Clyde
Ralston was always a pleasure to be around. He
was a very clever guy and solved many problems - like building a water main shutoff on the
spot. I am still using a boiler he made for me 25
years ago when I make homebrew.
Ron Wilson

July 2015 49

Clyde Ralston II, Firefighter III. Appointed July 24, 1965.
Retired on a service pension August 6, 1999 from FS 109. Passed away April 28, 2015.
Charles W. Anderson, Fireman. Appointed March 15, 1948.
Retired on a disability pension July 1, 1960 from FS 62. Passed away April 29, 2015.
John W. Galvin, Fireboat Mate. Appointed July 11, 1949.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1975 from FS 110 Boat 5. Passed away May 4, 2015.
Albert Rea, Firefighter III. Appointed May 13, 1972.
Retired on a disability pension February 9, 1985 from FS 46. Passed away May 7, 2015.
Roy J. Armstrong, Fireman. Appointed July 3, 1951.
Retired on a service pension July 12, 1984 from FS 8-B. Passed away May 11, 2015.
John P. Balich, Engineer. Appointed October 13, 1941.
Retired on a service pension November 1, 1971 from FS 20. Passed away May 15, 2015.
Gary D. Sheppard, Engineer. Appointed June 28, 1969.
Retired on a disability pension February 18, 1981 from 104. Passed away May 16, 2015.
Edward Phelps, Captain. Appointed February 3, 1958.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1978 from FS 99-B. Passed away May 18, 2015.
Richard L. Empie, Fireman. Appointed March 10, 1962.
Retired on a service pension August 27, 1989 from FS 40. Passed away May 18, 2015.
Peter P. Pleick, Captain. Appointed January 5, 1948.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1978 from FS 95. Passed away May 19, 2015.
William D. Smith, Captain. Appointed August 26, 1946.
Retired on a disability pension July 9, 1972 from FS 53-C. Passed away May 19, 2015.
Jack A. Bennett, Assistant Chief. Appointed June 16, 1955.
Retired on a service pension July 20, 1986 from DIVISION 3. Passed away May 20, 2015.
William R. Cooper, Captain II. Appointed January 5, 1948.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1978 from FS 90-C. Passed away May 22, 2015.
Brian B. Berenger, Fire Inspector. Appointed May 12, 1962.
Retired on a disability pension February 14, 1988 from FS 20. Passed away May 23, 2015.
Harry B. Schuck, Fireman. Appointed June 27, 1959.
Retired on a disability pension June 29, 1982 from FS 93. Passed away May 30, 2015.
George Duarte, Fireman. Appointed April 18, 1959.
Retired on a disability pension May 15, 1990 from FS 3-A. Passed away June 5, 2015.
Wendy A. Cummings, Firefighter III. Appointed June 14, 1982.
Retired on a service pension July 13, 2002 from FS 10-C. Passed away June 5, 2015.

50 July 2015

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO

Firefighters First Credit Union

s we think back to the Credit Unions

humble beginnings in the firehouse
above old Engine Company 28 in
downtown Los Angeles when a group of Los
Angeles City firefighters pooled their money
together in an old cigar box they were looking out for the best interests of their fellow firefighters. If someone needed to borrow money,
it would be there for them. When they had a
question about money or needed financial
advice, theyd share that too.

Nearly eight decades later, as your
Credit Union approaches its 80th Anniversary,
this cooperative continues to grow on that philosophy of firefighters helping firefighters, and
our continuing dedication to provide the Fire
Family with excellent support and services.

We want to help improve your financial
lives. To achieve financial success, understanding financial details is key. The more information you have, the easier it is to make educated
financial decisions. So for this months article,
Id like to share some resources that are immediately available to you.

If you havent been to our website in a
while or just visit us to access your online accounts, I invite you to explore the online financial tools available. These include step-by-step
learning modules, financial calculators, educational videos, and a wealth of information.
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money how to manage, spend, and invest it
responsibly. These tools are extremely helpful
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We use an engaging mix of humor and
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Access the online shift calendar, view events,
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Be in control of your money instead
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The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the financial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month!

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specific legal advice, consult with a qualified professional. Your credit
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LAFD History - 1Fireboat 2 Captain Warner L. Lawrence


In past historical articles I have featured
members from the LAFD who have accomplished great things and were admired by all like Fire Chief Ralph J. Scott and Captain Lane
Kemper. This months story is about Captain
Warner Lawrence a legend in harbor firefighting and long- time skipper of Old Fireboat 2.
There are so many people who have learned so
much from Captain Lawrence. My Dad, Stan
Borden, worked for him as an engineer on Boat
2 in 1950. He mentored my Dad and encouraged him to study for captain, which he did and
got the promotion.

Bill Dahlquist, retired fireboat pilot,
remembers working for Captain Lawrence on
the boat in 1954. Some of Bills recollections
were that he was so knowledgeable and helpful to the crew, but he could also be intimidating with a stern look and his cigar. He knew
every nut, bolt and rivet from stem to stern
on the boat. Here are some of Bills one liners about Cap. Lawrence: He was well liked
for his filibuster type line ups in the morning.
He had memorable red rag shakedowns of all
crew members. He was known for his posterior
chewings that would make a Spartan cry.

Bill wrote about his retirement dinner
in the May, 1976 Grapevine: No piece of apparatus on the LAFD ever got more tender loving care that this fire breathing smoke belcher
got. (I mean the boat, not Cap.). Things seem a
little different now at the old boathouse, maybe
its the absence of cigar smoke in the air. In any
case, its not quite the same and never will be.

Captain Lawrence was one of the
LAFD hard hat divers in the 1930s when he
was a fireman. Yes, the LAFD had hard hat divers up until World War II when the US Navy
requested all of the LAFD diving gear for the
war. He was a man with vision and capability.
He could see a need, develop a design and build
it. He designed and fabricated hose floats and
floating monitors for underwharf firefighting,
and after the Watts Riots of 1965, designed and
fabricated fiberglass tops for open cab rigs. All
the work was done at Boat 2s quarters.

When new Fireboat 2 was about to go
into service in 2003, the Department asked for
input on who to name the new boat after. It was

a hands-down decision to name it The Warner

L. Lawrence.

After reading this article you can
see why this man was so well respected and
Fire Boat No. 2
February 1, 1948 to January 1, 1976
Born in Los Angeles, December 11, 1910
Appointed to the Los Angeles Fire Department
October 7, 1935
Married to Louise Irene Furman 1935 (Married
to Louise for 57 years)
Appointed to Auto Fireman Assigned to Engine
Company 23
Appointed to Captain August 16, 1943 Assigned to FS 36 and FS 49
Assigned to Fire Boat No. 2 A Platoon February 11, 1948 (27 years)
Promoted to Captain II September July 1, 1971

Retired #1 in LAFD Seniority January 1, 1976

10 Bells San Pedro, CA October 4, 1992
Father of LAFD Captain Dean Lawrence, Retired
A New Life for Boat 2 Captain Lawrence
Saves the Day
By Paul Ditzel, from A CENTURY OF

December 6, 1975, without question,
marked the supreme moment of satisfaction for
Capt. Warner Lawrence, A-platoon skipper of
Fireboat 2 for 28 of his more than 40 years as a
member of the LAFD. That triumphal day was
a long time in arriving.

In 1968, Hill, as cost-conscious a
chief engineer as ever headed the LAFD, decided that Boat 2 was too expensive to operate. It was, moreover, seldom used, especially
as wooden wharves and waterfront structures
were gradually being replaced by those of fireresistant construction. Hill made the final decision: Boat 2 was doomed to be sold for salvage.

Hill, several chief officers, and others
met at Boat 2 for an afternoon meeting. After
nearly four hours of outlining all the reasons

Fireman Warner Lawrence

(in dive suit) and Fire Boat 2
Captain Bill Cody. Circa 1936.
Captain Lawrence in the white cap
on the bow of Boat 2 circa 1950.
July 2015 53

Captain Lawrence in his

office in Boat 2s quarters
on Terminal Island.

Captain Lawrence receives Board of Fire Commissioners

Resolution from Chief Engineer Raymond M. Hill aboard
the Princess Louise on October 23, 1969
why Boat 2 must be replaced by a smaller
fireboat, Lawrence, the lowest-ranking officer present, was at last asked for his opinions.
Lawrence knew full well why the meeting had
been called and had thoroughly researched
a plan to save the fireboat, although he knew
that Hill, once he decided to do something, was
notoriously difficult to convince otherwise.
Lawrence recognized that a fireboat is a lot like
insurance. You rarely make a claim on it and
you hope to keep the annual costs low. But you
are glad that you paid them when you need help
in a hurry.

After more than a quarter of a century
of assignment to Boat 2, Lawrence said a facelift was needed. He then proceeded to outline to
Hill and the others his plan to cost-effectively
modernize the boat at far less than the investment in a new boat and a smaller, less powerful, boat. By rebuilding Boat 2s controls, they
could make the craft more quickly responsive
and cheaper to operate. By switching the turrets
to remote control operations, one firefighter
could operate two turrets, instead of only one.
By cutting the crew from 14 to eight, $100,000
a year would be saved. That investment would
quickly offset the $238,000 cost of modernization. Obviously impressed by Lawrences forethought, Hill changed his mind and agreed to
the fireboats plan.

Boat 2 went into San Pedros Fellows
and Stewart Shipbuilding Yard. Emerging a
year later, Boat 2 was equipped with new stainless steel hydraulic turrets, underwater maneuvering jets, large-capacity underwharf nozzles,
hydraulic steering, direct pilothouse control of
engines, and many other renovations. Further
improvements included the replacement of
gasoline engines with diesels.

On December 6, 1975, the boat celebrated its 50th birthday during a civic observance, which attracted thousands to Boat 2s
quarters and adjoining wharves and waterfront

54 July 2015

vantage points. Among those present was Mrs.

Ralph J. Scott, widow of the Chief Engineer,
who was largely responsible for acquiring the
boat which went into service in 1925. The boat
had been renamed the Ralph J. Scott during
special ceremonies in May, 1965.

Sporting a birthday suit including a
bright red-and-white hull and superstructure,
brick-red decking, glistening nozzles and two
huge hose reels covered with snappy red jackets, Boat 2 was escorted up and down the Main
Channel by the other fireboats in the fleet. With
Captain Lawrence in the pilothouse, Boat 2
then demonstrated what it could do while its
turrets gushed fountains which formed what
fireboat firefighters refer to as a flower pot-like

Captain Lawrence was himself, amazed
as the boat put out nearly 20,000 gallonsof-water-per-minute. The powerful deluges
caused the boat to tilt. Adding melodrama to
the flower pot spectacle was the brilliant rainbow formed by the blending of the turrets water mist with the early afternoon sun. Boat 2
is the oldest in-service apparatus in the LAFD
and continued to hold that special recognition,
long past the departments centennial celebration, while serving waterfront fire protection

The stories of Captain Lawrence will
be told for years to come through our Historical Society. One of our missions is to preserve
our history and his story of contributions to the
LAFD will be available to thousands of people.
If the Historical Society was not preserving
our rich history who would? Think about
that. That is why those of us who volunteer for
the Society are so motivated to make sure we
do preserve our history for not only our LAFD
members, active and retired, but for people
from all over who are interested in the LAFD.
To continue this mission we need support in the
way of memberships, donations and more volunteers.

Battalion Chief Don Cate with Mrs. Ralph J.

Scott at the Boats 50th birthday. She originally christened the boat when it was launched
in San Pedro on October 20, 1925 with a bottle
of firefighting foam.



The Harbor Fire Museum continues to
improve through the acquisition of new display
items and the number of visitors. We will be
moving some of our apparatus soon, bringing
in a new rig and moving others to other locations, some even within the museum to give
visitors a better view. We have had a few weekday tours of local school children from preschool to high school classes. We have even
upgraded our gift shop with new cabinet lighting and displays.

Gordon Briggs giving a tour to students and

their instructor Sean Collins. They are studying Port history and culture.

Tim Kennoy is ready for business at our newly decorated gift shop at the Harbor Museum.
Tim is a regular volunteer at the Museum and
is the Societys treasurer.



We start a new month with a changing of the guard. Our great councilman and
friend, Tom LaBonge, finished his last term as
councilman in the Hollywood 4th District. He
served the City for nearly 40 years in many different capacities, a City which he truly loves.
Tom is a people person and always took his
limited time to talk to his many friends in the
community. We owe him a big debt of gratitude
for his support for our Historical Society and
the Hollywood Museum and Memorial in Old
Fire Station 27.
From his biography:

My mission is to help and provide
leadership and guidance in matters of civic
life that will promote healthy neighborhoods,
foster community spirit and involvement and a
sense of pride for all residents of this great City
of Los Angeles.

I, and my staff, share a philosophy of
teamwork and collaboration that emphasizes
responsiveness, compassion, professionalism
and a desire to provide the best in city services.
Our pledge is to exemplify good government
practices to earn your respect and admiration
no matter how big or small the issue.

My love for Los Angeles knows no limits and I strive each day to be the most responsible and responsive representative at City Hall
helping to develop and execute initiatives that
will maintain, enhance and beautify our unique
communities-both for the 4th District as well as
the city at large.

Lets continue to enjoy and love the
great City of Los Angeles!
- Tom LaBonge

The members of our Historical Society
will certainly miss Tom, but we are sure he
wont be a stranger at our museum, a building
and the firefighters he remembers from childhood.

The Hollywood Museum is

located in Old Fire Station 27 at

1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA

90028. The Harbor Museum is locatCouncilman Tom LaBonge speaking at the
groundbreaking ceremony for the LAFD
Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
July Port of LA Cars & Stripes Forever

Thur. July 2
August Navy Days Port of LA Sat. 8/8

and Sun. 8/9 Harbor Fire Museum

And the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat will

be open
September Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD

Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Fri. 9/11
October LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen

Firefighters Memorial, Sat. 10/10

Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott 90th

Birthday Sat. Oct. 17
November Marine Corps Birthday at

Museum 27, Tue. 11/10
December HS Annual Holiday Party at

Museum 27, Sat. 12/12

ed 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-

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 323-4647401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@ Web site at If you want to look at some

great LAFD history check www.

Calendar for July 2015 and check the LAFD web

site for information and events at 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.


* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
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May 6, 2015



President Juan Albarran called the meeting of the

Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association to order at 9:29 a.m.

1) Juan Albarran provided an update to the 7470

Figueroa building construction and indicated
that they have added some additional security
measures to enter the building and for access to
the stairwells. He stated that they received their
first bid for the signage out front and are waiting
for the second bid. Todd Layfer provided a
timeline of when the move will begin.

Garth Flint presented the 1st quarter portfolio

performance for 2015. He referred to the ranking
of stocks by the S & P 500 Index and the YTD
return analysis. He indicated that going forward,
its going to be a challenge for both indexes and
active managers because the market is starting to
narrow. He did indicate that they have managers
that are really good stock pickers and they feel
that the portfolio will be fine going forward.
He reviewed the international market place
and stated that international stocks continue to
move up. Garth referred to the growth of the
LAFRA fund since inception and indicated
that it has grown substantially since 1991. He
indicated that the portfolio has outperformed the
benchmarks but he noted that the 75% S & P and
25% Barclay has been a challenge. He reviewed
the allocation index which is the different asset
classes in their respective indexes. He indicated
that they dont have any exceptions in the
portfolio except for Symons. He stated that
Symons has struggled on their five and seven
year performance and indicated that they are on
Beacon Pointes watch list.

Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey (Excused)
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Frank Aguirre (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police

INVOCATION & Flag Salute

2) Juan Albarran informed the Board that there

will be a Drill Tower graduation ceremony on
May 14th. He stated that the Relief Association
will be there to meet with families and provide
handouts with information.
3) Juan Albarran indicated that they met with the
new Kaiser representatives handling the LAFRA
account. He stated that Kaiser has expressed
interest in attending one of our Board meetings
to observe our operations.
4) Juan Albarran referred to the Town Hall
meeting held on March 4th and provided a list of
items discussed. The Board reviewed the items
and decided on items they would begin to take
5) Juan Albarran provided the Policy Book
changes for the Boards review.
6) Juan Albarran reported on the Volunteer
Appreciation Luncheon and indicated that they
recognized Lydia Andrews as Volunteer of the

Rick Godinez led the invocation. David Lowe

led the flag salute.

Tonetta Connor from the Harrington Group

provided a summary of results from their 2014
audit. She stated that they tested the systems
and processes in the organization to determine
vulnerability and risk. Her suggestions for
improvement were in the areas of vacation
approvals and written documentation of such
approvals. She stated that overall, LAFRA
received a clean opinion as it relates to the audit.


Doak Smith presented the following motion.

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify and

dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held April 1, 2015.
David Lowe so moved. Tim Larson seconded.
There was no further discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so move

to approve the 2014 audit as presented by the
Harrington Group. There was no discussion or

Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the

reading of the minutes and Board actions of
the Board of Trustees held April 1, 2015.

56 July 2015

Motion carried to accept the 2014 audit as

presented by the Harrington Group.

David Lowe presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
implement the proposed changes to the Policy
Book. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to implement the proposed
changes to the Policy Book.
1) Todd Layfer provided an update to Hope for
Firefighters and indicated that they have 21 Fire
Stations signed up including the Fire Hogs. He
reported that we have 12 corporate sponsors and
are continuing to cultivate new sponsors at this
time. He indicated that we received $67K in
sponsorship money; $15K pledged; and in-kind
donation from Ralphs at $20K.
2) Todd Layfer reported on the Lane Kemper
Softball Tournament and indicated that they now
have 17 teams signed up to play.
3) Todd Layfer reported on the stats of the Open
Enrollment for the LAFRA Medical Plan.
4) Rick Godinez addressed the Board on
Marketing and soliciting members. He provided
the LAFRA links developed by the Marketing

Department for Trustees to place on their

signature lines on their email accounts. He
provided the Trustees with information cards to
hand out to members at events and retirement
dinners. He presented an information flyer that
contains the months newsletter and showcases
the services that LAFRA provides. He also
provided a sample of the marketing materials
created by the Marketing Department for the
Golf Tournament and reported that they netted
over $100K at last years tournament.
Barry Hedberg presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $1,925,243.70. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,925,243.70.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve $500 for a pancake breakfast for
the Fresno Fire Department. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $500 for a pancake
breakfast for the Fresno Fire Department.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve $500 for the Drill Tower graduation
ceremony. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve $500 for the Drill
Tower Graduation Ceremony.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve $200 for the LAFD Civilian Employee
Recognition awards. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve $200 for the LAFD
CER awards.
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.
David Peters reported on the Express Scripts
meeting last month and indicated that they
discussed issues with service problems with
work comp and progress of the EGWP program.


James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $24,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of

Motion carried to advance funds for both

active and retired members.
David Wagner reported that they have had good
participation with the Battalion News thanks
to the Trustees. He reported that the Hook &
Ladder article will be in the June issue as well as
the Lane Kemper Softball Tournament.

There was no discussion or objections.

Andy Kuljis reported that they have made some

changes on how they report member deaths
and how they contact the LAFD when making
requests of participation from the department.

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.

Rick Godinez reported that the essays are

currently being graded and indicated that
they should know who the winners are by the
following week. He stated that they will present
the winners at the June 3rd Board meeting.

James E. Barr
Robert Lee Aaron
Robert J. Patterson
Lawrence L. Harris
Burton M. Hosterman
Robert A. Moore
Burdette Creath
Horold Myers, Jr.
Donald L. Miller
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $41,464.23
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $41,464.23 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.
The committee recommends and I so move
to advance funds for both active and retired
members. There was no discussion or objections.

1) Lane Kemper Softball Tourn May 13th
2) LAFRA Pechanga Reunion May 18 22
3) Practice Picnic HFF May 30th
4) Hope for Firefighters June 4th
5) Fahrenheit 911 @ FS 88 June 6th
6) Fire Hog Ride June 13th
7) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter Memorial
September 19th
8) LAFD Memorial October 11th
9) IFEBP Annual Conference (Hawaii)
November 8th 11th

1) Wendell F. Smith May 8th
Odyssey Restaurant
2) Ron Myers May 9th Seirra
La Verne Country Club
3) Gary Makale May 20th
Dalmatians American Club of San Pedro
4) Albert Luna June 20th The Trump Homes
5) Tim Traurig June 26th Odyssey Restaurant
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn.
David Lowe so moved. Rick Godinez seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:07 p.m.

Juan Albarran, President

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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund

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FIRE STATION NO. 36 from the

Extinguisher Fund

GAIL DESCHAMPS in memory of

Robert C. Wing



BRUCE R. DODD in memory of

Burt Hosterman


of Lars Nelson

CHRISTINE HAWKES in memory of my

husband Leslie E. Hawkes


of Ross Stevens



honor of the wedding of
Mr. & Mrs. George Hall

RALPH G. NELSON in memory of

Lars Nelson

JOANNE SCHERR congratulations to

George & Lourine on your wedding


JOYCE SPIEGEL congratulations

Lourinne & George on your wedding

RUDY L. MC TEE in memory

of Bob Patterson & Ross Stevens
of Roland Schneider



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MALEN JIM JACOBS in memory of

Justin Schuler
Robert Aaron

JOHN N. VIDOVICH in memory of

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PATRICIA WHITE in memory of
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