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On the cover: Vacant Commercial - Van Nuys - By Mike Meadows

Inset LAFD photo by: John Hicks


Camaraderie - 2018 Kemper Softball Classic

COPYRIGHT © 2018
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association.
No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

2 • June 2018
VOL. XCIV JUNE 2018 NO. 10

• FEATURES •
Lane Kemper Classic Softball Tournament
The tournament held this last May has evolved quite a bit
from the “Bats and Beer” of years’ past, but there would
certainly be a smile on Lane’s face if he saw that the friendly
competition and WODFF donations continue even today • .........06

Hook and Ladder Enduro


More than 800 of the LAFD family braved the wind, rain, and
cold to partake in the fun, camaraderie, campfires, and family
time at the annual desert event • ...............................................10

Making a Difference
Two downtown firefighters raise thousands in a school supply
drive to benefit the only mission in Skid Row that houses
children and their families • ......................................................33

• CONTENTS •
President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Battalion News • .....................................................................................13
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................31
Retirement Dinners • ...............................................................................34
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Debut
LAFD introduces its drone program at national conference • ................35
Recruit the Glutes
How to safely work this important muscle group • .................................36
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................38
New Cookbook for Real Firefighters
87’s “Super Chef” Cruz Macias makes it all look easy • ..........................39
40th Reunion Celebration
DT Classes of 1978 gather for their big anniversary • ...................40
Memorials • ...........................................................................................42
The LAFRA Family Support Group
A new alliance for surviving spouses and other family members • ............43
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................44
Anytime, Anyplace Handball
Fire Station 26 holds their 15th annual tournament • ..........................47
On the Road with the Fire Hogs
The club rolls out to historic Julian • ...............................................49
LAFD History
The birth of the drop bag • ...................................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard • ..............................................................................................60

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June 2018 • 3
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4 • June 2018
My humble apologies! I was totally remiss in not wish- Complacency can sometimes even get to the best of us,
ing all of our fire family mothers a “Happy Mother’s Day” in whether it is on the “taking care of business” side or the “tak-
my message last month. With that being said, a “Happy Father’s ing care of your personal health” side. Close calls at incidents,
Day” goes out as this month’s shout out! injuries from routine duties, and illnesses resulting from working
Thank you to Keith Bandy and the host of volunteers that environments materialize on a constant basis. Whether you are
made this year’s Lane Kemper Softball Classic yet another suc- active or retired, please don’t wait too long to get checked out for
cess. Many thanks to Val Lawrence for all her hard work in secur- “something that just does feel right.” Maybe it is nothing – but all
ing donations and her awesome team that helped support her the too often it is something. We all have the ability to see a profes-
day of the event. sional healthcare provider, so ask yourself, “What’s the hold-up?”
LAFRA’s Pechanga Reunion just keeps getting bigger and
bigger each year. This is another great event for camaraderie. Save the dates.
Huge props go to Tim Larson and Steve Domanski for providing
the logistics and muscle in putting this event all together again. June 2nd – LAPD/LAFRA Car Show and Safety Fair
Our next big event is right around the corner. I hope to June 7th - Hope for Firefighters
see you all in DTLA for Hope for Firefighters on Thursday, June July 14th - Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial Run
7th. This time around we’ll have more than 30 fire station crews Sept 24th – LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
cooking up their specialties for you. Rumor has it that the “Best
Theme” competition is getting bumped up a notch or two – think
Back to the Future, Bay Watch and Purple Rain from year’s past.
And don’t forget that on July 14th, you can join the Fire Robert D. “Steintalker” Steinbacher
Hogs for their 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event president@lafra.org
is for everyone, whether you ride or not. It starts with a ceremony 323.259.5200
at the LAFD Museum in Hollywood and finishes with a luncheon
at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas.
Most of you should have heard by now about the non-
Medicare health subsidy increase for retirees. On May 3rd, the
Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners approved just
a 6% increase to the non-Medicare health subsidy. The new sub-
sidy maximum is $1725.39 per month, effective July 1, 2018.
The upper limit of the Board’s authority is to increase the
non-Medicare subsidy to the lesser of 7% or the Board-approved
medical trend rate (which was also 7%). But just like last year,
after tumultuous debate, the Board only approved a 6% increase.
The tally was divided along the usual lines, with the mayor ap-
pointed commissioners voting for the 6%, and the firefighter and
police elected commissioners pushing for the actual medical
trend rate.
Stayed tuned for more news from Pensions concerning
your healthcare options. We are doing what we can to maintain
the status quo. I will keep you updated as things unfold. Re-
member also, that pension issues are not just issues for retirees –
Bob Steinbacher with Valerie Lawrence (R) and
everyone of us, active and retired, is affected in some way by the Cheryl Smith (L) at the Kemper Softball Classic .
changes that occur today.

June 2018 • 5
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pring is in full swing, which means the time since his passing, Lane’s legendary en- wine, to even a giant Aflac stuffed duck, the
long days of summer are not far off. I thusiasm for friendly competition, his selfless multitude of donated items helped the Lane
can’t think of a better way to usher in the ability to give back to those in need, and the Kemper team of volunteers raise more than
change of seasons than with a little camarade- passionate way in which he lived his life still $28,000 for the WODFF.
rie, topped with a dash of team rivalry. That’s shines, and his spirit lives on as we celebrate Chaplin Rick Godinez started the event
right, it’s time for the Lane Kemper Classic. On his memory by participating in this year’s 2018 off with a prayer, asking God for a day free of
May 2, 2018, thirty-two teams made up of some Lane Kemper Classic. injury for all. A musical rendition of the Na-
of the best the LAFD has to offer gathered to As with previous years, the day started tional Anthem was then played, followed by
play a little softball, raise a little money for the with a threat of rain but was quickly overshad- Captain Keith Bandy presenting Bill Bringas
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, owed by the spirit of enthusiastic volunteers with a customized bat that honored Bill for his
and of course, honor the memory of Captain filling the parking lot of the Balboa Bl com- past commitment to the event. Bill had passed
Lane Kemper who passed away in 2006. plex. A culmination
Captain Lane Kemper was a compas- of months of prepara-
sionate man who believed in the spirit of ca- tion by LAFRA’s own
maraderie. With a strong work ethic and a true Juliet Brandolino and
belief in you get what you give, Lane lived a Valerie Lawrence be-
life in which he walked the talk and did so in a gan to take shape as
confidant, but respectful way that we should all the scores of volunteer
try to emulate. Nowhere was this more evident workers began unload-
than with his work with the Relief Association. ing vehicles and setting
Always willing to help, Lane raised countless up tables to hold all of
funds to assure the Association would be in a the wonderful auction
position to help those in need when called upon. items graciously do-
Not only did he raise funds for the WODFF, but nated by the event’s
he also raised awareness of the importance of sponsors. From valu-
volunteerism, which to this day is the lifeblood able trips, fun-packed
of the organization. Though it has been some gift baskets, bottles of Fire Station 81 Fire Station 75

Tournament Winners: Fire Station 64


Tournament Runners-up: Fire Station 15 Fire Station 2 Fire Station 11

6 • June 2018
the torch to Keith the year prior, but old hab- out of the way, it was time to get down to busi- least once or twice by the Mrs. I’m pretty sure
its die hard as Bill still spent most of the day ness and play some ball. The first round of play she was talking about food--but maybe NOT!
volunteering his time and helping organize the was a practice session, which meant it really The play of FS 33’s Tom McIntyre, however,
team’s schedules. Speaking of volunteering, didn’t count, but one would be hard pressed was in top form. I was fortunate to witness one
let’s not forget the work that Captain Bandy to tell the difference between the practice and of the best catches of the day as Tom made a
put in to make it yet another successful event. championship round. As the day went on, the great diving catch to rob 29’s of at least one
Though the Kemper Classic is only a one-day sun tried to come out but never quite made it; run. Though it was a fantastic catch, it wasn’t
event, months of planning and hard work did however, the competitiveness of individual enough as 29’s went on to defeat 33’s, advanc-
go into it, and we want to say a huge thank you players - and even entire teams - did. FS 64 ing them to the next round.
to Keith for a job well done. definitely made their presence known. Their After a day filled with a lot of great fun
With the blessing and other formalities verbal tactics seemed to work for them as they and play, it finally boiled down to the last two
finished off FS 14 in a teams standing to play the championship round.
close game in the early There, 64’s took on the red and gold of Fire
rounds. FS 78 had their Station 15. The first few innings went quickly,
own personalities. One with each team giving it their all. Unfortunate-
i n particular was Brian ly, 15’s wasn’t able to match the tempo of their
Hoover’s wife of ten opponents, and by the fourth inning it was 4-0
years. From the stands in favor of 64’s. The bottom of the fifth brought
she made it pretty more bad news for the Trojans as 64’s dealt the
clear that he would be final blow with a two-run homerun.
“going hungry to- All in all the day was filled with fam-
night” if he didn’t step ily fun and equally great food thanks to Mark
things up after missing Curry, Greg Pascola, and the rest of the culi-
a a hard-hit ground ball. nary team. Special thanks also go out to all the
The words, “No des- sponsors, especially Brad Standage of Gallo-
sert for you tonight,” way Asset Management and the law team at
Fire Station 75 Task Force 105 were shouted out at Straussner & Sherman who were at the event

Fire Station 11 Fire Station 21

June 2018 • 7
all day long answering questions about finan-
cial management and legal matters.
Though Lane is not with us anymore,
I still believe he would want us to remember
the main reason why we all come together at
the event that bears his name and what we rep-
resent when we do. The 2019 Lane Kemper
Classic is less than a year away, but it’s never
too late to do the right thing and walk the talk
of camaraderie and volunteerism by supporting
the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
Fund--a language that Captain Lane Kemper
spoke fluently!

Fire Station 60
Fire Stat

Fire Station 94 Fire Station

Thank you to our great sponsors Fire Station 98 Fire Station

Our volunteers Fire Station 37 Fire Station

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33 Fire Station 1 Fire Station 10
Fire Station

Fire Station 14 Fire Station 66 Fire Station 93

Fire Station 73 Fire Station Fire Station 61


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Fire Station 88 Fire Station 78 Fire Station 34

June 2018 • 9
event. I guarantee you will get the best care in
the world!
Also, I would like to acknowledge Greg
and Pam Pascolla who hand built a beautiful
metal cross that was erected on a hill above the
main camp. Greg did the fabrication of the met-
al, while I’m sure Pam ground down some of
the welds. Seriously, I would like to thank Greg
for the fabulous craftsmanship of the cross and
Pam for her tireless efforts every year in mak-
ing the silent auction a success.
Since this article seems to be about ac-
knowledging those who have done good deeds,

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we shouldn’t forget Ty Baker. Ty is one of our
a t u r d a y, sweep riders, combing the course and making
March 17, sure everyone is safe. Over the years he has
2018 was been on the scene of many incidents. This year
Saint Patrick’s he decided he would form his own team to re-
Day. Where were spond to the various accidents during the event.
you? If you weren’t in California City then So, if you’ve broken down, or find yourself in
you missed it. You missed the wind, rain, and a sticky situation, just call for the Wrecked’em
cold. But more importantly, you missed the Response Team (WRT).
fun, camaraderie, campfires, family time, and Thanks again to all of you who did
a chance to give back to the greatest job in the brave the weather and made this another great
world. This year we had approximately 460 event. Next year is our 10th anniversary and
entries, with more than 800 participants. Our Craig White promises something great! See
numbers were down a little this year, I am sure you on March 16, 2019.
due to the weather. For those of you who did
brave the elements, we thank you for your
generosity in giving to LAFRA’s Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
This year’s event started with one of
our participants being transported by
air ambulance to a local hospital. I only
bring this up because I want to acknowl-
edge those who continue to provide our
participants with the best medical care
possible in the middle of the desert.
Starting with Mike Horst, our commu-
nications expert. He pre-notifies the sur-
rounding first responders, air ambulances Greg and Pam Pascola created this
and hospitals that we will be holding our memorial to fallen firefighters.
event on that day. Next is Craig White,
who runs the incidents with professional
expertise. Then there are our paramed-
ics who treat the patients. This time it was
Mike Reitmayer (CII, FS 29) stepping in to
the make the assessment and start treatment.
And finally to Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, an ER doc,
who takes charge of patient care and makes the
final decisions for the best patient outcome. If
you ever go down, try to make it at an LAFD

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2018 Hook and Ladder
Winners

Class 1 A – Varsity Motorcycles:


1. Glen Holcomb
2. Wade White
3. Robert Shaw

Class 1 B – Jr. Varsity Motorcycles:


1. Bill Damen
2. Chris Williams
3. Leon Sanchez

Class I C – UTV / ATV:


1. Todd Sherwood
2. Burns
3. Tim Fisher

Powder Puff – all female riders/drivers:


1. Alyssa Garcia
2. Stafford
3. Addison Gorman

Dads and Kids:


1. Skyler Casella
2. Damien Dingman
3. Abeyta

Picnic Class – Teter’s Trailer:


1. Fedrico family
2. Emy Tohill
3. Lundgren family

Vintage entry – oldest riders and bike/car:


Stan and Carol – vintage WWII m/c
with sidecar

Youngest rider
Johnny Parker - five years old

June 2018 • 11
2018 HOOK AND LADDER
ENDURO SPONSOR LIST

We would like to thank the following spon-


sors for helping to make our event a success:

L A Firemen’s Relief Association


FireFighters First Credit Union
Jason Knight – Fire Axe Inc.
Kawasaki
Rivalry Clothing – Matt Lundgren
Terry Tuzzolino
Juan Albarran
Dave Cassella – Troy Lee Designs
Greg and Pam Pascolla
John and Karen Nowell
Greg and Suzi Stone
Mechanics Wear – John Caper
Pit Pro MX
Bob and Steven Saurman
Sims Sanitation
Robert Dunivin
Lucas Oil
Rich Tucker
Pelican Products
Ron Lechien – Maxima
PJI
EVS
Hook and Ladder Winery
Tim Larson
Raden Family
Al Hewitt
Cal City MX Park
Air Medic
Tony Ferro
Tim Wuerfel
MTA
Industrial Metals
Tim Foor
Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna
Ralphs Market
Banzai Brothers Racing, Inc.
Brian LaBrie
IEX Helicopters
Musgrave Racing
Marty Svornich
Robert Vowels
Jim Vels – Custom Fire Alarm Box

12 • June 2018
Station 82 crew atop the iconic Capitol Records Bldg.
Structure fire at 6956 Louise Ave
on 4/22/18. Photo by David Blaire

4/27/18. Batt 10 and surrounding compa-


nies battled an attic fire in Reseda.

June 2018 • 13
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June 2018 • 15
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05//06/18. E-28 assists Ventura County with 4/20/18. FF’s from Batt 15 clean up after an attic fire spreads
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4/29/18. Capt. Keith Douglass and Capt. Michael Tobi celebrate


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Companies handled a SFD on 4/28/18
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On 04/09/18, a sedan struck a school bus with
30 students aboard. Photo by Rick McClure

E93 and LF88 handled a hydrant at Corbin and 105’s responded to an auto that created a drive-thru
Victory on 3/30/2018. Photo by Leo Kaufman smoke shop on Victory Blvd. Photo by Rick McClure

The crew from 84’s mingled with LAFRA’s volunteers of


the year at a luncheon in April. Photo by Deborah Lew

June 2018 • 27
Brandon (FS 34-C), wife Christine, and sister Madison welcome a Engine 34 after a fire at 4144 S Crenshaw
new addition to the family, Alyssa Faith, born April 16th, 2018. Blvd on 4/16/18. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

The cast of the TV Show, “Station 19” stops by to


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Fire 5 assists LA Co Fire with a brush fire On 5/1/18, FF/PM’s Steven Hopkins and Jose Perez were honored
in Whittier Narrows. Photo by Ken Morris for a cardiac arrest save on a “running track” in Studio City.

EMS 1 Captain Jim Vlack assists on 4/28/18, Fire 5 hoists a hiker from West
a down motorcyclist while off duty! Vanowen St in North Hills. Photo by Rick McClure

June 2018 • 29
LAFD Honor Guard participated on 4/08/18, in the ‘Run to Remember L.A.’ Half-Mara-
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The LAFD Breakfast Club Car Show
in Thousand Oaks on May 2nd
ust when I thought it was safe to take my me again. Guys these days are doin’ what is
laptop, smart phone, tablet and iPod to known as “Manscapin’.” Actually, women are
Starbucks for a nice steamin’ hot peach doin’ it as well, but I think it’s referred to as
infused Latte Frappachino and hook up with “Landscapin’,” but don’t hold me to it. Yea, I
other Alpha Males, I found out that the Edu- had no idea either but my wife, who’s on top of
cation and Research on Toxics Organization the latest fashion trends told me that these guys
has determined that the chemical, Acrylamide, are shavin’ themselves, everywhere.
has made its way into all our cups of coffee. Wait a minute. Back in the mid 1970’s
If you haven’t heard about this chemical, it us guys were doin’ that in the fire station. We
causes cancer in rodents, so naturally it’ll kill used a slightly different approach but the end
us humans. But don’t despair, I think if we wait results were pretty much the same as today. Of
another week these same researchers will re- course, these weren’t scheduled “Manscapes,”
verse their decision and proclaim that it’s safe so you never knew if you would be goin’ home
to enjoy a nice hot steamin’ cup, especially clean shaven or not.
while zombied out on your favorite electronic Of course, the Department Administra-
gizmos. tion didn’t approve of such behavior and those
I also found out that there are new ex- caught holdin’ a razor was pretty much tried,
pressions bein’ used by the younger generation. convicted and sent to a maximum security pris-
Actually, there’s probably a bunch of them but on.
since I haven’t strayed far from my burrow, But that’s the great thing about fashion
well, it’s new to me. The expression, “my bad,” trends. What was once considered a crime is
is now used to let other people know that a mis- now somethin’ that might earn someone a Med-
take was made. al of Valor.
I first heard this expression when a
package that was to be delivered to my house COWBOY HUMOR
got lost. I called the shippin’ company and they Bob and his wife started
put a trace on the package. The next day the de- dieting together. After a few
livery truck showed up with my package. The weeks on their diet, Bob’s
driver explained he had dropped it off at the wife proposed that they have
wrong address and then said, “Sorry, my bad.” a cheat day. She brought home
What? You know, it’s bad enough that most McDonald’s and KFC wings.
people address each other as, “Hey Dude,” Bob brought home his secre-
which is another expression I haven’t figured tary.
out, but at least it’s better than bein’ referred to From his hospital bed, Bob wondered
as “Boss.” when men would begin to understand women.
But here’s the topper of them all. I
could tell you the name associated with guys AC
who follow this fashion trend but I’m almost KEEP SMILIN’!
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Harvey family

Fire Station 9 is situated right in the ply drive. The drive would benefit the Union
mist of the Skid Row District. Flanked by en- Rescue Mission—the only mission in Skid
campments of homeless people in all direc- Row that houses children and their families.
tions, the station is one of the busiest in the With this goal in mind, they began to raise the
city and the nation. It is not uncommon for the idea throughout the ranks of their battalion.
station’s units to respond on 80 calls a day. For Collection boxes were placed at each station,
Captain Gregory Harvey and newly appointed with LAFD members contributing the supplies
Captain Cory McDaniel, having been assigned themselves. In the first year, the two deemed
to 9’s in 2016, responding to fire and countless the drive a success, raising nearly $1000 in
medical emergencies was all in a day’s work. supplies. Wanting to do more in the future,
Now one would think living together 24 Harvey and McDaniel hope to make the chari-
hours at a time at work would be enough. Yet, table drive an annual event, one that will hope-
outside “the office” as they called it, Harvey fully spread department-wide, serving under-
and McDaniel are both family men living odd- privileged children throughout the city.
ly parallel lives. With residents approximately According to McDaniel, he and Captain
100 yards away from one another, they are both Harvey “wanted to get the kids excited about
married with three young daughters—all un- school because that’s what will get them off
der the age of 10—who go to school together, of Skid Row.” For these two men working in
play together, and await their father’s return a struggling neighborhood, being of service
together. And for these corresponding reasons, means more than just the normal responsibili-
namely the girls, the two men were inspired to ties of a member of the LAFD - it means watch-
launch a battalion-wide school supply drive. ing out for everyone.
So, in the summer of 2016, after discussing Though the two men no longer serve
their own daughter’s return to school, the two together at the same fire station, they remain
men began to wonder - How do the children of fully committed to helping the City’s most vul-
skid row prepare for school? Without parents nerable children. Their willingness to go above
with means to support them, how do they ready McDaniel ladies and beyond their day-to-day jobs has rightfully
themselves for the school year to come? earned them the Crystal Flame Community
With these questions in mind, Harvey Service Award.
and McDaniel set out to start a school sup-

June 2018 • 33
MARK AKAHOSHI, Battalion Chief, FS 14-C

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018

Brookside Country Club


1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena CA

Social Hour - 5:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM

Cost $55 - Menu TBD

Fire Station 60 - (818) 756-8660

Name Assignment Date Retired Date Rank


Glenn M. Martinez 04/13/1986 04/30/2018 Fire Inspector I, P. A.
Gregory A. Sanderson 02/02/1986 01/31/2018 FF III, Air Ops B
Mark S. Akahoshi 02/10/1980 06/30/2018 B/C, FS 36-S
Hollyn D. Bullock 10/16/1990 04/30/2018 A/O
Michael P. Henry 04/20/1980 05/10/2018 A/O, FS 87-C
Gerard V. Joya 05/04/1980 04/30/2018 Captain I, EMS 9-A
Alvin R. Engle Sr 11/22/1987 04/30/2018 Captain I, FS 67-A
Michael F. Koga 02/26/1987 05/29/2018 Engineer, FS 21-C
Scott D. Mitchell 03/13/1983 05/31/2018 A/O, FS 88-A

34 • June 2018
F
or the first time in its history, drones were a featured at the 2018 FF Derrick Ward and FFPM Dave Danielson presented an intro-
Fire Department Instructors Conference and Expo (FDIC). Repre- duction to Thermal Imaging configured on a drone. During two days of
senting the LAFD, FF Derrick Ward (FS80), FFPM Dave Daniel- instruction, they taught students the efficient use of drone technology
son (TEMS Unit), and B/C Richard Fields (B10) were invited to provide and how best to configure thermal imaging for wide area search, wild
expertise and instruction during the Hands-On-Training evolutions for land fire hot spot recognition, and structure fire aerial situation aware-
“Unmanned Aircraft Systems Use in Emergency Response.” It was a ness.
resounding success! “It was an incredible experience and an honor to be invited to
The workshop introduced students to the emerging technology represent LAFD at FDIC,” said Danielson. “Not only did we get to show
of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), while demonstrating how UAS the progress of our UAS Program, we collaborated with a team of in-
can be used by emergency responders. Participants experienced hands- structors that came from east and west coasts.”
on demonstrations in the areas of Live Fire (Structural and Wildland), According to FF Ward, “The ability of drones to conduct a wide
Hazmat, Search and Rescue, and photography/videography UAS opera- area search in wooded terrain for low heat sources was an eye-opener!
tions. Students saw the capability of the UAS to rapidly search, scan and ac-
Ward and Danielson were two of the six certified FAA Part 107 curately identify low heat.”
UAS pilots. B/C Fields provided information on the development of The LAFD UAS program is possible because of the support of
LAFD’s UAS program and answered administrative questions on how Chief Terrazas, his senior staff, and the Fire Foundation. This was anoth-
best to negotiate the politics and process of getting an FAA Certificate of er successful opportunity to show how LAFD is leading the fire service
Authorization. Fire chiefs representing fire departments from across the with this very versatile and valuable technology.
nation engaged in the information session, gaining knowledge on best
practices to initiate their own programs.

June 2018 • 35
D
o you suffer from low back Together these muscles make up what
pain? Spend more time sit- we call the ‘glutes’ and are responsible for:
ting than walking? Skipped • Hip Extension (e.g., standing upright
going to the gym a few times this from a seated position)
week, and when you finally do go, are you • Abduction (e.g., bringing your leg out to
thinking that doing squats will build your the side from a standing position)
butt? Think again! You probably suffer from a • External rotation (e.g., turning your foot
common problem of having weak, under- to face outward)
developed and ill-firing glutes. Let me
explain. PUTTING IT ALL INTO ACTION
The body is an incredible With what we now know, it is very pos-
machine. It works by activating sible to miss out on training the glutes even if
or ‘firing’ muscles in a million your typical leg day includes movements we
different sequences in order often correlate with glute work, such as squats
to complete whatever physi- or leg presses. Though we squat at least ten
cal task you give it. A phys- times a day--such as when we get out of bed
ical task can be achieved or stand up from a chair--it is actually a quad
by using many different dominant exercise, meaning the glutes can and
muscles. We aren’t usually should be involved but are typically second-
interested in which mus- ary in activation compared to the quads. This
cles we are using to com- means it’s time to start adding some new hip
plete a task because we dominant exercises to the routine. Here are
are more focused on getting some great exercises to do for your glutes:
the task done. Unless you’re ◊ Hip thrusts
an athlete or you’ve been coached ◊ Single-leg hip thrusts
on proper technique, you prob- ◊ Glute bridges
ably are guilty of delegating one ◊ Single-leg glute bridges
muscle groups’ job to another – a ◊ RDL
very common example of this can ◊ Single-leg RDL
be seen when looking at the body’s ◊ Back extension
biggest muscle group, the glutes. ◊ Sumo Deadlift
The trend most commonly
seen in the lower body is the TROUBLE SHOOTING:
transfer in responsibility from You may run into a few problems when
the glutes to the other parts trying these new hip-dominant exercises.
of the body like the quads, Some common issues my clients have had in
or worse, the lower back. the beginning of this transition are:
We live in a highly quad- • Trouble feeling it in the glutes
dominant society, mean- • Trouble feeling it on one side
ing most of us rely heav- • Feeling it too much in a completely
ily on the quads and are not different area like the hamstrings or calves
‘recruiting’ the glutes. This • Knee pain
practice results in a muscular These problems are usually due to an
imbalance of strength and ac- individual’s inability to activate a particular
tivation that can lead to physical muscle group, as well as muscle imbalances,
complication. tight muscles, and trigger points.

WHAT THE BUTT?! RECRUITMENT IN GENERAL


There are three muscles Due to lack of use for long periods of
that make up your butt: time, it can be difficult to get a muscle to fire,
• Gluteus maximus especially if the muscle in use is difficult to
• Gluteus minimus see. If this is the case, it will take some time
• Gluteus medius and deliberate, consistent training before you
develop the ability to control a particular mus-

36 • June 2018
cle. This is referred to as proprioception or a to further issues and even injury. The way we Activation Exercises (5-10 minutes): Use
mind-muscle connection. If you’re having any address this problem is with unilateral exercis- your resistance band and perform one set of
of these issues, I would suggest using an elastic es--exercises where we isolate one side of the each; clam shells, lateral steps x 20, hip thrusts
band around the knees or ankles during your body at a time. x 20, squats x 20, standing abduction x 10 each
warm-up and training. This will force you to leg
push outward with your knees and help get the TIGHT MUSCLES/TRIGGER POINTS Resistance training (20-45 minutes): Use
glutes firing. There are many versions of these Tight muscles can pull on other mus- weights that challenge you but allow for proper
elastic bands available online. Personally, I cles, bones, and joints and may cause knee form:
prefer to use a Sling Shot Hip Circle made by pain. This issue can be addressed by stretching • Single-leg RDL 3 sets of 10
Mark Bell. regularly. Trigger points develop in the muscles • Hip Thrusts with Dumbbell 3 sets of 10
Some good band exercises you can use from overuse, causing pain and tightness. This • Single leg glute bridges 3 sets of 10
in your warm-up are: can be addressed from self-myofascial release each leg
◊ Lateral steps techniques known as ‘foam rolling’ or through • Back extension 3 sets of 10-15
◊ Forward/backward walks deep-tissue massages. • Cool Down/Stretching (5-10 minutes):
◊ Standing kickbacks Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to a
◊ Squats SAMPLE PROGRAM minute, breathe deep, exhale slowly,
◊ Kneeling kickbacks Here is a template for you to follow and repeat 2x the following stretches:
◊ Clam shells when redesigning your workouts: • Pigeon or modified pigeon
◊ Standing abduction General warm-up (3-5 minutes): Pedal a sta- • Hollywood stretch
tionary bicycle to increase heart rate and get • Knee-back kneeling quad stretch
IMBALANCES blood flowing. • Sit and reach
If the hamstrings are much weaker than Dynamic warm-up (3-5 minutes): Dynami- • Frog stretch
your glutes, you may feel a strong fatigue there cally stretch the muscle groups you will be
before you even have a chance to fatigue the addressing during your training: toe touches, Questions or comments? Ask me anything, I’m
glutes, or vice versa. We almost always favor soldier kicks, butt kicks, gate walks, step, and always available to you!
one side of our body. Chronic compensation hinge. Mmickey15@gmail.com
leads to muscle imbalances, and this can lead requested subject line: LAFRA

June 2018 • 37
38 • June 2018
first place the next. He also entered our own anyone who loves food and wants to cook like
Firefighters First Credit Union Chile Cook a real firefighter! His recipes take a busy fire-
off and took third. In 2016 he took Best in fighter’s schedule into account, but especially
Ribs and was second overall at the 2016 people’s passion for eating. So, get your apron
Fire It Up BBQ Competition. Cruz was on and get ready to start cooking like a REAL
even on a TV show called On the Menu, firefighter!
where he was a runner-up. If you are interested in expanding your
Eventually Cruz gathered all those reci- own cooking repertoire or just in need of a
pes he had written down and put them to quick and easy meal to prepare at the station,
print for all to enjoy. Cruz Macias, Jr. you can pick up Cruz’s book on his website
created Fireman Favorites, a cookbook firemanfavorites.com. It is also available at
for new and veteran firefighters, or for Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble.

F
irefighter/Chef Cruz Macias of Fire Sta-
tion 87 is heating things up in the kitch- Ingredients:
en. From cooking a delicious omelet in 6 – 12 Eggs Huevos Rancheros
the morning to smoking some three-alarm pork 6 corn tortillas
spare ribs for dinner, Cruz’s desire to cook the 1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. cooking oil
best meal he can never ceases. Even as a young
boy, he enjoyed cooking. Cruz was constantly
2 small brown onions peeled, quartered, and sliced
spending his spare time in the kitchen, attempt- 2 small green bell peppers quartered and sliced (no seeds
ing to make something new out of something or stem)
left over from a previous meal. At the firehouse, 2 jalapenos deseeded and finely chopped
Cruz continued his experimenting, cooking 1 can 14 oz. red enchilada sauce
meals that he grew up eating and adapting them
1 can 28 oz. petite diced tomatoes in juice
for present day station life. Always wanting to
improve on his talents, he also watched what 1 can 8 oz. tomato sauce
other members cooked, paying close attention 4 c. water
to what the crews liked and didn’t. He learned 2 tsp. salt
portion sizes and how to make a good meal 1 tsp. black pepper
even when pressed for time while assigned to 1 tsp granulated garlic
busier assignments.
The more he cooked, the better he be-
Pinch ground oregano
came—and, boy, did he get practice! Cruz ½ tsp. ground cumin
was frequently asked by his fellow firefight-
ers to cook for them when it was their turn in Directions:
the cooking rotation. If they couldn’t persuade Place 2 tbsp. oil in large pan on medium heat. Add bell peppers, cook for one minute.
Cruz to cook, they would instead ask him for
his recipes. Tired of constantly having to repeat
Add onions and jalapenos, cook until tender. Add spices, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, and
himself, Cruz began to write the recipes down tomato sauce, stir in water bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer cook for 10 minutes.
for others. He soon realized he had a fairly In a small frying pan, add ½ c. oil heat on high. Once warm, flash fry each tortilla for
large stack of all sorts of recipes. The idea of about 20-30 seconds per side until slightly crisp. Place on lined tray and set aside. Using remain-
writing his own cookbook began to materialize. ing oil in the pan, cook one to two eggs per person, each cooked over easy. Place one tortilla on
He also began entering cooking competitions,
a plate, place eggs on top, cover with ranchero sauce. Optional items: sprinkle with cheese or top
such as the LA Times Firehouse Cook-Off. He
took a runner-up position one year, followed by with sour cream. Serve with refried bean, hash browns, breakfast meat of choice, or tortillas.

June 2018 • 39
O
ne day last September, I was at home doing absolutely noth-
ing, as most retirees do - watching the news, having another cup
of coffee, when out of the blue, my phone rang. Should I even
answer it?
“Hello,” I said, somewhat annoyed at the disturbance to my per-
fect morning.
“Hey bud, it’s Wag.”
What could Dave Wagner want I wondered? So I asked, “What’s
up?”
“I’m thinking about a 40th reunion party for our recruit classes of
1978,” he quickly replied.
“What? Are you nuts? Who do you think is going to show up for
THAT?”
“Buddy, we should do it!”
“We? We? What do you mean, WE??
Little did I know that he had already decided that I was to be
involved. Dave is the editor of the Firemen’s Grapevine magazine and I
felt that when he asks for something, this guy isn’t kidding.
“What do you want me to do, and why are you asking me?”
“Let’s meet and have lunch and I’ll tell you,” he said.
So, after a few meetings, and lunches, I relented and decided to come on
board and test the waters.
So, on April 14, 2018, nearly 100 people actually showed up at
the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank for the Classes of ’78 40th Reunion
celebration. I was blown away. He did it. He had a vision and I was
along for the ride. We were in a fairly large room, with a bar and buffet
dinner, a DJ, and a video stream of images of us guys from 1978 through
the 2000’s. Dave was also able to convince his beautiful wife, Stacy, to
decorate the tables with center pieces and balloons, with the assistance of
Mandy Mijiddorj from Mongolia. That’s right, Mongolia!! This guy has
some pull.
Juliet Brandolino from the Relief Association was also there to
sign in the guests and greet them. There was a long table filled with nos-
talgia items, including period Department bulletins, photos, and a heart-
warming tribute to members of those two classes that have passed on.
Dave had thought of everything.
The invite list included members of the January ‘78 and Septem-
ber ‘78 classes, as well as peer group Firefighters and Captains. The Jan-
uary class was the first ever to have peer-groupers. Steve Ruda (9-10-78)
was the MC and delivered a great overview of those very intense rookie
years. Robert Gladden (1-29-78) has become a very good photographer
over the years and provided his talents as the official photographer for
the evening.
Needless to say, I was stunned with what this guy was able to
pull off, allowing all of us a little time to reminisce on over 40 years of
memories, and do so, without the slightest hiccup.
Dave, I’ll never doubt you again, and I had drunk enough coffee
anyway on that September morning. Thank you so much for doing this.
Both classes salute you and the Relief Association for their assistance.

40 • June 2018
By Isaac Burks
Photos by Robert Gladden

June 2018 • 41
MEMBERS
George W. Motts, Fire Inspector.
Appointed January 21, 1941.
Retired on a service pension August 1, 1976 from FPB.
Passed away March 30, 2018.

Gerald E. Moore, Apparatus Operator.


Appointed June 12, 1971.
Retired on a service pension July 6, 1997 from FS 74-A.
Passed away March 31, 2018.

Cecil D. Morris, Captain II.


Appointed February 2, 1987.
Retired on a service pension February 28, 2017 from FS 75-C.
Passed away April 17, 2018.

Charles S. Combs, Firefighter III.


Appointed November 1, 1956.
Retired on a disability pension March 22, 1982 from FS 40-C.
Passed away April 22, 2018.

Lee S. Horn, Engineer.


Appointed November 19, 1946.
Retired on a service pension March 1, 1976 from FS 96-B.
Passed away April 23, 2018.

Charles A. Smith, Jr., Captain.


Appointed April 15, 1947.
Retired on a service pension February 24, 1980 from FS 25-A.
Passed away May 6, 2018.

Donald W. Honus, Captain I.


Appointed January 16, 1965.
Retired on a disability pension April 6, 2000 from FS 69.
Passed away May 6, 2018.

FAMILY
Marcella G. Wing, surviving spouse of Robert C. Wing, passed away March 21, 2018.
Barbara Person, spouse of James F. Person, passed away March 22, 2018.
Emily C. Richter, spouse of Robert R. Richter, passed away March 25, 2018.
Dorothea C. Avery, surviving spouse of Hubert E. Avery, passed away March 29, 2018.
Martha Oldar, surviving spouse of Emil A. Oldar, passed away April 3, 2018.
Doris L. Mc Roberts, surviving spouse of Jack D. Mc Roberts, passed away April 15, 2018.
Eileen C. Fass, surviving spouse of Russell C. Fass, passed away April 15, 2018.
Laura Glenn, surviving spouse of William Glenn, passed away April 18, 2018.
Susanne M. Devereaux, surviving spouse of Thomas A. Devereaux, passed away April 23, 2018.
Faye Hines, surviving spouse of Kenneth J. Hines, passed away April 25, 2018.
Lorraine M. Cummings, surviving spouse of Oscar E. Cummings , passed away April 27, 2018.
Alice J. Moore, surviving spouse of Walter M. Moore, passed away April 30, 2018.
Kathleen Scott, surviving spouse of Harold L. Scott, passed away April 30, 2018.
Betty P. Fitzgerald, surviving spouse of Joseph C. Fitzgerald, passed away May 12, 2018.

42 • June 2018
W
hen Cheryl Smith Lee was in need uations. Many widows and widowers of LAFD know that they are here for them. Trained grief
of help, somehow Valerie Lawrence members find themselves in need of a little counselors like Valerie Lawrence (widow of
sensed it. A phone call by Valerie help from time to time. That is why the new Captain John Lawrence) and Diane Vigel (wife
to Cheryl confirmed it. The widow of FF/PM family support groups was created. The LAFD of Relief Association Trustee Joe Vigel, who
Brian Lee explained to her that life had been Chaplains, in cooperation with the Los Ange- has worked with the autism community for
a bit hard as of late. Raising twin girls alone, les Firemen’s Relief Association, have formed years), as well as the department’s chaplains
along with her other children, while trying to a new alliance for surviving spouses and other are all here to help.
maintain a home on her own had overburdened family members. The LAFRA Family Support The LAFRA Family Support Group,
her. Letters from the homeowner’s association Group assists those who have lost a loved one, however, can’t do it alone. Active and retired
had been piling up, threatening legal action if either active or retired by helping them through members are needed to volunteer their time and
she didn’t complete some needed repairs to the difficult transition from spouse to widow or “fix-it” skills to help surviving families with
her home. Cheryl didn’t know what was go- widower. general repair and construction issues relating
ing to happen--that is, until Valerie and other Fixing plumbing issues and doing a to plumbing, roofing, landscaping, painting,
members of the newly formed LAFRA Family little painting is not the only reason the sup- automotive and other issues in need of gen-
Support Group took charge. With a few phone port group was formed. We all know that when eral maintenance. If you have the time and the
calls, Valerie had LAFD member Juan Albar- a member passes away, the remaining spouse skills, please contact the group at (323) 259-
ran and his friend Dean head out to Cheryl’s goes through a grieving process that can be 5277 or email them at lafrafsg@lafra.org.
house, paint brushes and tools in hand, ready very painful. Surviving family members must More than anything, the Relief Associa-
to work. They painted the home’s shutters and take on many arduous tasks, often alone and tion wants you to know that you are not alone.
the front door and even took the time to hang without advanced warning. From funeral ar- Each person’s loss is different and will grieve
an American flag on the front porch, something rangements, to mountains of paperwork, to for different periods of time. If you are looking
Cheryl had been wanting to do since Brian’s handling other home and financial matters, the for support resources, a compassionate heart, a
death in 2014. passing of a loved one is a stressful time. The listening ear, or a sense of hope, do not hesitate
Cheryl is not alone in these types of sit- Relief Association wants all of our members to to reach out to us.

June 2018 • 43
LAFRA,

Please accept this donation to the


Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s
Fund in memory of Doris Baker, wife of
Frank Baker.

Thank you,

Delbert C. Thompson and


Jo-Ann Thompson

LA Firemen’s Relief Assn:

While at the Hook & Ladder En-


duro, on Friday March 16th, one of our
friends was noticeably showing signs of
a stroke. We were able to get him from
Dear Andy, did talk to him after his move to Bullhead Randsburg to the pit area where paramed-
City, on the Colorado River. Another one ics and a doctor (Capt/PM Mike Reitmay-
I am sending this donation in honor of the “Good Guys” gone too soon. er and Dr Jeff Nordella, extended family
of Billie Strickland. He loved the fire ser- member of Greg Peters) determined he
vice and it gave us a wonderful life. Bill Richard Watters, LAFD retired needed to be airlifted by Mercy Air to An-
devoted 40 years to the fire service and telope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. Due
was grateful for the opportunity. We were to the professionalism received from ev-
proud to be a part of it. Dear LAFRA, eryone who helped Bob, he is doing fine.
The Firemen’s Relief Fund helped We are all grateful to each and everyone of
Sincerely, with my father-in-law, William C. Wake- you.
land, and his wife in the last years of their
Donna Strickland lives. After William passed away, you Kay Hopkins
continued to help his wife, Laura, until
her death. I cannot begin to tell you how
Dear LAFRA, this helped them and our family. Laura had Dear LAFRA,
ALS and needed 24-hour care. Your help Please accept this donation in mem-
Please accept this donation to the allowed her to live in her own home and ory of Thomas Rix, Gene Taylor and Patri-
WODFF in memory of John (Jack) Har- not be institutionalized. ALS is a terrible cia Smith, wife of Richard Smith.
rington, who passed away in March. I first disease, taking the body but not the mind.
met Jack in early February of 1973 when You made it possible for her to have a life Thank you,
I was promoted to Auto Fireman, assigned instead of just being alive. How can I re-
to Old Fire Station 17. Their regular truck pay that! We have been blessed recently John W. Potter
was a 1962 Seagrave, but it was in the and would like to contribute back to the
shops, and the relief apparatus was the fund so you may continue to help others.
1943 Kenworth tractor with a 1938 Sea- LAFRA
grave 100 ft. aerial. In doing the Monday With sincere thanks,
checks, I was unable to determine if it had On behalf of my three sisters:
a full tank of fuel, as there was no gauge Amy Wakeland Karen, Susan, and Joann, I would like to
on the dash, and no apparent fuel fill. I fi- express our extreme gratitude for all that
nally asked Jack (who was a probationary LAFRA does, and in participating in the
Engineer at the time) if he could help me I James O’Kray make this donation ‘Celebration of Life’ for our father, Leroy
locate the fuel tank. After what seemed at in memory of two Firemen I worked with, Lilly. All of us were very much pleased
the time like forever, we located the fuel L.C. Shuler and Boyd Chapman with the way that the whole event trans-
tank under the Captain’s seat, along with pired. In particular, I would like our thanks
a short piece of lathe tied to some salvage Thank you, and gratitude passed on to Andy Kuljis for
cord for a dipstick! Paso Robles is where JJ O’Kray spending the time to come down to can-
I saw Jack for the last time, although I yon Lake and make the presentation of the
44 • June 2018
flag and the 10 bells ceremony. Thanks
also go out to James Dolan for the beauti-
ful American Flag Case. I don’t know who
actually builds these things but they are a
work of art. Please accept this donation to
the WOFFD in honor and memory of our
father, LeRoy M. Lilly.

Again, Thank you so much!

David L. Lilly

Dear Andy,
The kids and I want to thank you
so much for all your help dealing with
Glenn’s affairs and for attending his ‘Cel-
ebration of Life,’ not only representing
LAFRA but as a dear friend. I have en-
closed a check to the Widows, Orphan’s Frank and Laura thought they had plenty of time to get an
and Disabled Firemen’s Fund on behalf
of our ‘special son,’ Don Giancursio, who Estate Plan. But when Frank passed away unexpectedly, Laura
was so impressed by the dignity and sin- realized they were not prepared.
cerity of your presentation. He felt com-
pelled to help. Please convey to John Keys
our gratitude for a very moving perfor- Five Key Steps:
mance and warm acceptance of our fam-
ily and friends gathered to send Glenn on 1. Pick a planner. Word-of-mouth references are a good place to start, but you
his way. The Fire family has always been should always take time to research credentials, experience, on-going education
there for us throughout Glenn’s service
levels and select the Estate Planning professional that best suits your needs. When
and we will forever be grateful for know-
ing it will continue to do so in the future.
comparing costs make sure you know all the documents included and services
provided so you compare “apples to apples.” Each planner may break it down
Sincerely, differently.

Vicki Dinger and Family 2. Assemble a team. Your estate planning professional can advise you about
contacting a tax expert, an accountant and someone who can give you advice about
charitable giving.
Dear Bob,
Please accept this donation to the 3. Compile documents. Ask your attorney or other Estate Planning professional
Widow, Orphan, and Disabled Firemen’s what you'll need to bring to the first meeting. It’s usually just a few simple
Fund in memory of our dear friend, Bar- documents and could include the deed(s) to your property, insurance policies,
ney Nipp. Barney was instrumental in retirement accounts and a proper I.D.
transforming old Fire Station 27 into our
Hollywood Museum. His work continues 4. Ask for guidance. When you meet with members of your team, describe your
to show in the building and the portable goals and ask about the best way to reach them.
grill in which he coordinated the constric-
tion of (Barney’s Grill). In addition to his 5. Cover all the bases. Understand the options when considering a will or trust,
work on behalf of the museum, Barney durable power of attorney, a living will, a health care power of attorney, trusts for
was an outstanding fire officer and even
your children, your charity and even yourself.
though his legacy will live on, he will cer-
tainly be missed.

James R. Finn, President For your “Getting Started Kit” contact


Los Angeles Fire Department
Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director, at
Historical Society
(323) 259-5217 or email MCasillas@LAFRA.org
June 2018 • 45
at beautiful Lake McClure in Snelling CA

Contact
information

Dane Jackson
(805) 341-3614

Gary Maga
(661) 755-6072

Dale Shrode
(661) 713-7664

46 • June 2018
Kneeling (L to R): Jerry Puga, Al Amaya, Al Balestra, Robert Medrano, Peter Muro, Joe Espinoza, Jesse Pasos, Vince Leong; Standing (L to R): Mark Whatley, Manny Galvez,
David Diaz, Marc Rossello, Enrique Duque, Joe Lopez, Cecco Secci, Roger Barajas, Al Macias, Enrique Borboa, Don Paone, John Ziola, Mary Leon, Erik Schneider. Danny Leon,
Cary Fenzke, Mark Rojas, Ladd Stilson, Jesse Carbajal, Geoff Lite, Rudy Rocha, “T”, Richard McLaren, Richard Thompson, Austin Phillips, Harold Kim, Tony Moreno

O
n behalf of Fire Station 26, we want to thank the past and past multi-champion, Jesse Pasos is recuperating from a recent injury
present members who attended the 15th Annual “Anytime, and could not play, though he was in attendance, enjoying the festivities
Anyplace” Doubles Handball Tournament held on Tuesday, just the same (Well, almost as much).
February 20, 2018. As the day went on, the dust began to settle and the crowd
The tourney once again demonstrated that camaraderie in sports thinned as a select few who were in contention late into the day (they
is alive and well here in the LAFD. We had a huge turnout that ranged will remain nameless) decided that beating traffic on a weekday carried
from retirees who came laced up and were ready to roll it out, to the as much prestige as sticking around and winning a handball tourna-
newbies who were just beginning to learn the game. We especially want ment. Just the same, we did crown our 2018 Champions: Marc Rossello
to thank honoree, Danny Leon (retired A/O) and family who came to (FF, 26-A) and Enrique Barboa (Capt, 100-C).
spend one last day here enjoying laughs and countless stories that a Congratulations to our champions and best wishes to all who
20-year tenure at the “two-six” is sure to provide. Lucky for the field, our attended . . . see you next year!

June 2018 • 47
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
This event is open to ALL, whether you ride or not!
PRICE MEET AT
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INCLUDES: Registration, Luncheon,
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If preregistered by 7/1/18

TIME
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48 • June 2018
On Saturday, April 7,
2018, a group of 27 riders left
the Sherman Oaks Corky’s
restaurant on time and in good
spirits. During their scenic
ride over the Ortega Moun-
tains, the group picked up an
additional two riders as they
T AT passed Lake Elsinore.
eum The first stop was for a quick fuel and
pit off of Highway 15 in Temecula. With the
Blvd. pit stop complete, the large gathering of bikes
was back on Highway 79 and headed towards
0028 the old mountain mining town of Julian. It must
have been an impressive sight as the two col-
umns of Harleys stretched out over a quarter
mile as they crossed the Puma Valley. At 1300
ME hrs the group rolled into town to eat and drink
with friends at the Julian Grille. There they met
8 AM up with more firefighters and friends from the
San Diego Wind and Fire riders. More than 45
9 AM riders eventually joined the Fire Hogs in their
1 PM annual pilgrimage to this historical destination.
Around 3 pm, the riders started splitting
LOW) up to head back down the mountain. One group
went to a Temecula Old Town watering hole
for more camaraderie as another group rode on
to Hell’s Kitchen and Swallows before head-
ing home. Five other couples spent the night
laughing and telling stories at a local motel in
Julian.
Special thanks to Joe Fig, Russel Bell,
Bennie, Taylor, and their fine ladies for the
beverages and appetizers. Good weather, a safe
ride, and a good time was had by all. Look for a
repeat of the same next year, so be on the watch
for the date and bring your friends. All riders
are welcome...

ATTENTION ALL RIDERS fications of upcoming rides. Members wishing the Fire Museum in Hollywood at 0900 and
There are many more rides coming up! to join the Fire Hogs may contact any of the ending at the Sagebrush Cantina from 1230-
You don’t have to be a Fire Hog to participate. Board members from our website. 1700 hrs for lunch, raffle prizes, live music,
All you need is a willingness to have fun! Come Join us on facebook @Fire Hogs M/C, and FUN FUN FUN !!!
on out to see what this is all about. Events are Like our Facebook page @ L.A.F.D. Fire Hogs. Remember, it’s not about the desti-
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Apply for an account to get e-mail noti- Heroes Memorial on July 14, 2018, starting at together!

June 2018 • 49
Tax Changes – Are You Impacted?
Matt Talcoff, Christian Wood, Don Susswein, Eric Denny
On Feb. 21, 2018, the IRS released IR-2018-31, Interest Example 1 emphasizes that in order for the interest to
on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under be deductible, the proceeds from the loans must be used
New Law, explaining that in many cases, taxpayers will to buy, build or substantially improve the home.
be able to continue to deduct interest paid on home
equity loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) Example 2: In January 2018, a taxpayer takes out a
or second mortgages under Sec. 163. $500,000 mortgage to purchase a main home. The
loan is secured by the main home. In February 2018,
Recently enacted federal tax reform suspended the the taxpayer takes out a $250,000 loan to purchase a
deduction for interest paid on home equity loans and vacation home. The loan is secured by the vacation
lines of credit unless used to buy, build or substantially home. Because the total amount of both mortgages
improve the taxpayer’s home that secures the loan. does not exceed $750,000, all of the interest paid on
Interest on a home equity loan used to pay personal both mortgages is deductible. However, if the taxpayer
living expenses, such as credit card debts would not be took out a $250,000 home equity loan on the main home
deductible. The suspension is effective for tax years 2018 to purchase the vacation home, then the interest on the
through 2025. home equity loan would not be deductible.
Additionally, the prior law capped the total “acquisition Similar to Example 1, not only must the loans be used
indebtedness,” essentially the amount secured by the to buy, build or substantially improve the home, the
residence, to a total of $1 million. For the period of the home that secured the loan must be the home where
suspension, the total cap has been reduced to $750,000 the work occurs.
for indebtedness incurred on or after Dec. 15, 2017.
The cap applies to the combined amount of loans used TAKEAWAYS
to buy, build or substantially improve the taxpayer’s
main home and second home. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that, as was the case
under the prior law, there are a number of eligibility
The guidance provides three examples to help illustrate requirements to deduct the interest including that the
the new rules. Two of the examples are especially loan must be secured by a taxpayer’s main or second
noteworthy and are reproduced in their entirety below: home and not exceed the cost of the home.
Example 1: In January 2018, a taxpayer takes out a Certain taxpayers under contract by Dec. 15, 2017, who
$500,000 mortgage to purchase a main home with a close on the purchase of a principal residence before Jan.
fair market value of $800,000. In February 2018, the 1, 2018 and who purchase such residence by April, 1,
taxpayer takes out a $250,000 home equity loan to put 2018, may still qualify for the higher $1 million cap.
an addition on the main home. Both loans are secured
by the main home and the total does not exceed the cost Additional information about the home mortgage
of the home. Because the total amount of both loans interest deduction can be found in Publication 936
does not exceed $750,000, all of the interest paid on on the IRS website. Taxpayers with questions about
the loans is deductible. However, if the taxpayer used the new interest deduction provisions should speak
the home equity loan proceeds for personal expenses, to their tax advisers with questions.
such as paying off student loans and credit cards, then
the interest on the home equity loan would not be For more information on federal tax reform, please visit
deductible. www.rsmus.com.

50 • June 2018
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Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY – The Birth of the Drop Bag


By Barney Nipp, Captain II, LAFD Retired then to the fire escape were prevented by the stallation hindered pistons from traversing to
spread of the fire and by debris falling from the the rear of the riser thus preventing water from
Frank’s note: Captain Nipp wrote this story for building. entering. This defect was discovered during
the LAFD Historical Society’s second News- During this time span, a window- an investigation following the fire. The stand-
letter in 2001. The same year the Hollywood mounted air conditioner dislodged from an up- pipe failure, coupled with similar failures ex-
Museum was opened in Old Fire Station 27. per floor striking the decking on 28’s aerial and perienced with fire protection systems at other
Captain Nipp was a highly respected officer, skidding into the intersection. Miraculously, incidents, prompted the enactment of Chief’s
well liked and very knowledgeable about fire- no onlookers or firefighters were injured. The Regulation #4.
fighting tactics and strategy. He was a long fire was eventually extinguished by drop-
time Task Force Commander at Fire Station 27 ping 2½ inch lines from upper floor windows Frank’s note: Fire Station 11 developed the
and a great supporter of the Historical Soci- and attaching them to ladder pipe assemblies drop bag years ago for use in their many old
ety. He was one of the first volunteers to help (improvised standpipes). Many empty air bot- multi-story apartment buildings and apart-
open the Museum and designed and built our tles and several singed ears later, the fire was ments. In my research I found out that they also
mobile grill aptly named “Barney’s Grill.” extinguished. developed a power point training program for
Barney passed away this year and we have the use of the drop bag and train with them
dedicated our annual May Pancake Breakfast (Note: The dry standpipe inlets were equipped periodically. I will quote Barney Nipp
in his memory. with piston type inlet valves. At an earlier date, “Another tribute to the innovative Firefighters
the building had a new material attached to the on the LAFD.”
During the early evening hours, on exterior at ground level. This re-facing required
January 28, 1966, a fire occurred in the Com- alteration to the standpipe inlets. A faulty in-
mercial Exchange Building, located in down-
town Los Angeles, on the SE corner of 8th and
Olive Street. The 13-story building had a fire
escape and dry standpipe on the west end, and
a stairway and elevator on the east end of the
structure. The south and east sides of the build-
ing were inaccessible for placement of appara-
tus. Law firms with a heavy fire load of wooden
furniture, law volumes and related materials
occupied the upper floors. The fire originated
in an office suite on the 8th Street side just east
of Olive Street.
Upon arrival of the first companies (En-
Captain II Barney Nipp, Task Force 27.
gine & Truck 28), fire was visible from win-
dows on the 10th floor. Engine and Truck 28
went into a ladder pipe operation attempting to
extinguish the fire from the exterior. Engine 9
laid into the dry standpipe with a 3 ½ inch line.
As acting Captain, I took two other firefighters
with 1½ and 2½ inch hose packs, to the 10th
floor. We were able to pass the fire rooms and
attach the 2½ inch hose pack to the standpipe
located adjacent to the fire escape. This line
was advanced down the hallway, but a faulty
standpipe blocked this effort. Shortly thereaf-
ter, the fire advanced into the hallway and auto-
extended from the 10th floor to the 11th floor
exterior. It later also extended up the exterior Retired Captains Barney Nipp and The Commercial Exchange Building in 2017.
and involved the 12th floor. Attempts by other Bill Finn cooking on Barney’s grill.
companies to advance a line up an aerial and

June 2018 • 51
d by NCUA
Scott is recognized as a Los Angeles Cultural
Heritage Monument. The Ralph J. Scott is rec-
ognized by the U.S. Department of Interior,
National Park Service National Maritime Ini-
tiative as a National Historic Landmark. The
Ralph J. Scott is listed on the National register
of Historic Places.
Old Fireboat No. 2 deserves a perma-
nent home on the waterfront so that visitors
can see it in an appropriate structure and enjoy
learning about its history in the Port of Los An-
geles for many years to come. To accomplish
our goal we will need the support of all of our
Historical Society’s 2,000+ members.

Truck 11 firefighter carrying drop Truck 11 firefighter hoisting hose


bag to upper floors. (Photo from line up onto fire escape. (Photo
Engineer Scott Brennan, 11-B). from Engineer Scott Brennan, 11-B).

THE FUTURE MUSEUM STRUCTURE The preservation and future display of


FOR OLD FIREBOAT 2, THE “RALPH J. the “Ralph J. Scott” should be a top priority
SCOTT” because of its historical status and its long ser- Retired Engineer Mark Howell is preparing the hull
The LAFD Historical Society has been vice to the Port of Los Angeles. It is certainly for paint. Our volunteers work every Friday under the
developing strategy and a plan to make sure one of the icons of the Port and one of the most supervision of retired Fireboat Pilot Bill Dahlquist.
the National Historic Landmark Fireboat 2 is famous Fireboats in the world. The Ralph J.
placed in an appropriate structure as our volun-
teers believe that the restoration will be com-
pleted within one and a half years.
The past plan, developed by an advisory
committee to preserve the Boat, was approved
by the Chief Bamattre, the Fire Commission,
Mayor Hahn and the Harbor Commission in
2005. This plan was dropped by the Port in
2015 when plans for a museum structure were
removed from the Harbor Dept. budget because
of budget priorities to re-build Port’s O’ Call.
The engineering plan for the museum was 80%
complete at that time.
The LAFD Historical Society took on
This is Old Boat 2 in our “shipyard” tent
the responsibility to restore the boat from the
located adjacent to the Battleship Iowa.
beginning and have been working with volun-
teers since the boat was proposed for retirement
in 2002. Over 20,000 volunteer-hours have
been accumulated in the process, resulting in
a savings in labor costs of well over $500,000.
(Computed at only $25 per hour). The volun-
teers are guided by the National Park Service
guidelines for the restoration project.
The Harbor Department agreed with the
initial preservation plan, hiring preservation
consultants. Hauling the boat out for inspection
and bottom paint, removing the boat from the
water (as recommended), providing a location
for it at Berth 86 and later covering the boat in a
This was the architects rendition of the Museum building
canopy. That is where the plan stopped. We are
for the “Ralph J. Scott” located just south of Fire Station
thankful that we have come this far, but there is
112 before the project was dropped by the Port in 2015.
the future to think about now.

52 • June 2018
NEXT MONTH’S STORY:
I am going to do some research on the JUNE 2018
LAFD’s Demolition Squad for July’s history
article. Yes, we had a squad that was trained
to use explosives to create a firebreak between
buildings to control the spread of fire in a con-
flagration.

INVITATION TO ALL LAFD RETIRED


MEMBERS
The LAFD Historical Society will be
having its annual LAFD Retired Member get
together and luncheon at the Hollywood Fire
Museum at Old Fire Station 27 on Thursday,
June 14th. We have great camaraderie, food, a
raffle, storytelling with an open mic, and some
of our history. Plan to be there and see old
friends.

Some of our retired members ready to leave the


luncheon with happy faces and some raffle prizes.

What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your station’s
Extinguisher Fund is a simple way to collect donations for the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of change that the cook
dumped into the mess fund box each shift and had a better idea. If this change
was instead collected for the WODFF he figured it could really add up. With an
average of 50 cents per day per station, in a year there would be . . . well, you can
do the math!
So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your
change into your station’s extinguisher. There should be one in every firehouse.
And any loose change in your pockets, any that you find in the TV chairs, or
hoarded in the “ashtray” of your vehicle can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s 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 basis. Thus,
they and their families can be comforted in knowing that the “Fire Department
Family,” supported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, is there
for them in times of need.

June 2018 • 53
LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 11, 2018

CALL TO ORDER minutes of March 7, 2018. Tim Larson so 2) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
moved. Mike Sailhamer seconded. There the new phone system has been installed
President Bob Steinbacher called the mee- was no discussion or objections. and is up and running. He indicated that
ting of the Board of Trustees they are working on a few programming
of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Motion carried to approve minutes issues.
Relief Association to order at Board Meeting Minutes of March 7, 2018
9:46 a.m. 3) Todd Layfer referred to the golf
PRESIDENT REPORT tournament and indicated that the
ROLL CALL firefighter rate is now open. He stated
1) Bob Steinbacher provided an update that they will be publicizing in the next
MEMBERS PRESENT: on the Pension issue regarding the retired Grapevine as well as the website.
Bob Steinbacher, President subsidies. He also made reference to the
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary proposed contract with Pensions and 4) Todd Layfer referred to the L.A.
Trustee Chris Stine shared that Pensions would like the signed Marathon and indicated that the event is
Trustee Frank Aguirre contracts with the associations by July 1st. estimated to earn around $15K for the
Trustee Kenneth Breskin He stated that he will report back after the WODFF.
Trustee John Jacobsen next meeting.
Trustee Tyler Tomich 5) Todd Layfer referred to the Lane
Trustee Richard Moody 2) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Hook Kemper Softball Tournament and reported
Trustee Tim Freeman & Ladder Enduro and indicated that it was that ten teams are signed up as of today.
Trustee Mike Sailhamer an outstanding turnout considering the He indicated that the event will take place
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension wet weather. on May 2nd.
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Medicare 6) Todd Layfer referred to the L.A. Galaxy
Todd Layfer - Executive Director Informational Seminars and indicated Firefighter Appreciation Night on March
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer that both sessions were well attended. He 31st. He indicated that there was great
indicated that Dave Wagner did a great job exposure and indicated that the money
MEMBERS ABSENT: in planning these informative seminars. raised for the WODFF has yet to be
Trustee Gayle Sonoda determined.
Trustee Danny Wu 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the
Trustee Rick Godinez upcoming Pechanga Reunion and asked 7) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
Trustee Joe Vigil Trustees to let him know if they plan to there is now a FOB security device by
Trustee David Peters attend and if they need a hotel room. the elevator on B-1. He indicated that
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President this device was placed for added security
Trustee Craig White INVESTMENT COMMITTEE inside the building.
Trustee Jim Duffy REPORT
Trustee Gene Bednarchik ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
Trustee Steve Berkery John Jacobsen informed that we will have REPORT
an Investment Committee meeting with
GUESTS: Beacon Pointe Advisors here at LAFRA Frank Aguirre presented the following
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor on April 25th to discuss the current asset motions.
allocations.
INVOCATION & Flag Salute The committee recommends and I so
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT move to pay the usual and customary bills
Tim Larson led the invocation. Tim in the amount of $963,461.26. There was
Freeman led the flag salute 1) Todd Layfer referred to Hope for no discussion or objections.
Firefighters and indicated that all food
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES booths have been booked with fire stations. Motion carried to pay the usual and
He indicated that the fire bucks pricing customary bills in the amount of
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion will remain the same as last year. $963,461.26.
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting

54 • June 2018
The committee recommends and I so move for a moment of silence from the Board. 14th is the exam day for the scholarship
to approve $250 for the L.A. Retired Fire program.
& Police BBQ. There was no discussion or MEMORIALS
objections. J. Loren Labarre EXECUTIVE SESSION
Johnnie R. Collings
Motion carried to approve $250 for the Glenn R. Dinger The Board entered into Executive Session
L.A. Retired Fire & Police BBQ. Frank Brown at 11:10 a.m.
Boyd E. Chapman The Board adjourned from Executive
The committee recommends and I so Delbert D. Jones Session at 11:34 a.m.
move to approve the Kaiser premium rate Thomas G. Crockatt
increase at 2.85% for active and 5.87% for Basil D. Daughenbaugh A personnel matter and member updates
retired members effective July 1, 2018. Donald L. Hobart were discussed during Executive Session.
There was no discussion or objections. Billie M. Strickland No actions were taken.
Philip V. Toppenberg
Motion carried to approve the Kaiser John W. Harrington NEW BUSINESS
premium rate increase at 2.85% for
active and 5.87% for retired members ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE Mike Sailhamer announced that Kenneth
effective July 1, 2018. Breskin is planning a car show that would
Mike Sailhamer presented the following benefit the WODFF and the LAPD.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT motions. Kenneth Breskin indicated that the
proceeds will be split evenly between the
Frank Aguirre presented the following The committee recommends and I so move two organizations. The event will be on
motion. to accept the donations in the amount of June 2nd at the Warner Center Park near
$24,097.19 to the Widows, Orphans & the Marriott Hotel.
The committee recommends and I so Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no
move to accept the applications to the discussion or objections. SETTING OF DATES
Medical Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections. Motion carried to accept the donations in 1) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament –
the amount of $24,097.19 to the Widows, May 2nd
Motion carried to accept all applications Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. 2) Pechanga Reunion – May 21st – 25th
to the Medical Plan. 3) Hope for Firefighters – June 7th
The committee recommends and I so 4) IFEBP Annual Conf. – October 14 – 16
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT move to approve the financial assistance 5) LAFRA Open House – November 3rd
applications for surviving spouses, active
Mike Sailhamer presented the following and retired members. There was no RETIREMENT DINNERS
motion. discussion or objections.
1) Glenn Ames – April 20th B @
The committee recommends and I so Motion carried to approve the financial Sagebrush Cantina (Aguirre)
move to pay: assistance applications for surviving 2) Tom Sammartano & Cecil Manresa –
spouses, active and retired members. April 29th B @ Fire Station 4
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount (Bednarchik)
of $30,929.26 ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE 3) Mike Henry – May 9th C @
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount REPORT Fire Station 87 (Breskin)
of $8,725
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the The committee recommends and I so ADJOURNMENT
amount of $12,000 move to advance funds for both active and
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount retired members. There was no discussion Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
of $60,000 or objections. to adjourn. Frank Aguirre so moved.
Tim Freeman seconded. There was no
There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to advance funds for discussion and no objections.
both active and retired members.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief Motion carried to adjourn. The Board
benefits. SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE of Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:37
REPORT a.m.
Mike Sailhamer read the names of
members who recently passed and asked Doak Smith informed that Saturday, April Bob Steinbacher, President
June 2018 • 55
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - April 2018

AMY WAKELAND in memory LOS ANGELES CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT in


of William Wakeland memory of Cecil Morris

CENTURY STATION MEMORIAL FUND TAMRA JOLLS

YVONNE HAVRON in memory KEN MORRIS


of Wayne
MARGARET ROBINSON in memory
JAMES B. ELMLINGER in memory of Steven Robinson
of Captain Dennis “Ben” Benkovsky
GARY T. SHELFORD
DONNA L. STRICKLAND in memory
of Billie Strickland GARY T. SHELFORD in memory
of Dana and Jan Mclorn
ROBERT C. KLOPFENSTEIN
JAMES J. O KRAY in memory
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of L.C. Shuler & Boyd Chapman
of John J. Harrington
SCOTT L. AMES
CAROLYN R. CLINITE
VALLEY PROFESSIONAL GROUP
SCOTT A. LENZ in memory
of Glen Dinger

mail: phone: visit:


P.O. Box 41903 (800) 244-3439 www.LAFRA.org
Los Angeles CA 90041

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June 2018 • 57
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis off-road desert behind house. LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Mike Whitehouse, Retired,
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/ Shores gated community. 3 bed- email: btkwhitey@yahoo.com or
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ- linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, room, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. 3min- Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-645-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541- Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, ute drive to main marina in Oak 7448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com
8311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com Launch Ramp, Marina with Boat Shores. Large flat driveway. Fully
House, Gated Community. No equipped kitchen, BBQ, washer/ MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM-
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- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block (310) 418-1577. pets/smoking. $225/night. $150 sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
to beach, view, fully equipped cleaning fee. 3 night minimum. TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) LAKE HAVASU HOME FOR Call Ben (805) 444-2264. fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- RENT- 3 BED/2 BATH, Fur- Gondola Village and shuttle.
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2 Car Garage, Covered Boat mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum-
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- Parking . Laundry, BBQ, TVs, underground garage parking. Ja- mer $215/night, plus cleaning.
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 Cable. Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street. cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- Includes city bed tax. No pets,
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps 3 miles to London Bridge, mertime), shuttle right outside! no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
to beach, pool, gym, putting located near Golf Course. Lake Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran
course, tennis and more. Newly View. No pets, No Smoking. ter $110 per night, Summer $80 (310) 619-5355
refurbished, fully equipped. Summer/Winter/Snowbird/ per night plus $65 cleaning fee
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Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- cluded. Call John (323)449-4473 Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) room & large loft, 3 full baths,
iltoncove.com. Ask for “LAFD 513-2000 or mammoth241@ sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Can-
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waterfront house, boat, moor- MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, sauna, linens included. Winter
COEUR D’ALENE IDAHO ing out front, fully furnished, 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage, $175 weekdays, $195-week-
Lakeside Resort Town. 1909 laundry, gas BBQ, launch ramp, pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- ends/holidays; summer $125,
Vintage Vacation Home walking gated community, grocery ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. plus cleaning. No smoking; no
distance to lake and downtown store, hardware store. No pets, Winter $125/night. Weekends pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948-
entertainment. Sleeps 12 with no smoking. Email Kathy at and Holidays $110 midweek. 3659.
5 Bed-2 Ba, 3000 sq ft Fully scarkj@yahoo.com or call Summer $95/night. $495/week.
Furnished including Hot Tub. (760) 858-4470 No smoking. No pets. Jim John- MAMMOTH LAKES - One
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easily accessible from Spokane LARGE LAKE HAVASU HOME wildflower condo. Full amenities,
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php?UnitID=11928 bath, 2900 sqft home with ame- SONS FOUR RESORT. satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
http://www.vacasa.com/unit. nities & pool that easily sleeps Charming and cozy furnished Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
php?UnitID=11928 14+ people. Centrally located, 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
LAFD Family Owned 1 mile from the lake, close to unit with amenities including (818) 371-6722
downtown shops and restau- wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, Email: shakesong@aol.com
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cabin with Carson Peak https://www.vrbo.com/4648549ha players. W/D on site. Shuttle MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
view. Close to fishing & ski- Call Julie 818-268-7906 for spe- stop. Walking distance to village. Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
ing. Furnished, wood deck, cial firefighter family rates. $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
equipped kitchen, wood burning Bobby@310-350-5552. DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.
phone. Garage/ample parking. SORT BEACHFRONT HOME MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2 2 night minimum. Winter $100/
$100/night plus cleaning fee. with boat mooring. Swim, ski bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur- nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
Email for pictures. Jeff Easton or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa, Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
junebound@gmail.com DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry, area. Winter $115, Summer Moir (661) 254-5788.
BBQ. Gated community with ca- $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR sino, groceries, marina, launch 14% city tax. Includes linens. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 ramp and off-road trails. No No pets, no smoking. Call (310) Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
sq.ft. Fully furnished with all pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ 540-4648. loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
amenities- Laundry & BBQ. Garner email: kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep havasulanding27@gmail.com MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
garage. 3 miles from launch THE GONDOLA VILLAGE – Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
ramp. Close to downtown shops LAKE MOHAVE / BULLHEAD Fully furnished, three bedroom, nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
& restaurants. View of the lake. CITY. 4 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, two bath with towels and linens, smoking complex. Joel Parker,
Quiet street in good neighbor- 2200 sq/ft Located in private internet cable TV, pool and LAFD retired.
hood. No pets. No smoking. community w/ private marina and Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, email: cat25sailor@gmail.com
Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) launch ramp. Directly across from shops, restaurants and ski in on or (213) 399-6534.
510-6246 the river, backs to large park with the new comeback trail. Park-
grass. Fully equipped kitchen, ing at the front door. 2018/19 MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
LAKE HAVASU LANDING- BBQ, Washer/Dryer, TV/DVD. No RATES: Winter: $275/night. ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from
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water. Boat mooring out front, Kevin (805) 279-2430 $325/night. Cleaning is included. Luxury furnishings + full kitchen.
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utes. 5-day minimum, from $150 Patio areas with seating for all. tions. Ranch house accommo- The Peninsula Group is a manu-
per night (regularly $310/night). Walk to “El Paseo” dining and dates large groups. Amenities: facturer’s rep agency operating
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vations (805) 530-0007 or email: Email: lilinoecastro@yahoo. friendly. Nearby golf, casinos, National Gypsum Co. at Lowe’s
pmimaui@aol.com or visit: com or text (562) 895-8263. ATV riding. Also, Premier lodging and Home Depot stores. We
www.napilibaymaui.com for Coachella music festivals. employ close to 30 firefighters in
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MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL Pool home with great back yard See website for rates and info: are currently looking for person-
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful to BBQ. Fully furnished w/WiFi, sunsetranchoasis.com nel in California. The position
furnished condo that sleeps 4. Big screen Cable TV and Pool or call Nick Davidson requires approximately 4-5
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bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s ty. Close to Palm Springs Aerial ideal for a firefighter. The option
free WiFi (internet), complimen- Tramway,Casino and Down
tary maid service, complimen- Town. Call property manager for
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