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Presidents Message ................................................................................05
Volunteers of the Month
Gerry and Jan Layton ............................................................................09
Battalion News ..........................................................................................11
LA Heat Football
Gridiron versus NYPD at the Rose Bowl ...............................................19
Retired Guys ...........................................................................................20
Station Fridge ...........................................................................................21
Department In Action ................................................................................28
Travel Journal
Getting to know foreign investments .....................................................31
LAFD Handball
FS 92 defends championship again .....................................................33
LAFD Golf Club
2012 Seniors Tournament ....................................................................35
Memorials .................................................................................................36
Search and Rescue
Part 18 More Techniques ...................................................................37
Mailbox .....................................................................................................39
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...........................................................43
COA Retirement Dinner ............................................................................44
Dollars & Sense ..........................................................................................47
LAFD-HS History
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Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................52
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do know that medical infation is something from which we cannot
The Pension Department just completed a comprehensive au-
dit of the Relief Association Medical Plans. The focus of this audit
dealt with the Retiree Subsidy Program and how effective the pro-
cesses in place are working. Im happy to say that we were able to
demonstrate what we knew to be true and have been communicat-
ing all along - We run a professional top notch healthcare plan and
work at squeezing every dollar to its maximum. The end result is
that we were able to show that we continue to give the highest level
of benefts at a signifcantly lower cost than comparable plans, our
fnancial processes are sound and accurate, and our pensioners are
being provided a very high quality of healthcare.
Do you have a bottle full of pills that you didnt use because you
changed prescriptions? How many times has your doctor wanted to
try out a new medicine just to see how it works? The you go to the
pharmacy, get a 30 day supply, and from the get-go, it isnt working
the way your doctor thought. So he changes this medication and
youre left with half a bottle of useless medication that you had to
paid for. For members that take multiple specialty medication or are
starting a regiment of medications, this can be a common problem.
Here is a useful tip that may help prevent pill waste and additional
out of pocket expense -
If you are starting a new medication and have a follow up
offce visit scheduled in the subsequent weeks, ask your
doctor to write a prescription for the shortened period of
time (i.e. 2 weeks) between visits instead of the standard
retail 30-day supply. The pharmacist will charge you for
the actual number of pills purchased, potentially saving
you the additional expense of flling the entire 30-day
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See you at Hope for Firefghters on June 7th.
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By John Jacobsen
ost of us had at least a few interesting jobs before choosing our
careers on the LAFD. If you are anything like me you prob-
ably worked in some sort of maintenance capacity, had some
type of job dealing with customers or clients face-to-face and hopefully
rounded it out with some heavy lifting in a hands-on or back-straining
construction gig. Those of you who were fortunate enough to have been
in the military got all of these experiences wrapped up into one. (I know
some may not agree)
What did you do for work before the LAFD? Many kitchen
table conversations have evolved from this question and the memo-
ries seem to have molded how we view ourselves in the workforce.
Laughing and scratching about some of the stuff you did for work as
a kid seems to always lend its way into a lengthy series of personal
experience and topper stories. Nonetheless, it was good experience
and I dont think anyone should be shorted of these memories. Be-
ing able to draw off some of your lifes experiences is primarily
what drives your actions today. At the very least, we should all be
able to relate to maintaining something or fxing a broken piece
that will keep things working. Having dealt with diffcult people
at an earlier time in your life certainly lends experience to the level
of skill you have today. When someone doesnt think twice about
grabbing the heavy end of whatever needs to be moved, this was
surely engrained into them and not read from a book.
Todays workforce is signifcantly different than it was 20 years
ago and Im not just referring to the Fire Service. Formal educa-
tion seems to have taken the lead position in building out a resume
and is constantly driven into our youth. Encouraging as much learn-
ing in a lifetime that one can manage should be something we all
should look positively upon. However, the work experiences you
bring with you are the backbone that the formal education should
enhance and build upon.
The next time an incident, some new program or a project goes
really well, ask yourself Did this go well because someone matric-
ulated from an exceptional educational institution? Or was it more
likely because the guys with their feet on the ground just made it
happen? Probably some of both, but Im gonna lean toward the
latter. The old saying that you are never too old to learn something
new is absolutely true and we prove it every day. Just remember not
all learning is read from a literary piece.
Most of you by now should have heard about the Non- Medi-
care Health Subsidy increase for retirees. There has been a rather
lengthy delay in bringing this to its conclusion for the July 1, 2012
target. Countless hours of meetings, documentation, fnancial pro-
jections, medical infation statistics and education brought this to
a successful close. The LAFPP Board of Commissioners voted to
give the maximum allowable increase of 7%. I would encourage
as many as possible to keep this fresh in your mind, as this increase
is going to be on the discussion table next year before you know
it. I dont know what the political climate will be at that time, but I
6 June 2012
irefghters are thanking
Corbin Bowl Manag-
er Gary Montgomery,
right-hand lady Rose Thomp-
son and the entire Corbin
Bowl crew for a great eve-
ning of fun and camaraderie at
the now annual event held on
May 6, 2012. And there were
no sour apples when it came to
the WODFF the affair raised
almost $10,000 to beneft fre-
fghter families in need.
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60s-70s teen idol Bobby Sherman
posed for pictures as he does every year and
a bunch of regular fre guys (and ladies too)
showed up hoping to throw a few rocks. Ray
Keene from FS 68 showed off his yank shot
while Alex Molina (High Rise) rolled a few
puddles. S&Ms Wade White left a few bed
posts and 93s Dan Curry had some problems
with a railroad or two. Retired guy Pat Perry
displayed his skill with the pumpkin and Bob
Clark (also retired) was hoping for a blowout
but had to settle for grandmas teeth. The sand-
baggers from Fire Station 82 came as a team
Doug Collins, Ryan Guzman, Chris Dupertuis
and Brandon Kroner and ended up with more
fat balls and buzzards than breaks.
Keenan Porche and LAFRA Trustee
Doak Smith presented Gary Montgomery and
staff with a custom made Fire Axe (created by
Jason Knight) for all the time, energy and ef-
fort they put into pulling off the event. After
the presentation Montgomery remarked, With
the large amounts of people coming through
our establishment for just the usual recreation
all the time, we thought it might be nice to get
involved with what we saw as a worthy cause,
and thats why we chose to help out the Wid-
ows and Orphans Fund.
Gary and Rose were also responsible
for procuring a number of cool auction items:
A frefghter helmet with Simpsons auto-
graphs and cartoons, along with the script
and DVD of the 500th episode.
2 VIP tickets to Ray Romanos performance
at the Mirage in Vegas including a meet and
LA Racing which included a 1 hour class,
suiting up and driving 20 laps
An assortment of Dodgers and Kings tickets
8 June 2012
June 2012 9
ne aspect of volunteering that often
gets overlooked is that you dont have
to do it alone. In fact, volunteering is a
great thing to do with someone you love. But
you dont have to tell that to retired LAFD Cap-
tain Gerry Layton and his wife Jan. Theyve
been volunteering for the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund and other worthwhile
organizations together for many years.
As a retired frefghter and a retired
teacher, we wanted to be able to volunteer and
give back to the community, says Jan. In
2007, we were asked to volunteer with our fre
truck golf cart at the
LAFD Invitational.
We have returned
every year since,
to help in any way
that we can at the
tournament. We also
volunteer for our
church and at our
grandkids schools!
That fre
truck golf cart that
shes referring to
has become some-
thing of an icon
at the Widows &
Orphans fundrais-
ers and events. Its
a custom-designed
1969 Taylor Dunn
industrial cart that
Gerry and Jan salvaged and rebuilt into a min-
iature fre truck that has since gone on to make
appearances all throughout the United States.
It was found in a trash pile in a
building in Pasadena, explains Gerry. Fire
Station 12 was at the building on a drill, and
afterward I inquired about its availability and
was told that it was going to the dump the next
day. So I returned to the building and rescued
the soon-to-be Fire Fightin 12 Golf Cart.
Like any good celebrity, the Fire
Fightin 12 has its own trailer, which is useful
for those long trips in between appearances. It
is always quite a hit wherever we take it, says
Jan. It has been to Mt. Rushmore, Oregon, the
Grand Canyon, Colorado River, plus many lo-
cal campgrounds. Its also been in several local
parades and car shows.
While the LAFD Invitational is a
natural ft for the Laytons and the Fire Fightin
12, its not the only event they do. In fact, one
of their favorite volunteer experiences involved
looking after the Guest of Honor at the annual
Hope for Firefghters lunch time festival.
One highlight was escorting Tom-
my Lasorda around, the couple shares. We
are lifelong Dodgers fans, and it was such an
honor to spend time with him. He loves the
LAFD and was very proud to be the Guest of
Honor and support the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund.
Gerry and Jan know the risks that
frefghters face every day. After all, as a for-
mer frefghter, Gerry used to face those risks
himself. Perhaps thats why theyve been so
generous when it comes to volunteering their
unteering is
very reward-
ing, Gerry
reveals. Its
such a good
feeling to
help others
and at the
same time
feel a sense
of enjoyment and accomplishment.
After working for the LAFD for 39 years, we
couldnt be happier to volunteer for the Wid-
ows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund,
which is such a wonderful organization sup-
porting frefghters and their families.
Of course, the charity couldnt carry
out its mission of helping those frefghters and
their families without the support of volun-
teers. And were extremely honored to count
Gerry and Jan Laytonand the Fire Fightin
12among them.
By Tim Beedle, STaff WriTer
10 June 2012
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the views expressed by the battalion News writers do Not necessarily refect those of the Firemens Relief Association
a fire capTain WaS injured While
BaTTling an early morning Blaze
in a large commercial Building
in doWnToWn loS angeleS, on
april 22, 2012. ScoreS of fire-
fighTerS Were forced inTo a
defenSive aTTack To exTinguiSh
The flameS When iT WaS deemed
unSafe To enTer The STrucTure.
phoToS By mike meadoWS, epn
12 June 2012
companieS from BaTTalion 1
handled a fire aT 1200 So. hope
STreeT on may 4, 2012.
phoToS By yvonne griffin, epn
firefighTerS uSe roTary SaWS To
egreSS an occupied Single family
dWelling on fire aT 1047 eaST
23rd STreeT.
phoTo By jeff zimmerman, epn
June 2012 13
Greetings once again from the sin-
ners and the saints of the Second Battalion.
Lots of comings and goings this
month. A tearful goodbye to B/C Mark Aka-
hoshi and B/C Steve Ruda who were in the bat-
talion just long enough to introduce themselves
before being sucked into special duty. B/C
Manny Lafarga leaves us to continue recovery
in Accounting, CI/PMs Brian Ballton, Marc
Segal and Brad Lenhoff will all perform their
EMS Captains duties from the station whose
# has one less 4 in it, FF/PM Jeffrey Foster
leaves 42s to enjoy the sea breeze at 23s and
FF/PM Michael Cunningham will trade his
gypsy status in the pool at 12s for a permanent
home at 52s. To ease the pain of our loss we
congratulate now CII Anthony Navarro on his
promotion and temporary assignment to 85s.
Last, but certainly not least, the lads in Lincoln
Heights wanted to thank A/O Matt Laurin for
the catered prime rib dinner that celebrated his
10 years of service to the City, and FF/PM John
Reyes who cooked his own better late than nev-
er ten year dinner . . . delicious Im told, even if
it was two years overdue.
Three stories made their way to me
this month. One involved an Auto Club driver
who was forced to ring the doorbell at the Sec-
ond Oldest Fire Station in the City to borrow
their universal automobile key set to get into
his locked truck. It took him only a moment
to correct the problem and he was off to help
someone else whose keys were safely secured
in THEIR vehicle. Just enough time to get pho-
tographic proof.
etiquette dictates that I be no more forthcoming
with the facts of each case as the cream was
of the highest quality and bought without argu-
Fairs fair.
Send your version of the truth to:
ThiS guy WaS moTivaTed, There WaS
Barely Time To Snap ThiS picTure.
ScoTT lamB caTerS anoTher
deliciouS promoTional dinner.
SomeBody BoughT for
Tillering emergency for
The firST Time, SomeBody
BoughT for geTTing a
Wake up call on a Trade
day. gueSS Which iS Which.
The other two stories involve buy-
ing B&R. One for tillering for the frst time to
an emergency instead of having to drive the
Band Aid Box and having your work jacket
take fight . . . the other for getting a wake-
up call from the on duty captain asking you if
you EVER planned on coming in to work your
trade payback. The code of battalion writers
a hiker fell aBouT 75 feeT in an area in
82S firST-in called The BronSon caveS.
BaTTalion 5 firefighTerS hiked up The
hill, packaged The paTienT and carried him
doWn To a WaiTing amBulance. he WaS in
SeriouS condiTion.
phoToS By mike meadoWS, epn
14 June 2012
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may
cover this examination. Contact your plan provider to verify.
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on april 23-25, 2012, lafd memBerS parTicipaTed in The
fill-The-BooT fundraiSing campaign To SupporT The fighT
againST muScular dySTrophy. memBerS from fire STaTion
88 Took Their Turn on The cornerS of Sepulveda and venTura
phoToS By juan guerra, epn,
BaTTalion 10 companieS Work To free The driver of a
pick-up Truck ThaT hiT The cenTer divider of The S/B 405
freeWay and impacTed The concreTe pillar under The
BurBank Blvd Bridge.
phoTo By mike meadoWS, epn
16 June 2012
Battalion 11 bids a bittersweet good-
bye to two of its best captains. Tim Kelly (29-C)
promoted to Battalion Chief and is headed over
the hill to Battalion 10. Don Steinman (13-B)
promoted to Captain II and is taking the helm
of Fire Station 66. Both men added so much to
Battalion 11 and will be missed greatly! Lets
hope their replacements can try to maintain the
high standard set by these individuals! Good
job guys.
As quick as it became an issue in the
media, the squall over slowed and inadequate
response times has all but disappeared?? I dont
know politics but the Mayor and the Fire Chief
have taken Tefon to a new level. We are for-
tunate in Battalion 11 to have very small (geo-
graphic) districts and we cover other districts
on a daily basis. The truth is, I have not seen
anyone run to the rigs on a EMS response in a
long time. I guess OUR FAMILY doesnt live
in the district so . . . they can wait! Think about
Recently, the foor captain at Metro
Fire called FS 6 and asked if they could help
out a Rescue Ambulance in trouble. What
kind of trouble, you ask? Well, it seems that the
RA, returning from a transport to Childrens
Hospital, noticed they were about to run out of
fuel??? Our troubled duo from a different bat-
talion stopped at a gas station block down the
street from FS 6 (that has fuel). They used the
Voyager card and since fuel is expensive and
they needed lots of it, they went over the card
limit. After the gas station attendant told them
that they could NOT put the excess fuel back
into the pump, they searched for their wallets
to pay the remainder! OOPS, no wallets and .
. . they used all their cash on two meals out,
plus Starbucks. So in comes the heroes of the
story - Engine 6 to the rescue. No word yet on
how much it was going to cost our sad brethren
to repay 6s for the fuel and the traditional cut
gallon? Maybe next time they will do a better
job during their morning inventory!
Thank you to Fire Stations 15 and 29
for their efforts manning the fll the boot in-
tersections in Battalion 11. I have heard some
of my fellow frefghters cringe at having to
BEG for money. Well, honestly, you should
go the telethon and see the people stricken with
this disease, maybe you would see it a differ-
ently! I am pretty sure after a decade of Fire
Department participation in this fundraiser; the
general public knows what we are out there for!
Battalion 11 has had their fair share
of fres recently. And since not one person has
written to me and ratted on your buddies, I
guess they all went great. Nobody needs a little
peer pressure (just to make sure the same mis-
takes dont happen again)! Yup, I just checked
and the E-mail address still works.
a pickup Truck loST conTrol and hiT The cenTer
divider on The 210 fWy on may 6, 2012. 24S, 77S, 98S and
counTy 19 reSponded.
phoToS By david doc demulle, The fooThillS paper
June 2012 17
Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Let me start out by giving a huge
Thank You for all the participants in this
years MDA fundraiser for Jerrys Kids. With
everybodys help, they were able to raise a lot
of money for research of Muscular Dystrophy.
Its for a great cause and its something the
Fire Department has been associated with for
a while, so again, thank you! Also this month
was the annual Dads and Kids camping trip.
A few skinned knees and owwwies, good food
and camaraderie, and great weather and a lot
of fun was had by all. Looking forward to next
year already!
A hearty welcome back goes out
to EMS 13. During some of this redistrict-
ing, they were moved from their plush estate
at 112s to their new digs at FS46. They went
from watching sunsets over the ocean, peace
and tranquility, to climbing stairs all day and
being woken up all night . . . on the bright side,
at least you wont have to go as far for most
of the runs youre dispatched to. Speaking of
EMS . . . recently EMS 13 was already attached
to a run, so when RA 64 asked for the clos-
est engine and EMS Battalion Captain, they
were given E 64 and EMS 2. Since this was
the second time in four hours that EMS 2 was
sent to a run in Battalion 13, he contacted RA
64 over the radio and asked them, Do you re-
ally need me? Its kind of a far drive to get all
the way down there. Now we all know that
EMS usually isnt attached unless its an odd
circumstance or a superior knowledge of para-
medicine is needed, and on this run they ob-
viously needed both. Seems like with all the
re-structuring lately, it should have been a no
brainer, but apparently it wasnt. I guess if its
so far to travel then there really is no need to
justify a position. Just sayin. . .
The next tale comes from 46s. Un-
fortunately all this EVOC training came just
a little too late over there. I know we went
over emergency braking, evasive steering, and
proper positioning and rig set-up for entering
and exiting a turn, but I must have missed the
part where youre supposed to back into super
expensive cars while out of your district. Ap-
parently, after they dropped their patient off at
the hospital, they needed a quick pick-me-up at
the local coffee joint. Some lucky owner of a
Porsche also needed the same pick-me-up, and
in order to stay out of the red zone, he parked
somewhat close to RA 46. After they got their
lattes and macchiatos, they returned to their
rig and got ready to head back to the district.
Fortunately theres a back up camera on the
new rescues so I guess theres no more need
for a member to get out . . . right? Evidently,
they needed a objects in the back-up camera
are closer than they appear warning sticker,
because that Porsche crept up really quick and
RA 46 ended up resting on the hood. Maybe
we should start installing infatable bumpers in-
stead of back-up cameras, or just have the other
member get out and direct the driver like weve
always done . . . Just sayin
The next story comes out of 57s.
One of the members has a very restricted diet
and sent a letter through channels requesting
to opt out of organized mess. Permission was
granted, but since 57s can get very busy they
need everybody to help out and cook. Unfortu-
nately this member thought that since he wasnt
participating in the eating of the meals that he
shouldnt have to participate in the making of
the meals. Finally after some common sense
thinking and a bit of persuasion this member
jumped into the rotation and gave his crew a
real culinary delight . . . a few bags of frozen
chicken wings. Mmmmmmm good - or not.
Well recently this members name was on the
latest transfer list to the Valley and his crew fg-
ured they would at least get a fnal meal from
him for all the support theyve given.(Spoiler
alert!) Turns out he TSd his last segment so
he wouldnt have to
cook. Good luck at
73s John, maybe
theyll like frozen
chicken wings.
F i n a l l y,
congratulations to
most of Battalion
13. Recently, there
was a post on the
Information Por-
tal congratulating
all the stations that
had perfect ePCR
entries. In a very
busy battalion its
nice to hear a thank
you for your hard
work every so of-
ten - even if it is
only for inputting
the correct informa-
tion on the ePCR
for every run that
the station responds
to. That being said,
not everyone was
able to participate
in this high honor
of perfection as
the stations listed
in numerical order
were 21, 33, 46, 57,
64,and 66. Wait a
minute. Arent there
seven stations in the
Battalion? And 65s
was so close to not making the Grapevine this
month. Maybe next month?
For those of you that read the Bat-
talion News, Id like to thank you. The staff
puts a lot of effort into the design, structure,
and material every month. These articles are an
opportunity to give appropriate honors to those
that deserve them, and also to have a little fun if
there happens to be a bit of buffoonery. It used
to be used as a deterrent from doing something;
i.e. I shouldnt do this because I dont want
to make the Grapevine, but unfortunately it
doesnt always work that way anymore. More-
over, all of these fables are word of mouth sto-
ries that are passed from frefghter to frefght-
er, getting stronger and more unbelievable with
each persons interpretation of the truth. None
of this is meant to hurt anybody or injure a rep-
utation (some of you dont need the Grapevine
stories for that), so Im sorry if feelings were
hurt. Were all just trying to have a little fun.
Well, thats all Ive got. Remember
to stay safe and keep taking care of one anoth-
er! . . . and remember, 2+2 makes sense, play
nice, stay marginal, know your audience, get a
cool nickname, and fgure out which formula
you use before the media gets a hold of it. Keep
sending your stories to
BaTTalion 13 companieS Work an aparTmenT houSe
fire aT 4147 mcclung drive on april 7, 2012.

phoTo By jeff zimmerman, epn
a Well involved auTo fire in The alley, 333 W 61
STreeT on eaSTer nighT.

phoTo By jeff zimmerman, epn
18 June 2012
fire in a commercial STrucTure juST TWo BlockS norTh
of 89S quarTerS. ThiS WaS nakS (picTured on lefT)
laST fire Before hiS reTiremenT.
phoToS By mike meadoWS, epn
Lets start with congratulations to
practically all of 87s that retired the last cou-
ple of months. The three amigos: Captains Neal
Jones, Paul Steffen, and Tom Kephart. Also
A/Os Randy Opperman and Mike Bennett,
Engineer Gerry Hutchinson, and Captain Gerry
Horwedel. In addition, Engineers William Pa-
dilla (70s) and Frank Cosolo (18s). We all
wish you the best. I cant wait to join you (it
cant come quick enough). Please email me if I
missed anyone, Ill be sure to include them on
the next go around.
And then the movements. 103s
became a stir when the displaced Rescue
members were told they would have to put a
brownie in for the new RA 18 . . . along with
all other LAFD medics. However, because of
the sole efforts of FF/PM Brandon Smith, all
the displaced members of each station were
automatically guaranteed an even swap; 103s
for 18s. Because of our heros gift of relent-
less persistence (pestering), 18-C now has a
Dream Team of sorts. At least this is what
was reported to me.
Also, would the younger guys stop
picking on the older members at 96s. As you
younger guys gain experience, you will learn
that it doesnt matter what you know, but only
what the veterans say is so. Hang in there, you
will soon gain enough time to keep the tradition
And now, I would like to share a pho-
to sent to me.
And fnally to end on a positive note,
Batt 15 would like to congratulate our very
own Jeffery-Division 5. He recently won two
medals in the Special Olympics. A Gold in the
400m run, and a Bronze in the 1500m run. Way
to go Jeffery. Maybe you can give FF Dehler
some pointers on how to increase his endur-
Send all your news and photos to
ThiS Band-aid preTTy much SumS up WhaT We
have To deal WiTh aS a claSS-one deparTmenT.
The memBerS in The field do a damn good joB
keeping ThingS Working, all WiThouT SupporT
from The very Top.
June 2012 19
Well, hello again from the 18th.
Things have changed since the last time we
talked. Battalion has a new home at 68s. EMS
is moving over to 61s soon on a part time basis
and 92s will be coming back into the battalion.
Now, how is this going to effect the response
time for battalion from 68s?
PENDS ON IT. Remember that slogan? Its
real guys and gals its real. You know every
time you go to EMT recertifcation you squeak
through the patient assessments, counting on
the youngest guy or gal in class and watch what
they do. With all the medical calls we go on
during a 24 hour shift, many times we just take
things for granted. You know that automatic
mode - which sometimes can bite you in the
rear end. You say please help me stay awake.
The crew at 61s stayed awake and remem-
bered what they were suppose to do. On April
3rd, while coming back from lunch, Capt Andy
Raya at had a medical emergency on the truck,
and the guys from 61s went into action. Every-
thing they talk about during EMT Recert: the
patient assessment, treatment, CPR, and trans-
portation to the hospital, all took place within
minutes. The guys at 61s shined and saved a
life, one of our own. We all wish Capt Raya a
speedy recovery and are looking forward to his
return back in the frehouse.
Thats all for now folks.
Be Safe.
ith 60 players and a huge entourage
of families and friends, New Yorks
Finest football team stormed SoCal
to take on the LA Heat at the Rose Bowl on
April 28th. Both organizations strive to fght
and raise monetary donations for their selected
charities. Every member of each organization
volunteers their time and effort for the greater
cause - on and off the feld. The east coast team
has dedicated its games this season to three
NYPD offcers lost in the line of duty over the
past year.
Accompanying the New York team
was their crack Pipe and Drum Corps. The bag-
pipers played before the game and then posed
for pictures with appreciative fans. The LAFD
Color Guard was also on hand for the pre-game
The NYPD team normally travels
with their chaplain and monsignor, but he had
pressing business that kept him away this trip.
But this didnt deter the monsignor from de-
livering a telephone blessing to the team in the
locker room before the game. The only prob-
lem was that in their long wait for the important
phone call, the cops were almost charged with a
delay of game penalty.
In the head-to-head action on the
gridiron, the frst three quarters were all about
defense. The score entering the fourth quarter
was a stunning zero to zero.
New York fnally scored but the Heat
scrambled and was able to block their point
after attempt. When the cops scored again and
then made the two-point conversion, it was too
much for the LA players to overcome. The fnal
score was NYPD 14, LA Heat 0.
Los Angeles Heat players hail from
23 different SoCal fre agencies including the
LAFD and are part of the National Public Safe-
ty Football League (NPSFL). Their next game
is against the LAPD on June 2nd. Check out
their schedule at
phoToS By juan guerra, epn JUANGUERRA.SMUGMUG.COM
20 June 2012
commissioners stated that givin us a 7% medi-
cal subsidy increase amounted to throwin mon-
ey down a rat hole. Fortunately for this com-
missioner, Sam Diannitto and Ken Buzzell
defended our position and set this individual
straight. This commissioner later apologized
for his poor choice of words, but an apology
aint close to what we deserve. Among the
many arguments in our favor is the fact that
we all worked under specifc pension plans.
Whether you were in Tier I, II or V, there were
provisions for our benefts, which included an
annual 7% medical subsidy increase. And if
you worked 20, 25, 30, 35 years or more, all of
us completed our end of the bargain. Now that
its time for the City to own up to their part of
the deal, the powers-to-be have changed their
Sadly, our promised benefts have
become a political football and because the
City claims its in fnancial trouble, us retired
guys are suppose to help balance their books.
And aint it amazin, when the mayor wants to
implement a new program, build new buildings
or satisfy political allies, the money for these fa-
vors or projects always seem to appear without
a problem.
When its convenient or it suits our
political leaders agenda, the Fire Department
becomes their darlins and sweethearts. But
when they fnd themselves behind the fnan-
cial 8 ball, their professed love affair with us is
forgotten and were quickly dropped off at the
nearest street corner.
Editors Note: Immediately prior to this issue of the
Grapevine going to print, the LA Fire and Police
Pension Commission did approve a 7% increase in
the retirees medical subsidy effective July 1, 2012.
An old, blind
cowboy wandered into
an all-girl biker bar by
mistake. He found his
way to a bar stool and
ordered a shot of Jack
Daniels. After sittin
there for a while, he
yelled to the bartender, Hey, you wanna hear
a blonde joke? The bar immediately fell abso-
lutely silent.
In a very deep, husky voice, the wom-
an next to him said, Before you tell that joke,
cowboy, I think its only fair, given that you are
blind, that you should know fve things:
1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a base-
ball bat.
2. The bouncer is a blonde girl.
3. Im a 6-foot tall, 175 pound blonde woman
with a black belt in karate.
4. The woman sittin next to me is blonde and
a professional weight lifter.
5. The lady to your right is blonde and a pro-
fessional wrestler.
Now, think about it seriously, cow-
boy. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?
The blind cowboy thought for a sec-
ond, shook his head and muttered, No, not if
Im gonna have to explain it fve times.
I recently attended a Retired Fire and
Police Association meetin at the Grace E.
Simons lodge in Elysian Park, where lots of
pension news and information was
discussed. Two good things about
this meetin - I saw a number
of retired frefghters
that I hadnt
seen in years
and I got a
free lunch!
But I also
learned a lot
about the on-
goin struggle
to convince
Mayor Villaraigosas
appointed commissioners
to vote in favor of givin us our annual 7% med-
ical subsidy increase. If approved, this would
go into effect July 1, 2012. But dont hold your
breath waitin for this increase.
Currently, there are four elected pen-
sion commissions. Ruben Navarro represents
the active frefghters and Sam Diannitto rep-
resents us retired guys. The police have two as
well. The wrinkle is there are fve pension com-
missioners appointed by the mayor - who must
mindlessly dance to his music. Some months
ago one of the mayors commissioners decided
to dance to a different tune. For this he was
removed. So currently, its a four against four
struggle to get our 7% increase. The mayors
commissioners have offered us a 5% increase,
but Sam Diannitto and the other elected com-
missioners have rejected that offer. However,
once the ffth mayoral commissioner is appoint-
ed, which will be very soon, well really have
a diffcult time gettin our 7% medical subsidy
Durin one of the most recent Fire
& Police Pension meetins, one of the mayors
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riends, family and scores of frefghters gathered at the Kyoto
Grand Hotel and Gardens on March 21, 2012 for a luncheon
honoring the 2011 Firefghter of the Year. The honoree, LAFRA
Trustee and LAFD Apparatus Operator Doak Smith, is a 31-year vet-
eran, assigned to Fire Station 69.
The award is presented by the Los Angeles Firefghters Asso-
ciation, CSFA. The coveted prize takes into account an honorees long-
term accomplishments, as candidates are judged on an overall career and
life that exemplifes the best qualities of those in the fre service.
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he formal dedication and public grand
opening of new Fire Station 21 was held
on Saturday, April, 21, 2012. The fes-
tivities were open to all members of the com-
munity and included food and entertainment
consisting of Wilshire the Fire Dog, a heli-
copter fyover, and static displays of fre and
rescue equipment.
Fire Station 21 serves a 2.07 square-
mile area that was largely rural and transform-
ing to suburbs when the previous station - built
in 1941, replaced a facility destroyed in the
1933 Long Beach earthquake. In around-the-
clock service for nearly seven decades, the for-
mer building at 1187 East 52nd Street became
cramped, ineffcient and in confict with mod-
ern seismic safety, heating, ventilation, air con-
ditioning, electrical, plumbing, Building Code,
ADA and separate gender accommodation is-
The new Fire Station was built just
north of and adjacent to the former station. An
effcient and appealing long-term asset for the
community, the new 15,150 square-foot Re-
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features a drive-through heavy apparatus bay
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vehicles, a 5,250 square-foot apparatus stor-
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community room. In order to best serve the
neighborhood, the project included the conver-
sion of the adjacent old fre station into a mul-
tipurpose building much anticipated by local
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June 2012 33
memBerS from fS-92 and fS-2 Team 92
lafd ladder updaTe april 2012:
1. John Libby (3-B)
2. Chris Yokoyama (92-B)
3. Tati Silveyra (69-C)
4. Eddie Marez (2-C)
5. Joe Castro (Batt. 5-C)
6. Ryan Carlos (92-A)
7. Frank Lima (UFLAC)
8. Bernie Ventura (9-C)
9. Paul Croghan (49-A)
10. Jeff Ambarian (87-C)
11. Gary Maga (69-C)
12. Jerry Puga (26-A)
13. Pete Xenios (49-B)
14. Mario Rueda (BES)
15. Chris Hart (26-C)
16. Johnathan Stevens (66-C)
17. Eric Mattson (3-B)
18. Juan Marez (2-C)
19. Jared Cooper (92-C)
20. Craig Nielsen (92-C)
he most recent challenge for the
Top Handball House occurred
when Fire Station 2 challenged Fire
Station 92 for the LAFD Trophy. These
Stations have the tradition of producing
some of the fnest players in LAFD His-
tory. The competition and camaraderie
demonstrated by this challenge reinforced
the fnest values of this Department.
Confdence is at an all time high
at Fire Station 92, after defeating Fire Sta-
tions 26, 69 and 2. The team is getting
stronger, as new talent is being developed
for future matches. Chad Rolish had the
opportunity to play in this challenge. Ryon
Jones and Alfred Kuzichev are improv-
ing rapidly and look forward to playing in
future challenges.
Team 92, led by Chris The
Giant Yokoyama started by defeating
Brandon Taulli in singles. Eddie Marez
quickly avenged the frst match by defeat-
ing Ryan Carlos, bringing the series to one
game each. As the challenge progressed,
Fire Station 2 brought in more off duty
members to cheer them on.
Roy Harvey and Chad Rolish
defeated Martin Marquez and Fernando
Jimenez in the frst doubles match, giving
Fire Station 92 a 2-1 edge. Juan Marez and
Rick Godinez took the next match, defeat-
ing Jon Bowers and Chad Rolish to bring
the series even at two games each. The
fnal match and tie-breaker was settled
when Craig Nielsen and Branden Silver-
man defeated Dennis Bookil and Abraham
Carretto in the fnal match.
Fire Station 2 had shirts made to
commemorate the head-to-head challenge
between the stations. These commemo-
rative T-shirts are available for a small
Rumor has it that Fire Station
66 will be the next to challenge for the
Top Handball House. Speaking of
rumors, while visiting Fire Station 26
recently I heard that certain players
ranked in the LAFD Top 20 have been
loosing to unranked players on a regular
basis. One anonymous player stated that
he has never lost to a couple of broth-
ers, both ranked in the Top 20. Another
player jumped in on the conversation,
and stated that he also beat a couple of
players from Fire Station 26 on a fre-
quent basis. I am a trained investigator,
so I quickly determined that the brothers
are Eddie and Juan Marez, and the other
two players are Chris Hart and Jerry
Puga. All I can say is there are a couple
of husky handballers at Fire Station 26,
walking around with a lot of confdence
after playing practice games! (Have no
mercy if you are a ranked player!)
More than 150 players par-
ticipated in the LAFD Spring Doubles
Tournament! Results will be published
in next months Grapevine. The USHA
4-Wall Nationals are being held at Los
Caballeros in Fountain Valley June 26th
July 1, 2012. Come on out and repre-
sent the LAFD in the biggest tournament
of the year. Over 500 players from as far
away as Ireland will be participating.
The LAFD has a tradition of National
Champions, including Tati Silveyra,
Jesus Pasos, John Libby, Rex Villaubi,
and Pete Xenios. Who will be next?
carreTTo, Bookil, Silverman, & nielSen
By The commiSioner
34 June 2012
The LAFD Boat & Ski Club would like to invite our
LAFD Families interested in making some long lasting
memories to join us at this years event.
June 2012 35
Reverse every natural instinct and do the
opposite of what you are inclined to do, and
you will probably come very close to having a
perfect golf swing. -Ben hogan
n April 24th, with near perfect conditions and a beautiful 75
degree day, 82 of our fnest active and retired senior golfers were
looking for that perfect Ben Hogan swing as they did battle on
Montebello Golf Course. The stakes? To see who would be the reigning
champ of the LAFD Seniors.
We had on hand 20 of our Super Seniors ranging in ages
from 71 to 86. The foursome of Jesse Lea, Jim Chatterton, Tom Harrison
and Ron McIntyre combined for 329 years of experience. Don Hibbard,
80+ years young, also joined us as one of the participants in this years
When all was said and done, our new Senior Club Champions
for 2012 were: Gross Winner Randy Souza shooting a 76, and Net Win-
ner Jim Horimoto shooting a net 67. Randy and Jim will be representing
our club in Palm Springs in December at the SCGA Senior Gross and Net
Tournament of Club Champions. Congratulations!!
As always, wed like to thank the following sponsors for
their support of our tournament: Kevin Wright from Wells Fargo
Investments,Sean Guerrero from and Ben Krug from
Congratulations to all of the winners. See you next year.
groSS neT
a flighT
1. Andy Zar 77 Robert Vege 85 17 68
2. Joe Castro 79 Greg Scarborough 88 19 69
3. Kelly Faulkner 81 Mike Monroy 88 17 71
4. Luther Sherman 83 11 72
5. Buzz Clark 88 15 73
B flighT
1. Randy Souza 76 Jim Horimoto 80 13 67
2. Dale Gant 78 Joe Zabalza 80 12 68
3. Steve Schulz 78 Sergio Perez 87 18 69
4. Mike Profftt 84 14 70
5. Jim Meacham 80 9 71
c flighT
1. George Matakovich 80 Glen Prine 91 27 64
2. Mike Alba 80 Bob Clements 95 25 70
3. Steve Sutliff 83 Steve Skinner 83 12 71
4. John Hendricks 83 11 72
5. Rod Felix 84 11 73
d flighT
1. Gary Klasse 77 Barry Hedberg 91 28 63
2. Mike Sauber 84 Ron McIntyre 86 20 66
3. Ray Donckels 88 Don Hibbard 91 24 67
4. Jesse Lea 93 21 72
5. Jim Johnson 90 18 72
2012 ageS 50-56
SeniorS neT and groSS championS
BoB vege & andy zar
2012 ageS 57-60 & overall
SeniorS neT and groSS championS
jim horimoTo & randy Souza
2012 ageS 61-70
SeniorS neT and groSS championS
george maTakovich & glen prine
2012 Super SeniorS
neT and groSS championS
Barry hedBerg & gary klaSSe
Senior cluB champion
randy Souza
36 June 2012
EARL G. JOHNSON, Engineer. Appointed December 17, 1951.
Retired on a service pension June 29, 1980 from S&M.
Passed away March 30, 2012.

WINFRED D. PARKER, Captain. Appointed January 05, 1948.
Retired on a service pension February 01, 1976 from FS 83-A.
Passed away April 03, 2012.

WALTER L. BALL, Fireboat Mate. Appointed February 01, 1955.
Retired on a service pension February 03, 1990 from Fireboat 5-B.
Passed away April 14, 2012.

EDWARD E. WEGNER, Captain I. Appointed April 19, 1948.
Retired on a service pension October 01, 1975 from FS 69-A.
Passed away April 16, 2012.

ESTELLE BOOTH, surviving spouse of Dale R. Booth passed away April 08, 2012.
BARBARA A. CORRIGAN, spouse of Joseph L. Corrigan passed away April 21, 2012.
THELMA D. NELSON, spouse of Lars H. Nelson passed away April 23, 2012.
DAKOTA DEMOTT, son of Mark E. DeMott and grandson of George F. DeMott, passed away January 10, 2012.

June 2012 37
ccupants can be a good source of in-
formation for trapped victims and their
potential location. Remember to differ-
entiate between humans and pets, as pets are
often referred to with common names such as
Mike, Louie, My Baby, and so on.
When conducting search operations
in structures, it is generally agreed that victims
should be discovered within about 15-minutes
after arrival of suppression companies. Obvi-
ously, the larger the structure, the more time
it will take to conduct a search with a reduced
level of effectiveness (particularly when ap-
plied to commercial structures).
Before entering a structure for a
search, quickly determine if the structure
would be classifed as a tight structure or an
open structure as the focus of these terms is
your ability to quickly exit a building if neces-
sary. As an example, the church in Figure 1 has
an entrance in the front and somewhere in the
rear only, no side windows, more square
footage than the typical residential struc-
ture, and will not be easy to exit in a
timely manner when the interior visibil-
ity is non-existent. Conversely, although
the commercial building in Figure 2 also
has more square footage than the typi-
cal residential structure, it has numerous
windows and multiple doors that can be
used for exit points and will be signif-
cantly easier to exit in a timely manner as
opposed to the structure in Figure 1.
Victims are most likely to be
found close to the point of origin (the
area of greatest danger). As victims clos-
est to the seat of a fre are in the most
danger, a search should begin as close to
the seat of a fre as possible. However,
the closer to the point of origin (fre, heat,
smoke), the more danger search person-
nel will be subjected to.
Statistics indicate that victims
above a fre can be in the greatest danger.
Therefore, when a multi-story building is
encountered and fre conditions dictate
victims above the fre are in danger, a
search should begin above the seat of a
Without specifc information
and extenuating circumstances, start a
search in the living areas of a residential
structure during daytime hours. Con-
versely, start a search in the sleeping ar-
eas during nighttime hours.
When initiating a search, attempt to
search the high target areas or areas of greatest
danger in a priority manner as follows:
Behind doors.
Exit pathways.
Depending on the type of search, ar-
eas out of the normal path of travel in a struc-
ture may need to be searched. These areas in-
clude but are not limited to closets, under/in
beds (a low bed is likely a bunk-bed), bathtubs/
showers, corners, and behind doors.
When furniture is encountered, do
not move the furniture as this can block your
exit path and possibly fall on an undiscovered
victim. Instead, leave the furniture in-place and
search around and behind the furniture.
When personnel are conducting
search operations, consider the following ad-
vantages of breaking windows if it will not be a
detriment to suppression operations:
Provide more light to the interior of an area be-
ing searched.
Improve visibility.
Temperatures should be reduced.
Exterior personnel will know where
search personnel are searching.
Provide a mental uplift for search
Remember that an opening can be-
come a source of fresh air that can enhance a
fre and/or draw a fre to its location. Therefore,
try to begin with the most exposed windows
and work to the least exposed windows. Addi-
tionally, if a primary search is being conducted,
the focus is to quickly search an appropriate
area or structure, not spend precious time on a
stubborn window or horizontal ventilation op-
erations. When windows are not easily opened,
consider breaking a window(s).
Lights can be turned on to enhance
visibility. As you enter a room, slide your
hand up the wall without the door hinges
until you feel the light switch.
When opening or forcing doors, be
aware of the following considerations:
A warm or hot door is an indicator
of the conditions on the other side of the
Open doors slowly. First, as the door
is just opened, evaluate any escaping heat
or smoke. Secondly, a victim could be on
the foor behind an inward opening door.
Do not cause additional injury to a poten-
tial victim by rapidly and forcibly open-
ing a door.
If a door is nailed shut, diffcult to
open, or storage is encountered, that is an
indicator the door is not normally used
for access, or is a closet.
Doors that open inward are normally
bedroom or bathroom doors. Doors that
open outward are an indicator of exit
doors, closets, basements, etc.
When searching a room, leaving the
door open can enhance ventilation and a
rapid retreat from the room. Conversely,
closing a door while searching a room
can keep a fre (outside the room) from
worsening conditions within a room and
provide a search team additional time to
complete a search.
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Dear LAFRA Members:
As your elected DC board member for police and fre,
I want to follow up on the information you received via
direct mailing regarding changes to the plan. Please note
that you do not need to do anything! The changes will
occur automatically and at no cost to you. You will retain
exactly the same account balance after any transfers that
may affect your account.
In a nutshell, we are consolidating the core menu
options in order to eliminate redundancy and a couple
of under-performing funds, and to make your investing
decisions much easier. Having so many fund options
led to much confusion and guaranteed that we retained
underperforming funds simply for the sake of extra
Remember, if you feel particularly strongly about
keeping one of the funds we are eliminating from the core
menu, you can still invest in that fund via the Schwab Self
Directed Brokerage (SSDB). Every fund we had is still
available there. There was one fund where the identical
share class was not available. We were successful in
getting Schwab and that fund to agree to add it so the
same funds and same share classes are all available to
For the vast majority who do not use the SSDB, you
will fnd the new menu much easier. There will be a single
option in each general investment category. Though the
names are being changed, several of the funds are the
same ones you were already in. In the case of the bond
fund, it is now equal parts of the two original options.
Of further beneft to you, the costs for each option
have now decreased. Over time, those little basis points
add up to very signifcant monies in your account. And
remember, the vast majority of these accounts are held for
decades before you tap into them.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (or the plan) if you
have any questions
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L.A. Firemens Relief Assn.
Please accept this donation in memory of Ed Wenger.
He has been my longtime friend. He stood up for me
and my wife at our wedding.
I have known Ed since he was about eight years
old. He lived down the street from me in Los Angeles.
I worked with him at 10s. My dad talked to him about
coming on the job and it worked and I did too. Although
we didnt see too much of each other on the job, I will
miss him very much
Thank you,
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Donated in memory of Phil Boukather, with heartfelt
condolences to Carol and his four children. Phil was
assigned to FS 30 early in his career and ft right in. He
had worked as a mechanic at our shops before becoming
a Fireman. His knowledge and skill with our apparatus
and personal vehicles was part of the easy ft. His love
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unsuspecting members and everyone was delighted at
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bring smiles.
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Prescott, AZ
Relief Association:
Thank you so much, LAFRA, for all the help and
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MoNDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
Sutters Mill
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DoN CASCIo, Captain I, FS 106-B
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THURSDAY, JUlY 19, 2012
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Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Menu: Dinner Buffet - $50, includes tax, tip & gift
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SCoTT MoTTRAM, Assistant Chief, North Division
FRIDAY, JUNE 01, 2012
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44 June 2012
elcome to our second COA Retire-
ment Dinner of 2012. The retire-
ments seem to be accelerating in
all ranks, taking so much valuable experience
right out the door of this great fre department.
The March 22nd dinner at the always classy
Taix French Restaurant brought together 57 ac-
tive and retired members including Fire Chiefs
Donald O. Manning, William Bamattre, Brian
Cummings, and Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang
Knabe to do their part in honoring retirees
Chris Kawai, John Martinez, and Craig Yoder
for their notable years of service.
We would like to congratulate Corey
Rose as the COAs new president and extend
our gratitude to John Miller for his invaluable
commitment both as a board member and pres-
Following a buzzing social hour,
Dave Frelinger led the fag salute and LAFD
Chaplain Greg Gibson led the invocation. A
moment of silence was given in honor of the
late John Squire who will be missed and always
be remembered as a fremans freman and an
LAFD icon to us all.
Trying something new, prizes were
given out to several of our guests who topped
our special categories. Raffe tickets are some-
what boring and a challenge to read so we
thought this method of prize giving would
light some fres. So here we go! Denny Wil-
lahan won Always First On-Scene (to Taix).
Bob Franco grabbed the Best Hair Award and
Richard Baker got the I Came the Farthest
(Nashville Tennessee). Next was Tom Brennan
for Best Story Teller (not really the actual
title used by the M/C) and Ralph Ramirez won
World Traveler.
Corey Rose did a fabulous job as
Master of Ceremonies, adding a certain roast
fair to the event. Laughter was in the room
and I thought I even heard a couple pacemak-
ers go off . . . But that couldve been coming
from the kitchen across the hall, not sure. I am
sure that a couple retirees went red lights and
siren to the boys room several times during
the ceremonies (we keep track of that kind of
stuff, you know with HIPPA in mind). Last but
not least, Bill Bamattre showed up late to the
dinner taking bullets from several attendees as
he worked his way to an open seat in back of
the room. Slightly blushed nearing his seat, Bill
turned and fred, I didnt expect that my re-
sponse time would be an issue!
Battalion Chief Christopher Kawai
Christopher Kiwi Kawai began
Drill Tower 89 on February 27, 1977 and was
assigned his rookie rotation at Fire Stations 14,
46, and 21. Chris was also assigned to Fire Sta-
tions 22, 4, and 10 before promoting to Engi-
neer on August 7, 1983. As an Engineer, Chris
held assignments at Fire Stations 46 and 11. He
also worked Special Duty assigned to Equip-
ment Engineering.
On March 16, 1986, Chris promoted
to Captain and was assigned to Fire Station 1.
After a couple years, Chris transferred to OCD
as a Floor Captain. Chris promoted to Captain
II on June 24, 1990 as the TFC at Fire Station
26. He served 6 years there before serving his
Special Duty at the Planning Section. On Feb-
ruary 15, 1998, Chris promoted to Battalion
Chief and was assigned to Battalion 3. He also
worked Battalion 11 and then served a couple
years back at Planning. Chris later went to Bat-
talion 5 in Hollywood spending nearly 10 years
there. In between all these assignments, Chris
worked on a wide variety of projects for the
Department. Chris retired with 35 years on the
Department, 26 years as an Offcer.
John Ware presented Chris his hel-
met plaque followed by Rick Garcia present-
ing Chris his COA retirement watch. Of course,
nothing but high marks were given by each
presenter, including stories about Kiwis high
energy output which he exhibited throughout
his career. Mario Rueda couldnt help but men-
tion that while in New York during 911, Kiwi
brought a bunch of Red Bulls for the team. Bot-
tom line, Chris is a hard act to follow. (Whats
Battalion Chief John Martinez
John Martinez entered Drill Tower
89 on February 27, 1977 and was assigned to
Fire Stations 29, 11, and 6 as his rookie rota-
tion. As a frefghter, John was also assigned
to Fire Stations 6, 20, 70, 34, and 26. He also
served as a dispatcher at OCD from 80 to 83.
On August 4, 1985, John promoted to Captain
and was assigned to Fire Station 91 in Sylmar
and also served at Recruit Training. John went
to Fire Station 33 for a couple years before
promoting to Captain II. His frst assignment
at Fire Station 1 lasted only 5 months when he
was drafted to the FPBs Haz-Mat Section. Af-
ter two years, John transferred to Fire Station
20 then on to 11s.
On November 21, 1993, John pro-
moted to Battalion Chief and was assigned to
Battalion 13 in South Los Angeles. Johns next
assignment was Battalion 11 before spending
a few months back at the FPB, Public Safety
Section. John also worked Battalion 2 and then
at the FPB, Technical Section. John worked the
remainder of his career at OCD serving 10
years there. John fnished with 35 years on the
Department including 26 years as an Offcer.
Mike Fulmis said a few words com-
mending John for his contributions to the De-
partment and presented John with his helmet
plaque. Tom Brennan proudly presented John
his COA retirement watch. One active member
got up and thought it would be funny to just
let everyone know that ever since Tom Brennan
retired, the OCD B/C offce exhibits full heads
of hair to date. Some laughed at that one. Also
mentioned was Johns hobby as a collector of
coffee creamers. Yes, you heard it right. Ac-
By mike rhodeS, coa Social direcTor
phoToS By don frazeur
June 2012 45
cording to his fshing buddy Tim Larson, there
are a few hundred of them stored at his home.
I am confdent that John will keep busy with
retirement spending time at his succulent farm
and doing his photography. And of course, add-
ing to his collection.
Battalion Chief Craig Yoder
Craig Yoder began Drill Tower 89 on
July 22, 1973 and served his rookie rotation at
Fire Stations 6, 20, and 29. Craig promoted to
Apparatus Operator with only 3 years on the
job and served assignments on Truck 17 and
Truck 27. On June 30, 1979, Craig shifted
gears and became an Engineer assigned to Fire
Station 66 in the South Los Angeles area. On
May 22, 1980, Craig promoted to Captain and
was assigned to Fire Stations 57 and 11. He
then was drafted to Special Duty at IST.
On August 16, 1987, Craig promoted
to Captain II as Fire Station 58s TFC. He also
served at the Arson Section then promoted to
Battalion Chief on May 7, 1989 with his frst
assignment at Battalion 13. Craig worked
many other assignments including Battalions
2, 17, 18, 7, 15, 11, and 3. Craig served two
Special Duty tours, one at Training and later
at Operations as the Chief Executive Offcer.
Craig went back to Battalion 2 to complete his
career, tallying 38 years on the Department, in-
cluding 30 years as an Offcer.
First up was Dave Yamahata present-
ing Craig his COA retirement watch. Roger
Gillis, always putting out a great speech, pre-
sented Craig his helmet plaque. Richard Bak-
er, Craigs pal all the way from Nashville,
presented Craig a beautiful framed picture of
their good ol days together. There were sev-
eral good stories told, you know, those famous
fremen trips to Catalina and Mammoth that al-
most made the paper. Well stop there.
The Chief Offcers Association
would like to congratulate our three retirees
and wish them and their families a wonderful
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LA Firemens Relief Association employees
June 2012 47
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
our summer vacation is a time to relax
and unwind. Yet, if youre like most
people, you probably put in ten-times
the work planning it as well. Before you fnalize
trip planning, be sure to consider your ATM/
debit card, credit card, and access to cash. For
this months article, Id like to offer a guide to
convenient account access and safety tips with
your ATM/debit and credit cards. These are
great tips for summer travels, and even better
when followed regularly.
alWayS TreaT your plaSTic cardS like caSh
Keep your cards in a secure place to
prevent them from being lost or stolen.
Keep an organized wallet or purse.
Lets face it; your wallet is your life. Should it
become lost or stolen, a lot of work is involved
to protect what you could lose. And then,
recover what is lost. Knowing the contents of
your wallet is the best way to keep track of your
plastic cards.
When cards are placed in a specifc
order or card slot, its easier to recognize if
something is missing. If you simply stick your
card in your wallet among receipts, member-
ship cards, cash, other credit cards, or the plas-
tic wallet shift schedule, it may be hours, days,
or weeks before you notice that a credit card is
missing. We usually dont discover that some-
thing is missing until we need it like when we
are at the gas station or in the checkout lane.
Unless you are cashing-out in Las Vegas, avoid
having an over-stuffed wallet.
Keep your wallet lean when travel-
ling. Carrying only whats necessary when you
are away from home is the best way to go. Do
you really need to bring your gym membership
card or Macys card to Cancun? Clear out the
receipts and stick to the necessities: proper ID
(Drivers License, passport), credit card, ATM
card, emergency phone numbers, and other
travel documents.
Include LAFCU in your list of emer-
gency phone numbers. One call to (800) 231-
1626 can provide you with assistance during,
or after, business hours.
Consider buying a home safe. Stor-
ing your plastic cards, documents, photos, and
other valuables in a home safe is a good way
to guard against fres, food, and theft. A safe is
like insurance, though. The more features you
look for, the greater the expense it can be.
proTecTing your pin
When entering your PIN at the ATM
or check-out counter, be sure to cover the key
pad or screen. Your wallet can also make for an
excellent shield against curious onlookers. You
can also position your body to block the view
of the key pad as well. Dont compromise the
safety of your personal information; get in the
habit of covering up your PIN.
In the event your card is not returned
after you completed your ATM transaction or
after pressing cancel, immediately contact the
Credit Union and report the incident.
geTTing caSh
Should you run low on cash during
your trip, you can easily get cash back at a lo-
cal grocery store or other retail store. Unlike in
the past, getting cash back on purchases really
wasnt available. Today, all you have to do is
press the debit button when using your ATM/
debit card and you can get the cash you need.
Itll come in handy when tipping throughout
your vacation.
For convenient ATM access, just
visit one of the 28,000+ surcharge-free CO-
OP ATM Network locations. Find an ATM at or download their mo-
bile app from our website or from your phones
app store.
cu Service cenTerS neTWork
LAFCU has joined together with
other credit unions to provide members with
fnancial convenience. In the event you need to
stop in to a branch, you can perform many of
your fnancial transactions and obtain services
at branches of other credit unions, as if you
were at LAFCU. Personal, face-to-face, service
is available when you need it.
Today, the CU Service Centers Net-
work encompasses over 6,800 credit union
branch locations and self-service kiosks world-
wide! Find a branch or self-service kiosk at or download their mobile
app from our website or from your phones app
addiTional card BenefiTS
Even if you dont have an LAFCU
Visa credit card, your card may include travel
benefts and emergency services. Benefts like
travel accident insurance, auto rental collision
damage waiver, hotel/motel burglary cover-
age, prescription assistance, and others, may be
automatically included with your credit card.
Such benefts can provide additional assistance
when youre away from home. Request a travel
and emergency services Visa beneft guide at
SuBmiT a Travel noTificaTion
When you plan to travel out of town,
let us know. By offering advance notice, we
can help prevent charges or authorizations from
being denied or blocked for what may seem as
usual or suspicious activity. To submit a travel
notifcation, contact LAFCU or your credit
card company and provide them with your
travel dates, expected travel location(s), and a
phone number to reach you. LAFCU members
can also submit a travel notifcation through
FIRE OnLine Home Banking. Advanced notice
is also suggested when making large purchases
as well.
In closing, I hope I was able to pro-
vide you with some valuable information that
you can follow when using your plastic cards.
I encourage you to learn about additional travel
tips, including ATM safety, by visiting the Edu-
cation Center of our website at www.lafrecu.
The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the fnancial reward will be
for all LAFCU members.
48 June 2012
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
preServing old lafd fireBoaT #2 The
ralph j. ScoTT
The LAFD Historical Society has taken
on some major projects with a minimal amount of
funding and volunteers and have still made great
accomplishments in keeping with our mission to
preserve educate and memorialize. Operating two
museums, collecting and displaying hundreds of
items and many fre apparatus and of course near-
ing completion of our LAFD Fallen Firefghter
Memorial at a cost of $2.5 million has not been
easy. This has been done through a can do atti-
tude, perseverance, a vision for what can be done
and the know how to do it. A past tradition on the
Our Society has taken on another even
bigger project to preserve and prepare the Ralph
J. Scott freboat for placement in its own museum
building in San Pedro. A small group of volun-
teers have been steadily working on the boat for
several years with minimal funding and volunteer
support. We have had a fund raising campaign
going on since the boat came out of the water in
2003 and in the last two years have only 20 gener-
ous people donating at the $100 level or above.
The estimated cost to rehabilitate the boat profes-
sionally by a boat yard is $500, 000. We have 10%
of that in the boat fund now and a long way to go.
The preservation project is a partner-
ship with the LAFD as the owner of the boat, the
Historical Society as the preservationists and the
Port of Los Angeles that will provide a multi-mil-
lion dollar museum structure for the boat sched-
uled for completion in 2014/15.
Why is LAFD Fireboat 2 The Ralph
J. Scott - Important?
1. The Ralph J. Scott is the longest serv-
ing piece of Los Angeles Fire Department appara-
tus at 78 years.
2. The Ralph J. Scott is a classic example
of generation riveted wrought steel hull freboats
3. The Ralph J. Scott has an outstanding
record of emergency and non-emergency service
to the Port of Los Angeles.
4. The Ralph J. Scott is recognized as a
Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument.
5. The Ralph J. Scott is recognized by the
U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Ser-
vice National Maritime Initiative as a National
Historic Landmark.
6. The Ralph J. Scott is listed on the Na-
tional register of Historic Places.
7. The Ralph J. Scott and crew served
with honor, courage and distinction for over seven
The LAFD Historical Society is re-
ferred to as Stewards of the Scott by the Nation-
al Park Service with regard to its National Historic
Landmark Status. The Preservation Project for the
Scott will require the fnest engineering, crafts-
manship and over-site to be successful.
neW l.a. fireBoaT #2
Construction of a new large freboat for
Los Angeles began and on October 20, 1925, L.A.
Fireboat Number 2 was launched at Los Angeles
Shipbuilding and Dry dock (Later known as Todd
Ship yard) in San Pedro at a cost of $214,000. Mrs.
Scott christened the vessel L.A. City No. 2 by
breaking a bottle of fre-fghting foam across its
bow. At 99 feet and a pumping capacity of 10,200
gallons per minute, Boat 2 was a beautifully en-
gineered wrought steel, gasoline powered vessel.
With 5 large turrets and up to a 6 inch nozzle tip,
she had 6 pumps, 3 propellers, 9 engines and a 44
foot high elevating turret, the frst of its kind in the
nation. She had a top speed of 17 knots and a crew
of 14 LAFD members. The large 8-inch moni-
tor known as Big Bertha could throw a 6-inch
stream of water hundreds of feet with devastat-
ing force. In spring of 1926, fnishing touches
were completed on a magnifcent
wooden boat house and fre station
to accommodate the new seagoing
super-pumper. Located at Berth
226-227 on Terminal Island, it oc-
cupied a strategic position near the
geographical center of the harbor.
Boat 2 was there for the transition
from wooden sailing ships to steel
hulled power vessels.
modernizaTion of BoaT 2
Many modifcations
were made on Boat 2 during its
over 77 years of continuous service
to the City so that it would retain a
maximum capability in fre fghting
and rescue operations. The gasoline
engines originally installed were
replaced by Hall-Scott gasoline
engines in the mid 1940s. In the
mid 1970s all the gasoline engines
were replaced with diesel engines. After each en-
gine change the pumping capacity of the boat in-
creased to 13,500 gallons per minute to a capacity
of 18,655 GPM at 150 psi. It is interesting to note
that the six Byron Jackson bronze 4 stage centrifu-
gal pumps were never changed and still worked
as effciently as they did 77 years ago. Now the
Big Bertha monitor can produce 10,000 GPM
at nearly 500 feet.
Major upgrade improvements were
made to the boat in 1969 thanks to plans from fre-
boat Captain Warner L. Lawrence. Improvements
included: a modernized pilot station and engine
room (the boats steering wheel was replaced with
lever steering controls at this time), new hydrau-
lic stainless steel monitors, six bulwark nozzles,
under water maneuvering jets, large capacity
under-wharf monitors, and a hydraulic lift boom
and winches. This modernization and increased
effectiveness resulted in the reduction of staffng
from 14 crew members to 8. Special equipment
and personnel were added to the boats capabil-
ity including certifed LAFD SCUBA divers for
under wharf fre fghting and water rescue opera-
in 1925 la fireBoaT numBer 2 WaS nearing
compleTion aT loS angeleS ShipBuilding BoaT
yard in San pedro.
June 2012 49
BoaT 2 in fronT of The old BoaThouSe on
Terminal iSland circa 1970.
fireBoaT 2 emergency operaTionS
The Ralph J. Scott has been involved
in responding to emergencies in the Port of L.A.
for over 77 years. A record that will be hard to
match by any response apparatus in years to come.
The frst major fre fought by this famous boat was
aboard the steam schooner Sierra which caught
fre laden with Douglas fr lumber on March 3,
1926. Boat 2 responded to the
frst major wharf fre in Decem-
ber of 1926 at Berth 175. As the
years past the boat fought fres in
baled cotton on the docks, fres in
refneries and aboard ships, and
in warehouses. Several large fres
occurred during the 1940s. 1200
feet of wharf and a warehouse
was destroyed on May 14, 1941
at Berth 88 in San Pedro. In 1943,
an early morning fre burned the
South Coast Cannery near Fish
Harbor. Berth 223 was the scene
of a disastrous explosion and fre on October 21,
1944 with 16 killed and 50 injured. The fre de-
stroyed 200 feet of wharf, 2 Navy vessels, and 25
vehicles. It was June 22, 1947, however, that the
fremen of the day recall most vividly. At Berth
167 in Wilmington, the tankship Markay. While
taking on a cargo of gasoline and butane blend,
suddenly exploded killing 11, injuring 22 and set-
ting fre to wharves and warehouses located at slip
1. At one point, Boat 2 was forced to plow its way
through a sea of fre with its monitors opening
the way to protect the upper reaches of the slip.
The fre loss was over $5 million. In 1951 Boat 2
pumped into a 10 inch line for several hours to sup-
ply water to fre companies fghting a large fre at
the Union Oil Refnery. The Matson Terminal fre
at Berth 200A in 1960 was burning a large area of
the wharf when Boat 2 cut the fre off saving the
wharf and a container crane. A grain terminal fre
wharf fre in 1967 at Berth 174 found Boat 2 both
cutting the fre off and supplying water the LAFD
SCUBA divers. On August 8, 1972 a major fre
occurred at the General American Transportation
Corporation (GATX). Several tanks of various pe-
troleum products and chemicals were exploding
and burning with one tank rocketing up high into
the air and landing on a warehouse roof next to
some of the frefghters on the ground. Fireboat
2 pumped through 17 hose lines
for over 3 hours. In January of
1974 the Starkist Tuna Cannery
caught fre and boat 2 along with
the other LAFD freboats were
credited with saving adjacent
cannery buildings. The evening
of December 17, 1976 was sud-
denly shattered by an enormous
explosion and freball in the outer
harbor. The super-tanker San-
sinena had blown in half at her
moorings at Berth 46, killing 9 and
injuring 22. Fireboats rescued more than 18 crew-
men from the water and boats and land companies
fought the fre for many hours. As a result of this
catastrophe, a new policy of LAFD tanker inspec-
tions was implemented. In 1988 the S.P. slip at
Berth 73 was the scene of a major fre involving
the wharf and several fshing boats. The quick ac-
tion of freboats and land companies saved hun-
dreds of feet of wharf and dozens of fshing boats
and their valuable nets.
Ralph J. Scott for many to remember and enjoy
in the years to come.
The boat has truly become a landmark
of the harbor and Los Angeles having been visited
by thousands of people and appearing in movies
and on television.
looking ahead The fuTure of The ScoTT
The Ralph J. Scott was retired after a
record 77 years of continuous service having been
replaced by a new more powerful Fireboat 2 capa-
ble of pumping more than 38,000 gallons per min-
ute. Old Fireboat 2 has certainly become a legend
and one the most famous freboats in the world.
The LAFD Historical Society, working with the
Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Fire Depart-
ment, have embarked on a plan to preserve this
great historic national landmark for generations to
come by placing it near its last frehouse Station
112 at Berth 87. It will be placed in a beautiful
setting on land, surrounded with displays, so that
people can see and learn about this magnifcent
freboat and its service to the citizens of Los An-
geles and of course the personnel who worked on
it through the decades.
The Scott is one of only a handful of
remaining freboats nationwide dating back to the
early 20th century. Nearly as old as the Port of Los
Angeles itself, the Scott is historically signifcant
at local, state, and national levels, and the Na-
tional Park Service lists it as a National Historic
Landmark, the highest status conferred to a histor-
ic resource. In addition, the Scott is deeply valued
at an emotional level by her former crewmembers,
residents of San Pedro, and historic ship enthusi-
asts from around the world.
Because the Scott holds a level of im-
portance rare for frefghting apparatus, planning
for her future has been focused on how the vessel
can best be preserved. Working for the LAFD and
under contract with the Los Angeles Harbor De-
partment, a team of historians, and preservation
and interpretive specialists from CH2M HILL and
Jones and Stokes completed a historic preserva-
tion plan for the Scott.
The Ralph J. Scott Historic Preserva-
tion Plan provides an overall preservation frame-
work as well as specifc recommendations. The
preservation plan includes:
Historic context
Stabilization plan
Documentation plan
Preservation approach
Interpretive plan
Work plan
The preservation of historic marine
vessels provides unique challenges, due to their
physical composition and the marine environment
in which they are located. In order to preserve a
vessel as a historic artifact, a plan needs to be de-
veloped for how the vessel will be preserved and
maintained, as well as what will be done to facili-
tate public access. The selected preservation treat-
ment will be the rehabilitation of the vessel for a
new use as a museum piece and public interactive
BoaT 2 on The aTTack aT The
TankShip markay fire 1947.
recogniTion of The hiSToric BoaT
On May 8, 1965, Fireboat 2 was re-
named the Ralph J. Scott in honor of the pro-
gressive fre chief who was involved in the de-
velopment of the boat and a special ceremony
included a water display parade up the main chan-
nel. The water display from Boat 2 is spectacular
and was a part of all major harbor celebrations
including the Tall Ships visit to the Port of L.A.
in 2002 and the dedication of the new LAFD Boat
2, the Warner L. Lawrence in 2003.
Fireboat 2 celebrated its 50th anniver-
sary in 1975 and in 1976, the boat was named a
Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument. In
1989 the U.S. National Park Service designated
the Ralph J. Scott a National Historic Landmark
because it possesses national signifcance in com-
memorating the history of the United States of
America. On April 12, 2003, a special dedication
and retirement ceremony took place in the Har-
bor with four new LAFD freboats replacing four
old freboats. The Ralph J. Scott was retired from
service, but not before it was used to dedicate the
new LAFD Fireboat 2, and put on a memorable
water display.
Because of its signifcance the Code
3 model company has made a model of the
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experience. The goal of the selected preservation
treatment is to retain and preserve the historic
form and fabric of the vessel to the greatest ex-
tent possible. We have a plan of work that we are
following above and below deck and we work on
Fridays from 0800 to 1300 hrs. The work sched-
ule will soon increase as we near completion date.
The Port of Los Angeles has provided
great support to preserve the boat by developing
a preservation plan that involves the vessel and
the building that will house it funded by the Port.
They have provided a land berth for it, utilities
and soon will provide a large canopy to cover it
while work continues in a protected environment.
Work has begun on the water cut back south of
FS 112 and adjacent to where the boat museum
will be. This will provide anchorage for historic
vessels. The US Battleship Iowa will be coming
to the Port in June and become a foating museum
located just north of FS 112.
I hope that you have caught my drift
with this article. We need support from our active
and retired members in the way of volunteers to
help work on the boat and donors who will be rec-
ognized for their contribution in the new boat mu-
seum. Donor levels start at the Firefghter $100
and go up from there to Diver $500; Mate
$1,000; Engineer $2,000; Pilot $3,000; Cap-
tain $5,000; Chief $10,000.
How about the many members who
were assigned to the old boat over the years get-
ting involved or those interested in preserving the
history of the LAFD (Your history). If nothing
else, come down and tell a few stories about your
experiences. Those of you who are interested in
supporting us with the boat project can come to
the Harbor Museum at Old Fire Station 36 on a
Saturday or email me direct at frankwborden@ You can also call and leave a message
at 323 464 2727. Time to get serious. Our clock is
Some of our dedicaTed BoaT volun-
TeerS geTTing ready To go To Work.
Bill dahlquiST, Tom moran, WalT
jaeger and glenn WilkenSon.
The Saying ruST never SleepS iS So
True. here WalT jaeger and Tom
moran are Working on ruST miTiga-
Tion and preServaTion on The afT deck.
archiTecTS rendiTion of The mulTi-lev-
el muSeum Building for old fireBoaT 2
in San pedro To Be locaTed aT harBor
Blvd. and The fooT of 5Th ST.
reTired lafd memBer annual luncheon
June is again time for our annual LAFD
retired member luncheon and we look forward to
the event that will be bigger and better. We have
great plans to make sure everybody enjoys their
time together with good food, our raffe and time
for camaraderie and storytelling. We hope to fll
the upstairs with attendees. We can seat over 100
people. We have many new displays in the mu-
seum to see since last year . Some of you have
purchased pavers to support the memorial so you
can see them while you are there.
laST yearS gaThering of our reTired
lafd memBerS in The muSeum dorm.
Board of direcTorS elecTion
June is the month for the election of
members for the LAFDHS Board of Directors. If
you are interested in our cause and supporting our
mission please let us know. We will have several
openings this year for a two year term. Also this
year we will be able to vote using email. Active
or retired members and civilians from outside the
LAFD may apply.
June 2012 51
52 June 2012
March 7, 2012
President John Jacobsen called the
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of
the Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association to order at 10:37a.m.
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Gary Matsubara
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee David Lowe
Trustee Tim Larson
David Ned Smith - Exec. Director
Todd Layfer - Controller
Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused)
Trustee Mike Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith (Excused)
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
Trustee Barry Hedberg (Excused)
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Andy Kuljis led the invocation. David
Lowe led the fag salute.
John Jacobsen entertained a motion
to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes of the Board
of Trustees meeting held February
1, 2012. Gary Matsubara so moved.
Jeff Cawdrey seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion or
Motion carried to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes of
the Board of Trustees meeting held
February 1, 2012.
1) Jacobsen informed the Board that
open enrollment for the medical plan
will be pushed back approximately
two weeks in hopes of the Pension
Board determining the early retiree
subsidy rate. He indicated that
they would like to have the open
enrollment materials as accurate as
possible with the correct information.
The start of the open enrollment will
be April 16th.
2) Jacobsen referred to the Pension
meeting for affecting retired members
younger than 65. He mentioned that
Pensions will decide on whether
or not to increase their subsidy. He
stated that the Pension staff report had
recommended a 5% increase but was
voted down as was a motion for 7%
increase. The Pension Board decided
to table the issue and send back to
the Pension staff to come back with
additional information for the March
15th Board meeting.
3) Jacobsen referred to the Pension
audit and mentioned that they
going through the fnal stages of
them auditing the medical subsidy.
He indicated that they have had a
preliminary meeting with the auditor
to discuss their fndings, which were
minimal and favorable. He stated
that when we receive the fnal draft he
and Bradawn will offer suggestions
to be included into the report before
it is fnal.
4) Jacobsen mentioned the Firefghter
of the Year Luncheon honoring Doak
Smith and indicated that it will be on
the next committee day, March 21st.
He encouraged all Trustees to attend
the luncheon and reminded them that
the attire is coat and tie.
5) Jacobsen indicated that they have
had some issues concerning the
continued use of personal Trustee
emails. He stressed the importance of
Trustees using their LAFRA email to
maintain security.
Steinbacher presented the following
The committee recommends and
I so move to enter into contract
with the following fund managers;
Titan Securities (hedge fund) at $1
million, E.I.I. (global REITS fund) at
$1 million and F.P.A. at $1 million.
Implementation of these investments
is dependent on a favorable due
diligence meeting at each of their
offces. There was no further
discussion or objection.
Motion carried to contract with the
above three fund managers at $1
million each.
1) David Smith provided an update
on the website and indicated that
they are splitting the current website
into two websites. He mentioned that
David Vienna has drafted a website
for the WODFF and fundraising
efforts. He stated that the second
website will focus on frefghters and
their families and mentioned that
they have had two consultants look
at the site and will ask them to give
us a proposal to modify the site. He
stated that they will report back to
the committee once they receive the
2) Todd Layfer provided a status
update on the fnancial audit. He
mentioned that the auditors should
be done by the end of the day and
indicated that everything was going
well. He indicated that their fndings
and report will be presented to the
Audit Committee sometime in April
and Tonetta Connor will present at the
May Board meeting.
Robert Steinbacher presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,031,153.14.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $69,097.48. There was
no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the
professional fees in the amount of
David Smith reported on the FRITS
database system and indicated that
it is written in the software FoxPro
that has not been maintained by
Microsoft for approximately 10
years. He stated that in about three
to fve years, FRITS will no longer
be compatible with Windows which
will create a problem. He stated that
the Administrative Committee has
approved the frst of three phases
which is to hire a FoxPro expert to
become familiar with FRITS and
provide documentation. He will then
provide a cost estimate to perform
the second phase which would be
to write a specifcation to convert
FRITS to a compatible platform.
David Smith indicated that if the
Board decides to do the second phase,
we be in a position at year end 2012
to know cost in order to l budget for
2013 or wait until 2014 to make the
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve up to $4K for the
Phase I portion of the upgrade. There
was no further discussion or objection
Motion carried to approve up to
$4K for the Phase I portion of the
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve contracting
with Healthcare Actuarials for up to
$10K for the actuarial study. David
Smith also mentioned that they
had budgeted $20K in this years
budget for the actuarial study of
Relief benefts. There was no further
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
contracting with Healthcare
Actuarials for up to $10K for the
actuarial study of Relief benefts.
1) Jacobsen stated that in the next
month, they will have a meeting
to discuss Policy Book review and
potential By-law changes. He stated
that there has been some discussion
June 2012 53
on revising the By-laws and indicated
that any revisions need to be
coordinated through David Lowe, the
By-laws Chairman.
2) Jacobsen informed the
Trustees that they should request
reimbursement of their travel
expenses no later than 60 days
after the conference/seminars. He
indicated that this would help ease
the accounting departments tracking
of expenses and would allow for
quick reimbursement to the Trustees.
He also stated that any Trustee who
wishes to attend a conference and/
or seminar, they should frst obtain
approval from the President and
then inform Irma so that she can
register and make the necessary
Robert Steinbacher presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and I
so move to accept the applications
to the Medical Plan. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all
applications to the Medical Plan.
The committee recommends and I
so move to enter into contract with
the Part D Subsidies. He explained
that the company reviews Medicare
reimbursements for potential
additional payment for the Medical
Plan. They are only paid if they fnd
additional savings. There was no
further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to enter into contract
with Part D Subsidies.
James Coburn informed the Board
of the previous member appeal
which requested reinstatement as a
member of the Relief Association.
He indicated that after further review
and information the committee has
decided to reconsider her appeal.
The committee recommends and
I so move to reinstate the member
upon payment of all back dues and
continued monthly deduction towards
the outstanding advancement. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to reinstate the
member upon payment of all
back dues and continued monthly
deduction towards the outstanding
James Coburn mentioned there was
another individual that was requesting
to be reinstated as a member of the
Relief. He stated that at the time, the
ex-member initially stated that he no
longer wanted to be a member of the
Relief Association when he retired..
The committee recommends and I
so move that they ask the individual
to appeal in person to the Relief
Committee and also to the full Board.
He also stated that the member must
also pay all back dues. There was no
further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ask the individual
to appeal in person to the Relief
Committee and also to the full Board.
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the
amount of $16,492.68
The Estate Planning beneft in the
amount of $7,800,
The Life & Accident Death Beneft in
the amount of $12,000,
The Relief Death Benefts in the
amount of $58,500,
The Life & Accident Withdrawals in
the amount of $2,992.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the above
Relief benefts.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed and
asked for a moment of silence from
the Board.
Kirk F. Basore
Richard L. Martin
Carl R. Marino
Howard R. Mason
Lloyd S. Adams
George W. Allen
Ben H. Shepherd
Clarence E. Neighbors
Bernard Subkoski
Arthur J. David, Jr.
John E. Squire
Russell D. Evans
Robert V. Daines
James Coburn presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and I so
move to accept the donations in the
amount of $13,816.28 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to accept the
donations in the amount of
$13,816.28 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve the
fnancial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
emergency advancement applications
for active and retired members.
Andy Kuljis stated that they
determined the need to purchase
some new cemetery plots in areas
that they do not have any. He also
mentioned purchasing some cemetery
plots in Catholic cemeteries. He
will report back to the Board when
he has a specifc proposal. He also
informed the Board that the Loughran
memorial service will be held on
Saturday at Fire Station 112.
Rick Godinez provided an update to
the Scholarship Program and stated
that the test will be held Saturday,
April 28th. He mentioned that there
has been some confusion between the
LAFD Scholarship and the LAFRA
Scholarship. He stated that they have
coordinated the dates with the LAFD
Scholarship to avoid confusion.
Jacobsen informed the Board that
they had been successful in getting
some widows their subsidy from
the City. He mentioned that Ken
Buzzell assisted in them getting their
1) Hook & Ladder Enduro March
2) Corbin Bowl May 6th
3) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament
May 16th
4) Grass Valley May 16th 20th
5) Hope for Firefghters June 7th
6) Over the Line Tournament
September 13th
7) LAFD Invitational Golf
Tournament September 24th
8) IFEBP Annual Employee Benefts
Conf. November 11th 14th
9) LAFRA Open House December

1) Louis Origel March 9th Kyoto
Grand Hotel (Coburn/Larson)
2) Kenneth Cassidy March 11th
Edendale (Albarran)
3) Herman Quaintance March 31st
Ports OCall Restaurant (Kuljis)
4) Robert Holloway April 12th
Kyoto Grand Hotel (Albarran)
5) Lon Roberts April 21st LAFD
Air Operations (Hernandez)
6) Gary Ingham April 28th 94 Aero
Squadron (Lowe)
7) Rudolfo Martinez April 28th
Friendship Auditorium (Bednarchik)
8) Fred Lopez April 29th
Sportsmens Lodge (Godinez)
9) Luis Jaramillo May 5th Marriott
Courtyard Monrovia
10) Chuck Currey May 11th
Altadena Town & Country Club
11) Richard McClure May 30th
Castaway (Bednarchik)
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
adjourn. Gary Matsubara so moved.
Juan Albarran seconded. There was
no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The
Board of Trustees meeting adjourned
at 11:40pm.

John Jacobsen, President
54 June 2012
April 4, 2012
President John Jacobsen called the
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of
the Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association to order at 10:10a.m.

John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Gary Matsubara
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Barry Hedberg
Trustee David Lowe
Trustee Tim Larson
David Ned Smith - Exec. Director
Todd Layfer - Controller
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Mike Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Bob Olsen, Retired Fire & Police
Bill Quinn, Retired Fire & Police
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Andy Kuljis led the invocation.
David Lowe led the fag salute.
John Jacobsen entertained a motion
to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes of the Board
of Trustees meeting held March
7, 2012. David Lowe so moved.
David Peters seconded the motion.
There was no further discussion or
Motion carried to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes of
the Board of Trustees meeting held
March 7, 2012.
Jacobsen informed the Board that an
ex-member of the Relief Association
was present to address the Board
and ask to be reinstated as a member
of the Relief.
James Coburn provided some
insight to the ex-members situation
and why he chose to no longer be
a member of the Relief after his
retirement. He also added that the
ex-member had been cautioned by
the committee about terminating
his membership at that time. It was
also noted that the ex-member had
decided to take his wifes medical
plan after retirement so that he
wouldnt have an out of pocket
expense. The member can no longer
take his wifes medical plan now
that she is retiring. The member
retired at the age of 47. James
Coburn informed the member that if
he was allowed to be reinstated, he
would have to pay the accumulated
back dues.
The member appeared before
the full Board to state his case.
He explained his reasons for not
continuing his membership with the
Relief. The member was told that he
would be informed of the Boards
James Coburn made the following
The committee recommends and I
so move to reinstate the ex-member
as a Relief Association member
upon payment of back dues. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to reinstate the
member as a Relief Association
member upon payment of back
1) Jacobsen informed the Board that
Bill Wick was present and wanted
to address the Board about the
upcoming Pension Commissioner
election. Bill Wick addressed the
Board about his plans for running
for Pension Commissioner and
spoke on his motivations and
qualifcations for the position. He
stated that he would appreciate any
support as individuals from the
2) Jacobsen stated that the Open
Enrollment materials have already
been mailed to the membership. He
stated that open enrollment begins
April 16th.
3) Jacobsen referred to the
six hospitals that were still in
negotiations with the Anthem Blue
Cross network and indicated that
the Medical Committee had decided
to honor those particular facilities
as a PPO facility until they reached
an agreement with Blue Cross.
He mentioned that they had sent
notifcations by website and email
to those members affected. He
indicated that it was recently learned
that those hospitals have reached a
contract agreement with Blue Cross,
however it has not been placed in
writing. It was noted that when the
agreement is offcial we will notify
4) Jacobsen indicated that the
Pension audit is at its fnal stages
and stated that they have reviewed
the draft and made some verbiage
changes. He also indicated that they
will produce a management report to
be included with the audit that states
that LAFRA agrees with fve of the
recommendations, but disagrees
with two recommendations.
5) Jacobsen mentioned that the
Medical Committee had a meeting
yesterday with Medco reviewing
various issues as our pharmacy
beneft manager. He indicated that
we are looking at possible enhanced
benefts and effciencies that Medco
would be able to save the medical
plan. One of the discussion topics
was the merger with Express
Scripts. He noted that will should
see no impact of this merger in the
next year and members will be able
to continue to use Walgreens if they
desire even though Express Scripts
and Walgreens are having a contract
6) Jacobsen referred to the DME
processing and indicated that HSB
has now been processing those
claims for about one month. He
indicated that the process is working
very well and should be seamless to
Juan Albarran encouraged the
Trustees to attend and spread the
word about the upcoming Corbin
Bowl event on May 6th, C Shift.
Kurt Stabel provided a write up
of the Investment Committee
activities for the Boards review.
He mentioned that they visited
potential and current fund managers
in New York to talk with these
companies to determine their
investment strategies. He referred
to the Titan managers and stated that
they provided a solid view of their
process and indicated that he felt
comfortable with their arrangement.
1) David Smith mentioned that they
had their frst Hope for Firefghters
Executive committee meeting. He
reported that they have received a
pledge from US Bank as the events
Silver Sponsor with a donation
of $15,000. He mentioned that
Juliet has been working with the
fre stations to sign up and cook in
the booths. So far, 14 stations have
signed up. He stated that the Muster
picnic will be on Saturday, May 19th
at Fire Station 27. He mentioned that
they have asked the committee to
do without the presale of fre bucks
because it was hard to get staffed
and had poor sales results. He
stated that the committee has agreed
to have the building offces to do
the presales of the fre bucks. He
indicated that they are considering
having two lines at the popular food
booths and asking fre stations to
make more food. He mentioned
June 2012 55
that Linda Lara has contacted Steve
Robinson to come back and sell
merchandise at the event.
Chris Hart presented the following
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
$724,733 and $225,481.35. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual
and customary bills in the amount
of $950,214.35.
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the professional
fees in the amount of $28,095.14
and $57,093.11. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the
professional fees in the amount of
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve supporting
the LAFD Civilian Employee
Recognition Program in the amount
of $200.
Motion carried to support
the LAFD Civilian Employee
Recognition Program for $200.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve up
to $700 for the LAFD Sertoma
Golf Tournament. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to
$700 for the LAFD Sertoma Golf
The committee recommends and I
so move to approve the Draft Cell
Phone Policy and refer to the Policy
Committee for review. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
Draft Cell Phone Policy and refer
to the Policy Committee for further
David Peters presented the
following motions.
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 stated that the IRS
has penalized the medical plan
because of improper Tax I.D.s for
2007 in the amount of $67. He
stated that HealthScope Benefts has
been instructed to pay the penalty
and address the issue as they are
responsible for correcting the errors.

James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the
amount of $25,991.12
The Estate Planning beneft in the
amount of $10,125,
The Relief Death Benefts in the
amount of $31,500,
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the above
Relief benefts.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed and
asked for a moment of silence from
the Board.
Donald L. Carter
Harold W. Boener
John E. Townsend
Carl A. Latham
Rosario J. Abbate
Mack E. Stevens
Paul McLaughlin
James Coburn presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and
I so move to accept the donations
in the amount of $3,296.34 to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the
donations in the amount of
$3,296.34 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve the
fnancial assistance applications
for surviving spouses, active and
retired members.
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
the emergency advancement
applications for active and retired
Chris Hart reported on the status of
the websites progress and indicated
that they are working on getting
it to where they want. He stated
that they are working on splitting
the LAFRA website to separate the
WODFF information. He indicated
that they will have drafts of both
sites for the Boards review at the
next Board meeting.
Andy Kuljis reported on the retired
breakfasts and luncheons hes
attended and mentioned that he
appealed to the members about
considering the WODFF when
completing their Estate Planning
Doak Smith reported that the
Scholarship Program is running
on track and stated that so far, they
have eight applicants. He stated
that the Essay exam will be held on
April 28th.
1) Corbin Bowl May 6th
2) Lane Kemper Softball
Tournament May 16th
3) Grass Valley May 16th 20th
4) Hope for Firefghters June 7th
5) Over the Line Tournament
September 12th
6) LAFD Invitational Golf
Tournament September 24th
7) IFEBP Annual Employee
Benefts Conf. November 11th
8) LAFRA Open House December

1) Robert Holloway April 12th
Kyoto Grand Hotel (Albarran)
2) Lon Roberts April 21st LAFD
Air Operations (Hernandez)
3) Gary Ingham April 28th 94
Squadron (Lowe)
4) Rudolfo Martinez April 28th
Friendship Auditorium
5) Fred Lopez April 29th
Sportsmens Lodge (Godinez)
6) Luis Jaramillo May 5th Marriott
Courtyard Monrovia (Kuljis)
7) Chuck Currey May 11th
Altadena Town & Country Club
8) Wayne Nakamura May 23rd
Sportsmens Lodge (Akahoshi)
9) Richard McClure May 30th
Castaway (Bednarchik)
10) Gail Martin, Jr. June 11th
Sutters Mill Restaurant
11) Wes Shundo July 28th Elks
Lodge #966 San Pedro (Larson)
John Jacobsen entertained a motion
to adjourn. David Lowe so moved.
Chris Hart seconded. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The
Board of Trustees meeting
adjourned at 12:00pm.

John Jacobsen, President
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Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles from
HQ between Los Angeles and San
Diego. Call Mike Utley at (951)
775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full
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4 BEDRooMS, 4 BATHS, Game
Room, 3000 sq. ft. upscale Big
Bear Lake cabin. Pool table, foos-
ball, darts, ping-pong, gas BBQ.
Private road close to lake, Village.
Walk to Snow Summit, great for
summer. Accommodates 13. Until
November: Midweek-$250; Week-
ends: $295. For summer specials
or holiday/winter rates call (949)
oAHU, HAWAII - North Shore
at Sunset Beach. Two separate
homes 2+ den, 2ba, sleeps 8. $225
per day and 2br + 1ba, sleeps 6.
$200 per day! Both share large
tropical yard. View 7 surf breaks
from backyards to pipeline. Contact
Betty at (808) 372-7558 or Barker
LAFD retired (805) 985-4001.
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two story,
sleeps 6, half mile to lake, two plus
miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood,
cable TV/DVD/VCR. Full kitchen,
completely furnished except linens.
Pets ok. $95/$105 (two day mini-
mum). $550/$600 a week, Beep or
Donna Schaffer 1+(760) 723-1475.
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, boat
dock. Fully equipped, including all
linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-8311 or
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
Owned by LAFD member.
BUllHEAD/lAUGHlIN. Large new
Custom 3 bedroom/2 bath home 4
minutes from the casinos and close
to Katherines Landing. Quiet cul-
de-sac. All amenities. Everything is
new. 60 TV in living room. TVs in all
bedrooms. Large formal dining room.
BBQ and large patio overlooking the
mountains. 35 ft X 3-1/2 car garage
w/ gym equipment. Wireless internet
w/ on site computer. $150 per night
+ $75 cleaning fee. No smoking or
pets please. Scott at 805-208-1598
bedrooms, 1 bath, one block to
beach, view, fully equipped house-
keeping unit. Marci (818) 347-6783
or Clarence (310) 510-2721.
HoME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths,
2 freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
DESERT CoNDo Rancho Mirage
(near Palm Springs), 2 bedrooms,
2 bath, fully furnished condo & WiFi
Internet. Also 2 bedroom and den,
2 bath, TV and VCR, pools, spas,
tennis courts, gated community.
From $110 per night. No pets or
smoking. Barbara (626) 798-2484.
and Family offering gorgeous Baja
Mexico Property for rent. Coast-
side Gated Community with pool/
spa, surfng, and loads of fun. 4
Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Fully
Equipped Kitchen. Call Kathy at
510-468-5003 for more information.
Go to:
htm for pictures, availability calen-
dar, and information on the area.
Luxury condo rental - Direct from
Owner. One bedroom two bath
luxury condo located in Mexican
resort area of Nuevo Vallarta, just
15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta
Intl Airport. Unit is part of Grand
Marina Villas, part of the Paradise
Village Hotel complex, and includes
use of 18 hole El Tigre Golf Course.
Weekly or monthly rates. For info:
Web site:
e-mails: or
(310) 395-7804.
HAVASU lANDING - Waterfront
on Lake Havasu. 3 bedroom, 3
bath. Boat mooring out front. Fully
furnished. Direct TV, WiFi, BBQ,
Casino, new grocery/meat market.
No pets/smoking (310) 418-1577.
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
KAPAlUA, MAUI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and 2
bedroom villas from $145/$250, 7th
night FREE. Fully equipped with
washer/dryer, Hi speed internet,
Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort shuttle,
June 2012 59
minutes from ocean. Features
3 white sand beaches includ-
ing BEST BEACH in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling, swim-
ming, surfng, kayaking, shops,
restaurants. Contact Terry or Diane
@ 800-326-MAUI (6284). www.
asp or email info@kapaluavaca-
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
RESORT a gated community on
the California side of Lake Havasu.
Swim, Ski or fsh from the front
yard. Buoys in front of home for
overnight boat(s) tie-ups. No need
to launch boat each day. Walking
distance to a CASINO, restaurants
and grocery store. Adjacent to
miles of off-road desert trails, great
for ATVs, 4 wheelers and Motor-
cycles. Beautiful landscaping with
a lawn from the home to the lake.
Covered patio with furniture and
a gas BBQ. Four bedrooms with
beds for 10.Two full bathrooms.
Check Craigslist for pic. $350. Per
night 10% discount for a week.
For Reservations call Bud @ 818
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities-
Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3
car boat-deep garage. 3 miles from
launch ramp. Close to downtown
shops & restaurants. View of the
lake. Quiet street in good neigh-
borhood. No pets. No smoking.
Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661)
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs in
all bedrooms. Wireless internet with
on site computer. BBQ on large pa-
tio. Swimming pool. Near marinas
and restaurants. $150 per night.
$85 cleaning fee. No smoking or
pets please. Scott at 805-208-1598
lAKE HAVASU HoME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/fully
furnished w/all amenities of home.
Large garage 20x32 with tall doors.
Large area for guest parking.
Located less than a mile from lake
on a quiet cul-de-sac! RV hookups.
Ask for FF discount. Call Ryan
Penrod (310) 804-1801 or Nicole
(909) 263-8177.
lAKE HAVASU HoME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
lAKE HAVASU Landing California.
3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif, DirecTV,
BBQ, full laundry, slip-in marina
included, just steps away. 180 de-
gree view of lake and your boat in
slip. Huge covered patio. No pets.
No smoking. Larry Mc Andress
ret 112A (714) 963-9344 or (714)
HoMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @ or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
room, 2 bath home with all of the
amenities complete kitchen, wash-
er/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet neighbor-
hood near the lake, casinos and ski
slopes. $600.00 per week. Call Cal
or Linda @ (805) 584-2718.
Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2 cuddy
cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep 10 to 12.
2 ref. fully equipped kitchen, BBQ,
TV, DVD, Twin A/C. Party top, fy-
bridge, V8 drives, 12 KW ge., 100
gal. aux. fuel tank with pump. Dan
Coyle (805) 494-8854.
lA QUINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the 10th
fairway of the Dunes Golf Course
in La Quinta Country Club. Two car
garage, large patio with barbecue.
No pets, no smoking. $200/night - 2
week minimum, plus refundable se-
curity deposit. Call (323) 254-3874
MAMMoTH CoNDo Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, tennis,
walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth
area. Winter $115, Summer $90,
plus maid $126. Includes linens.
No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
MAMMoTH CoNDo Fully furnished,
2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6. Close to
Canyon Lodge, pool, spa, recreation
room, laundry facilities, condo has
been beautifully remodeled, photos
available, $200 a night winter - $125
a night summer + $150 cleaning fee.
Call for holiday pricing. Joe Angiuli,
South Division (626) 497-5083.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry on
premises. Fall/Winter prices. $100/
night. Spring/Summer $85/night.
One time $70 cleaning fee. No
smoking, no pets, contact: Julian
Edwards (909) 573-3815
MAMMoTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking,
jacuzzis, gym (pool, tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from chair 15. Winter $110
per night, Summer $80 per night
plus $65 cleaning fee per stay. All
linens included. Drew or Nancy
Oliphant (661) 513-2000.
MoTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from
gondola village. 1 block to ski
shuttle. Winter $315/night, Summer
$200/night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Mammoth
Estates. 4br/3ba. Fully furnished.
All amenities: Sauna, Jacuzzi, Pool
& Recroom. Walking distance to
Gondola & Village. On free shuttle
route. Multiple night discounts.
Price includes cleaning + linens.
Sleeps 10. No smoking, no pets.
Mike Jacalone (805) 529-2052.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking.
No pets. Jim Johnson (818) 992-
7564, FS 80C.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Clean 1
bedroom, 2 bath. Sleeps 6. Walk
to Village and Gondola. Shuttle
out front. Close to Canyon Lodge.
Fully furnished, spa, ski locker,
underground parking and wireless.
Midweek special. No pets. No
smoking. $120 winter, $90 summer.
$65 cleaning fee, includes linens.
Jeff or Tonya Clemens (805) 499-
moth Estates newly remodeled
4BR/3BA, sleeps 11, fully fur-
nished, 1 block from new gondola
village. Jacuzzi, pool & sauna,
recreation room. Call Glen Mackie
@ (760) 930-0544 for frefghter
pricing. For more information go to
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Sierra
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No Pets.
Shuttle at door. Winter $140/night,
Summer $90/night, Plus $80 clean-
ing fee and City Bed Tax. Brian &
Karen Salvage LAFD Retired (805)
bedroom, extremely charming
wildfower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art, satel-
lite TV, freplace. Sleeps 4. Winter
$110, Summer $85. Call (818)
- Studios 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom
rentals, budget to luxury rates,
fully furnished, stocked kitchens,
bedding, towels, all locations,
some pet friendly, complimetary
WiFi. Mammoth Rental by Owner
affliated with Mammoth Lodging
Association, high standard clean-
ing, maintenance, 24/7 emergency
contact. Visit www.Mammoth- mention
fre8. Contact us info@mammoth- or call (818)
883-2488 or (888) 472-5777.
Southwestern decor. Sleeps 4.
King bed. Full Kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. 5 min walk
to Canyon Lodge. Winter $155/nite,
$175 Fri, Sat, & Holidays; Summer
$100/nite. 2 nite min. addl nites
less. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788
MAMMoTH CoNDo Wildfower,
1 bedroom sleeps 4, king bed and
queen sofa bed. Fully furnished,
freplace, dishwasher, stereo, TV/
DVD, phone, spa, sauna, pool and
tennis court. Linens and cleaning
fee. On shuttle route. Winter rate
$100/night, summer rate $70/night.
Mike Greenup (805) 583-8239 or
cell (805) 338-9955.
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired. email: or (213)
lift 15, 2 bedroom including master
suite, 2 bath condo. TV/DVD in
living room. Good sound system.
Gym, spa, freplace, very roomy,
underground parking, tennis courts,
pools, and outside BBQ area. (310)
476-4784. Email: barbarawin- or visit website:
oN NAPIlI BAY - 50 from water.
60 June 2012
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $135 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or (800) 889-8641 toll-
free or
or visit:
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful fur-
nished condo with kitchen and daily
maid service. 15% discount off
already lowest prices in the area.
Don Sprenger (949) 548-5659 or
(800) 336-2185.
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIENDLY
SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3
bedroom 2 bath. See for yourself
at: Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
at Sunset Beach. Two ocean front
houses on large tropical yard. 2
bedroom and den, two baths and 2
bedroom, 1 bath. Each looking at the
sunset break. Completely furnished.
Contact Betty Suratt regarding
Barker Houses (805) 985-4001 or
(808) 372-7558.
BEACH - Beach house vaca-
tion rental. 3 story, fully furnished
3br/2ba main house+1br/1ba guest
house, sleeps 8-12. Linens in-
cluded, wireless internet, cable tv/
dvd, washer/dryer, bbq, ping-pong,
bikes, boogie boards, beach chairs,
large decks, and views. 1 small
block to beach. (805) 241-7221
PAlM DESERT. 3 bedroom, 2
bath. Fully furnished. All new.
Direct TV and WiFi all bedrooms.
Private patio with BBQ. Private
60 unit complex with 2 pools, 2
jaccuzzis, 2 tennis courts. Near
College of the Desert. One level.
(310) 418-1577.
CoNDo. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TVs/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
RANCHo MIRAGE 2-2, gated com-
plex, double garage, tennis, pools,
spa, bikes, cable tv/vcr, microwave,
bbq, washer/dryer, decorator fur-
nished. Close to golf, restaurants, and
shops. $90/night. Margo Idol (805)
498-1513 or Ruth (805) 498-4616.
Charming 2 br./2 ba beach cottage
(not a condo) located in the Quinta
Del Mar project approximately 25
miles south of San Diego. 24-hour
security, lg. patio w/ocean view,
bbq, freplace, cable TV, micro-
wave, 3 pools, jacuzzi, tennis, hors-
es, 2 rest. (music and dancing),
ride the waves, off-track betting,
golf nearby. 2-day min, $95 day.
Midweek/weekly rates available.
Photos and info @ Lockhart (619)
- Two bedroom fully furnished
private home. Sleeps 6 laundry,
wireless internet, tv/dvd, movie
channels. Enough off street park-
ing for 4 SUVs, large enclosed
backyard, 3 minute walk to pier.
5 minute walk to downtown, pet
friendly. David Laub, LACOFD
(949) 306-5532 or
stylish 1 bedroom/1bath rental is
only 200 yards from the beach
and a 10-minute walk to the pier or
downtown. The unit is beautifully
decorated and has all the comforts
of home. Includes large plasma
in living room and smaller TV in
bedroom. See more info and pho-
tos @ Rates:
Oct - Apr $150/night (2 night min.)
weekly $850. May - Sept $200/
night (2 night min.) weekly $1150.
Non refundable cleaning fee $100.
Call Ron or Kathy (949) 831-7693
or email
SKI-IN/oUT 2 bEDROOM, 2 bath
across from Eagle express chairlift
(CHAIR 15). Has TV in Living room
and Bedroom, very spacious unit,
freplace, dining area, Gym, spa
includes jacuzzi & sauna. Exterior
of complex totally refurbished.
Underground parking. www.mam- (310) 476-4784.
EARTH In Park City, Utah and
avoid the 5 hour grueling drive
to Mammoth. 2 bedroom/2 bath.
Tri-level townhome. Located a
short drive to three world-class ski
resorts. (Deer Valley, PC Mountain
Resort, The Canyons) $1100/week
- $1600/ Holiday. Call Ron (310)
SoUTH lAKE TAHoE Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located
in Tahoe Paradise. Call Shawn or
Rose Agnew at (661) 250-9907 or
(661) 476-6288.
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
AlS - We rent motor homes and
travel trailers. Special discount
for Fire and Police. Check out our
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Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot Mo-
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