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IAFF Local 1014

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Local 1014 is proud to provide our members with


This type of class has never been provided by your employer, yet you are expected to be an expert on all procedures, policies, documentation, NFIRS, patient care records, etc. Protect your license, your family, your income and your future by educating yourself and listening to an expert in the field of EMS Defense Law.

Paramedic turned Defense Attorney David J. Givot, is a nationally sought after speaker and consultant. Mr. Givot has built.......(Click here for more info)

This class WILL be very informative. The class is a one day class that will be offered three consecutive dates so you will not have to burn time to attend.

The class dates are as follows:

Wednesday 9/16 (A Shift)

Thursday 9/17 (B Shift)

Friday 9/18 (C Shift)

The classes will be held at YOUR Union hall (3460 Fletcher Ave., El Monte) and is open to all members of 1014.

We are putting this class on to educate all our members on current laws, policies and procedures that govern the EMS work we do everyday. It does not matter if you are a new member of 1014 or have been a member for 30 years, this class is a must have.  This will help the newest firefighter to the most senior captain to better understand their roles, responsibilities and liabilities in regards to EMS & more.  For our paramedics, this is a must attend.

We have recently mailed to all worksites this flyer with all the details in case you missed it.  Share this information at line-up and with all your sisters and brothers.

There is no cost, includes lunch and CE's.

To reserve your spot PLEASE RSVP via email to: with the following:
Cell phone number
What day you will be attending

Classes will start promptly at 0900 and end no later than 1600

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Negotiations update August 1, 2015

Negotiations between the County and Local 1014 have ceased as of this week. Local 1014 Bargaining Co-Chairs Dave Morse and Andy Doyle along with members of the Executive Board have been at the table every week as we presented a fair proposal that take into account the Fire Department Budget and the needs and interests of our membership. While the general salary movement items have been moved to acceptable numbers for all of public safety, Local 1014 has presented a number of other items that need to be addressed particularly for newer Firefighters and Fire Suppression Aids. We have a few other small items that we have been able to get agreement on in concept, but more work needs to be done to arrive at a fair contract.

We have ceased bargaining at the table in large part due to the fact the County and the County Fire Department brought very inaccurate numbers regarding our proposal items in an attempt to over exaggerate the impact of the items we presented. The County and the Fire Department did not have any capture of the budget numbers and Local 1014 had to actually present and educate the County representatives and the County Fire representative on correct numbers, and in the end with good numbers they simply defaulted to “we’re just not interested”. The Department and the County have disrespected the issues and the importance of the issues we moved forward in our proposals.

We will not be meeting at the table and we will be soliciting a better understanding of the issues and the cost factors with both the CEO and the Fire Chief. We will also be continuing to solicit the Fire Chief embrace of the key issues we have presented, and while we have early indication of support we do not have actions from either the Fire Chief or the CEO to help get this table to a finish. We will work hard off table in the coming weeks to move details to a place where the table can reconvene if we can agree on the authority and expertise that is needed at the table for fair bargaining. While we do not seek to go to Impasse immediately nor do we seek the powerful and unified voice of 3200 Local 1014 members, know that we are willing to go to Impasse and if needed will call on you for that collective voice.

As you may have heard, some of the Public Safety Unions have settled their contracts including PPOA and LACOLA and Probation, and we are pleased with the general salary movement and it is consistent with the general salary movement all of public safety worked to establish. They also addressed smaller issues for their members and they are to be congratulated on their contract tentative agreements. However the two largest public safety Unions remain unsettled; ALADS – representing all Deputy’s and Local 1014. That’s right, Sheriffs and Firefighters remain out.

We will keep you informed and updated regularly as we enter into this very intense time as we try to get a fair deal to the table….as always we will not agree to anything other than a fair deal.

In Solidarity,

Local 1014 Executive Board

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel



Yesterday, the Department and the County decided to release records to the LA Times related to the recent Auditor-Controller’s Report regarding the past FF Exam. The Department and the County gave no notice to Local 1014 or the employees of this Department that may be affected.  We want to inform our membership of this action and the potential impact to our personal and professional lives, a courtesy the Department and the County did not afford the employees. 

The Department and the County have released e-mails and records relating to the County Auditor-Controller Report on the past Firefighter Exam process.  These records include names / ranks / positions of employees including managers and chiefs and staff.  Specifically employees involved in any aspect of the past FF exam process and candidate selection process and any employees who took part in mock oral interviews and training on County property as described in the Auditor-Controller report.

The Union has opposed this action and cited the confidentiality of the information especially as we represent members in due process procedures. It is important to note the County and the Department gave no opportunity to respond to their actions before the unilateral decision to release these records.

We wanted the membership to be aware of this action taken by the Department and the County.  It is readily apparent to our membership and the public we serve that the Auditor-Controller’s Report is seriously flawed and out of context.  It is also clear that the “Yellow-Journalism” of the LA Times may continue with little regard for the truth and they will write what they want despite the facts at hand and the full story.    

We therefore recommend to all members to give “NO COMMENT” to the press on this item and if contacted by the Department regarding any of these items, as always, call your Union for representation.

We will continue to push forward as a remarkable family of the most well respected, well trained, hard-working men and women of Local 1014!  Local 1014 members are a diverse group of professional firefighters, paramedics and fire personnel who bring passionate and dedicated service to our communities.   Be proud and unwavering with pride in your work and our Department and our Members.  “TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE”  


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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

The Bear Classic is this Saturday, July 18th.

The Bear Classic Tournament will be held once again at La Mirada Regional Park.  This is a great event where over 800 people attend.  These are our families.  A great day for fun and softball.

There will be a mobile rock climbing wall, Shakey Quakey, Amp Radio, Monster Energy Drink Event Team and 7-UP event team.

Local 1014 will be providing the food for the event.

The address of the park is:

13701 S. Adelfa Dr.
La Mirada, CA 90638

See you there...A great day for the kids (both young and old)

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel


The 12th Annual Los Angeles County, Local 1014 Fill the Boot raised an incredible $247,489, bringing the twelve year total to $3,681,575. The 3 day “on duty” event held July 9th, 10th, and 11th brought out the brave men and woman of Local 1014 to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Thank you for your time, efforts, and commitment for the MDA families.

Once again, 1014 Vice President, Dave Lopez, coordinated the event with the cooperation andfull support of Chief Osby to ensure a safe and profitable drive, “We want to take care of the MDA families anyway we can. Every year, I am proud of what our men and women accomplish in support of MDA.”

Battalion 8 came in with the most dollars raised at $24,956. Battalion 9 was close behind at $19,729, closely trailed by Battalion 22 with $19,096. Great job, Local 1014.

We would like to recognize and give a special thanks to some of the members and LA County Fire leadership that went above and beyond to help make the Fill the Boot event a success.

Thank you for your dedication and support!
DFC 1 John B Tripp BN 1, FS 8 Engineer Gabe Barajas
BN 2 Joe Cuzynski BN 7, FS 116 Emmitt Sanders
BN 8, FS 59 Ed Fields BN 10, FS 5 Norm Queen
BN 12 Chief Brown BN 14, FS 196 Kyle Anderson
BN 16 Utility Driver David Monday BN 17 Matt Farnes
BN 20 Chief's BN 18 Chief Brian Askari, and all BN 18 captains
BN 18, FS 161 FF Sarah Cortez All BN 22 Personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

Wednesday July 15th is the last day to submit!

Don't let your dependents get dropped from the plan.

As you know the County of Los Angeles is doing a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEV). We have told the county we are not opposed to the audit but we are very opposed to the process which includes, but is not limited to, the request for documents by the county (and 3rd party vendor). These documents are not require under the Choices Summary Plan Description to enroll a dependent. A negotiated item.

We are at the point, and have been informing everyone in the last few weeks, that you need to turn the required paperwork in or you run the risk of your dependents being dropped from the plan. This includes medical and dental insurance.

We will deal with the document request after the 15th of July, the deadline for submission.

As a reminder this DOES NOT affect retired personnel as well as those who do not have dependents. If you have not received any paperwork you can call the following number:

HMS Dependent Verification
Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(866) 365-7285

Any questions please call or email Andy Doyle (562) 307-7045.

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel


July 10, 2015


We continue to meet with the County for a successor agreement to our MOU that expired December 31, 2014. We have had many sessions at the bargaining table and we continue to get closer to an agreement. We will be meeting again the week of July 13th in hopes that we will be able to reach an agreement soon.

We will keep you informed. In the meantime you can click on this link to keep updated on negotiations. We update this link (must be logged in as a 1014 member) every Friday with information about the weeks events at our table.

We are also at the table for the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) successor MOU that covers our fringe benefit contract (Vacation hours, sick days and insurance premiums among other items.




FS 164

Fresno Capt. Pete Dern



As we finish up day two of MDA we are still counting the generous donations from people all over the county.

Again YOU, our Local 1014 members, have come through and made a HUGE impact for MDA. We, and the children and adults living with these diseases, cannot thank the "B" shift, Day One, enough. B-Shift members collectively raised over $63,200. Battalion 8 was the highest raising battalion, raising over $6,956 on Thursday!

We have 1 more days to go. Keep up the momentum. Everyone did a great job today. Through our fund-raising, MDA is able to help send over 120 children from the Greater Los Angeles area to MDA Summer Camp next week at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. These local kids are able to enjoy a magical week among friends because of your hard work and dedication at the Fill the Boot. At MDA camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it's better than Christmas; some even say it's changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it's "the best week of the year."

Below is a video from last year's Southern California MDA Summer Camp.

Again from all of us, THANK YOU VERY much for a strong day 1 and were sure day 2 will be the same if not better.

Click here for past info on MDA

Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

As you know the County of Los Angeles is doing a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEV). We have told the county we are not opposed to the audit but we are very opposed to the process which includes, but is not limited to, the request for documents by the county (and 3rd party vendor). These documents are not require under the Choices Summary Plan Description to enroll a dependent.  A negotiated item.

We are at the point, and have been informing everyone since last week, that you need to turn the required paperwork in or you run the risk of your dependents being dropped from the plan. This includes medical and dental insurance.

We will deal with the document request after the 15th of July, the deadline for submission.

As a reminder the DOES NOT affect retired personnel as well as those who do not have dependents.  If you have not recieved any paperwork you can call the following number:

HMS Dependent Verification
Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(866) 365-7285

Click here to see our previous post.

Any questions please call 1014.

Fire Station 164 crew

In May of this year 4 of our firefighters from Fire Station 164 went through a roof while performing ventilation in a fire in Cudahy, California. On Monday, July 6th those firefighters were honored at Dodger Stadium along with firefighters from Battalion 13 and their families.
Before the game they were allowed to go down to the field and watch batting practice. Once the game started they joined their family members who came to watch the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies! 1014 member BC 13C Glenn Goulet made all the arrangements and provided pictures of the event.

The Serious Accident Review Team is still hard at work compiling information about the incident and will have a full report out in the near future.

Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern

Captain Dern continues on the road to recovery. Today he held a press conference to talk about what happened and what is happening as well as how grateful he is for all the prayers and support he, his family and his department has received.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Injured Fresno Fire Captain and local hero Pete Dern, who suffered burns to much of his body while fighting a fire in March, is now walking, and talking, and smiling! He addressed the community Friday and gave thanks for all the support he's received over the past few months.

"Our community here in Fresno -- I want to thank everybody for their prayers and support," Dern said. "It really matters."

Dern's remarkable journey and recovery have drawn national and international attention. And he took another big step forward Friday, letting us all know he's more with video from today's press confrence.

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Dear Members,

On behalf of Local 1014 and the families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), we would like to thank you for your support of our 13th Annual Los Angeles County Local 1014 Fill the Boot to be held on Thursday July9th (B), Friday July 10th (C) and Saturday July 11th (A), 2015. Because of you, Los Angeles County Firefighters have raised nearly $3,500,000 in the last twelve years to provide health care and support services to the families served by MDA.

With our participation in events like Fill the Boot, MDA will continue to fund comprehensive healthcare clinics at renowned facilities like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA.  In addition, MDA will fund life saving research at USC and Cedars Sinai. Last but not least, your support sends children with neuromuscular disease to MDA summer camp. Each and every one of your efforts will not go unnoticed. As the IAFF’s charity of choice for over 60 years, you are a part of the tradition and commitment to the families who live with muscle disease. Your character and dedication to help those in need is what our profession is about.

With the Fire Chief and his Executive Staff’s full support, we need all hands on deck to get our total over $300,000. As in previous years, MDA staff has been conducting station presentations to recruit off-duty site coordinators. There will be one MDA staff or volunteer at each Battalion. We need active firefighter volunteers to give us four hours off-duty so that we can continue to make a difference for our MDA family.

Once again, we would like to thank you in advance for your full participation in our Fill the Boot to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.  Each year, we participate in many events for the department. Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 is proud to Fill the Boot for MDA. This is OUR event and one that is very important to Local 1014 and Firefighters across the county as well as those the Fill the Boot helps. Let’s work together with MDA staff to make sure it’s a safe and successful event.

We have been assured there will be MDA staff at every site to make sure we have a successful event. If you have any issues or problems please contact 1st Vice President Dave Lopez on his cell at (909) 917-6058 or by email at


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From previous years

For those that wonder why we do what we do for the MDA.....

Meet Firefighter Shaun Probert.....and his 3 young girls.

Shaun spoke at the 2012 IAFF Convention in Philadelphia. Click here to watch his emotional presentation

Where is Shaun now? Click here or here

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Happy 4th of July Weekend! 

This weekend our members and their families will take time to celebrate Independence Day while enjoying BBQ’s, parades, firework shows, sporting events and more.  This celebration is a remembrance of July 4th, 1776 when the 13 original colonies claimed independence from England leading to the eventual formation of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America! 

As we take time to celebrate let us remember that there are serious threats to our Country that are prevalent this very weekend, and Local 1014 Members along with Police, Sheriff and other Fire Service Personnel will be on the front lines to deal with anything that may come our way including the hot fire weather we are experiencing.  Our members will be in harm’s way serving at the stations and sites where we work, and once again performing to the highest standards in the Nation.  We should be very proud of our work and work hard to stay safe and get it done with the pride we always bring to the table.

We are facing many challenges in addition to those faced at work in performing our jobs.  We are also bargaining to get agreement on a successor MOU and the stress is high between the County and the Public Safety Units.  The County has not yet come to the table with any offers that will be satisfactory to Local 1014 or any of the other public safety units for that matter and we stand in solidarity in our quest for a fair contract.  We will continue to bargain after the holiday weekend and you can expect things to heat up a bit more as we progress.  If we cannot achieve a fair deal with the County at the table, we will likely head to impasse where a third party will assist in movement to a fair deal. 

We also are in the heat of battle to continue to protect our fire stations and sites from the adverse health effects of cellular and radio antennas as proposed by LA RICS and supported by the Department.  We did a spectacular job at the local level in halting the antenna construction that brought poor health effects and decreased property values to our citizens, but the fight is not over as we fight state and federal attempts by the telecom industry to get around us in whatever way they can.  We will continue to stand guard and hold the Department and the County accountable for their actions in this ongoing matter.  We will keep you posted on progress in the next couple of weeks.

We are also fighting the Counties new Dependent Eligibility Verification fiasco with both political and legal challenge with our partner Unions at the County Coalition of Unions (CCU).  We have sent out information on how to handle this item while we continue to pursue challenge in court and through our political action with our Union brothers and sisters.  Please see our website for the most current information on the item.  We believe this latest DEV process to be invasive to our privacy of records, not legal and wasteful effort for something that is already in place and governed by our current Fringe Benefits Choices agreement.  More to come and far from done…. 

We are also under attack once again with a looming pension initiative designed to force to the voters to approve any defined benefit pension plan or any bargained changes to a plan and default to a defined contribution (401K Savings Plan) in the absence of approval.  We are heavily engaged at the state level through California Professional Firefighters (CPF) and our allied Public Sector Unions.  This will not be an easy fight and we again having to protect our pensions.

Finally, as we head into this weekend we all know we are in some extremely adverse positions with Management on quite a few items that we not list here, but you are well aware of.  The department owns the work on these items, and while we will go the extra mile to work with the Department on items where we can and will get good work done, some items we cannot and will not be able to resolve together and therefore adverse position is where we will go and we will strongly challenge the work of the Department formally and politically and literally to the greatest power and strength of the Union.  We will get through all of these issues and times and as great a Los Angeles County Fire Department as there has ever been will shine through in the end because of one thing…. The people doing the work day in and day out, the membership! 

Please remember to take caution to be extra safe if you are at work this weekend and prepare for anything, and if you are off and celebrating take caution to plan for a safe weekend and arrange for NO DRINKING or if you are going to drink, SET A DESIGNATED DRIVER OR GET A ROOM OR TAKE A CAB!  Make a PLAN!  Don’t ruin your career, or someone's life, by making a poor decision when it’s too late to recover. 

Have a safe, Happy and Proud Independence Day, and 4th of July Weekend and be extremely proud of your work and your dedication to this Department and the people we serve and proud of our service to America! 

Local 1014 Executive Board

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV)

A follow-up to our last communication regarding the DEV. As a reminder to change the required documentation during the plan year is a change that we feel is not within their right. We will continue to challenge this.

We are not done with this issue.....

Dear Members:
As you are aware, LA County Firefighters Local 1014, together with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU), has challenged the additional documentation that is being requested by the County under its audit of dependent benefits. We have discussed our concerns with the County; however, the County is continuing to demand this additional documentation even though that demand may lead to some qualified dependents losing coverage.
In order to avoid a disruption to your benefits, we advise that you submit the requested documentation and retain a copy of all documentation submitted. However, you may choose to submit the documents required for spouses / domestic partners under protest with the following statement attached in a note:
Enclosed is my marriage certificate / certificate of domestic partnership, the only document required when I enrolled my dependent (spouse / domestic partner) into the health plan. I am submitting the additional requested document under protest since I was not required to provide any additional document upon enrollment, nor is any additional document required under the health plan’s written terms.
What if I can’t find the requested documents?
If you have a marriage certificate, certificate of domestic partnership, or birth certificate but are unable to provide it because you cannot find it, we advise that you:

  1. Request a replacement copy;
  2. Make a copy of your request; and
  3. Submit that request in response to the audit, with an explanation that you were unable to find the document, have made a request for a replacement and ask the County for an extension, explaining you will send the replacement copy as soon as you receive it.

What if I am unable to provide requested additional documentation?
If the document exists but is not easily accessible, we recommend you take steps to obtain a copy and follow the steps above. If you are unable to provide the additional documentation required – such as a joint bank statement, tax return or utility bill because such a document does not exist (for example, because you have separate bank accounts, only one party is listed in your utility bills or you have not yet filed your taxes) – immediately contact:

HMS Dependent Verification
Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(866) 365-7285

We are committed to challenging any unlawful action by the County resulting from the audit. If after submitting your response to the audit you receive any notice of termination, please contact us immediately.
In Solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

We understand some people have not received their packets as of yet. If you haven't please call the above listed number to find out the status. remember the documentation they are asking for, according to the County of Los Angeles SHALL be turned in by July 15th or you run the risk of your dependants being dropped by the county.

Any questions please contact the hall at (310) 639-1014 or Email us at


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Two years ago today we posted the below information about the tragic loss of 19 Firefighters.

More information will be posted later today.

Please keep all 19 members and their families in your thoughts and prayers today.

Remember one of our own families lost a bright, talented young son/firefighter in this tragedy and we will never forget Kevin Woyjeck

Sunday June 30th our firefighting profession had a tragic loss at the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott Arizona.


19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives tragically. It is being reported that 22 other firefighters were injured at the fire. While details continue to come in we ask that all firefighters remain aware of their surroundings, review fire orders and be careful during this fire season that is predicted to be one of the worst ever.

Watch our website for regular updates. In the meantime for the latest news click on any of the below websites for the late news.

Please keep those brave firefirefighters who gave their lives protecting the City of Prescott in your thoughts and prayers. Please also keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.

An inside look at the Granite Mountain Hotshots

A recent article about the crew

Facebook site honoring the fallen firefighters in Arizona

KSAZ Phoenix News

Arizona Daily Star

CNN news

Fox News

Firefighter Nation


Firefighter Close Calls

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers' Day: is a celebration that started in 1910 honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Fathers' Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

While we will be pressed with a number of items and issues to deal with next week and long into our journey… things like the next pension assault initiative, securing a fair contract, protecting our retiree health care coverage, difficulties and adversities with fire department management, operational issues, LA RICS and Telecom industries continued attempts to look past our health and safety, EMS and Department funding, and many other important subjects that will test our resolve and our strength…. Tomorrow we can take time to let it all go and celebrate “Fathers”. 

Whether it is our sons and daughters celebrating us as fathers, or remembering fathers who have passed, fathers who raised sisters and brothers now on the job, fathers that mentored, encouraged and led us all to take on one of the greatest careers in the world; take time to celebrate all that we have and remember our fathers. 

We all have so much to be thankful for and we are proud to be part of one of the greatest “Unions” of men and women who make up the heart and soul of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  We are among the best in the world at what we do, and we work hard to accomplish everything we do as we serve the citizens.  Celebrate and remember the different roles fathers have played in who and where we are today as members of this “Union of Firefighters and Paramedics and Fire Personnel”.  How sweet it is!

Local 1014 Executive Board wishes all of the “Fathers” we will all remember and recognize a “Happy Father’s Day” and as always remember to celebrate responsibly… Be safe and smart whether at work or at home.  You all know what that means; we speak to it often… live it.  Enjoy your weekend!

In Solidarity,
President Dave Gillotte and the Executive Board of Local 1014

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Dependent Eligibility Verification

As you may or may not realize the County of Los Angeles is in the beginning stages of a Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) audit.

The County is asking every employee to submit new documentation to prove your relationships as well as your dependents eligibility for benefits.

The County Coalition of Unions (CCU), which 1014 is a part of, is ACTIVELY opposing the new additional documentation to verify eligibility.

Click HERE to read a CCU document for more information but in the meantime we STRONGLY recommend you not respond until all outstanding issues between labor and management are resolved.

This is an issue we have been addressing with the County and have not been able to resolve as of now and the County has chosen to move forward.

Any questions please call the hall at (310) 639-1014 or click HERE to send an email to your executive board.

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3100 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots,
Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

1014 articles


Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 once again made the difference in two of our great cities we protect. In close elections our support for candidates in the City of Carson and West Hollywood made the difference. In the City of Carson, a city in the running for a future site for an NFL team or two we helped elect Jawane R. Hilton to the Council giving us a solid majority voice and ear in the city with a great future and of substantial impact for LA County Firefighters.

We also posted a victory with our support of John Heilman on his way to win a seat in the special election in West Hollywood also securing our continued voice and ear in a fantastic partner city in LA County Firefighters contract cities. Congratulations to Jawane and John and we look forward to a continued dialogue and relationship with the elected bodies of both of these great cities and also congratulations to Los Angeles County Fire Fighters for our commitment to support those who support us. Political Action making a difference for our future.

Carson election article
City of West Hollywood results


Speculation of another public safety pension attack have been removed when right wing extremists Carl De Maio (former mayor of San Diego) and Chuck Reed (former mayor of San Jose) introduced a new statewide pension initiative designed to send all pension systems to a vote and impose a 401-K style savings plan in place of a secure pension for all new hires. This is the third time these two anti-public employee extremists have taken a shot at this and we will have to arm up and go to battle once again to protect our future and any traction point to go after current and retired employee’s pensions.

Local 1014 will once again be at the front of the battle lines to combat this move and these people hell bent on removing secure pensions and health care for public safety employees. This effort will be backed by the usual suspects again, Texas Enron billionaire John Arnold and his pals the Koch Brothers and their anti-worker politics, also in the billionaire club…. Read more.

Bloomberg article
Sacramento Bee article


Local 1014 posted a huge win in a David vs. Goliath battle to prevail on what should have been common sense and merit based science and math to never propose to erect cell antennas at fire stations. We brought the facts about cellular signal (Microwave Radiation) and it’s bad health effects and the property value decrease (21% plus) impact on citizens homes to the very people we serve, and the elected officials who represent them including the County Board of Supervisors, we were heard.  They responded by eliminating the fire stations in the plan and move on to other areas. They only proposed these sites because a state law allows no environmental impact  report or real public disclosure when constructing the towers in what amounted to “in the cover of darkness”.

The leveraging of public resources at risk to our health and property owner’s equity value was really to put a system into place that at best would be a back-up system for voice over broadband and was set up for video and data transmission only while our voice system and radio frequencies were being sold off and no real defense was put in place by our Department, LA RICS, or anyone else for that matter.  

We ask “Can you Hear Us Now?”.

We have more to do to secure as best we can any other attack at the federal or state level to undo what we have done or change laws to open the door for these towers at stations statewide, and yes, they are in full swing to try again. It would be very nice to have the Fire Chief, the Department and the County take an ABSOLUTE position of opposition for our future. Stay tuned....


We continue to sit at the table with the County for 1014 bargaining table as well as the CCU. There has been many rumors about negotiations at the 1014 and CCU table as well as ALADS. At this point in time we have made an offer for 601/602 bargaining units and the County has made a proposal for the same. Remember 603/604 bargaining units contracts expire later this summer. We are not yet where we need to be in negotiations but we will get there. Both the County and 1014 are committed to reaching a fair contract for our members.

As a reminder watch the 1014 website as we update the negotiations tab every Friday. if you have any questions in the meantime contact VP Dave Morse or Director Andy Doyle.

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Local 1014 has had quite a busy last few months to say the least.

As we all know by now, early Thursday morning at a commercial building fire one of our companies experienced a roof collapse that sent them through the building to the floor below. Other companies were just exiting the building when the failure of the roof happened. Fortunately, they exited without difficulties and were in position to return to the interior immediately to affect rescues for our brothers.

Three members of the crew were treated, transported and released. One member is still in the hospital. He will have a long healing period and he will need his brothers and sisters help. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help our brother.

Please keep our member and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

As we rest over this weekend, we must take time to remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life as Americans. Please join the entire Local 1014 Executive Board as we pause this weekend to reflect and remember all of the military personnel who have served or are serving our great Country. In all branches of service, Americans have proudly sacrificed so much to make America the greatest Country in the world. We proudly protect and serve the citizens within our great Country it is important to remember those who protect us and those who have given their all so that we may prosper and have the freedoms we enjoy.

These individuals come from all walks of life. As we set out to enjoy this long three day weekend, take time to watch the tributes. Look at a waving American Flag as you roll down the road. Don't let the sacrifices that are represented pass through you easily this weekend. Let the history of this Country and the memories of those who have served and given their all cause you to slow down and deeply reflect and pay your respects, pay our respects.

We would also like to once again take a moment to remind our membership to Drink Responsibly this weekend. This weekend traditionally sees a lot of travel and with that a high level of alcohol related accidents. Don’t let yourself be one of those individuals who finds themselves in trouble. Limit your drinking! If you make a mistake and have too much to drink, think you might have impairment from drinking, or if you know you will be having a few and be over the limit, DON'T DRIVE. Get a room. Get a cab. Get a driver.

Please also make the effort to put away the phone, food and any other distractions that impair your driving. Keep you and your family safe and sound. Thank you to all members who will be on the line this weekend protecting and serving our citizens in Los Angeles County.

Local 1014 Salutes all those who have served and we remember your sacrifice.


Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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1014 Members Arrive in Nepal to Rescue Earthquake Victims

Los Angeles County Fire Department’s California Task Force 2- known internationally as USA-2 - Medium Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team arrived in Nepal on Tuesday, April 28th, to assist with rescue and recovery efforts following Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

The 57-member team departed March Air Reserve Base on Sunday night.

The USAR team is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was deployed upon the request of Nepal’s government. The DART comprises nearly 130 people, including 14 USAID disaster experts, the Department’s 57-person USAR team and a 57-person USAR team from Fairfax, Virginia. The team also includes 12 canines - six from L.A. County.

The team is made up of specialized personnel, and includes all necessary equipment to make live rescues from collapsed structures and confined spaces. The U.S. is currently prioritizing search and rescue activities to help locate survivors trapped in the rubble and the provision of emergency shelter materials to help displaced families.

USA-2 is expected to be deployed for 7 to 10 days and will be conducting search and rescue operations under the direction of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

USA-2 is one of only two American search and rescue teams that partners with USAID/OFDA to deploy internationally. It is once again a great source of pride for our organization to not only have this highly specialized response capability, but to be called into duty by USAID/OFDA to help save lives and property beyond our borders.

While DART USAR teams are engaged in lifesaving operations, USAID disaster experts are assessing damage in earthquake-affected areas and coordinating response efforts with the government of Nepal and international humanitarian partners on the ground.

In the coming days, USAID will be airlifting emergency shelter materials to Nepal from its warehouse in Dubai to help an estimated 30,000 - 35,000 people.

The UN estimates that the earthquake killed 3,350 people, injured more than 6,800 others, and affected 8 million people across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts as of April 27. These figures are expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.

We will keep you posted regarding any major developments.

Thank you to the LA County Fire Department for the above information.

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deploying to Nepal Earthquake and disaster

The 57-member USA-2 (CA-TF2) Medium Urban Search and Rescue team is deploying on April 26, 2015 to assist the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal following its 7.9 magnitude Earthquake and Disaster. 1014 members left this afternoon from March Air Force Base for Nepal. They are expected to arrive into Kathmandu on Monday, April 27th.

USA-2 (CA-TF2) has partnerships with Federal Emergency Management Agency for domestic response and the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance during international missions. As a part of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, USA- 2 (CA-TF2) maintains constant operational readiness for international deployments and as a local resource for residents of Los Angeles County and the Southern California area.

Upon request of the Government of Nepal, the United States has deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), including the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR). The USAR component of the DART is what is called a “Medium team,” with 57 specialized personnel and all necessary equipment to make live rescues from collapsed structures and confined spaces.

Again, we are proud of our 1014 members for what they do everyday.

We will work with the Department to make sure everyone is informed on the status of our team as often as possible.

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Noah Cohen - our brother firefighter

Some of you may have seen on the news recently a story about an eight-year-old boy named Noah Cohen.  Noah has dreamed of being a firefighter for years and in fact his dream is to work for his "favorite Fire Department".  He wants to be a firefighter because he has grown up watching the same show most firefighters watched and had the same dream.  He watches the Show Emergency!

Noah wants to work for our department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Noah wants to be a firefighter on Engine 51.  Unfortunately Noah has been diagnosed with a rare condition called VACTERL association.

Over the past month, behind the scences, 1014 members, Chris Reade, Rick Flores, Randall Wright and Keith Mora have been working with the Make a Wish Foundation to help Noah have the experience only a few have.  Noah and his family have traveled from Vermont a few days ago to experience what it is like to be a member of our department.

Today (and always) Noah will be one of us.  Noah will be a firefighter on Engine 51.  He will also have the chance to experience Squad 51.  Noah will be at LA County Fire Station 127 (the home of the show) at 1300 hours.

He will be there with the original Engine 51 and Squad 51 (thank you 1014 member Paul Schneider, President, LA County Fire Museum).  He will experience what it is like to walk in to the station and see what he has watched on television for years.  He will experience what people from around the world have only dreamed of.  He will get to do what we do as LA County firefighters everyday.

This will be a great day for a real hero.  This will be a day that Noah and his family will remember forever.  He has been doing the tourist things these last few days but to Noah, today is really all he wants.  He wants to be a firefighter on Engine 51.

If you have the opportunity to join Noah and his family today PLEASE do.  Help make his experience more amazing.

Join us at Fire Station 127 at 1300 hours.  The address is: 2049 E. 223rd St, Carson, CA 90810.

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Your Local 1014 Executive Board has come together nicely and while there will be no shortage of work, these past two or three weeks have been extremely taxing on us all. The membership feels the tension and can clearly see the smoke in the air as we do battle day after day with the Department right now on so many issues. We are also dealing with negotiations for both salary and fringe benefits, the Auditor Controller and Fire Chiefs investigation, and a media circus regarding exams and alleged nepotism, EMS Issues, and of course LA-RICS and the cell towers, and more. Well, here is a little update on things as we head into the week of April 20th....


Victory in hearing our Voice! While we are not quite done yet, it can be said we WON! Local 1014 did what most said couldn't be done: we battled great odds and a multi-billion dollar adversary to have not only our voice heard, but the voices heard of so many concerned citizens. While we remain supportive of a National Interoperability Radio and Data System, we could not stand idly by and let health and safety concerns be overridden by a quest to simply leverage our fire stations as the cheapest way to go, regardless of the risk. The citizens in the neighborhoods also awoke literally to property value decreases of 21% and other such issues involving the communities.

We made our voice heard strongly in a campaign to lobby the City Council Members of our great cities, the Citizens we protect and serve, and the County Board of Supervisors. We allied with our communities and the leaders listened and heard our concerns and joined with us to do the right thing. Construction was halted on all fire station sites and the federal grant was suspended for LA-RICS until they put together a revised plan for cell sites that DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY FIRE STATION OR FIRE FACILITIES THAT HOUSE OUR PERSONNEL. Similarly we worked with UFLAC Local 112 to garner the support of their elected officials to support our issues and the same will now apply in LA City.

We are not quite done with all of this yet and we will be heading to Washington DC this weekend, at the same time the Board of Supervisors, Fire Chief, and Sheriff. We will speak to our Congressional Members, Senate Representatives and officials from the grant offices to ensure our interests are protected in any revised plan that is approved. We will also be there to lobby in support of continued federal grant monies, but to assure that the system moves forward incorporates health and safety, as well as citizen concerns, in the plan. IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger will also be with us on the issue and our work could very likely help protect firefighters in fire stations throughout the nation.

We will keep you updated as we move to finish this fight, and for now THANK YOU to all of you who stepped up and helped with this fight. You attended rallies, sent letters, signed petitionsmade phone calls and sent e-mails to put pressure on the elected officials to do the right thing. THANK YOU to all of our citizens who were there with us when it counted, and THANK YOU to the elected City Officials and all 5 of the County Board of Supervisors and their staff who worked tirelessly in support of our path to address our concerns. It is unfortunate that the Department and the LA-RICS Board did not address these issues early on and continues to try and move in a direction without true stakeholder interest collaboration with the firefighters and the citizens, but that is changing rapidly for them now. GREAT WORK LOCAL 1014! More to come; stay tuned.


On Tuesday, April 14, Local 1014 was on the road to Santa Clarita to host the first regional meeting of 2015. The Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379 graciously donated their facility for our monthly General Membership Meeting, and went above and beyond to provide us with a "Made to Order" top notch lunch! Although the bar was closed, our brothers and sisters were wound up with plenty of coffee and world famous Randy's Donuts prior to the meeting!

We were pleased to host several guest speakers from the region, including Supervisor Michael Antonovich's Chief of Staff Katherine Barger, and Santa Clarita City Council Members Dante Acosta and Laurene Weste. These strong supporters of Local 1014 all spoke about their respective offices and they were all key allies in the fight against the LA-RICS LTE cell tower health and safety issue for our membership. Assistant Chief Hisel held a question and answer session from the floor and will report all of the items discussed to Deputy Chief Tripp. We want to thank the 60+ members that showed up and had plenty of good questions for the Board, generating some great conversation, dispelled rumors, and provided direction to specific concerns. The Executive Board provided updates on the status of LA-RICS, current testing process, negotiations, LA Times articles, Auditor Controller investigation, Fire Chief, pension attack, budget, discipline, Board of Supervisors, and other operational issues affecting our members.

Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to bringing the membership more regional meetings in the near future.


The 1014 negotiations team continues to meet with the County to bargain over our wages, hours, and working conditions. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 20.

We have agreed to meet every Monday unless one side requests more time. Last week, the County asked for an extra week to review our initial proposals. At our next meeting, it is anticipated that we will dive more into our proposal and possibly get a counter proposal from the County. As a reminder we will continue to update our 2105 Contract negotiations update page at

While 1014 continues to negotiate a successor contract for our 601/602 bargaining units, the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) - where we negotiate for common fringe benefits like Choices, Horizons, and paid leave - had our first bargaining session on Wednesday, April 15. In this initial session, we agreed to Ground Rules and reviewed the Coalition's initial proposals submitted to the County. The County representatives asked certain questions and we agree to meet again on Wednesday. April 29.

The CCU includes the following labor organizations:

  • AFSCME Local 685
  • AFSCME Council 36
  • CAPE (County Engineers)
  • CIR/SEIU (Interns and Residents
  • IUOE Local 501 (Operating Engineers)
  • LA County Building & Construction Trades Council
  • LA County Firefighters, Local 1014
  • LA County Lifeguards (LACOLA)
  • UAPD/AFSCME (Physicians & Dentist)


As you all know the Auditor-Controller has conducted investigations of some of our members based on information delivered to a newspaper reportedly by a member of this Department. The Fire Chief ordered this investigation to be done. Members were interviewed individually with all their employee rights allowed by law under Firefighters Bill of Rights (FBOR). After a few rounds of interviews the Auditor Controller issued a report. Based on this report the Fire Chief has begun to issue discipline.

A report based on the next round of interviews will be issued in the near future. Based on that report, the Fire Chief may again issue some levels of discipline.

These investigations will potentially continue. 1014 has demanded that those people who oversaw or had any management responsibility for the exam process not be immune from the investigation.

Our members have asked for, and received, representation from 1014 before, during and after these interviews. The law is very clear when discipline is issued and we are making sure that those laws are upheld. Every member has rights and we are protecting those rights.

This process will be long and ongoing. Our members will need 1014 support to protect their careers. We disagree completely in the actions the Fire Chief has taken. This process is far from over.

We ask that you respect these members that are going through this process. Don't contact them, or their crews, and try and get information from them.


Three "has-been" anti-pension crusaders - termed-out San Jose Mayor

Chuck Reed; failed mayoral and congressional candidate/talk show host Carl DeMaio; and the head of the Ventura Taxpayer Association, Dave Grau, who lost an anti-pension initiative there - are planning to place a measure on the 2016 ballot to change the California Constitution and remove public employees from the protection of the contract clause.

This would effectively make it possible to take away future pension benefits for active employees firefighters!

To learn how to talk about pensions and get the facts, please visit a great website called Let's Talk Pensions run by Californians for Retirement Security, a coalition of more than 1.6 million Californians representing public employees and retirees. And be sure to follow Let's Talk Pensions on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Have a great week, and stay safe as we tackle high temps, wind, and fire weather again. It is no secret that we are in strained times with the Department leadership and there will likely be some very adverse and highly volatile issues and actions ahead of us. These times will test our resolve, strength, and commitment to what is right and what it takes to ensure that right is what is done. We will lead, and the membership will fight, and we will win. We have a long-standing history of being problem solvers and warriors to ensure OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OUR PROFESSION is in good stead on all levels. If that means stepping into the management end of things on how we run the Department, then so be it.

We thank you in advance for your resolve and commitment to not only handle our Union work on so many levels, but also to help this Department find level ground and move back toward being a world class Fire Department with Professional Fire Fighters and Fire Personnel - A FRANCHISE ORGANIZATION that stands the test of time through the pride and dedication of our personnel. We all do great work daily and it shows in our partnership with our citizens. Stay the course and do great work and get ready for more fight as we put this place back on track.

In solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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1014 weekend update

Passover, Good Friday & Easter

Brother and Sisters, as we begin Passover, finish Good Friday today, as well as look to Easter Sunday where many of our members will take time to remember great sacrafice followed by great hope, we should all take time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all we are blessed with as well as remeber our hard work to get here.

We are members of a GREAT Union and a profession unlike any other. We are also members of the greaest Fire Department in the world because of you, the membership of Local 1014. During these times of EXTREME leadership challenges in our organization, we can see some shining stars that are not on the front lines but are there to support us every day. We should all be thankful for them.

We will continue to shore up the Department to get through these difficult times and move forward to even greater accomplishments and recognition. As they say "We too shall over com.". As we continue to band together as firefighters, please remeber those we are here to protect: the citizens of Los Angeles County. We do that on such a high level everyday. At time it goes un-noticed or un-recognized, but we are thankful for what YOU do every day.

These are just a few items to update you on, and start your weeken of reflection with family and friends:


LOCAL 1014 has been in close contact with our brothers and sisters from Fresno Firefighters Local 573 and President Pete Flores regarding help for Captain Pete Dern who, as you all know, fell through the roof and was severely burned on a house fire in Fresno. President Gillotte and President Flores will remain in close contact and our Local will be assisting not only with help for the Dern Family but also to help their Local through these times with sudden obligations that hit a Union already engrossed in the same financial and political battles we all have.

We have experience and resources to assist our Fresno Firefighters and we are making all of that available. More will be forthcoming next week. In the meantime, we encourage our membership to go to the Fresno Local 573 Webpage and link to follow his progress and to send any help you may be able to offer to the account set up for his family. We will keep him and his wife and daughter in our thoughts and prayers each and every day as we travel this journey with them.

Remember this could have easily been one of us. If you havent seen the video watch it here. Just a reminder: It is tough to watch but it is a reminder of the challenges we face everyday on any "routine" room and contents fire.


Local 1014 Members should take a moment and be proud of our work to shine a light on the failed LA-RICS Project, Together, we brought to light the embedded lack of due regard to our members and to the public by the LA-RICS JPA Board and- shockingly - our very own Fire Chief and Staff. Those who drove and supported this failed project flagrantly disregard critical Health and Safety Issues, as well as property value and community value issues where Cell Antennas were being installed into our Fire Stations and in our communities.

Local 1014 scored major victories with a 5-0 vote of the County Board of Supervisors to Halt Construction at all Fire Stations in the County of Los Angeles and to reassess the effectiveness and path of travel of the LA-RICS scope of work to create an interoperable radio system.

Thank you to Supervisor Mike Antonovich for taking the lead on this and hearing our very credible arguments on this subject. Supervisor Antonovich bravely dove into the matter and gained the support of all Supervisors who also valiantly have pressed up on LA-RICS and all of the issues to shed light on what would have been a covert operation in the cover of darkness from us and our citizens.

The Fire Department’s role in this is shameful and hurts our credibility with the very citizens we are sworn to protect. We are working hard to not only repair but further collaborate with our citizens as we move forward with next steps.

We also followed this victory up with a collaborated effort to help LA City Firefighters join the battle to protect their members and citizens. President Gillotte and President Frank Lima of UFLAC 112, along with our partners from the LA Federation of Labor and all organized Trades under the leadership of Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rusty Hicks, successfully lobbied a 12-0 vote to similarly halt cell antenna construction at all LA City Fire Stations while LA-RICS mission is evaluated and set straight as well. This was a tremendous lift for our union and a great partnership once again with two very strong powerful local unions - Local 1014 and Local 112 - to accomplish that what many said could not be done.

Next steps will be ongoing to ensure credible and integrity-based actions from LA-RICS and or any movement to radio upgrades that will ultimately put us back on path to what we need for our mission.

Thank you to all of our membership for your continued support on this item. Let us finish strong and do what the Department should be doing on items like this.....TIME TO LEAD!


As we continue to endure the effects of lack of leadership at the top end of our Department and inaccurate portrayals of our membership in the media and at the hands of our very own Fire Chief, we will also continue to protect our membership and the credibility of our Department through proper representation of the facts and actions of our members.

We have recently seen our Department drug through the dirt on so many fronts, and while some issues exist that must be recognized and will be dealt with appropriately with due process and fair judgment, to make a bridge to cheating scandal and inappropriate mentoring and study sessions and nepotism and so forth is absolutely irresponsible by our Fire Chief and Staff. The facts are not supportive of this in any way, and in fact the only failure at this point is to recognize that the very staff and person in Human Relations and under the Fire Chief’s "Watch" inclusive of the Business Operations Bureau of our Department is in a state of disarray currently and historically.

We will be lucky to get through the current testing process with the oversight of Roxanne Ortega and the Human Relations Staff under the Oversight of the Business Operations Bureau and Fire Chief as evidenced by the release of ET-127 indicating, “Everything is A-OK” with the current testing process. Where is the Department getting their facts and information on how it is going???

We will be updating you with more information on this in the very near future as we deal directly with the County Board of Supervisors to ensure a light is shed on all aspects of the HR Staff work on this and past exam processes under scrutiny and investigation.

Along those lines, as our doors get knocks from our at risk youth and community members including explorers, mentored women candidates and family and other very interested persons - and we are told to close the doors and refuse any on duty time to help the community - please use Core Values and direct the folks to the Union Hall. We will assist them with finding resources to prepare for the exam and to work hard toward success in the process.

The Department is lacking completely in any form of preparation or resources for any of our citizens and has chosen simply to run and hide from this to appease outside interests instead of addressing Department Mission and Goals for recruiting the best and the brightest in a career that only affects the life and safety of those we serve. It is time to highlight the failures of the Department HR and Business Ops side of our organization who ultimately, under the Fire Chief's authority, owns this work outright....


We have now met for a second time and have scheduled meetings once a week (and agreed to more if needed). Our next meeting will be held during the week of April 6. This week we intended to get right to work and start serious discussions about our wages, hourss and working conditions.

As we have mentioned before we are also about to sit at the table for our Fringe contract with the CCU. We will be meeting the week of April 13 to begin those negotiations.

We again would like to request you complete the questionaire at this link to assist us with negotiations at both tables. Currently about 80 of our members have completed this survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey to assist us.

As a reminder, follow this link for the weekly update on negotiations.


We will be on the road for the April General Membership meeting. We will be holding the meeting at the location listed below. We will be discussing the following (and more):

Meet new Board Members David Baumann & Mike Jones
Katherine Barger - Supervisor Mike Antonovich's Office
2016 Pension fight
Cell Tower update
Santa Clarita officials to discuss Cell tower issue
Barb Maynard - Communication Consultant LA RICS Project
Negotiations update
Recent FFT exam
Fire Chief & other issues within the department
News Media
Chief Hisel for North Ops Q&A

1014 April 14th General Membership Meeting
Time:   1000
Location:   The Elks Lodge
17766 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA, 91351

Taco Tuesday on site

Info - contact:   Dave Baumann - RSVP (for food)

Your Local 1014 Executive Board would like to take a moment to remind our members to take time to prepare before you celebrate if you are going to drink or serve alcohol. Have a plan. Take caution in your decisions this weekend (as always).

As always, thank you for your continued support, enjoy the holiday, and most importantly stay safe. Remeber to hug your loved ones often!

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A lot happening right now!

We realize you have been inundated with informative e-mails lately; hopefully you are not overwhelmed. Your Executive Board is handling many issues right now and we want to make sure you are well informed.

The last two weeks have been exceptionally busy. We have received many communications regarding the video message that was transmitted to all members, the many disappointments regarding the first part of the new hire test process as well as EA-120. We continue to deal with the cell tower issue and the Auditor Controllers investigation that was brought on by a newspaper article that was generated by a member of our Fire Department.

We want to make sure every one of our members understands that your Executive Board is committed to protect every member's rights. Your Executive Board will be there everyday, as we have been since the beginning of this great Union, to represent you at every avenue. We will be there for health and safety issues, discipline representation, negotiations and anything else that has to do with wages, hours and working conditions.

As we have said many times in the past, it is our honor to represent you everyday.


Cell towers

As we reported Tuesday night, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to halt construction of cell towers at any County fire station where either the residents or the employees who live and work at that station have expressed health and safety concerns. Construction should have stopped, as per ET-119, immediately at your station. If you see any ongoing construction, please call Local 1014 immediately to file a report. The contractors may be on site to secure the construction site but again NO construction should happen.

With hundreds of millions of dollars in Federal funding - and a huge private contract - at stake, there is still a possibility that construction will be restarted. We will stay vigilant in our demand that no toxic towers be constructed at our fire stations. To accomplish our goal, we are continuing to educate contract cities and pressure the Board of Supervisors. We are also providing support to our brothers and sisters at LA Fire - represented by UFLAC - who also oppose the LA-RICS towers at their stations. We will be educating our allies in Washington, D.C., who had good intentions when providing funding for this project but were kept unaware of LA-RICS' sneaky attempt to circumvent environmental regulations by installing the towers at our fire stations.

We will keep you all apprised of ongoing developments.

Cell tower information can be found here or by logging into the 1014 website and follow the link on the left hand side under member resources titiled cell tower information.

Click on the links below to see some news coverage of the cell towers.

CBS Video reports
Report #1 Report #2 (Listen to Chief Osby's comments)

CBS Article:  
"The proximity of the towers and people living next to the towers is of grave concern," said David Gillotte, union president of Firefighters Local 1014. "It's a very complex issue how those radio issues affect people, all the way up to three miles away. There are health and safety issues that need to be discussed openly with the public."

"And the Los Angeles County Fire Department 100 percent supports LA-RICS".  Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.



We recently had our first meeting and will be having our second meeting the week of March 30th. We are scheduled to begin negotiations together with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) for Fringe Benefits (Choices, Horizons, Plan, etc.) on April 15.

As we have said we have high hopes for these negotiations and we will be at the table with creative ideas. We all know that we deserve a salary increase and we look forward to working with the County to meet our needs as well as theirs.

Contract negotiation updates can be found here or by logging into the 1014 website and follow the link on the left hand side under member resources titled contract negotiations update.

To help with upcoming negotiations (1014's and the CCU's) we would ask you to please follow this link and fill out a short survey. This is a secure site and your personal information will not be shared.



As we said earlier, we will make sure our member's rights are upheld. EA-120 affects some, but not all, members of 1014. If something affects ANY members of 1014, there is a process of Meet and Confer to issues like this, and that process has not happened. We will be addressing this with Chief Osby VERY soon.



You may have read this transmittal in regards to the testing process. We have heard numerous complaints about the entire process and the lack of integrity of the exam process. All we can ask is that you please continue to send any and all instances of missteps that happened to you and we will make sure those are passed on to the appropriate people. We are not interested in what you heard, because we too have heard some horrible stories, we need to continue with the facts of what happened. We have complied an ever-growing list at this point but are interested in hearing how our members, and people that they know were affected. Please continue to e-mail your experience’s to


Auditor Controller:

As we all know by now, there has been accusations of cheating on the Fire Fighter entrance exam, especially the oral portion, from past exams dating back to 2007. The Auditor Controller has interviewed less than 40 members of Local 1014. As we all heard recently the Fire Chief had made some serious threats in relation to the intended discipline of our members. Rest assured, we are prepared for whatever course of action he takes. At this time the Fire Chief has only told the new media what he plans to do in the near future. Rest assured we will be there for our members as we have been in the past and we will continue to do in the future.

Thank you for your continued support.

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County Supervisors unanimously halt construction of toxic cell towers

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors did the right thing by voting unanimously to halt construction of cell towers at any County fire station where either the residents or the employees who live and work at that station have expressed health and safety concerns.

Click here to read Supervisor Antonovich’s motion to halt construction. [links to motion below]

This victory - though not the final word - was made possible by the solidarity of Local 1014 members and the tireless work of the Local 1014 Board of Directors. Together, we have testified before City Councils across the county, put our signatures on petitions, called the Board of Supervisors, and walked pounded the pavement at the County’s Hall of Administration.

Thank you for all of your hard work and support over the past weeks as we have demanded a voice in our own health and safety at our fire stations and an end to sneaky back room deals. Together, we have won an important battle, but the war is not over. We will keep you all apprised of ongoing developments.

During the Board meeting we were doing live Tweets. If you would like to see what was sent go HERE or from Twitter search: #notoxictowers


Dave Gillotte, Active Duty Fire Captain
President, LA County Firefighters Local 1014

Final Amendment to Agenda Item 18

I therefore move that the Board of Supervisors direct the Interim Chief Executive Officers to:

  1. Send a five signature letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the County’s Congressional Delegation to request an extension of the BTOP grant and/or seek potential funding alternatives to the BTOP grant;
  2. Direct the County’s Washington D.C. advocates to work with the Administration and schedule meetings with members of Congress to address this important issue during the Board of Supervisor’s annual visit to Washington, D.C.;
  3. Delay approval of item 18 on today’s agenda, with the exception of sites unopposed by residents and/or employees, until a response regarding the grant deadline is received and halt construction at all Los Angeles County fire stations;

Provide a report to the board in 2 weeks on the issue of co-location of commercial carriers and include recommendations.
I, FURTHER, MOVE that the Board of Supervisors request the Joint Powers Authority to:

  1. Host regional community meetings, jointly with the Fire Chief and Sheriff, which include current and former member cities, impacted residents and employees to
  2. Modify the existing construction schedule to proceed with those construction sites which do not have opposition from residents or employees while holding outreach meetings in other areas; and,
  3. Provide this board with a report in 30 days on new and/or alternative revenue sources and models for back-up systems.
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As most of you know from the recent “All Call” to all stations, the Fire Chief sent out a "DEPARTMENT UPDATE" video message. In the video message, the Fire Chief levies some serious threats to the rank and file members of this Department. In the video, the Fire Chief mentions, "substantial discipline, including suspensions without pay and outright dismissals". The Fire Chief also stated that none of this will be tolerated "on my watch".

Shortly before the Fire Chief’s video message, the Department sent out EA-109 on March 17th, requesting volunteer Fire Captain Raters for the Firefighter Trainee Oral Interview Panel. In this EA, the voluntary raters are asked to affirm to 16 provisions of an attached Firefighter Trainee Security Agreement. These security provisions will be strictly adhered to, unyielding and unbending. In light of the recent “issues” at the Firefighter Trainee written exam (7 hours for a cumulative 51 minutes of test, disorganization, restroom issues, etc...) one can only imagine the issues we can expect scheduling and administering an oral interview exam for several thousand candidates. This executive staff has shown that when given over 3 years to prepare for a written entrance exam, it was unable to deliver the exam without several embarrassing issues. Keep this in mind when you are deciding whether or not to volunteer your services to the Department as a perspective rater for the upcoming oral interview portion of the Firefighter Trainee Exam. While Local 1014’s stance has always been to encourage all the membership to be active and participate in Department Committee’s and activities, it is Local 1014’s recommendation to not participate as a rater. If you do choose to proceed with participating as a rater, please proceed with extreme caution.

Local 1014 is actively in the process of representing several members who have been named in the recent investigations by the Auditor Controller’s office, at the request of this Fire Chief  Again, keep this in mind as you send in your request to be a rater in this upcoming exam. If you have sent in a request to participate in the oral exam process and now choose NOT to participate, please send an Email request to Patricia Bennett, Human Resources Division at

Something else to keep in the future, if you find yourself being investigated from this exam process, or anything else for that matter, notify Local 1014 IMMEDIATELY for representation.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board.

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Well by now everyone has had some time to soak in EA-90 attempting to address the “County of Los Angeles Auditor-Controller’s Report”, and now EA-111 with the embedded video message and subsequent press release from the Fire Chief. It would be an understatement to say that the membership is not only disappointed, but angry and frustrated regarding the message sent to the rank and file safety members who do such great work day in and day out. It is with disbelief that a member of the Executive Staff and the Chief Deputy of Business Operations during the time of this mess would declare boldly “Not on My Watch”.

It is further inconceivable that statements about levels of discipline up to and including discharge would be levied without the due process and full weighting and context of the facts. Taken direct to the media this can only be characterized as an attempt to protect those in charge of the very system that gives rise to the allegations. While we are all angry and dismayed at the actions of the Department and the Chief, the facts will be brought out, and we are calling for further investigation into the people in charge up to and including the Fire Chief and his staff. Representation of members continues in full force.

Use your energy and anger and focus with us on the here and now to fight to prevail on the Cell Antenna Fight. As you have seen, we have been engaged in the fight of our lives to eliminate the Health Hazard from Cell Antennas which are being installed in our Fire Stations. The Fire Chief and his Staff have been supportive of the building of these towers with little regard to the serving personnel of Local 1014 and all other County Fire workers and the Citizens we are sworn to protect.

We need you to join your Executive Board, Citizens from our communities, workers from all walks of Labor, and elected officials from our communities to send a message to the Board of Supervisors and in fact to the FIRE CHIEF to defeat these cell towers. This will be a defining moment for not only this item, but all items going forward in dealing with the Fire Chief and his actions.




Dont want to go?  See if you can stand by for someone who wold like to attend.

Please print and post and BE THERE!



Show of force at the Board of Supervisors meeting
WHAT:   Protest LA-RICS' move to place high-energy antennas on our stations
WHEN:   Tuesday, March 24; 0930
WHERE:   LA County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room,
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles
    Downloadable Hall of Admin parking/directions (parking up to $18.00)
ATTIRE:    Wear your Local 1014 t-shirt.
RALLY POINT:   Meet on the steps at Grand and Temple by 0930.

We need to help the citizens send a message to the BOS that this has to stop.

Still unsure what this is about? Click here to learn more. Included here is documentation to show what these towers have done to other firefighters as well as other documenation about the project.

Any questions contact Health & Safety Director Lew Currier at (310) 925-2588 or by email at

Thank you for supporting your 1014 Executive Board and getting involved.

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1014 Message on Cell Towers and how our members can help and get involved

Being exposed to the risk of cancer, infertility, headaches, sleep disorders, reduced memory function, and anxiety for the rest of your career - sound acceptable to you?

Our radio message running on KNX 1070 this week

Some email readers may not recognize this video player.  If you cannot see the video click here --> Brain Damage v4 from local1014 on Vimeo

These are the risks of new microwave radiation-producing cell towers that LA-RICS’ contractors are installing at our fire stations. (Click here for a list of stations where the towers are scheduled to be installed).

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! We need you at the Board of Supervisors meeting this Tuesday – because after that, it will be too late.

Show of solidarity at the Board of Supervisors meeting
WHAT:   Protest LA-RICS’ move to place high-energy antennas on our stations
WHEN:   Tuesday, March 24; 9:30 am
WHERE:   LA County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room,
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles
ATTIRE:    Wear your Local 1014 t-shirt or we will give you one.

Firefighters will get no better emergency communications from this project – you  get the impacts but none of the benefits. You'll be relying on your LMR for decades while you're being saturated with toxic radio frequency radiation from cell towers.

Click here to find out what we’re doing to STOP this health threat! You and your family don’t want to live with those consequences!

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What’s this all about?
LA-RICS is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to install hundreds of new microwave radiation-producing cell towers throughout the County, including at County-owned and leased fire stations and lifeguard facilities. LA-RICS and its contractors were required to perform an RF emission safety study for each site in advance of the planning and permitting process. This has not happened.

In fact, LA-RICS is jamming up towers WITHOUT:

  • Getting community input;
  • Informing people about health impacts on fire fighters and the families who live near the towers;
  • Securing approval of City Councils; or
  • Even following LA County’s own rules for new cell towers!

Installation of these toxic towers has already begun and we are demanding that construction stop immediately. The Board of Supervisors, is feeling the heat and has introduced a motion to lock in this threat forever.

Click here to read the CEO’s report on the LA-RICS project.
Click here to read the motion to lock in the LA-RICS project.

We’re not talking about driving down the freeway past a cell tower that looks like a fake tree. We’re talking about having antennas practically on top of our heads day in and day out, irradiating us with radiofrequency (RF) radiation every second we’re in the stations.

Let’s be clear. These antennas may not cook us from the inside out (although they do emit the same kind of radiation as a microwave oven), but research shows that exposure to RF radiation at relentless doses is very dangerous and possibly deadly.

Impaired immune function. DNA breakage. Skyrocketing stress hormones. The list of health threats is startlingly long. (You can read it here.)

What are we doing about it?
Local 1014 has been fighting back. So far, we have been successful at persuading city councils to pass resolutions opposing the plan (Rolling Hills, El Monte, Inglewood, and Lawndale). We have met with County Supervisors to personally express our opposition, and some are leaning in favor of firefighter health. We have organized turnout at community discussions. And we have exposed the fact that the County has passed off this project to another agency (LA-RICS) to completely dodge requirements to study the health effects of these towers on firefighters and paramedics - on US.

But this progress will have been completely wasted if we do not show up in force and make our voices heard this Tuesday.

Please forward this email to as many contacts as possible.

Any questions contact Health & Safety Director Lew Currier at (310) 925-2588 or by email at

Thank you for getting involved.

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Local 1014 Health Plan continues to monitor developments surrounding the ANTHEM CYBER ATTACK, including daily communications with Anthem.

Anthem has mounted a multi-prong response to the cyber attack to protect your personal information.  They have taken measures to secure all of its data warehouses and protect member’s information by offering identity and credit protection services.

As a precaution, you may want to consider enrolling in the FREE identity theft and credit monitoring services.  The free services provided by Anthem include two years of:

Identity Theft Repair Assistance: Should a member experience fraud, an investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore the member’s credit, and ensure the member’s identity is returned to its proper condition. This assistance will cover any fraud that has occurred since the cyber attack first began.

Credit Monitoring:  Credit monitoring alerts consumers when banks and creditors use their identity to open new credit accounts.  Credit monitoring services require a member to actively enroll because the member must provide their personal information and consent to have their credit monitored.

There are additional services being offered by Anthem. The attached document published by Anthem more fully describes these services.  Visit or call (877) 263-7995 for details.

Don't be Phished

Because of the cyber attack, Local 1014 members should beware of email campaigns designed to steal your personal information (known as “phishing”).  Phishing is designed to appear as if emails are from Anthem.  The emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem.

  • DO NOT click on any links in email.
  • DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
  • DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in email.
  • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC website:

Anthem will begin to mail letters to all impacted current and former members in the coming weeks. Those letters will provide information on free identity repair services and credit monitoring. However, members can access these services now — they do not have to wait until they receive notification from Anthem.  Visit their or call (877) 263-7995 for details.

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There are a great many things that we have worked with the Department on throughout the years and we recognize that.  Whenever we can we will collaborate and or negotiate to get good results and we are often seeking the same target for our profession.  However there are times when we will be adverse to the Department’s actions and be in disagreement with the Department and the Fire Chief’s actions and we will call them in to question. This is one of those times.

Recently the Chief sent out EA-90 attempting to address the “County of Los Angeles Auditor Controller’s Report” and the mess that has accompanied this item in the media.  These words not only came up woefully short, but were disrespectful to the situation and to the membership who work so hard to do more with less, and serve valiantly.  We are not some data point that is simply tracked as a “positive outcome”, we are in the business of fixing problems during times of extreme duress, chaos, and in fact in the business of saving lives; a career of character, not just a job.

The Membership of Local 1014, representing the Fire Fighters, Paramedics and Fire Personnel  along with the Chief Officers of the AOC and the many Union and Non-Represented workers, share a rich tradition and history of “Exemplary Service”.  We serve DESPITE anchors of mediocrity that occasionally challenge us from the minority.  It will not be a difficult time for us because we are resilient and strong and can push through the heaviest of times to get it done.  It will however, be difficult for the Fire Chief and upper staff if they continue to feed into the mess and effectively fail to deal with the issues in an honest and forthright way as leaders of this Department.

It is “TIME TO LEAD” - “ONE BADGE, ONE BEAR, ONE SHARE”.  We all own this job as single share owners and we have a right to expect that each share lifts its weight, from Recruit to Fire Chief.  The members of Local 1014 along with the rest of the LA County Fire Department workforce make it happen every day, all day.  It is time for the Fire Chief to rise up and take responsibility for that which is broken and that, which is not.  As well as provide a way to address it and defend our Department and those who work hard to make it all happen despite the failures of a few mainly in his staff.

While we can take stock in so many things that are going right, there are clearly so many items that are beginning to stack up that are going wrong.  I will not name them all here, but rather highlight two and call to the Fire Chief’s attention, the buck stops with him on these items.

The first is all of the items that have brought our great Department into the limelight of the press recently and Chief it is time to take responsibility and work with Labor to ensure a fair and equitable testing system for entry level and promotional tests similar to the CPAT administered through the CFF-JAC. I will be in contact with the Fire Chief on this subject and I expect he will support an entry level examination process and a promotional exam process that ensures a fair and unbiased exam process that seeks the best quality candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, familial relationships or any other criteria.  Support for a system where simply, “There shall be no unfair advantage to anyone, but no unfair disadvantage to anyone”.


The second item involves the Firefighters and other employees of this Department that the Fire Chief is putting in harm’s way and endangering their lives as well as the lives of the very citizens he is sworn to protect.  Are his words just words or will he back them up with actions?  The LA RICS project that he has been involved with and on the Board since its inception is bordering on complete failure.  The short story on this is he has backed 20 year old FCC Health and Safety Standards and questionable technology that will put the firefighters and personnel and communities we serve in an extreme health risk situation with regard to RF Emissions.  We will be providing him with additional Health and Safety information that the Local has had to obtain in order properly assess the RF Emissions that will hit our personnel and citizens to “Prove” to the Chief and the BOS, the Health and Safety Risks that should have been readily apparent from the initial information he had, or simply failed to review.  He has stated in the Department “Strategic Plan” that the number one goal is the “HEALTH AND SAFETY” of the membership.  Well, it is time for him to put his money where his mouth is and stand up for what is right and put a STOP to the illegal and very harmful construction of the Cell Antennas going into our Stations and our Communities.

We have the support of the Citizens, the Elected Officials, and the Firefighters he is sworn to serve and protect… we are calling for your support on this issue to protect not only firefighters and paramedics and the workforce, but the women and children we are sworn to serve.  Do not put money or politics before the safety of the human beings you have a responsibility to protect.  This will not go away, and as you know we are in the heat of battle on the issue and things are starting to crumble around you.  Take bold and decisive action now to put an end to the madness that even a 5th grader off the street could make a decision on to “JUST SAY NO!” 

This is just the beginning of the “TIME TO LEAD” series of communications as we move into a very trying time with regard to the future of our Department.  We stand committed to work with the Department when and where we can to reach common goals and objectives, but we also stand committed to call into question and to call into accountability his actions and the Department actions to protect our Department as well as our Members. “TIME TO LEAD”… “ONE BADGE – ONE BEAR – ONE SHARE”

I have directly communicated with the Fire Chief that we believe we are at a point of shattered confidence bordering on no confidence in the handling of these issues and there are more issues that feed into this and the next 3 to 6 months will be critical for us all in where we go and what our future holds, including his.  We will expect top performance from our leader…end of story.  

Dave Gillotte – President Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014


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If you receive a notice or communication from the Auditor-Controller’s Office (or anyone else for that matter) to submit to an interrogation or interview, either as a subject or witness, CALL THE UNION HALL and DEMAND YOUR RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION.

Pat Dolan will be the Director handling the coordination of representation on the interviews and he can be reached at or by cell at (951) 733-9871; or Andy Doyle at , cell (562) 307-7045 or if you can’t get a hold of either of them call the Union Hall at (310) 639-1014.

The Auditor-Controller has been badgering and trying to intimidate members into meeting without representation and at dates and times that our members cannot meet. All members have rights of representation and they are in place to ensure a fair process to interview folks to best ascertain facts and truth and not conduct a witch hunt or fact twisting exercise.

Your FBOR rights apply and don’t be intimidated by the Auditor Controllers Office. Call now to protect your rights. We will also be working with the AOC to ensure all chief officer FBOR rights are protected in this matter that clearly seeks to harm firefighters more than deal with any allegations of improprieties. We will be sending out a comprehensive information piece on all of the details regarding this matter shortly and we are very adverse to the findings and the Fire Chief’s response to the matter. We wanted to first get the message out to all members to stand up and protect your rights and please act to do so now. Any questions please call the Union.

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Don't forget the General Membership Meeting Tuesday February 10th at 10:00 am at your union hall.

What   1014 General Membership Meeting
When   Tuesday February 10th, 10:00 am

3460 Fletcher Ave.
El Monte, CA. 91731
(310) 639-1014
Yahoo maps directions


Please come join us at 10 am at the Alfred K. Whitehead Labor Center, our Union Hall this upcoming Tuesday to plug in and get updated on a number of important issues and items we are dealing with at the Local that affect our job. The Executive Board has been engaged in numerous battles and issues right from day one, and there will be no slowing from the looks of it. If we only had more hours in the day, and more days in the month! We are still setting our feet with duties and responsibilities and goals and priorities save and except the painfully obvious like contract negotiations and the cell phone antenna fight and more to come on that in the next couple of weeks as we finalize those items. You can expect assigned Executive Board Members for your Geographic Regions and Category Specific work also. We are moving back to revitalizing the Newsletter and Regional Union Meetings with Board Members assigned to handle logistics of those meetings to bring the meetings to you again at least 3-4 times a year. These regional meetings proved to be extremely helpful to all in connecting the Union hall to the stations by regions. So, get on down to the Alfred K. Whitehead Labor Center, Our Union Hall at 10 am Tuesday and have a little coffee and donuts and get the week started right by getting informed and be a part of the discussion affecting our job. Here a few items to be discussed and a quick update on them to start:


All public safety contracts have expired and we are now on a month to month extension of existing terms and conditions until such time as we negotiate a successor agreement. We have been meeting with the Public Safety Unions and also with the County to move to set the table so we can begin formal negotiations. Following the BOS Elections and a CEO Changing of the Guard, things have been a little slower to get into gear, but movement to meet is beginning to heat up and set. Stay tuned to the website and web-blasts for more information as we move forward. Sign up to receive our Email broadcasts at and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We have added a page to our member resources section on our web site to keep you updated and give you more information. We will update every Friday with any information. Log in and Click here.


Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been in intense meetings this week with the CEO, Board of Supervisors and LA RICS regarding the cell towers being constructed at our fire stations. We have been in opposition to the cell towers on our work sites since we found out they were coming in August of 2014. Our major concerns are the health and safety of our members, future collocation of commercial cell antennas on the towers, the methods of modeling used to determine Radio Frequency Radiation (RF) exposure and the benchmarks that are being used to determine exposure safety levels.

Upon further investigation of the project Local 1014 discovered that LA RICS has been moving forward with reckless abandon. They have not been taking the proper steps to allow for the health and safety of our members. There are also numerous contract violations occurring because of the rate in which they are being allowed to proceed with the project. One major violation was the fact that they had not completed an RF Emissions report for each site prior to construction beginning. They only had one sample RF Emissions safety report and were using it to suffice for all stations.   

Local 1014 have requested that all construction at our fire department sites cease until all the stipulations in the contracts between LA RICS/LA County and Motorola/LA RICS are met and we have an RF Compliance modeling system that we trust to be accurate with RF exposure level bench marks agreed upon.  Be advised they may not stop construction as we have seen, and don’t interfere with them, but rather keep us informed on the work progress so we can accurately know what is actually occurring vs. the schedule.

We are still in meetings on this issue and hope to reach a favorable outcome with the County. We will be notifying you with our results here soon. Please pay attention to our web site, your personal e-mail and the bulletins to the stations from Local 1014. The time for us to take it to the streets and educate the citizens on this issue is rapidly approaching and we will need your help!

We have added a page to our member resources section on our web site to keep you updated and give you more information. Log in and Click here

Together we will protect our health and safety!


Over the course of three days, February 3, 4, and 5th, Local 1014 and the EMS section conducted a series of classes titled "Paramedic Preceptor Training". This training came to fruition through many hours of meetings between the EMS Section, Local 1014, and many of our own members who are currently detailed to a 40 hour work week in the EMS Section.

The course was designed to train our Paramedic Preceptors and their new trainee’s in "stages". While this is not a necessarily new concept, it was morphed into what it is today by L.A. County Fire personnel using the skillset they were taught and combining that with new training methods. During the last three days, more than 90 L.A. County Fire Paramedics received the training.

The thought behind the training was to give the field preceptors the tools they need to make the trainees experience as successful as possible. The "stages" model defines the goals that the trainee needs to meet in order to proceed further. It also allows for the preceptors to get the EMS Section involved earlier if the trainee is failing to meet his or her goals. This program, hopefully, will provide more consistency as it relates to the Preceptor/Trainee roles.

Local 1014 is very proud to have hosted the classes, and looks to host more training events in the future.


Local 1014 CPAT day 2014

As you may know we try to work with our management whenever possible. Most times we have a great working relationship with management, at times we do not agree on some things that may seem simple, but the end result is we work together every day to try and make things better for our membership and our department.

Back on December 13th, 2014, 1014 promoted and sponsored a 1014 CPAT day. Over 140 of our members, their children, FSA's and explorers had the opportunity to take the CPAT exam prior to the announcement of the LA County Fire Department Fire Fighter Trainee exam. During the "1014 CPAT day" Chief Osby, Chief Lawrence and members of the LAC HR Department came to the event and watched, learned and even participated in the event to get a good understanding of how the process works and what exciting things are on the horizon as an option for future testing.

All of this through the CPF and the FCTC, our state organization under the IAFF.

1014 CPAT video


Many of you are aware of the cyber attack that has breached Anthem's computer systems. It has been widely publicized in newspapers, TV and radio news programs and web news venues. Some of you may have received an Email from Anthem describing the cyber attack and what personal information may have been compromised.

Although the Local 1014 Health Plan processes LA County Fire Fighter claims, we contract with Anthem Blue Cross for the Prudent Buyer Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). As such, much of our claim data is shared with Anthem.

Local 1014 Health Plan is in contact with Anthem to determine what impact the cyber attack has had on our members. Anthem indicates that personal information such as names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, Email addresses and employment information, including income data may have been compromised. At this time Anthem says there is no evidence that credit card or medical information (such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes) were compromised.

In addition, Local 1014 does not provide some of this information to Anthem.... specifically credit card and income and employment data.

Anthem will individually notify any Local 1014 member whose information has been accessed. They will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge to those who have been affected.

Anthem has created a dedicated website - - where members can view FAQ's. As they learn more, the website will be updated.

Anthem has also established a dedicated toll-free number that you can call with questions related to the cyber attack. That number is: (877) 263-7995.

You may also contact Local 1014’s Member Services at: (800) 660-1014 or (310) 639-1014.

As we learn more we will update this message.

Thank you,

The Board of Trustees
The Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health and Welfare Plan

February 5, 2015

We hope to see you on Thursday


Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Over the course of 3 days, February 3, 4, and 5th, Local 1014 and the EMS section conducted a series of classes titled "Paramedic Preceptor Training". This training came to fruition through many hours of meetings between the EMS Section, Local 1014, and many of our own members who are currently detailed to a 40 hour work week in the EMS Section.

The course was designed to train our Paramedic Preceptors and their new trainee’s in "stages". While this is not a necessarily new concept, it was morphed into what it is today by L.A. County Fire personnel using the skillset they were taught and combining that with new training methods. During the last three days, more than 90 L.A. County Fire Paramedics received the training.

The thought behind the training was to give the field preceptors the tools they need to make the trainees experience as successful as possible. The "stages" model defines the goals that the trainee needs to meet in order to proceed further. It also allows for the preceptors to get the EMS Section involved earlier if the trainee is failing to meet his or her goals. This program, hopefully, will provide more consistency as it relates to the Preceptor/Trainee roles.

Local 1014 is very proud to have hosted the classes, and looks to host more training events in the future.

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Local 1014 CPAT day 2014

As you may know we try to work with our management whenever possible. Most times we have a great working relationship with management, at times we do not agree on some things that may seem simple, but the end result is we work together every day to try and make things better for our membership and our department.

Back on December 13th, 2014, 1014 promoted and sponsored a 1014 CPAT day. Over 140 of our members, their children, FSA's and explorers had the opportunity to take the CPAT exam prior to the announcement of the LA County Fire Department Fire Fighter Trainee exam. During the "1014 CPAT day" Chief Osby, Chief Lawrence and members of the LAC HR Department came to the event and watched, learned and even participated in the event to get a good understanding of how the process works and what exciting things are on the horizon as an option for future testing.

All of this through the CPF and the FCTC, our state organization under the IAFF.

To all those that are preparing for the Firefighter Trainee Exam, good luck.

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Sunday is the day.  The entire professional football season comes down to this one game.  This year in Super Bowl XLIX (49) two teams who are no strangers to the Super Bowl will face off for the right to be crowned World Champions.  The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will begin their battle at 1530. Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 "Brothers and Sisters" will be getting ready to BBQ, Tailgate, and cheer for their favorite teams in the sporting war of wars.  The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.  The history of the game brings back great memories for most.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board would like to take a moment to remind our members to take time to prepare before you celebrate if you are going to drink or serve alcohol.  Have a plan.  Take caution in your decisions this weekend.

Have a great weekend and be safe and enjoy a great American Tradition as the Seahawks and Patriots battle to see who will be the World Champions.

Enjoy the game, Katy Perry, the Halftime Show, the camaraderie, the commercials or whatever it is you like about the game but please remember to be responsible.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

Dave Gillotte
Dave Lopez
John Smolin
Dave Morse
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Mike Jones
Pat Dolan
Lew Currier
Steve Dewitt
Andy Doyle
Dave Bauman

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Here’s a direct link to the petition, sign it NOW!:
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January 29, 2015


Brothers, Sisters and your families:

I write to you with our first piece of very heavy and real life safety business affecting our membership.  Your Executive Board has been meeting and putting together a very effective plan of action regarding not only structure of the Union, but goals, objectives and priorities for the year and the term. 

I am very encouraged by the passion and desire to get a renewed “Team of Ten” approach going again and also a set of priorities including of course negotiating a new contract which will take every bit of our collective energy to accomplish. I will be putting out details on our Organizational Structure and Duties and Assignments with such goals and objectives with plans, but before us right now is our first major challenge of significant weight. 

As you are aware, the County and LA RICS are attempting to permanently build cell phone and radio tower antennas at our stations and they tell us it’s safe and all good.  We are engaged in a fight with very powerful and strong interests in a David vs. Goliath way to fight off the heavy weight interests that seek to put money over our health.  We have all of the information on the risks and the issues involving this threat which is in motion.  We need our entire membership to unite and commit to help fight and to stop the towers.  This is similar to Commerce in the day… Local 1014 United to defeat a threat that everyone said was an unwinnable fight, and we won.  We can win this also, but it will require that same alliance of all members, our families and partners who will stand with us. 

Do your part and please log on to our petition site and click to support the effort as we seek resolution with the County of Los Angeles.  I have asked the Fire Chief to do the same and our families can stand with us and help also.  Forward this message to all of your networks and help send our message to the officials with authority to work with us to find solutions to protect our radio systems without endangering our health.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board,

Dave Gillotte, President
Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014

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Dear Chief Osby and Members of Local 1014 and All County Employees,

This is an open letter to you to call to your attention a serious health and safety issue affecting our members, citizens and the other Fire Department County Employees who will be affected by the decision of the Department and the County to construct cell phone and radio antennas at more than 80 Los Angeles County Fire stations.

We have conveyed to you the very serious health and safety concerns regarding the prolonged exposure to RF Emissions associated with these antennas.   All the while the Department, LA RICS and their Contracting Partner continue to downplay and refer to antiquated and non-health related exposure limits set by the FCC, not one health organization with any level of expertise.

We have also conveyed to you, the CEO and the BOS, the fact that only ONE RF Exposure Study has been done at ONE fire station.  This is a direct, blatent violation of the contract which expressly mandates testing and modeling at each site PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION, and yet the Department continues to authorize construction to continue. The testing is only for today’s technology and does not take into account the future growth of technology and the increases in exposure in any manner and is at best a smoke and mirrors approach to protecting our members safety.

You have clearly indicated your number one priority is the Health and Safety of the employees and adopted this in your strategic plan for the Department. You have done some tremendously great work in areas of training and safety gear and other such areas where we have worked together for improved working conditions and while we have much left to do, we call on you openly to ADOPT A STOP CONSTRUCTION POSITION on the cell sites and work with us to find alternative radio service delivery plans to complete the interoperability LA RICS Radio Project. We have discussed many options and while we will continue to dialog with you, the CEO and the BOS to find those solutions we are on record to oppose all of the cell antenna installations even based on the FCC limits and failure for the modeling to predict technology growth.

We openly call on you, our members, our families and the citizens we serve to take a stand with us in solidarity and with true concern for worker safety. Convicted support and put safety of the Fire Fighters, Lifeguards, County Fire Workers and the Citizens in the communities we serve and OPPOSE THE CELL ANTENNA CONSTRUCTION AT OUR STATIONS. PLEASE SIGN ON TO OUR PETITION AT THE LINK LISTED BELOW AND TAKE A STAND TO PROTECT YOUR FIREFIGHTERS AND EMPLOYEES.

I have signed it and stand committed….. please join me now.

Dave Gillotte, President

LA County Firefighters Local 1014

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Safety Stand Down for Cancer and PTSD
Live Webcast ~ Wednesday, January 28

What: Live Webcast
Date: Wednesday, January 28
Time: Begins at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET
Web Link:

The IAFF will be presenting two live webcasts on two of the biggest issues in the fire service today - the increased risk for occupational cancers and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Streamed live on Wednesday, January 28 from the upcoming Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Anaheim, California, the webcast is FREE for all IAFF members.

The IAFF is urging affiliates and members to hold a safety stand down as these important issues are addressed.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Fire Service 8:00-10:00 a.m. (PT) / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (ET)
Emergency responders are more susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the nature of the profession coupled with the personal demands and challenges we all face. IAFF members respond to any number of traumatic incidents on a daily, ongoing basis. If not treated properly, the anxiety can build over time and can lead to PTSD. But all too often the effects can easily be overlooked as “a part of the job.” Presenters will discuss causes and signs/symptoms of PTSD and best practices for addressing it within your local.


  • Suzy Gulliver, Director, Warriors Research Institute and Professor Texas A&M
  • Frank Leto, Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854
  • Joe Schulle, President, Philadelphia Local 22
  • Kenneth Stuart, President, Seattle Local 27
  • Patrick Morrison, IAFF Health and Safety (moderator)

Cancer Awareness 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (PT) / 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET)
In 2014, 56 percent of line-of-duty deaths among IAFF members were from occupational cancer. Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to help prevent exposure to dangerous carcinogens is more important than ever. This workshop helps provide the tools necessary to affect personal commitment, organizational accountability and exposure tracking methods to minimize or eliminate the contraction of occupational related cancers.


  • Larry Petrick, IAFF Health and Safety
  • Dr. Virginia Weaver, Johns Hopkins University
  • Amy Howard, California Professional Firefighters
  • Jim Brinkley, IAFF Health and Safety (moderator)

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Dear members,

As you undoubtedly know, Motorola – a contractor for the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) – is in the process of installing cell towers at 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities. The County has failed to meet and confer on this issue, a violation of our contract, and we have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge on this matter. Further, the contractor is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. They have not conducted these studies and are in violation of their own contract with LA-RICS and in violation of County policies.

Cell tower Radio Frequency radiation has been reported to cause debilitating symptoms including excessive fatigue, headaches, weakness, memory impairment, tinnitus, dizziness, irritability, sleep disturbances, vertigo and balance problems. (Carpenter, 2014). Local 1014 leadership will not stand by while toxic cell towers are installed at fire facilities – and neither should you.

Please take a minute to sign our petition today to demand that the County direct LA-RICS to immediately halt installation of cell towers at all LA County fire and lifeguard facilities! After you have signed the petition, please share the petition with any and everyone you know: co-workers, family, and friends.

Here’s a link to the petition:

About LA-RICS & this project

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is a Joint Powers Authority created to establish an integrated wireless voice and data communications system to serve law enforcement, fire service, and health service professionals County-wide. LA-RICS has 86 members, including the County of Los Angeles, 82 cities, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles and Inglewood school districts. The County of Los Angeles provided start up funding of $10 million and acts as the administrative agency.

LA-RICS plans to install cell towers at 231 sites, including approximately 86 County fire and lifeguard facilities, comprising stations, training facilities, and camps. The contractor, in coordination with LA-RICS’ third party environmental services consultant, is required to perform site-specific RF emission safety studies in advance of the planning and permitting process. Additionally, LA-RICS and its vendors must comply with the required Conditional Use Permit processes and LA County Planning Department policies.

Any questions please contact 1014 Director Lew Currier at (310) 925-2588 or the hall directly (310) 639-1014.

Thank you for your continued support.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board


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Service information for our LACOLA LG Brother Brian Kutil

LA County Lifeguards Association (LACOLA) Ocean Lifeguard Specialist (OLS) Brian Kutil, Central Section, Lifeguard (LG) Division, Central OPS, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Brother Kutil gave over 20 years of dedicated service to our Department. Brother Kutil was a valued member of the LA County Fire Department and will be missed but never forgotten.

A flag ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Los Angeles County Beaches and
Harbors Administrative Headquarters
13837 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Parking fees will be waived at Fisherman’s Village.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Dockweiler State Beach
12505 Vista Del Mar
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Parking will be available at Dockweiler State Beach Youth Center, adjacent to the memorial service.

Cards, flowers and letters are welcome and may be sent to:
The Kutil Family
844 Lomita Street
El Segundo, CA 90245-2541

Please keep Brother Kutil and his family as well as our LG family in your thoughts and prayers during their difficult times.

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MLK Day 2015

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 would like to take a moment to remember the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Local 1014 is one of the major sponsors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Los Angeles. We, along with our Labor Partners in the LA Federation of Labor and a host of top elected officials including our very good friend Mark Ridley Thomas will take time to reflect on not only a civil rights leader but also a Labor Leader who helped with so many Labor issues for workers including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) of which firefighters are familiar with every two weeks! Many Labor victories that affect us today were fought for long ago with great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Have a great finish on the holiday weekend and remember the man we honor and his work.

Local 1014 Executive Board

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We need to constantly reflect on the privilege of being blessed to live in

MLK Quote of the Week: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence"......

Channel 7 news coverage

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of participants lined the streets of South Los Angeles to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was the nation's largest celebration honoring the late civil rights leader on his birthday. The theme of this year's parade was "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round."

Marching bands, drill teams, dance groups and equestrian units took part in the nation's oldest King Day celebration.

The festivities celebrating the slain civil rights leader kicked off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue.

From there, it rolled west along King Boulevard before heading south onto Crenshaw Boulevard. It then marched down Crenshaw to Vernon Avenue, where the parade ended with a gospel festival in Leimert Park. The event also featured food booths and fun things to do for the entire family.

ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Michelle Tuzee hosted the parade coverage, with Q McCray and Danny Romero along the route talking to excited spectators.

Eyewitness News anchors Marc Brown, Ellen Leyva, Phillip Palmer and Alysha Del Valle also rode in the parade.

This year's parade marked the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.

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1014 Bulliten


 LOCAL 1014 MEMBERS: Please be advised that this month membership dues will be adjusted to $50.16 semi-monthly. These dues are calculated as 11/3% of top step Fire Fighter pay ($7,375.87), plus a $2.00 legislative fee.

The change follows our recent 2.0% COLA raise and will be reflected on your January 30th paycheck.  As always, we thank you for your hard work and dedication in making Local 1014 a stronger Union




Deductions Made:

January - August 2014   $772.16
September - December 2014   $393.68


Retired Member’s deductions for medical coverage are calculated on an individual basis and appear on your retirement check.

Dues for Retired Members are $1.00 per month ($.25 per month for those without insurance) and appear on your retirement check.

Any questions please contact the hall (310) 639-1014 or

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Happy New Year 2015



While our membership finishes out the last day of 2014, some with friends and family, and some with brothers and sisters at the shop and on the job serving our citizens today, we clearly all will be reflecting on 2014 and preparing for 2015.

We have many things to be thankful for in our lives and certainly as “Los Angeles County Fire Fighters” (Whole 1014 Family!) we have more than most in the Fire Service to be thankful for in our wages, benefits, and working conditions.  We wouldn’t want to work anywhere else, and clearly many others pray to be able to work here. We should be proud of our job and our Union and the people that make it happen each and every day.

Please also take a moment to remember all those who we lost in 2014 on our job, and also to “Never Forget” all of those we lost historically.  Their families will go on, and so too does life, and we can be a part of that forward motion while keeping them all in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

As 2014 comes to a close it is windy but cold. We are seeing snow in places it barley ever rains and in others the wind is howling like usual. Fortunately we have had some rain lately to help keep from having fire weather and recalls.

As we all know this year we went through some difficult issues that at times divided stations, shifts, Battalions and long time friends. Let's commit to repairing any issues that may be lingering from those and lets move on. We have many things to look forward to in 2015 the least of which begins soon with contract negotiations.

New Year’s Resolutions for us all:  To start our list of Resolutions for 2015, let us all seek to incorporate the word and the mantra of “RESPECT” back into our daily grind.

RESPECT each other and treat each other like brothers and sisters, RESPECT the Job and the Traditions that go along with it long before us and long after, RESPECT those we serve each day and treat them as if they were our very own family, RESPECT the Union Work and the MOU and Rules and Regulations we have fought so hard to put in place with great reason and purpose, RESPECT Professional Standards of Service for Our Trade and Occupation through how we look, act, and train and serve because folks, that is what we make:

“TRADITIONS OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE”…..Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local #1014…

In closing we wish all of you a very Happy New Year and remember as with most holidays that may involve consuming of alcohol, CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY!  If you are going to have a little liquid cheer, GET A ROOM, GET A CAB, GET A DRIVER!  Also DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE!; the next killer we will begin to tackle.  Make good decisions, this is not just about fines and penalties…it is about your job, your families and other lives that could be affected with one bad night out.  Don’t do it.  Make a plan in advance.

Give those things a little thought, and when we come back in 2015, let’s get to it once again stronger than ever, more challenged than ever to be better, progress more and set more “Traditions of Service Excellence” in every way we can…


In Solidarity,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Christmas 2013

2014 comes to an end very soon, and as we head into Christmas Day we will all likely take time to remember to slow down a bit and enjoy friends and family and traditions steeped in time and history. In all honesty, we should take time all year to remember why we work so hard and care so much for our way of lives, our friends and families and our spirituality and humanity, but we know Christmas time and the end of the year holidays tend to get us to our homes, our churches, our neighborhoods and our children at a time when we really all shut down and stop and smell the roses and give thanks.

Your Executive Board of Local 1014 will also take time between now and the start of the new year to breath a bit and enjoy our families and friends also. As we all take time to reflect and remember the past year and the events that will define 2014 for us all personally, remember to take pride in your accomplishments at work and in your support and participation through Local 1014 to protect and advance and secure our very wonderful profession as Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, Paramedics and Fire, Forestry, Health Haz-Mat and Dispatch Personnel. Both sworn and non-sworn Local 1014 Members have worked tirelessly to produce results that are undeniably the envy of most every other department around us and throughout the state, both large and small.

Take a moment everyday to be thankful for what we have and remeber those we have lost, WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

Each of us should remember why we work so hard to keep our professional job standards so protected and high on comparison…so we can be safe at work and earn a good living to go home and enjoy our families. Take time to get to your home and spend a little time with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and your friends and families this Christmas. We know there will be more economic and political and legislative challenge in 2015, and we’ll be ready once again, but for this short time let’s breath shall we? We have all earned it and let us not forget life is short and our challenges to stay healthy are more than most given our chosen profession.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and may you have a blessed Holiday Season with your family and friends and brothers and sisters at work. Be safe at work in all that you do, and please remember to be safe off duty as you celebrate and if you are going to drink at all, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE. GET A DRIVER, GET A ROOM, GET A CAB…PUT THE PHONE DOWN….. MAKE A PLAN! It is not just about fines and penalties, but about protecting lives as we know all too well. Set the example for your children and each other and lead…DON’T DO IT, MAKE A WISE DECISSION.

Thank you for all you do and we will be well rested and ready for the challenges that 2015 holds for us all.

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1014 – “Tradition of Excellence”

Dave Gillotte
Dave Lopez
John Smolin
Dave Morse
1st VP
2nd VP
Will Pryor
Pat Dolan
Steve Dewitt
Lew Currier
Andy Doyle
Al McConnell
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Thanksgiving is here and as we take time to celebrate and give thanks for all that we have, and as we prepare for the Holiday Season we would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our members who work so hard and are committed to the work we do. Day in and day out, our membership lays it on the line literally and figuratively with pride filled, professional dedication to our craft and our service to the public. We work for one of the greatest Fire Departments in the Nation, and we are represented by one of the Strongest Fire Unions in the Nation, Local 1014.

Thanksgiving is a day we now know as a Recognized Holiday to not only give thanks, but also to kick off the Holiday Season and spend time with our families and friends and eat too much and celebrate all that is good. Thanksgiving has its origins in an annual Good Harvest Thanks and was a hard fought for recognized holiday in our history. The original meal of 1621 at Plymouth Rock was not formally set into America’s History until hundreds of years later. After much debate and political influence by Presidents Washington and Lincoln and 40 years of letters from author Sarah Josepha Hale to politicians, and with the help of stores and commerce interests who wanted to kick off spending for the season entering into Christmas, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on December 26, 1941, signed a joint resolution of Congress to set the Thanksgiving Holiday to be the fourth Thursday in November. This is now a vital part of our economy as well as a day to give thanks for hard work and the fruitful harvest of our efforts. This strangely sounds a lot like a Union Operation!

As we give thanks, and celebrate the holidays we also finish with the “Hard Work” of another year of membership effort and Local 1014 Elections. We have much to be thankful for in all that we have accomplished and much to prepare for to enjoy continued success into next year. Elections are over and the new Local 1014 Executive Board is set and will begin immediately preparing for the hard work ahead with negotiations up as the first issue for us to deal with.

Solidarity and Unity of Voice is paramount to our strength to get it done. We rose up and spoke loudly on so many items and the membership weighed in heavily in vote. Let us combine the freedom of minority opinion and majority voice to powerfully attack not just any one issue, but all of the issues that we will face heading into the New Year. We are stronger than ever and well positioned to accomplish much and navigate the challenges that lie ahead to keep our profession strong and our members well represented.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Feast and give thanks and prayer for all we are fortunate to have and remember the hard work it took to get it done, and as always we ask that you do so responsibly. Choose not to drink this holiday or limit your drinks, but if you are going to drink alcohol, remember GET A DRIVER, GET A CAB or GET A ROOMDO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!


Dave Gillotte


Dave Lopez John Smolin Dave Morse
1st Vice President Treasurer 2nd Vice President
Will Pryor Pat Dolan Lew Currier
Steve DeWitt Andy Doyle Alan McConnell
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The following Local 1014 members were elected on November 25, 2014 to the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Executive Board:

. David Gillotte . 1,211 74.7%
  Greg Lombardo   410 25.2%
1ST Vice President:
  Dave Lopez   1,021 63.6%
  Greg Cleveland   584 36.3%
2nd Vice President: 
  Dave Morse   1,458  100%
  John Smolin   1,438  100%
Directors: (For 6 Positions)
  Andy Doyle   1,226 13.8%
  Pat Dolan   1,224 13.8%
  Lew Currier   1,201 13.5%
  Steve DeWitt   1,003 11.3%
  Michael Jones   696 7.8%
  David Baumann   644  7.2%

  Sara Rathbun    615 6.9%
  Michael Cash   599 6.7%
  Jason Cervantes   579 6.5%
  Domonic Finks   491 5.5%
  Michael McCormick   378 4.2%
  David McConnell    209 2.3%

On behalf of the membership, thank you to the Elections Committee Chairman John Price II and the Elections Committee Members: Corey Magdalik, Tony Buzzerio, Matt Briones, Ed Lazar, Michael Kusaba and Darus Ane for their hard work and due diligence and they are dismissed from service.

Local 1014 Elections were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of IAFF Local1014 by California Elections Company.

Local 1014 is one of the strongest most influential and sound Labor Unions in the Nation and the State.  Now 3200 members strong, we must unite and get back to work with a new BOS and Contract Negotiations first up.  Thank you to all and let us move forward 1014 Strong!

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A few things to update you on:

1014 CPAT Test Day

As you have been following the impact of the LA Times article on testing, recruitment and Members with same last names on the job. Local 1014 has been included on a task force of Labor, Management and County Officials to accomplish a few things related to recruitment, testing and integrity of all systems.  We are to meet and work on the issues and report back to the BOS on our progress, and as part of that we are moving forward in a monitored way to administer the current written exam that is ready to go.  This is important because we are nearing 200 vacancies and the written is the second component of the FSA "Bridge" combined with the A/P for banding.  The hiring from the general list and the FSA Bridge list has been stalled due to the test not being ready to administer.

The future will hold any number of options to include the possibility of moving all entry level testing components to the CFFJAC where we currently administer the CPAT.  This may be a great option to have a well vetted, legally sound test process which is EEOC compliant and the liability is with CFFJAC on the procedure.  It has audits and independent evaluations in place for fairness to all for preparation and testing yet does not also disadvantage anyone inclusive of family members of those serving, a key component.  The CFFJAC also has a robust Local 1014 and Department sponsored women in the Fire Service Recruitment process with a strong mentoring program that also naturally fits into the system.  As a matter of fact the Women's Initiative is open to all candidates and nets about half men and women in the form of career days and recruitment laddered into mentoring.

We will be administering a CPAT Family Day in the first week or two of December (Date soon to be announced) and we have nearly 100 FSA's, Explorers, and relatives of Members in Good Standing who will test, and we will also use this day to expose the BOS, the County and County Fire to the CFFJAC Program of CPAT and the proposed written test relationship with CFFJAC. Thank you to all who signed up and we look forward to a great test day and presentation day for the Strike Team Members on the issues we must deal with in our entry-level testing.

USAR 103 and USAR 130 Paramedic Assessment Engines to Go in Place January 1

As a result of the crews on USAR 103 and USAR 130 coming to the Union and presenting an idea to change the task forces to include a Paramedic Assessment Engine will not only serve the public day to day, but also provide a Paramedic embedded on the USAR team. This will be in place in the IDLH environment to treat not only the potential victims, but also any responders that may need help at an ALS level if needed.  This made sense and could be funded.  We brought the idea directly to the Fire Chief and have worked with personnel from the USAR TF's and Department to reach an agreement on implementation of the transition to PM Assessment for these two task forces.  The date will be January 1, 2015 for in service.  Related to this we have ongoing talks on adding E233 to A/V, and some temporary relief with extra staffing / equipment to the Fighting 171 in Inglewood.  This is until we can navigate the SAFER Act Grant and Funding maze to get Inglewood back to health to restore services.  We will keep you posted and anticipate some changes in the very near future and at the conclusion of negotiations on this issue.


We are in for a real battle on this issue along with other Unions in LA County who are included in the LA RICS Radio Interoperability Project.  As you recall this is a big County, Multi-Agency Consortium of Fire in Law Enforcement, Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City and participating cities to construct a radio system in place for interoperability capabilities.  Along the way the use of cellular platform for back up communications was brought into the proposal and then Federal Grant Monies were introduced to pay for such addition and now the side project has become the high pressure get it done project by default.  

The LA RICS group, under the CEO and ultimately the BOS is moving forward with full authority to order the Department Heads of all Public Safety Participants to start construction on the facilities where they have determined to place radio and cell antennas.  These locations are at our stations and sites.  We have a strong disagreement with the placement of these cell/ radio antenna and infrastructure sites.  This is based on the impact to the working conditions of the membership and health risks that we believe are present for our members in exposure to radio waves from the sites.  This subject is not cut and dry, nor agreed upon in the scientific community and this will be a hard battle to win, but we believe in our data and in caution on the side of safety for our members.  

The County has moved forward and there is no indication they will slow forward movement without our challenge.  We are likely to be in for a battle to either reach an agreement to move sites/alter sites/provide data collection and testing etc. or fight this out in the court of public opinion and support on this issue.  We now see the measuring and studies of soil and so forth changing into the actual start of construction at sites.  

PLEASE CONTACT DIRECTOR LEW CURRIER as the point person on this item.  Lew is the health and safety director and is working with LA City and has been assigned to lead the plan of action for dealing with this at the ground level while we try and work this out with the BOS, CEO and LA RICS. Stay tuned and look at your web-blasts and e-mails for further details on this as it unfolds.  This could be an extremely bumpy time and an adversarial issue with the Department and it is what it is.  We will keep other business on track while we battle this issue as well.

Just a few update items with more on 1014 CPAT testing day, and Cell Issue.  

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As we do every year to honor HEROES we ask that you once again join Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte and Executive Board Members, 1014 Members, Explorers, and Members on our Team of walkers as part of the House of Labor as we participate in the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' Annual Homewalk. Labor will be the only team dedicated to raise funds to help our homeless homeless veterans. That's right over 5000 homeless veterans on the street of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County alone. That is unconscionable and Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 will once again be on the walk and on the run to do our part to help. In addition to donating funds we are active in helping with job search and placement in public safety and also any work for these HEROES ABROAD - HOMELESS HEROES at home folks. This is a 5K Run / Walk starting in Exposition Park and wear our colors with Local 1014 Shirts and Blue Fire Shirts and Wear Your Helmets also and let's go join the LA Federation of Labor and our Labor Partners on our team to raise money for Homeless Veterans.

WHEN:   Saturday November 15th

Exposition Park (in front of History Museum)
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA. 90037

Site Map

TIME:   0700
Opening Ceremonies
5K Run / Walk

Registration is FREE! Bring your family and freinds and go to the museums after the run/walk. Do something good for others this Saturday and have fun doing it!

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Please take time to pause and remember the Veterans who have so bravely served our Country to protect the freedom and liberty we enjoy. With all the bad and the good things, the partisanship politics we currently see, the highs and the lows we have been through we are undoubtedly the BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! and we wouldn’t have any of this if it were not for our Veterans who fought so hard to establish and to protect our way of life. Honor our Veterans for their service all and when you see a Veteran, thank them for what you have becuse of what they do.

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Labor Management Initiative (LMI)
Fire Captain Academy!


In a process mirroring the IAFF / IAFC Labor Management Initiative (LMI) both the Department and the Union partnered to finally bring a true Fire Captain Orientation and Indoctrination Program to light.  For over a decade newly promoted Captains have had to look it up, 50/50, call a friend or figure it out as they go.  Some time ago there was a movement to have “off-duty” orientation and indoctrination sessions that were helpful, but clearly not a world-class franchise organization putting stock in their number one resource… the people;  in this case the first in officer. 

Well, after months of discussions and negotiations between the Department and the Union to use a Labor Management Initiative (LMI) to build a “Captains College” or “Fire Captain Academy” it is done.  Both the Department and the Union brought in subject matter experts from management and rank and file to put together a “First Day – First In” Fire Captain Training and Orientation program to give some guidance on what the new position will literally entail on day one, bell one. We thank the Training Services Section Members who handled the heavy lifting to bring the training together.

Local 1014 Executive Board and Department Executive Staff worked to oversee the group and the work product is finally here and we are excited to see how it goes.  The first ever FULLY PAID, ON-DUTY TRAINING TO ORIENT AND INDOCRINATE FRONT LINE FIRE CAPTAINS.  A promotee will receive an unambiguous letter indicating you have been promoted to the position of Fire Captain, with an effective start date, and instructions to report to the Fire Captain Academy on that date to complete 5 – 8 hour days of training. You will then receive a station assignment and a company to command.  Promoted members will complete 16 hours of online pre-course work on-duty and paid.  This will be followed by a probationary plan that gets the certifications and state training mandated for our strike team applications and Engine Boss done during your first 6 months also so you can deploy and earn SRC!    Important to note this is not part of the testing process and is training only and no pressure other than to go get the training and feel prepared to work your first shift, and answer the first bell!  The instructor cadre is comprised of Labor Rank and File, Management and Chief Officer Personnel.

This has been a long time coming, and we are quite proud of the partnership that finally brought about this historic “Class 1” of Officer School and to follow will be a program for newly promoted Battalion Chiefs as well as we recently pitched the thought of developing a “New Paramedic” practical orientation and indoctrination as well.  We’ll take it step by step and evaluate the program for future improvements and any changes much like we have done for WFI, FGS and Wildland and Haz-Mat training programs that we have embraced and crafted through an IAFF / IAFC LMI. We are going to try and capture the training and make it available on-line for current fire captains also as a resource.

Thank you to all who have helped make this a reality from both the Union and the Department in the LMI and we look forward to the success of the work.  Congratulations in advance to the newest Fire Captains and their historic placement in “FCA – Class 1”.  Heads Up… December 1 is tentative go date!  


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Local 1014 continues to defend our family members and the hard work of those who dedicate themselves to our job.  While everyone would like to see a good, fair recruitment and testing and hiring process and system, it is not uncommon to have children and relatives of those serving compete and earn the right to serve also.

We continue to push back on the LA Times Articles that have been downright motivated below the belt shots at our Department and our Members.  We also have had to battle back a near overreaction by the Department, The County and the Board of Supervisors. 

We responded with solutions to fix the hiring and testing process and continue with the current written test to fill our vacancies. We have even have added in true quality of candidate with emphasis on women’s recruiting and mentoring which is an issue that needs to be addressed but handled correctly.  If we didn’t provide the solutions then the County was set to over-react and strip the testing processes away from the Department and give them to Big County DHR.  This would have been a move in the wrong direction to recruit, test and hire qualified candidates who really want to work here and want to be the best…regardless if they are related to someone on the job or not.

Supervisor Molina put forward a motion to strip all testing authority from the Department and give it over to DHR and trash the current exam putting in jeopardy filling our vacancies including moving the FSA Bridge Program back into full swing, which has been stalled due to the written exam not being ready and in play.  Our own County Fire Human Relations is to blame and behind the curve on just about every aspect of recruiting, testing and hiring…something that is about to change dramatically.

President Gillotte set forward on a series of heated negotiations with all 5 Board Offices all the way up to a very heated behind closed doors last minute negotiations to eventually win 5 VOTES of the BOS (A rarity on any given day) to support solutions submitted by Local 1014 and the Department.  A BOS Motion on item 9 as seen below in the video of the BOS Meeting on Nov. 5 tells the finish to the story and a historic ordering of a Strike Team of Stakeholders including LOCAL 1014 to move the current test forward and provide solutions to the BOS in weekly updates and jointly submitted formulas for success. 

(Select meeting date, using the drop down, 11/5. Then select Agenda item 9 from the drop down next to the Meeting Segment)

Edited transcrips from 11/5/14 BOS Meeting discussing the above issue

This will frame the future which will likely include the use of the CFFJAC (California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee) who currently administers our CPAT Test, as a prime candidate to administer our written exam also.  President Gillotte has been very active in the CFFJAC and along with our Members who we have placed within JAC and especially the good work of Fire Fighter Specialist Kelly Abadie who runs our recruitment Division and is a well involved member of the Local 1014 Women’s Commission, the Explorers Program, our FSA and Camp Program and more… and I think knew a guy on our job who might have mentored her at one time…. Air and Wildland Czar Scott Jones. 

We will have input to simplify the testing process to get away from trivial pursuit style of questions and back to things oral interviews or assessment centers, requirements of EMT and CPAT before we will take your application a requirement the Fire Chief and the Union have already agreed upon for the next entry testing process.  We will also have the ability to use our position with CFFJAC for Career Days and Mentoring Programs for Women and for all interested candidates who want to earn their way onto our job.  Continuing with the Fire Fighter Preparation Seminars which were just fantastic and provided a good road map to get folks headed in the right direction to prepare for our process.  This 5-VOTE support for our Union was a vote to support our members and our Department in light of the pressure of a motivated reporter who is only telling his story, not the whole story.

Attached is our response to his remarks, and we need not worry about his follow ups and his motivation because we are going to go solve any problems and in fact try and move well past any issues to a system that works from recruiting and career days, to Explorer Program, to Camps, and any other “Inside” garden of achievers who put in the time to earn our job, inclusive of children of our own who are really the recipients of a lifetime of mentoring from a father or in fact mother… be they sons or daughters.  It is natural for children to follow in the footsteps of their parents and we need not apologize for that or hide from it or play into a hand that would conclude this is wrong. 

We are excited to bring some of the ideas we have been working on for years at CFFJAC and in partnership with the Department prior to the unfortunate 15 minutes of fame for a tired old reporter who took the easy way out and easy low blow shots at our members.  More to come on the progress of this Strike Team Coalition work and you can check out a few links we have included to help you gain some vision of the work we have done. 

 “LOCAL 1014 FAMILY DAY!!!”… We recently talked to Explorers, Fire Suppression Aids (FSA’s) and Local 1014 Members who not Fire Series Employees but have been working on it, and found some did not have their CPAT Cards or they were expired and we also found that there is a backlog of dates and times to get their cards before the release of our testing and hiring announcement and written test as proposed.  Again we found a solution…Local 1014 will host a “Family Day CPAT Test Date”.  Members in good standing and yes FAMILY MEMBERS of Members in good standing are invited to contact us and we will host a CPAT Test Date in the next 2 to 3 weeks Date and Time to be announced.  This will be a day we sponsor for all 17 year and older participants that are Members, Explorers or Family of Members to take the CPAT.

We will need your Names, Drivers’ License Number, and Current e-mail and cell phone contact number and who you are related to if the relative of a Member.  You will then be confirmed and details of the exam date and time will be sent out.  The standard costs of the CPAT will apply to all participants except those who have volunteered on the campaigns and for some of the Union work we asked for help on to earn “Local 1014 CPAT Scholarships”.  

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Position Letter to BOS

I write to you on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board and in fact I probably represent the sentiment of every Fire Fighter Father or Mother whose son or daughter serves in our profession so proudly, especially as an LA County Fire Fighter.  We take great offense to the LA Times Article in Sunday’s Paper in which Paul Pringle took a low shot in yet another series of articles that serve to attack Firefighters on anything and everything as part of a ploy to continue to pressure cuts and deleverage our Unions. This is a follow up to the same attack on UFLAC 112 – LA City Members that recently occurred.
It is a fact that sons and daughters follow in their fathers and mothers footsteps in all aspects of work, and we have often seen Actors, Singers, Entertainers, NFL and MLB and other Sports figures, children of workers in both the private and public sector jobs follow in their parent’s footsteps and this is a great thing. As a matter of fact, when children opt for the same work as their parents, it could be argued the only advantage they have is looking at a role model who can show them the ropes, provide connections for school and job paths to set the stage for them to see what the job is like and if inclined to pursue and go earn it.  The County recognizes this each year we participate in “Bring your sons and daughters to work day”.  This is designed to specifically expose our children to our job interests and with good purpose and often used in both private and public sector progressive companies, and in New York the children of Firefighters killed in the line of duty are given hiring preference and with good cause.  These items could actually be looked at as a job benefit in attracting and retaining the best of the best in both private and public sector if you wanted to be very progressive. 

The Union has been working on this item for some time with the Department and this article and the follow up articles were not unexpected and we will continue to monitor and ensure no over-reaction to the article from the Department and the County as we have seen from LA City Elected Officials and Staff.
We should all be proud of our members’ work and accomplishments including those who are related to those who have served or are serving and I can personally attest to the pride and dedication and work ethic and work product of Ryan Tripp who was viciously and unfairly attacked in this article. I work with Ryan in Battalion 13 regularly on fires, strike team assignments, major EMS calls and more and he does a hell of a job… He represents similar stories for all but serves as an example for all. The only thing criminal in Ryan’s story is the picture they used in the article and the fact that he is a San Francisco Fan, but thankfully they did not print that. 
Finally, the author of the article left out this little finishing fact for all to read.  These sons and daughters who serve and have earned the right to serve like anyone else may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice at any given time.  FDNY firefighters on 911 and of course LA County Fire Fighters unfortunately know this all too well.  Perhaps Paul Pringle should research that a bit before he writes about the fiber of our members.  One Badge, One Bear, One Share!  Let us contemplate these thoughts as we do what we do and get back to work as we humbly serve our public.  
Having said that, let me try and address the issues of import that should be addressed and can be addressed effectively and expeditiously and put our Department, The Union, The County light years ahead of most for the true items in need of examination and remedy. 
The recent LA Times Articles regarding 3 topics embedded in the misplaced rhetoric of an angry reporter (back story to that) are as follows:

  1. Personnel Issues with regard to test prep and questions and so forth.
  2. Nepotism and other such unfair advantage allegations and percentage hires etc.
  3. Recruitment and Retention of Women primarily and others to the Fire Service, Specifically LA County Fire Department.

The solution to deal with each of these items lies in a LABOR-MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP rather than a Fire Department HR or Big County DHR combined or solo solution which will fail for a variety of reasons.

The solutions and follow up with why:  

  1. Personnel Issues – Separate and investigate, facts, due process etc…  Action items for individuals as necessary with process and systemic action items change and educate and reinforce etc. as necessary with Labor and Management working together as we have done numerous times to put a system with integrity and process and merit of substance in place. 
  2. Nepotism or favoritism – Implement a system that does not advantage relatives or inside employees over others in an unfair manner, but also does not restrict or unfairly disadvantage the relative and inside candidates who have been mentored and worked so hard for the job meeting or exceeding standards for hiring.  A system that is fair to all inclusive of relatives as individuals competing for the job.  

This can be accomplished by 2 or 3 steps.  Go forward with the current fully vetted and finished entry level recruitment test as written and prepared with Fire Department and DHR Collaboration to establish a hiring list and begin filling the 200 vacancies which are critical to our staffing levels to meet the service needs of the District.  Also this written exam is critical and part of an MOU item to “Bridge” Fire Suppression Aid Candidates to the Fire Recruit Position and would be an Unfair Labor Charge if altered without meeting and conferring with the Union.  This test is credible and is validated and needed. Also this exam is in keeping with the Preparation Seminars and Education provided to the Public for the past year leading up to the exam, and to change midstream would be a great disservice to the candidates at large who have been preparing for our process.  Use the exam as a first step to move forward, but with oversight.

Let me also tell you that the Department and the Union for years have been working together in a Labor Management Partnership on items like our physical (Fit for Life), Workers Compensation Reform in a DRA or Carve Out Agreement (netted 10% savings year one), and the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) which is a Labor Management run Physical Agility Test we currently use for applicants for LA County Fire Department. 

The CPAT is run through CFF-JAC (California Fire Fighter Joint Apprentice Committee)…. A classic Apprentice Program between the State and the Unions (CPF – California Professional Firefighters and the Cal Chiefs) to administer and control all material test prep, and validation and legal liability and has long since become the national and state standard.  Recently the CFF-JAC bought written test service and is up and running administering the same quality and standard of excellence written tests, with no advantage to any individuals and ample preparation tools and legal authority and vetting to be the state and national standard. 

The Department is aware of this and we have been discussing this option for our Department and similarly LA City Fire is also heading down this path as are other Departments Statewide.  This would ensure no advantage to any individual be they related to anyone on the job or not.  We embrace this testing process and the vision would be a one-stop shop in the future for the physical ability test, and the written test with each candidate with the same access to preparation tools and utilizing federally recognized content validation criteria from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions’ Uniform Guideline for employee Selection Procedures. 

This should be either the current exam to be given, or as I have indicated, use the test that is ready to go and do not delay to fill positions critical in our need, but certainly direction to begin negotiations to include the CFF-JAC written as a requirement in the future exams would be appropriate and solve the problems identified.

Women’s recruitment and retention - Similarly the CFF-JAC and Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Women’s Commission have been working on recruitment and retention issues with a Mentoring Program and Community outreach as well as has the Department with the Recruitment Division established with Fire Fighter Specialist Kelly Abadie, a Women’s Commission and Written Exam Advisory Committee Member for CFF-JAC, in the County Wide “Fire Fighter Preparation Seminars”, which I have personally attended and are spectacular with over 200 people reached.  This work should not be discarded but rather the foundation for what we do next, where we go next.

I submit that the Labor Management Partnership through CFF-JAC will outshine, outpace and in an outstanding manner be the perfect already established, state and national standard Recruitment Model and process for us to embrace and use.  Local 1014 and the Department Co-wrote the Family Policy and the Pregnancy Policy in partnership.  Without Labor it would still be but a concept on a desk.  We also need to move on a path of travel to ladder the recruiting and mentoring into actually HIRING THESE WOMEN.   This is a concept that not only County Fire HR, but County DHR has not been able to grasp nor provide path of travel to accomplish for the last decade…let us now move swiftly to accomplish the task at hand with real work product, not just talk.  


Dave Gillotte
President Local 1014

BACKROUND ON CFF JAC to quickly educate all on what CFF JAC is and with my e-mail gives a good understanding on what we can embrace and accomplish:  

Home CFFJAC Page - 

CFFJAC Testing Center Page -  also at the bottom of the e-mail as a page for a quick look…. Written testing up for 5 months now…. Tremendous use Nor-Cal and HR from Departments raving and good working relationships with CFFJAC….

CFFJAC Women’s Commission – Kelly Abadie and myself are on this State Commission with a Local 1014 Women’s Commission - 

CFFJAC Mentoring Program – We helped with development of this (Kelly and I with commission) -

CFFJAC Career Expo’s – 1014 and CFF JAC Sponsored and Department Supported each year -

This is a magical opportunity finally get these items all inclusive to ACTION not words…. 

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President Gillotte Statement on the Election of Sheila Kuehl to County Supervisor

"Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 made history along with our alliance partners in working to Get Out The Vote and elect Sheila Kuehl for County Supervisor - Third District Seat.

We made history and made our voices heard loud and clear at the ballot box and Local 1014 Executive Board along with Sheriffs, Nurses, Teachers, Homecare Workers, Lifeguards, Professional Employees, Working Class Families and Business Partners in electing our 3rd Supervisor to the Board.

Long term relationships with legacy Board Members and a changing of the guard to elect Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda Solis and now Sheila Kuehl will have the biggest impact on our careers, working conditions and fair bargaining conditions for decades to come.

We enjoy both personal and professional long term relationships with all Supervisors, but certainly a more labor friendly and issue friendly Board to work with is finally here. We have supported and elected these individuals because of their support of our membership and our issues with a proven track record. I have worked with all 3 of the new additions in the State Assembly and Senate, and Congress as well as Secretary of Labor Positions for many years.

We will get a comprehensive election wrap up message to the members, but I am so proud of the entire Executive Board, The Membership, The Union Staff, our Explorers, FSA's and our families who worked so hard to make Local 1014 one of the top 4 supporters of this effort in money and precinct walking and phone banking to make it happen.

We will keep you posted on changes to come as a result of the elections and as we move forward to the next phases of contract bargaining and policy changes and staff changes within the County. We truly have made history together."


Dave Gillotte
Local 1014 President

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Its that time AGAIN....

Below you will find the endorsement recommendations from 1014, CPF and the IAFF.

At 1014 we take elections very serious with our local elected officials. When there is an election in any of our cities we contact all those that are running for office and invite them for an interview. Some choose not to attend. We sit with them for as long as it takes to find out where they stand on our issues. We ONLY ask questions related to our wages, hours and working conditions. We have done this for many years and we only endorse those that support our issues. Locally we have had a few council members in the past that have votedon the opposite side of our issues. Those may have been council members for many years or a short time. If someone is not our friend and votes against what is best for firefighters we will not support them.

As for the CPF and IAFF they do the same. There is no concern with which party they are affiliated with. Again if you support Firefighters and our issues we support you.

Below are the recommendations for those that support our issues. Can some of these people support issues that are not Firefighter issues that you have a differing opinion? You bet. The below recommendations are again those that support Firefighter issues. We don't ask about any other issues (daylight savings times, baby seals, etc.) we ONLY ask about Firefighter issues. When you step into the ballot box you need to decide how to vote.

Any questions please contact the hall (310) 639-1014 or

1014 Serviced Local City Endorsements
Board of Sup District 2 
Sheila Kuehl
Inglewood   Mayor James Butts
Pomona District 2 Council member Adriana Robledo
  District 3 Council member Nancy Matarrita
District 5 Council member Gabriel Rogers
California Professional Firefighters
2014 State & Constitutional, Legislative & Ballot Endorsements
Constitutional Offices Ballot Initiatives
Governor: Jerry Brown (I)       Prop 45 (Rate Regulations): NO
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom (I) Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones (I) Prop 48 (Gaming Comp.): YES
Secretary of State: Alex Padillia Superintendent of Pub. Inst: Tom Torlakson (I)  
Attorney General: Kamala Harris (I) Board of Equalization 01: Chris Parker
State Controller: Betty Yee Board of Equalization 02: Fiona Ma
State Treasurer: John Chaing Board of Equalization 03: Jerome Horton
State Assembly
AD01 Brian Dahle   AD27 Nora Campos   AD53 Miguel Santiago
AD02 Jim Wood AD28 Evan Low AD54 Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
AD03 James Gallagher AD29 Mark Stone AD55 Ling-Ling Chang
AD04 Bill Dodd AD30 Luis Alejo AD56 Eduardo Garcia
AD05 Frank Bigelow AD31 Henry Perea AD57 Ian Calderon
AD07 Kevin McCarty AD32 Rudy Salas AD58 Cristina Garcia
AD08 Ken Cooley AD33 Jay Obernolte AD59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer
AD09 Darrell Fong AD35 Katcho Achadjian AD60 Eric Linder
AD10 Marc Levine AD36 Steve Fox AD61 Jose Medina
AD11 Jim Frazier AD37 Das Williams AD62 Autumn Burke
AD12 Kristin Olsen AD38 Scott Wilk AD63 Anthony Rendon
AD13 Susan Eggman AD39 Raul Bocanegra AD64 Mike Gipson
AD14 Susan Bonilla AD40 Marc Steinorth AD65 Sharon Quirk-Silva
AD15 Tony Thurmond AD41 Chris Holden AD66 Al Muratsuchi
AD16 Tim Sbranti AD42 Chad Mayes AD67 Melissa Melendez
AD17 David Chiu AD43 Mike Gatto AD69 Tom Daly
AD18 Rob Bonta AD44 Jacqui Irwin AD70 Patrick O’Donnell
AD19 Phil Ting AD45 Matt Dababneh AD75 Marie Waldron
AD20 Bill Quirk AD46 Adrin Nazarian AD76 Rocky Chavez
AD21 Adam Gray AD47 Cheryl Brown AD77 Brian Maienschein
AD22 Kevin Mullin AD48 Roger Hernandez AD78 Toni Atkins
AD23 Jim Patterson AD49 Ed Chau AD79 Shirley Weber
AD24 Rich Gordon AD50 Richard Bloom AD80 Lorena Gonzalez
AD25 Kansen Chu AD51 Jimmy Gomez  
AD26 Rudy Mendoza AD52 Freddie Rodriguez
State Senate
SD02 Mike McGuire   SD18 Robert Hertzberg   SD30 Holly Mitchell
SD06 Richard Pan SD20 Connie Leyva SD32 Tony Mendoza
SD08 Bill Berryhill SD22 Ed Hernandez SD34 Jose Solorio
SD10 Robert Wieckowski SD24 Kevin De Leon SD36 Patricia Bates
SD12 Anthony Cannella SD26 Sandra Fluke SD40 Ben Hueso
SD14 Luis Chavez SD28 Bonnie Garcia  
US Congress (from IAFF)
CD02 Jared Huffman   CD19 Zoe Lofgren   CD37 Karen Bass
CD03 John Garamendi CD21 Amanda Renteria CD38 Linda Sanchez
CD05 Mike Thompson CD24 Lois Capps CD40 Lucille Roybal-Allard
CD06 Doris Matsui CD26 Julia Brownley CD41 Mark Takano
CD07 Ami Bera CD27 Judy Chu CD42 Ken Calvert
CD08 Paul Cook CD28 Adam Schiff CD43 Maxine Waters
CD09 Jerry McNerney CD29 Tony Cardenas CD44 Janice Hahn
CD11 Mark DeSalunier CD30 Brad Sherman CD46 Loretta Sanchez
CD12 Nancy Pelosi CD31 Pete Aguilar CD47 Alan Lowenthal
CD13 Barbara Lee CD32 Grace Napolitano CD50 Duncan Hunter, Jr.
CD15 Eric Swalwell CD33 Ted Lieu CD51 Juan Vargas
CD16 Jim Costa CD34 Xavier Becerra CD52 Scott Peters
CD17 Mike Honda CD36 Raul Ruiz CD53 Susan Davis
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That is what our investigation revealed.  I write to you on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board and in fact I probably represent the sentiment of every Fire Fighter Father or Mother whose son or daughter serves in our profession so proudly, especially as an LA County Fire Fighter.

We take great offense to the LA Times Article in Sunday’s Paper in which Paul Pringle took a low shot in yet another series of articles that serve to attack Firefighters on anything and everything as part of a ploy to continue to pressure cuts and deleverage our Unions. This is a follow up to the same attack on UFLAC 112 – LA City Members that recently occurred.

We have been working with UFLAC and the Department to navigate and put back pressure on these directed attacks designed to continue to politicize our systems as we both move to negotiate contracts.  These articles and similar will continue, and serve as a reminder of the fact we are not nearly done with an overall strategy aimed at our profession to tear down our compensation and retirement and medical packages. Like a bad meal, we will just get through this article and move on with our business but a few words need to be said internally about this.

It is a fact that sons and daughters follow in their fathers and mothers footsteps in all aspects of work, and we have often seen Actors, Singers, Entertainers, NFL and MLB and other Sports figures, children of workers in both the private and public sector jobs follow in their parent’s footsteps and this is a great thing. As a matter of fact, when children opt for the same work as their parents, it could be argued the only advantage they have is looking at a role model who can show them the ropes, provide connections for school and job paths to set the stage for them to see what the job is like and if inclined to pursue and go earn it.  The County recognizes this each year we participate in “Bring you sons and daughters to work day”.  This is designed to specifically expose our children to our job interests and with good purpose.

The Union has been working on this item for some time with the Department and this article was not unexpected and we will continue to monitor and ensure no over-reaction to the article from the Department and the County as we have seen from LA City Elected Officials and Staff. More to come on testing and training procedures. 
Your Executive Board and I know all of you are proud of our members work and accomplishments including those who are related to those who have served or are serving and I can personally attest to the pride and dedication and work ethic and work product of Ryan Tripp who was viciously and unfairly attacked in this article. I work with Ryan in Battalion 13 regularly on fires, strike team assignments, major EMS calls and more and he does a hell of a job… He represents similar stories for all of you but serves as an example for all. The only thing criminal in Ryan’s story is the picture they used in the article and the fact that he is a San Francisco Fan, but thankfully they did not print that. 

Finally, the author of the article left out this little finishing fact for all to read.  These sons and daughters who serve and have earned the right to serve like anyone else may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice at any given time.  FDNY firefighters on 911 and of course LA County Fire Fighters unfortunately know this all too well.  Perhaps Paul Pringle should research that a bit before he writes about the fiber of our members.  One Badge, One Bear, One Share!  Let us contemplate these thoughts at line-up and do what we do, get back to work as we humbly serve our public.  

Take care…. Dave Gillotte and the Executive Board of Local 1014

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2014 IAFF & CPF Memorials

Local 1014 Executive Board works with our Department, our Honor Guard, Chaplains, and our Fire Chief to honor our fallen each year at the IAFF, CPF and Department Fallen Firefighter memorials. Family First is our motto on honoring and remembering our fallen.

Thank you to our Fire Chief, our Honor Guard, Chaplains and the Emerald Society for coming out to support and participate in the ceremonies, we are proud to sponsor their work.

This year at the CPF Memorial Matthew Mazzocco (Chico State) was one of the recipients of the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship. This award is presented to children of fallen firefighters through the California Fire Foundation.

We are sad to announce that shortly after the IAFF Memorial in Colorado James Chatelain, husband of Janet Chatelain passed away. Jim was with his friends on Sunday the 21st. He was returning from a baseball game in Denver and collapsed in the hotel lobby he was staying in. The last words Jim had to say to us was "THANK YOU". He was very appreciative of everything the Department and 1014 had done for Jan and himself during their time of need.

IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial September 20, 2014

September 20th, 2014 the IAFF and Brothers and Sisters from throughout the Nation gather in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Hallowed Ground at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor those who gave all.

Los Angeles County Fire Firefighters IAFF Local 1014 added 8 names to the wall.

Please take a moment today to "Never Forget" and you can watch the ceremonies via live stream or at

Also placed on the IAFF Wall were the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott Arizona. Included in those 19 heros is Kevin Woyjeck, son of Joe Wyojeck. Joe, as we all know, is an LA County Fire Captain as well as a the Vice President of the LA County Fire Museum.  
During the ceremony as you can see from the photo on the right, there were 19 flags representing Arizona that marched in.  The flags of the IAFF were then presented to a family member of these heros.
These 19 young men gave all for the citizens they protect.  Please keep them in your thoughts.


Phillip D Gibbs
Kenneth P Moiseve
James Sheehan
Timothy J Bernstein
Janet L Chatelain
Shawn M Bayer
John D Mazzocco
Darrell G Rice

California Professional Firefighters Memorial October 11, 2014

Fire Captain
John Mazzocco
Firefighter Specialist
Darrell Rice
Firefighter Specialist
Shawn Bayer

On Saturday October 11th, the names of three of our fallen Brothers were placed on the California Professional Firefighters Memorial Wall.

This year the California Fire Foundation placed 15 fallen firefighter names on the wall from fire department's throughout California. Fifteen names to many.

Please keep our fallen brothers, and those brothers and sisters who have previously given the ultimate sacrifice for those we protect, in your thoughts and prayers. Always remembered, never forgotten.

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Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: Local 1014 Union Hall
3460 Fletcher Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731
  O: (310) 639-1014
F: (310) 639-5314
Nominations for officers and Directors of Local 1014
October 14, 2014  Nominations
October 21, 2014 Acceptance Closes
October 24, 2014 Resumes Submitted
November  7, 2014 Ballots Mailed
November 25, 2014 Ballots Counted
January 13, 2015 Installation of Executive Board

Local 1014 is in the process of preparing for our 2014 Executive Board Elections. If you had a change of address in the last 6 months and have not notified the Union, you need to call, fax or email your new address immediately.


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Today the IAFF and Brothers and Sisters from throughout the Nation gather in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Hallowed Ground at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor those who gave all.

Los Angeles County Fire FIghters IAFF Local 1014 will add 8 names to the wall and we also honor the Granite Mountain 19, with Kevin Woyjac - Also a Local 1014 Member.

Please take a moment today to "Never Forget" and you can watch the ceremonies via live stream or at


Phillip D Gibbs
Kenneth P Moiseve
James Sheehan
Timothy J Bernstein
Janet L Chatelain
Shawn M Bayer
John D Mazzocco
Darrell G Rice


In memory and solidarity,

Local 1014 Executive Board

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Hazardous LTE cell towers are in the initial stages of being constructed at 87 of our fire stations by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, in conjunction with the LA Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), the LA County Chief Executive Office, and Motorola Solutions, Inc. Your Local 1014 Executive Board is strongly opposed to this plan and to the exposure of our members to concentrated radio frequency radiation and its corresponding adverse health effects.

Many members may have seen the contractors at their stations measuring and painting lines for the upcoming installations. Your Executive Board sent a cease and desist letter to the Department on September 2, 2014 requesting the Department stop any further activity to construct cellular and UHF radio antennas at fire stations and administrative sites where Local 1014 bargaining unit represented members work.

At the 2004 International Association of Fire Fighters convention in Boston, Massachusetts, the voting body passed Resolution 15, which directs the IAFF to oppose the installation of cell towers at fire stations and administrative sites due to health and safety concerns. Your executive board will use all remedies in our power to protect the health and safety of our members and prevent these cell towers from being constructed at our fire stations and administrative sites.

Executive Action 352 was enacted by the Department on August 5, 2014 and sent to all stations. EA 352 outlines the Department’s plan for cell tower installation at our fire stations and administrative sites. The Department did not meet and confer with Local 1014 to consider the impact to our members or the health and safety risk factors before taking this action.

If you see activity or construction happening related to cell tower installation, please contact Directors Lew Currier (310) 925-2588 or Steve Dewitt (714) 514-1352 or the Union Hall (310) 639-1014 immediately, and we will keep you posted on the progress of this issue with the Department.

Thank you for your time on this most important health and safety issue.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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August 10, 2014




Pension attack initiative in Ventura County designed to eliminate a Defined Benefit Pension for Public Employees including Firefighters and Sheriffs is off the table and will not go to the voters in November.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew ruled that the proposed “Measure L” sought to create a new state law where none existed, and was therefore a violation of the State Constitution and Government Code.

Measure L would have ELIMINATED a County Pension System established by state law and REPLACED it with a privatized system and even ELIMINATED defined benefit pensions for survivors of fallen firefighters, police officers and their families.

This victory is so important for Los Angeles County Fire Fighters and all Local 1014 members because it was not only on our literal border, but also designed to attack a 1937 Act Pension System which is the exact same laws and pension system type as our very own LACERA. What happened in Ventura could have had a lasting and ongoing effect on every one of us and our families.

Thank you to all of you and the Executive Board of Local 1014 who jumped in very early to help the Ventura County Firefighters Local 1364; long-time friend and ally to Local 1014, and other Labor Unions representing public sector workers in Ventura and Los Angeles County. We gave money, time, legal help and a commitment to be in Ventura County at each step of the fight to defeat this draconian, outside influenced, well-funded attack on all of us.

I personally called Ventura County Firefighter’s Local 1364 President Chris Mahon, who serves with me on the State Board of CPF and congratulated him on the Victory. We have had many conversations and meetings regarding this issue and as a result we are considering forming a 1937 Act County alliance to stay vigilant on all issues pertaining to our Pension Systems statewide with all Fire Unions affected.

The ruling issued last Monday was not official until a writ of mandate to urgent rule in final was considered and that is now done with a NO from the Judge and any regular appeal by the backers of the initiative will not be in time make the deadline of August 22nd to go to print with the initiative. Game over…For Now.

REMEMBER – this was a deceptive proposal to usurp state law and eliminate our pensions by anti-pension ideologues including the KOCH BROTHERS and the KOCH-SPONSORED AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY and billionaire venture capitalist JOHN ARNOLD, and if it made it to ballot would have been very well funded at a rate far beyond what we could raise to fight it. This may be gone for now, but the fight is far from over by any means.

Drop into to view additional information and the judge’s ruling and CPF Fire Vision story on the issue.

Once again and on behalf of the entire Local 1014 Executive Board, thank you to the Membership for the support and backing that allows our Union to play hard and play heavy in all issues affecting our membership and our Benefits.


Dave Gillotte


Dave Lopez John Smolin Dave Morse
1st Vice President Treasurer 2nd Vice President
Will Pryor Pat Dolan Lew Currier
Steve DeWitt Andy Doyle Alan McConnell
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August 8, 2014

Now that the fire season is in full swing....

Welcome back ST1130A & 1131A

We contacted the executive staff a few days ago and asked that we get something out prior to the strike teams returing. As we know it the "PMF" day or rehab day. Below is what the department released today. This principle applies all personnel including Camps, personnel assigned as single resources and 40 hour personnel.

Rehab Staffing Procedures for ST 1130A and ST 1131A

ALL personnel returning on Strike Teams 1130A and 1131A today shall be afforded a “Rehab day” for tomorrow beginning at 0800 hours based upon EA-347, dated July 10, 2008.

A. Personnel on duty backfilling for both Strike Teams shall remain in service for the remainder of the current 24-hour shift.

B. Strike Team personnel returning will be on the clock for rehab until 0800 hours tomorrow. They can rehab at the fire station or be released to an alternate location, including home, if able to drive.

C. Strike Team 1130A and 1131A personnel assigned to work tomorrow shall receive a “Rehab-day.”

D. Strike Team 1130A and 1131A personnel not assigned to work tomorrow, August 8th, cannot go avail for overtime and are exempt from recall unless there is a disaster or major incident.

Any questions contact your jurisdictional Battalion Chief.

This email was approved for distribution by Chief Deputy Michael Metro.

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IAFF 52nd Convention concludes

This past week your Executive Board has been in Cincinnati, OH with roughly 2500 other IAFF Union leaders working hard to set a course for President Harold A. Schaitberger and the IAFF staff for the next 2 years until our next convention. The convention gives clear direction on where the membership of the IAFF wants the Union leadership to focus. What issues need to be addressed and how to address them.

We made decisions on increasing our per capita rates. Some of these include Cancer research as well as a re-build of the IAFF Memorial in Colorado.

We met every day this week to work on issues to strengthen our Union and help protect our profession from people like Charles Schwab who contributed $6.4 million to take away our voice. We voted to honor long time Union Leaders as well as censure Fire Chiefs.

For all the details on the convention click on the link below.

IAFF Convention 2014


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Its that time of year again...

You have until midnight Monday June 30th to use your Health Care/Flexible Spending account Spending account

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Health Care Spending Accounts Now Allow $500 Carryover Each Year

A recent change in IRS regulations allows participants to carry over up to $500 of their Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) balance each year. Previously, any unclaimed dollars would be lost or forfeited. This was known as the "Use It or Lose It" rule.

How does this change affect your 2013 and/or 2014 HCSA?

Participating employees who did not use all of their 2013 HCSA money are allowed to carry over up to $500 for the 2014 Plan Year.

All carried over money can be used for eligible expenses incurred in 2014.

The carried over money does not affect your 2014 HCSA contribution. The amount you designated for 2014 contributions will be available for use in 2014 along with any carried amount up to $500.

If you did not enroll in an HCSA for 2014 and you had any unused money at the end of 2013, up to $500 will be available for expenses incurred in 2014.

The deadline for submitting claims has not changed. Participating employees still have until June 30, 2014 to submit claims for expenses incurred in 2013.

After June 30, 2014, any unclaimed 2013 HCSA money in excess of the $500 carryover limit will be forfeited to the County.

This change affects only the HCSA and does not apply to the Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA).

The following questions and answers can help make sense of the change:

Q: May I use my 2013 carry over balance for 2014 expenses?
A: Yes. Your 2014 elected amount will be used first, but once it is used up, you can use up to $500 of your 2013 balance for 2014 expenses.

Q: May I still submit claims for the 2013 plan year until June 30, 2014?
A: Yes. The “run out period” deadline has not changed. You may gather your receipts and submit claims for 2013 expenses (it’s easiest to do it on until June 30, 2014.

Q: I did not enroll in an HCSA for 2014, but I had money left over in my 2013 account. May I still submit claims for the 2013 plan year?
A: Yes. If you had dollars left over in 2013, you can submit claims for 2013 expenses through the end of the run out period (June 30, 2014). After that, up to $500 will be available only for expenses incurred in the 2014 plan year.

Q: What happens if I have more than $500 in my 2013 account at the end of the run out period (June 30, 2014)?
A: You will lose the amount over $500. It will be forfeited to the County. The remaining $500 remains available for expenses incurred in 2014.

Q: Can I transfer my 2013 HCSA balance over to my 2014 Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA)?
A: No. The HCSA and DCSA are two separate accounts and you cannot transfer money between the two.

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CCU, County officials reach Tentative Agreement on Fringe Benefit Contract after months of contentious negotiations
December 11, 2013

The Coalition of County Unions -- CCU - leaders announced a Tentative Agreement on a new Fringe Benefit Contract with County management on December 10, 2013.  The new agreement arrives after months of stalled negotiations that followed the County's eleventh hour demand for changes to County Retiree Health benefits for future employees.

CCU leaders set the following major goals early in the fringe benefits negotiations process:  1) to protect the existing benefits package, 2) to protect employees from increases in out-of-pocket payments for medical premiums, and 3) to eliminate the current $112 million cap on County matching contributions to the Horizons program so that employees will receive their full 4% employer match for the entire plan year.  Under the new agreement, all of these goals were achieved!

Highlights of New Fringe Benefits Contract Agreement:
TERM - 2 years (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2015).

CHOICES - The new agreement provides a 7.2% increase in the County's CHOICES contribution for 2014 and an additional 7.2% increase for 2015. Securing the increases in the CHOICES contribution means that most members will take home extra in their paychecks in 2014-2015.   Since County employees have already gone through the Open Enrollment process, this means that the your monthly allowance will increase and – for most plans – fully offset the increased cost of health insurance premiums.

County Health Care Contributions for Permanent Employees





Employee Only




Employee +1




Employee +2 or more




Employee who waives insurance




HORIZONS - Matching Fund Cap increased and then eliminated: The new agreement provides an additional $9 million annual increase to the cap on County matching contributions. The cap will increase from the current $112 million to $121 million for FY 2013-2014 and to $130 million for FY 2014-2015. This means that all participating employees should receive their full 4% match on their contributions for the entire year.  The major victory for our side is that the cap will be eliminated entirely effective July 1, 2015.

$500 CASH BONUS - The new agreement includes a one-time $500 per employee contribution to CHOICES whereby all CHOICES participants will receive a $250 payment scheduled for January 2014 and again in July 2014.

As part of the new 2-year Fringe Benefits Contract agreement, all Coalition of County Unions established a separate agreement with LA County on Retiree Health Reform that changes the benchmark contribution for New Hires effective July 2014.

Retiree Health benefits for current employees will remain unchanged. Details of the new fringe contract agreement will be available to 1014 members in the following weeks as final language is drafted and confirmed by CCU and County officials.

While other agencies and Unions have been unable to sustain their current level of medical benefits and have seen draconian cuts to their plans, we have managed to bargain to a successful finish that maintains current levels of medical, dental and vision benefits, while dealing with funding issues only.  The math of the situation is one thing, and must be dealt with, but politics or use of bankruptcy and or courts to strip benefits from hard working employees and similar behaviors and actions will be a constant threat we will fight.  Unlike other Counties and Cities, we have a start to the solution for the funding liability issue and we have the tools in place to put tax free monies, earnings and distributions from employees and employer and we will have to continue to look for alternative ways to continue to help fund our defined benefit health care system we have come to treasure. 

Thank you for you continued support and we’ll keep you in the loop as we work on this project with the County and LACERA.


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Your Local 1014 Executive Board has remained very busy and engaged on numerous fronts. We just finished an extremely productive offsite meeting with the Fire Chief and his top staff to get moving on a number of projects that will ultimately help our working conditions and improve our work quality and stabilize funding. The main topics discussed were EMS Issues, Organizational Culture and P. R. with our Public and Elected Officials (Those who support us), Risk Management Issues (anything that causes Lawsuits and or Increased Costs due to injuries or other such items, and Fiscal Issues to include Revenue and Grants. We will report more on this as we begin the tasks we laid out in the meeting. We have also seen 2 more of our brothers die from Cancer, and on the heels of the FCSN GALA and working hard to help support the organization we helped start, it is a stark reminder of how one of our silent killers is still claiming too many of our members. We also just came off a great series of wins in our political action efforts and as you will read helped maintain our El Monte Stations this year. We are also bargaining our fringe benefits and we have hit a major and problematic hurdle with the County and we will move to mediation to try and get forward movement again. This is a very stressful time and your patience while we fight the fight is appreciated. Finally a quick update on the 48/96 one year trial shift schedule proposal update also… please read on and as always thank you for your support and your efforts to make our Union Strong and Bold and Effective in what we do for us all. Be Safe and give big love to your family and friends… always a good thing.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELLED (Tuesday November 12 2013) – HONORING SHAWN BAYER…Local 1014 General Membership Meeting will be cancelled for Tuesday November 12 so we all may attend Brother Bayer’s Flag Ceremony – 11am at Fire Station 8. Also BROTHER JOHN VINCENT – Health Haz Mat Specialist III who died at the age of 46 from Leukemia will also be honored on November 23rd. Please take time to make the ceremonies and honor our fallen. Click here for details on Brother Layer's services. Brother Vincent's details to follow shortly.

LOCAL 1014 WINS BIG IN CITY ELECTIONS AGAIN - It was another busy but very successful City election cycle for Local 1014. Twenty two (22) of twenty five (25) candidates that we endorsed were successful in their bid for public office. Measure GG in the City of El Monte also passed after an aggressive campaign by Local 1014, keeping $4 million in the City’s budget that will help keep all of their Fire Stations open! Read More…

CCU FRINGE BARGAINING CONTINUES – HOSTILE COUNTY – RETIREE HEALTHCARE THREATENED - The CCU Bargaining Teams have been going at it for weeks now to no avail on landing a fair contract. As you know our new choices will take effect in January 2014, and without any increase in contribution to our Health care Premiums, we stand to lose money out of pocket depending on the increase of medical premiums for your health and dental plan. We are now going to a Mediator to try and close the gap and get closer to a fair deal, but the County is currently refusing to come to the table with any fair deal points unless draconian politically based cuts to retiree health care for our new hires is agreed to. While we are ready to work on the cost of unfunded liability for retiree health care we are not going to simply sell our new hires down the road. Fighting for fair terms and tools to deal with retiree health care and increased costs is well worth it and we will hold out and take job actions to get the train on the tracks if necessary until the County understands a fair deal for all is the only deal that will sell. We will keep you posted. SEIU’s 90,000 workers approved authority to strike also, further complicating things for the CCU and the County. We will work with SEUI and the Federation of Labor to pressure the County to get back to the table with fair terms and bargain in good faith. We will keep you posted. Read more here – CCU Member Update…

SHIFT SCHEDULE CHANGE ISSUE – The Shift Change Schedule Change Committee has met more than a few times with a lot of hard work poured into evaluating 3 things related to the proposed 48/96 Shift Schedule Change Proposal brought to the Local by a group of members. We take this item very seriously and as you know, so too does every member either supportive or opposed to the item. To date let us bring you up to speed…We had a group of members propose negotiating a ONE YEAR TRIAL 48/96 SCHEDULE, with a vote on finish to determine whether to continue the schedule permanently or not. President Gillotte assigned a Pro and No Committee to consider 1. What vote threshold should be used to poll the members to determine whether the majority of the membership wished to move forward to a one year trial. 2. Should Local 1014 Facilitate sending out material both pro and con on the item with such a vote. 3. If so, what material should be sent. This committee has met numerous times and put in a great deal of very hard work and has reported the committee report back to the Executive Board. We will be considering the Report and other information at our next regularly scheduled Executive Board Meeting and the Executive Board will then take any and all actions to move the item forward. While we are not bound by the committee recommendations on any of the items, it was prudent to get a good team of both pro and con general members together to work on good data and information for us to consider in moving such a big life changing and working condition item. The CCU Bargaining has slowed progress on this item for the moment, but we will continue to run parallel work on the item as we can, and keep you informed. More after our next Executive Board Meeting in December.

Above all have a safe and happy Veteran's Day. Please take time to keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers. Read more....


Fraternally – Local 1014 Executive Board


  Dave Gillotte   
Dave Lopez  John Smolin Dave Morse 
 1st VP Treasurer 2nd VP 
Will Pryor Pat Dolan  Lew Currier 
Steve Dewitt  Andy Doyle  Al McConnell 
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1014 is proud to partner with the IAFF and Kaplan University to bring our members unique opportunities for furthering your education. We recommend all our members look at this exciting opportunity to enhance your future.

Kaplan University now offers 1014 members special opportunities to save time and money on a Fire Science degree

As a member of 1014 and The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Kaplan University is proud to reward your commitment with special offers and personalized support.

U.S.- and Canada-based IAFF members who enroll in an undergraduate fire science degree program from our U.S.-based university qualify for a 43 percent tuition reduction that reduces the tuition rate to $210 per credit.*

Kaplan University works closely with the IAFF to offer programs that help fire fighters strengthen their skills and prepare for career advancement.†

In addition to the significantly reduced tuition cost, here are a few more time- and money-saving advantages for IAFF members:

  • Learning recognition course to help translate your IAFF certifications into Kaplan University college credit, plus an official review of your portfolio at no charge ($1,500 value)‡
  • Kaplan University scholarships for experienced government and nonprofit professionals interested in a graduate degree§
  • Tuition reductions for active-duty U.S. military and veterans
  • Potential credit for certifications accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and/or Pro Board, and National Fire Academy courses#


Click here to learn more about reduced tuition rates for IAFF members. Or call us today at 866.583.6765 and visit for more information.

Why Kaplan University?

  • We’re recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. Our fire science degree programs closely follow the FESHE model.
  • Online courses are accessible 24/7, so you can study on your own schedule.
  • Faculty members have years of experience in the fire science field and understand the challenges you face.
  • Dedicated advisor's offer one-on-one support.
  • Upon graduation, you’ll become part of a network of thousands of successful professionals.

Fire Science Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science

Other Degree Programs

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Though the master’s degree programs listed above do not qualify for the reduced tuition rate, you may be eligible for our College of Public Service Scholarship. Additional terms and conditions apply.


Click here for more information or call us today at 866.583.6765.

Kaplan University is a part of Kaplan Higher Education Corp., which is a subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

*Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. May not be combined with scholarships, grants, military tuition reductions, tuition vouchers, or other discounts. International students are required to pay 15 weeks of tuition and fees in full prior to the start of the first term. Kaplan University has campuses and course locations only in the U.S. Its instructors are U.S. employees. Its online distance education programs are offered in the U.S. but open to Canadians who meet eligibility requirements. Kaplan University has the status of a university and can grant degrees in the U.S. by authority of the state of Iowa and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also accredited in the U.S. by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( For details, go to

†Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

‡After completing all course modules and submitting your portfolio for review, the discount code can be applied in the “Portfolio Submission Requirements” section. The discount code expires October 31, 2013.

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Calling All Local 1014 Members

Urgent members need to fill EMS Commission meeting to oppose one plus one staffing policy, once again.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board is once again calling on all our members to show support and solidarity for our brothers at Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 in their effort to halt a proposed pilot program by their Fire Chief, City Manager, and L.A. County DHS that would call for “one and one” staffing.  This policy, Policy 407, is a proposed pilot study, seeking to reduce Long Beach Fire Department’s ALS unit staffing from its current staffing of two ALS personnel to one ALS Paramedic and one BLS EMT, and allow two paramedics from separate responding apparatus to make up the “Two Paramedic” model.

We know firsthand that this will not work and will delay Team Paramedic Care and ALS procedures that could cost lives and put our own members at risk and liability.  An injury to one is an injury to all and this directly affects the Long Beach Firefighters and Paramedics, but also affects LA County and LA City Firefighters and Paramedics in our auto and mutual aid agreements and could be the start of a trend we need to stop now.   

Not only does this pilot program put the public at immediate risk, it should be a warning to all local and state fire agencies that this issue could be coming to your city, county or state agency in the very near future. 

Please join your Local 1014 Executive Board and other Fire Union Members and Nurses in supporting Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 in their effort to stop this pilot program, and show Los Angeles County Department of Health Services that when you jeopardize public safety, firefighters will rise up in force and solidarity and put a stop to it.

Please join us at:

DATE: Wednesday May 15th
TIME: 1:00 PM
EMS Commission Hearing Room (first floor)
10100 Pioneer Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Please plan on being early, and please plan on wearing your work uniform or Blue Union T-Shirt.

Questions call either Dave Morse (626) 672-5219 or Email or Pat Dolan (951) 733-9871 or Email

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Local 1014 Executive Board Secures a Contract Extension

On Tuesday April 16 the LA County Board of Supervisors approved and ratified a contract extension with LA County Firefighters Local 1014.

This contract extension is for bargaing units 601/602 (Safety Members). In September we will enter into negotiations for 603/604 (General Members) along with other county general employee bargaining units.

This negotiated agreement will be effective immediately with our first COLA raise in July of 2013. There are no other contract changes. Our next contract negotiations will take place September of 2014 with a new contract in place January of 2015.

Terms of the agreement:

  • July 1, 2013 – 2% General Salary Increase
  • July 2, 2014 – 2% General Salary Increase
  • January 1, 2015 – 2% General Salary Increase


The County is not yet in great financial shape. After a thorough review of County finances and expected revenue, your 1014 Executive Board got what we hoped for – a COLA that will meet or exceed annual CPI increases. By all predictions the County will be expecting better times and better budgets in 2015 and 2016. These are far better years to negotiate a full contract with desired changes.

Thanks to the membership and Local 1014 office staff for their support while we tried to meet this challenge.

Thank you for your continued support, your local 1014 Executive Board.

Dave Gillotte
Dave Lopez
John Smolin
Dave Morse
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Will Pryor
Pat Dolan
Lew Currier
Steve Dewitt
Andy Doyle
Alan McConnell

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With the continual problems with pay warrants we wanted to make sure we continue to inform you on how to find resolution with your pay warrant if there are errors. The following information will help when you file a grievance. We advise you to file a grievance when your pay warrant is not correct. Fill out a form 377 and remember it is your grievance and therefore your responsibility to follow the timelines.

The grievance is your way of correcting the pay warrant errors. This avenue will get your chain of command involved in the process to correct the payroll errors.

See your MOU, Article 17 on the process to file a grievance and link here to the form 377.  Once you complete your grievance please fax a copy to 1014 attention Will Pryor (310) 639-5314


Section 1. Underpayments

Management will rectify a $100 or more underpayment on the employee's payroll warrants within three (3) calendar days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, after receipt by the Auditor-Controller of a written request from the affected employee's

departmental payroll section. An affected employee's departmental payroll section shall promptly forward a written request for a corrected or supplemental pay warrant for the affected employee to the Auditor-Controller. An employee shall be deemed to have waived the above indicated time limits, and to have indicated that he/she is willing to accept an adjustment on the following payroll warrant if he/she does not request a corrected or supplemental warrant within two calendar days after receipt of the regular payroll warrant, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

Corrected or supplemental warrants will be sent by regular County messenger service to the employee's departmental payroll section. In emergencies the departmental payroll section wil arrange to have the supplemental or corrected warrant either hand delivered to the employee or picked up by the employee at the Auditor's public counter. The provisions of this section may be implemented even if the employee cashes the payroll warrant.

Section 2. Overpayments

Management wil endeavor to notify the affected employee of an overpayment on the employee's payroll warrant(s) prior to making any deduction to recover any such overpayment from the employee's subsequent payroll warrant(s). Upon request by the affected employee to the Auditor-Controller's designate, Management will establish a reasonable method of repayment.

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Payroll errors have numbered in the hundreds just in the last few months.  While many of these errors resulted in a "short" pay check, some of the errors have resulted in excess payment.  Recently FD payroll overpaid some employees over a period of time, but took back all the money on the next check.  In some situations this left the employee with nothing for earnings.  Even deductions for health insurance and retirement were left off the check.

As always please watch your checks closely and call payroll with any descrepencies.  if there were any moneys TAKEN OUT for overpament please remember your rights:

- Under state and federal law you cannot have more than 15% of your check garnished for an overpayment correction.

- By contract, the County must discuss you overpayment with you and work out a reasonable repayment method.

- The County must clearly explain the reason for the overpayment, not just send you an email with no explanation.

If you have a garnishement without the above issues addressed, please send us an email at immediately so we can address within this pay period.

Remember on March 20th we posted and emailed a request for information on our members who have had payroll issues (such as above).  We will be meeting very soon with the county so please get us the information we have requested.

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We need your help!

We will be meeting with the County Auditor Controller very soon and we need your help.  We know of some people who have had their paycheck arrive only to find it incorrect for one reason or another (missing OT, not paid a bonus, off on “I” and taxes taken out, etc.) but we don’t have all the details.  We are requesting the following:

    1. Your name
    2. Your employee number
    3. Your work location
    4. Date of incorrect paycheck
    5. Exact details of why it was incorrect
    6. What was done to resolve your situation (1014 handled, Payroll corrected, waited until the next check for correction, etc.)

We need details of what happened not speculation about someone else.  We need your help in trying to fix payroll and the County Auditor Controller is asking for examples/details of problems since we switched to the new system.  At this point they say they are unaware of any.  Please help us to educate them.

Email Will Pryor at and/or fax the details to 1014 Attention Will Pryor at (310) 639-5314.

We need your help NOW.

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L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency Committee
Votes To Table -- Until Providers Can....

(Feb. 20, 2013) -- As webcast seen LIVE by, the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency's Provider Agency Advisory Committee (PAAC) voted today (Feb. 20) without dissent to table -- take no action on until firefighter/paramedic agency providers can more carefully review and comment on -- a draft rule stemming from a request by the City of Long Beach to test a paramedic response system that would allow one paramedic plus an Emergency Medical Technician to respond on a single here to read more

Again our membership came through. We called for your help. We posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter the call for help and you came through. Not just our membership, supported by your 1014 board members, but also Long Beach, LA City, Monrovia, West Covina and others showed strong support for opposition to this terrible idea to put Paramedics and the citizens we protect at risk. This proposal by the Long Beach Fire Chief is being done for one reason only -- eliminate paid professional Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department. There has been no thought in what this is going to do to the citizens of Long Beach as well as the strain it will put on the 1 paramedic responding with 1 EMT.

PAAC will be brining this off the table in March to vote on this horrendous plan . We will be putting out the call once again when this comes up to a vote. Again we will need as many members as possible to pack the room to show the PAAC that we will not sit by and let Long Beach change the service delivery for Paramedic service in their city, our County or anywhere else for that matter. Our citizens and our members safety should be the first consideration, not the budget. We have seen in to many other locations across this county, state and country that cutting service is not the right choice.

Again thanks to those members that joined your Executive Board. Stand by for the next call for help at the PAAC meeting.

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Issues from around the state...

Jan 31, 2013
Orange City Firefighters Protect Minimum Staffing Requirement

Orange City firefighters have reached agreement on a new contract that preserves minimum staffing requirements designed to protect citizen and firefighter safety.

Jan 29, 2013
Divided San Bernardino Council Imposes Contracts

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Local 1014 members fight hard to stop 3rd alarm blaze in El Monte

Sunday January 20, 2013 shortly after 0200 Mountain View High School in the City of El Monte erupted in flames. Our 1014 members, eventually 150+ strong worked hard to not only extinguish this conflagration but worked hard, putting life and safety at risk to prevent this fire from spreading to other school buildings.

Once again our members have done what we love to do. Our members worked hard to protect citizens and property without concern for themselves. We thank our 1014 members, LA County Firefighters, for their hard work and dedication to the citizens of El Monte and the County of Los Angeles.

"Amazing" said Mayor Quinterro, "our fire department proved why they are the best in the world. The resources that responded came with such a vast tool box even I had no idea that the Los Angeles County Fire Department, El Monte's Fire Department, had these kind of resources".

"150 Firefighters came to extinguish one of the worst fires in El Monte's history. They came with engines, trucks, heavy equipment vehicles and they even had bull dozers. Again AMAZING. Our department once again has proven their abilities. Years ago when we contracted with LA County Fire we knew it was a good idea, and again they proved us right.  There is no way when we were our own department that we could have done anything near what the Los Angeles County Firefighters did today, and everyday for that matter. Thank you to our firefighters". 

City Pac Director Lew Currier, Active Duty Fire Captain, and Fellow Local 1014 Executive Board Member said "not to long ago El Monte, during budget difficulties, closed a fire station.  With the help of the leadership of Local 1014 we were able to work with the City of El Monte and its leaders to re-open that station.  Our close working relationship with the Elected Officials of El Monte showed with this incident that they made the right decission to open the station and keep it open".

"I meet with councilmembers almost every day to help eductae them on what benifits contracting with LA County Fire does for them but also what having a working partner in Local 1014 can do to help their city and residents.  As Mayor Quintero knows firsthand, being part of LA County Fire is the best decision any city can make when it comes to fire protection" Director Currier said.

“I want to publicly thank the LA County Fire Department for all their hard work in preventing this from being a further catastrophe for us,” Superintendent Nick Salerno said.

Our members worked all through the night and well into Monday the 21st to make sure the fire was extinguished and to begin the process of assisting the school with their needs.

Fortunately only one firefighter reported minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

Thank you again to our members. You make us proud to represent you.

Your Local 1014 Executive Board.

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LOCAL 1014

 The following Local 1014 members were elected on November 20, 2012 to the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Executive Board:

David Gillotte

1st Vice President:
Dave Lopez

2nd Vice President:


Will Pryor
Andy Doyle
Pat Dolan
Lew Currier
Alan McConnell
Steve DeWitt


Special thank you to the Election Committee for their hard work.

Chairman Brian Askari
Committee Members Corey Magdalik, Tony Buzzerio, Matt Briones and Edward Lazar

Local 1014 Elections were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of IAFF Local 1014 by California Elections Company 2012.

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