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IAFF Local 1014

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Happy Thanksgiving
Local 1014 Brothers and Sisters

Simply, it is time for us all to take a breath, reflect and appreciate the blessings we have. Our Membership is the heart and soul of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and we have been working hard and getting it done like the true professionals we are. We are the best in the west not by accident, but rather because our tradition and passion for what we do fuels our work unlike anywhere else in the Nation. We are trained to think on the fly and make it happen and do more with less and do it well. We are a proud team and rightly so.

Similarly, we have all worked very hard in our Union world to land an extremely rich contract for the next 3 years. Local 1014 membership has come together time after time to stand in solidarity and protect and advance our job in every way possible. It is clear we have a few challenges with management and their work product in payroll, entry level and promotional testing, staffing and hiring new firefighters for relief of recalls. We know we have much to do before the year ends and we will be back at it next week finishing the fringe contract and auditing payroll to ensure all raises, bonuses and retro pay have been correctly payed. However, take today and this weekend to pause and count our blessings. Give thanks for all we have, give thanks to all who protect our freedom and our Great Country.

Whether you are at home today with your family, or at work with your other family...our family...recognize how fortunate each and every one of us are to be a part of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Local 1014. Thanks to all for your service and dedication to the job and to the Union. "ONE BADGE, ONE BEAR, ONE SHARE!" Be SAFE and SMART as you celebrate this great Holiday...don't risk your job.

In Thankful Solidarity and Unity,

YOUR Local 1014 Executive Board

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel


Your Local 1014 Board met with the Department this week to continue discussions on staffing issues, including recalls and vacancies and the impact of staffing shortfalls, specifically during peak need times and holidays.

While Local 1014 is not responsible for the analysis of vacancies, promotions, retirements, paramedic school attendance and the impact on our numbers, we are now actively engaged in such to provide planning and assistance relative to our staffing needs vs. impact to our membership.

We must give credit to the Operations Chief Deputy as well as the Operations Deputy Chiefs for working with Local 1014 Executive Board Members to address staffing issues. We have met with Ops Staff Deputies and together moved a temporary Thanksgiving Day fill procedure designed to give our members as much advanced notice and to capture all folks up for recall before they go off and cannot be contacted in some cases.

The Department has agreed with Local 1014 to staff for Thanksgiving by filling on Saturday, November 21, 2015. We feel this will provide our members more notice and ability to plan and prepare for Thanksgiving and work to get recall relief if recalled and capture appropriately the members up for recall. Watch for the Department EA on Thanksgiving fill.

Next week 1014 Board Members will be meeting with the Deputy Chiefs to discuss temporary and systemic relief actions that may be implemented given the shortage of personnel and staffing as we continue to fill the gaps in our ranks. No tactics and strategies are off the table.

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

UCLA Study

Local 1014 has been approached by UCLA Associate Professor Corrine Bendersky and Ph. D. student Felix Danbold to support a research study on modern firefighting. After reviewing the study and methodology Local 1014 is in full support of the study and we encourage our membership to participate in the research that will yield valuable data and information that will assist us in fire department work.

The study consists of sworn members taking a short anonymous and confidential online survey. The survey will consist of watching a few videos and answer a few questions. The information obtained will be valuable for the Department and the Union alike. All answers should be candid and honest and the survey should be completed individually and privately.

Please follow the log in instructions sent out by the Department and all e mail addresses will be untraceable and neither the Department nor the researchers will be able to match responses to any individual taking the survey. No identifying information will be collected and the responses will be combined with those from departments from throughout the Country.

Additionally if you would like to receive a link to the survey from your private e-mail simply CLICK HERE and you can use your private e-mail to access the survey.

We would also like to thank Corrine Bendersky and her crew for giving a donation in support of our Los Angeles County Fire Department Widow and Orphans Fund/Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial. Their support will benefit the memorial fund and the scholarships established to assist the families of our fallen.

We ask all members to take a moment and participate in this valuable fire service research survey. Thank you in advance for your time and effort to help advance the fire service.

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1014

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel


Follow the instructions in your Choices Benefit Enrollment Packet but here are some reminders:

  • You must finish enrollment by Midnight October 31 2015 – Online at or by phone at 1-888-822-0487.
  • To access either enrollment system you need your employee number and your Personal Identification No. (MMYYYY -2 digit month and 4-digit year of your birth)
  • YOU MUST ENROLL TO WAIVE MEDICAL COVERAGE or you will automatically be enrolled in Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health Plan.

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014 Health and Dental Plan Highlights:


Take time to elect your Health Care, Dental, Life Insurance, AD & D and Spending Account “CHOICES” by midnight October 31, 2015.

If you have questions or need answers about the 1014 medical plan follow this link:

Daylight savings time ends tonight

Don't forget to change your clocks. We fall back one hour tonight (November 1) at 0200. As we recommend to all it is a good time to change your smoke detector battery as well.

Staffing these last few days have been tough

As we finish out the augmented staffing today (hopefully) we would like to acknowledge all of those that were recalled (some multiple days in a row). It has been tough being on telephone standby and a big wind event but once again the residents got lucky with no major incident. Our members are true professionals and you have been through a lot with the low staffing levels which cause may recalls. Keep safe out there and when you are off please take time to rest up and spend time with your families. Who knows what will be coming next week or when El Nino hits...

Finally as you close out this October Month with the Halloween Celebrations with your families, remember DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!  JUST DON’T DO IT!  GET A CAB, GET A RIDE OR DRIVER OR GET A ROOM if you are going to consume alcohol in your celebrations.  It’s just that simple at this point.  We all know it, and have been reminded and reminded and seen the pain and suffering a DUI or worse can cause our membership, yet a few continue to disregard the news and significantly impact their future and their families futures.  TAKE A PLEDGE NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE ALSO….. AS BAD AS DRINKING AND DRIVING FOR ACCIDENTS AND ILLEGAL ALSO, IT IS TIME WE TACKLE THIS ALSO.  So go out and have fun, enjoy your families and celebrations, but do it responsibly.

On Behalf of your entire Local 1014 Executive Board,

Your 1014 executive board

  Dave Gillotte   
 John Smolin Dave Morse 
 1st VP Treasurer 2nd VP 
David Baumann Pat
Lew Currier 
Andy Doyle  Mike Jones
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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Passing of Brother Gino "Rick" Zeni

Brother Gino "Rick" Zeni, Fire Station 125, Battalion 5, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the age of 49.   Rick was a lifelong public servant who served as a longtime Lifeguard with Ventura County, a Fire Fighter with the City of Santa Paula and a Fire Fighter with Ventura County Federal Fire Department.  Rick began his career as a Los Angeles County Fire Fighter in 2003.  Rick was a dedicated and respected member of our Department who faithfully served for 12 years.

Rick was a proud husband and father.  He leaves behind his wife Sandra "Sugar" and his 2 boys age 9 and 7.

Please keep Brother Zeni, his family and his fire family in your thoughts and prayers.

A flag ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015,
beginning at 11:00 a.m. at:

Los Angeles County Fire Department
Fire Station 125
5215 North Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015
beginning at 3:00 p.m. at:

Calvary Community Church
5495 Via Rocas
Westlake Village, CA 91362

A fund has been established to aid Fire Fighter Zeni's family.
Donations may be sent to:

The Zeni Family Memorial Fund
c/o F & A Federal Credit Union
2625 Corporate Place
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(800) 222-1226
Account# 543331

Cards and letters are welcome and may be sent to:

The Zeni Family
c/o LA County Firefighters Local 1014
3460 Fletcher Ave
El Monte, CA. 91731
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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

All Local 1014 Members, Family Members and those who care about our current and future firefighters retirement benefits including death benefits for our survivors and children....


We defeated attacks from these two ideologues who have a hatred of firefighters and no comprehension of the risk of our profession and the relationship to medical and retirement benefits for the years when we might and often do battle the demons of our exposures.

Please take a look at this and tuck away the fact that they have not gone away, and the threat is not dead, and we will once again have to resource up and fight this repetitive right-wing unjustified assault on our membership and our future members. Responsible funding of retirements and financially responsible benefit levels are key, and we have always and will continue to meet that mark as evidenced by the health of our pension plan. Enough is enough. More to come.

New Attack on Secure Retirement Launched by Failed Ex-Pols

Reed & DeMaio Take Aim at New Workers, Threaten Death & Disability Benefits

Despite an embarrassing failure in their first attempt, two ex-politicians are doubling down in their assault on retirement security for firefighters, teachers, nurses and other public workers.

Two new ballot proposals - filed this week - would effectively end secure retirement for new public workers and bleed away the foundation of retirement security for all workers - current and future. Like their predecessor, the new measures spilled out of the poisoned pens of two unemployed politicians - former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego councilman Carl DeMaio.

The "Voter Empowerment Act": a trimmed-down version of the retirement-gutting measure introduced earlier this year. This version ends secure pensions for new employees, bans any retirement benefit hikes without a public vote and restricts employer costs. It also continues the threat to death and disability benefits.

The "Government Pension Cap Act": Limits employer contributions, putting the burden of keeping the system solvent squarely on the backs of employees.

Below is a statement from Dave Low, chair of Californians for Retirement Security, the statewide pension coalition supported by CPF.

"It's clear that the proponents of eliminating retirement security for teachers, firefighters, school employees and other public servants are more interested in playing politics and rewarding Wall Street than providing the retirement security all Californians deserve. Their new proposals would ultimately do what their previous failed attempts would have done: create billions of dollars in costs for the state's pension systems, jeopardize the ability to attract and retain teachers, police officers and other public employees and jeopardize a secure retirement for hard-working, middle class families."

CLICK HERE to read a report from the Sacramento Bee.

CPF and CRS are preparing additional material on the measures and the effort to defeat them.

Keep track of updates at, CPF Facebook and Twitter pages.

They will keep trying but we have to keep fighting for our retirement. Stay tuned.....

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

601 & 602 Contract ratification update

Today the ballots were tallied by the California Elections Committee (CEC) for the 601 & 602 contract ratification.

The results are as follows:

2704 Ballots mailed out  
1206 Ballots returned  
1107 Yes 97.1%
35 No 2.9%

Next the County will have the County Council review the contract as well as both the County and 1014 will go trough the contract line by line to make sure that everything is correct then the contract goes to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) for approval.

This all may take a few weeks but the agreement took affect September 1, 2015 so the salary increase goes in to affect that day.

We want to thank the membership for standing strong during these negotiations. At times we felt like we were getting no where with the County but eventually we were able to settle on a fair contract. Does it give us everything we feel we deserve? Of course not. In the opinion of the 1014 Executive Board it is a fair contract that continues to put our membership ahead of other Locals throughout the state.

We are still in Fringe negotiations and hopefully we will be getting those negotiations completed soon. We will update you on the outcome when we have more details.

603 & 604 negotiations will begin in the next 2 weeks.

Any questions please let us know.

Again thank you for your support.


Your Local 1014 Executive Board

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Passing of Brother Joseph Savas

It is with a great sadness that we inform you that Brother Joe Savas, Fire Station 35/B, Battalion 21, passed away late Tuesday night as the result of a job related illness at the age of 46.

President Gillotte, along with the Executive Board of Local 1014, Fire Chief Osby and the The Board of Supervisors, pass along our deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Savas family.

As 1014 works with the Memorial Management Team and the Department to make sure our brother is laid to rest with honor, please keep Joe, his wife Shelly and his two children in your thoughts and prayers.

Services and other information will be forthcoming.

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Passing of Brother Hector Magallanes

It is with a great sadness that we inform you that Brother Hector Magallanes, Fire Station 193/A, Battalion 21, passed away after a short-term job related illness on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the age of 55.

President Gillotte, along with the Executive Board of Local 1014, Fire Chief Osby and The Board of Supervisors, pass along our deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Magallanes family.

Brother Magallanes will be missed but not forgotten.

As 1014 works with the Memorial Management Team and the Department to make sure our brother is laid to rest with honor, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Memorial Services

A flag ceremony will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at:

Los Angeles County Fire Department  Fire Station 193
1000 Risner Way 
La Habra, CA 90631

A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church
900 West La Habra Boulevard
La Habra, CA 90631

Internment will immediately follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary


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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

IAFF Memorial 2015

Saturday September 19th the IAFF and Brothers and Sisters from throughout the United States and Canada gather in Colorado Springs, Colorado on hallowed ground at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor those who gave all.

Local 1014 member Charles M. Spark, who passed away October 6th, 1985, was placed on the memorial wall this year.

Please take a moment on Saturday to "Never Forget".  

You can watch the ceremonies via live stream or at

To see the names of those members of the IAFF from the United States and Canada whose names were placed on the wall this year click here.

This year will also be the re-dedication of the memorial after it was re-built by Resolution 19 at the 2014 IAFF convention.

In memory and solidarity,

Local 1014 Executive Board

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Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Contract Ratification Information

The Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1014, Negotiations Committee has reached a Tentative Agreement (T/A) on successor Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for Bargaining Units 601 and 602, which include more than 3,200 Firefighters, Paramedics, and Safety Fire Personnel. If ratified, the T/A will then proceed to the LA County Board of Supervisors for approval, triggering a pay increase of 3 percent retroactive to September 1, 2015. The new contract will expire at midnight on December 31, 2017.

Negotiations for a successor Fringe Benefits contract, which covers our health benefits, sick leave, vacation, Horizons Plan, and other issues, are continuing in collaboration with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU). In the next few weeks we will begin the process of bargaining successor MOUs for Units 603 and 604. Though the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in the Units 601 and 602 contracts will be the same for ALL County employees, we are prepared to work hard for unit-specific items for 603 and 604.

On behalf of the Local 1014 Negotiations Committee, we believe that this is a good contract and we recommend a YES vote. While we did not get every item we wanted or fought for, it is a fair agreement with solid general salary movement and additional gains. We are proud of Local 1014 members: you stood tough and allowed us to fight it out to secure the other items in addition to general salary. It has not been an easy road, and we had to fight the Department and the County on many negative proposals they had on the table. Thank you again for your support and willingness to let us battle it out and bargain to attain this contract with the extra items that have been so hard to deal with in the past years.

We know that we are not yet done, but thanks to our high profile in the last Board of Supervisors (BOS) elections, we are confident that our voices are now being heard. We look forward to the 2016 BOS elections and continued progress representing our collective interests before the County Board of Supervisors!

Ballots will be arrving by US Mail at your homes this week.  Please return your ballots as quickly as possible.



10% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA),
keeping members income ahead of inflation:

9/1/15: +3%
7/1/16: +3%
7/1/17: +2%
1/1/18: +2%

Increase in Uniform Allowance as follows:

12/15: $1,250 (+$250)
12/16: $1,500 (+$500)
12/17: $1,750 (+$750)

Currently when assigned to a 40 hour position, you no longer receive FLSA pay. The following will correct that problem:
9/1/15: 1% 40 hour bonus
7/1/16: 1.5% 40 hour bonus (+2.5%)

Agreement by County and Fire Chief to correct loss of pay for difference in 40 and 56 hour personnel (moving from/to 40 hour spot to/from 56 hour spot).
  • 3% EMT Bonus for all FSA’s and SFSA’s who hold an EMT license.
  • Letter of commitment and codification of the FSA Bridge hiring program. (More details on timeliness and agreed upon parameters to follow.)
  • Removal of Occupational Health Programs (OHP) - Medical information to stay at medical clinics to protect privacy of members, allowing your clinical doctor to advise and guide your overall wellness, without OHP intervention.
  • Reduced number of mandatory physicals based on Age: 25, 30, 35, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, and annually thereafter, while keeping the bonus intact in all years.
  • Annual fitness assessment with age graded VO2 and sit ups/plank and push-ups to remain in place with option to have blood work upon request in off years, without OHP intervention.
  • FFL modules of 4 per year to remain in place.
  • Bonus Levels tiered for optional participation with ability to earn part of Bonus.

1% completion of FFL Modules and taking medical exam when required.
1% Completion of Sit Ups/Plank and Push Ups.
1% Achieving Age Graded VO2  [<30  (40), 30-40 (38), 41-50 (36), >50 (34)].

Agreement with the County to work with Local 1014, Fire Department, Medical Director ,and SMEs to implement Calcium Scan Cardiac and Risk Factor elements to our exams, as well as a commitment to implement Behavioral Health Resources, including Mental Health, PTSD, and Suicide Prevention and Awareness, and eventual hiring of an Occupational Health Medical Doctor and other items to enhance our program.
Remember: If you have the Local 1014 Health and Welfare Medical plan, you and any dependent can take the full WFI medical exam every year. This is an item we HIGHLY recommend that you and your dependents do…..again without the involvement of OHP!
  • Addition of five EMS Captain positions, for a total of 8. These will be selective positions.
  • Details will be forthcoming on these positions but at a minimum you MUST poses a PM license.
  • All 8 EMS/PM Captain positions will receive a 5% bonus.
  • USAR Coordinator will now receive a 5% bonus exactly like the Haz Mat Coordinator.
The County agrees to conduct a study and compensation analysis of the Catalina Island pay provisions in County Code within 180 days following the Board of Supervisors’ approval of a successor MOU.
"Me Too" language that secures General Salary Cost of Living Adjustments so that if any public safety unit receives more Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for any given year, then the County agrees to adjust the Salary of Unit 601 and 602 members in at the same time as the increase in the other safety bargaining unit.


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


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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


This past week has been a tragic reminder of the impact mental health issues can have on so many. It not only effects the individual, but can have devastating impact on so many innocent and unsuspecting people around us.

We would just like to remind everyone you are not alone. You are surrounded by a family of brothers and sisters who are willing to listen, support, and assist in finding help. We have an amazing and dedicated group of peer counselors and chaplains who understand what first responders go through on a daily basis, county provided licensed Mental Health professionals that can be accessed by Department members 24/7.

The only way to begin to address these problems is to talk about them with someone.

Local 1014 has teamed up with FIRESTRONG in an effort to provide resources and support. Firestrong is an organization that was established to help fire department personnel when they need to call for help.

Click the following link to access Once on the site look for the drop down box titled "select department" and select Local 1014.

You will see many options to help you. There are resources listed there as well as links and phone numbers for assistance. There are links for issues such as PTSD, addiction and pain relief, just to list a few. This is a resource that is continually building on its foundation to help us.

The stigma associated with suicide, and most behavioral health issues makes it one of those subjects not talked about in the fire service. The IAFF in conjunction with top researchers and mental health professionals is developing new resources and tools (such as IAFF Online Behavioral Wellness Manual) designed to help affiliates and members recognize and deal with this and other growing issues.

Please remember there are people at the kitchen table of the fire station or in the cubicle right next to you that are ready to help you, just start the conversation. If you need help outside of our department, Local 1014 has now given you the tools to get help OR to help someone in need.

As always please take care of yourself, and each other.


Your Local 1014 Executive Board


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Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

Local 1014 Reaches a Tentative Agreement for a
successor contract with the County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1014 has reached a Tentative/Agreement (T/A) on bargaining units 601 and 602 Contract.  Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics and Safety Fire Personnel, your Local 1014 Negotiations Committee signed a T/A on a successor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that covers our Safety Unit Members.  Negotiations has been a long and tough road to reach an agreement.

The T/A will be put forward to the membership for a ratification vote and simultaneously to the County Board of Supervisors.  Your Board supports a YES vote of the membership to ratify this new contract. The new contract will expire at midnight 12/31/17.  The T/A contains the following items and agreement that will enhance our current MOU:


  • 10% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), keeping us ahead of inflation.
  • 3% effective 9/1/2015
  • 3% effective 7/1/2016
  • 2% effective 7/1/2017
  • 2% effective 1/1/2018


  • $1250.00 ($250 Dollar Increase Over Current Allowance) December 2015
  • $1500.00 ($500 Dollar Increase Over Current Allowance) December 2016
  • $1750.00 ($750 Dollar Increase Over Current Allowance) December 2017


Currently when assigned to a 40 hour position you no longer receive FLSA pay. The following will correct that:

  • 1% 40 hour bonus as of 9/1/15.
  • 1.5% 40 hour bonus as of 7/1/16 (for a total of 2.5%).


  • Agreement by County and Fire Chief to correct loss of pay for difference in 40 and 56 hour personnel (moving from/to 40 hour spot to/from 56 hour spot).  


  • 3% EMT Bonus for all FSA’s and SFSA’s who hold an EMT license.


  • Letter of commitment and codification of the FSA Bridge hiring program.

(More details on timeliness and agreed upon parameters to follow)


  • REMOVAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMS (OHP) – Medical information to stay at medical clinics.  This protects the privacy of our members.  This now allows your clinical doctor to advise and guide your overall wellness, again without OHP intervention.
  • Reduced number of mandatory physicals based on Age: 25, 30, 35, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 and annually thereafter, while keeping the bonus intact in all years. 
  • Annual fitness assessment with age graded VO2 and sit ups/plank and push-ups to remain in place with option to have blood work upon request in off years –  again without OHP intervention.
  • FFL modules 4 per year remain in place
  • Bonus Levels Tiered for optional participation with ability to earn part of Bonus
    • 1% Completion of FFL Modules and Taking Medical Exam When Required
    • 1% Completion of Sit Ups / Plank and Push Ups
    • 1% Achieving Age Graded VO2  [<30  (40), 30-40 (38), 41-50 (36), >50 (34)]

We also have an agreement with the County to work with Local 1014, Fire Department, Medical Director and SME’s to implement Calcium Scan Cardiac and Risk Factor elements to our exams, as well as a commitment to implement Behavioral Health Resources including Mental Health, PTSD and Suicide Prevention and Awareness, and eventual hiring of an Occupational Health Medical Doctor and other items to enhance our program.

Remember if you have the Local 1014 Health and Welfare Medical plan, you and any dependent can take the full WFI medical exam every year. This is an item we HIGHLY recommend that you and your dependents do…..again without the involvement of OHP. 


  • Addition of five EMS Captains positions for a total of 8. These will be selective positions. Details will be forthcoming on these positions but at a minimum you MUST poses a PM license. All 8 EMS/PM Captains will receive a 5% bonus.
  • USAR Coordinator will now receive a 5% bonus exactly like the Haz Mat Coordinator.


  • The County agrees to conduct a study as well as a compensation analysis of the Catalina Island pay provisions within 180 days following the Board of Supervisors approval of a successor MOU. This addressees an issue that is County Code.


  • Me Too language that secures General Salary Cost of Living Adjustments so that if any public safety unit receives more cost of living adjustment (COLA) for any given year, then the County agrees to adjust the Salary of 601 and 602 members in the same year and at the same time as the increase in the other safety bargaining unit.

What happens next?

Local 1014 will be mailing out ballots to all members in good standing to ratify the T/A and the County will put the T/At to a vote of the BOS simultaneously.  Once ratified by both the bargaining units and the BOS, then the agreement is finalized.

On behalf of the bargaining team of Local 1014 we recommend a YES vote on the T/A.  This contract is a good contract and while we did not get every item we wanted or fought for, it is a fair agreement with good general salary movement and we should be proud of our membership to stand tough and allow us to fight it out to secure the other items in addition to general salary.  It has not been an easy road and we had to fight the Department and the County on many proposals they had on the table to protect our package.   We will also continue to bargain our FRINGE BENEFITS CONTRACT along with the CCU Unions.

In the next few weeks will be begin the process of bargaining a successor MOU for units 603 and 604. Though the COLA will be the same for ALL County employees, we are prepared to work hard for unit specific items.

Thank you again for your support and willingness to let us battle it out and bargain to attain this contract with the extra items that have been so hard to deal with in the past years.  We know we are not done and we feel that our participation in the past Board of Supervisors elections have made an impact on our voice being heard on the 8th Floor (BOS offices).  We look forward to the 2016 BOS elections and continued progress at the County Board of Supervisors.  Additional Information on ballots and timeliness will be forthcoming.

In Solidarity

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
David Baumann


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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


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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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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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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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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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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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

Here’s a direct link to the petition, sign it NOW!: - Please sign and share

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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.

§Additional terms and conditions apply. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further details or visit visit

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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.

Thank You!

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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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