President’s Message – July 2019


As our nation prepares to celebrate yet another birthday, we here at the Relief Association want to acknowledge firefighters across California, Arizona, and Nevada who were out in force at California Pizza Kitchen restaurants at the end of May to help raise money for WODFF. Department members tossed dough, created pizzas, waited tables, and some even did a little cleaning up, all in the name of the Relief Association. Thank you to the corporate office of California Pizza Kitchen, along with the individual stores and their staffs for their generosity of time and monetary donations.

On Saturday, June 1st, more than 200 cars magically appeared in Warner Center Park—all in the name of raising money for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund. Thank you to Kenny Breskin, Valerie Lawrence, and the rest of the team, along with their counterparts at the LAPD for all their hard work and dedication at the 16th Annual Still Saving Lives Car Show and Safety Fair.

Once again, the HOGS were out in strength for their Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride honoring the Fallen Members of our Department. On June 8th, hundreds of people gathered at the Los Angeles Fire Museum in Hollywood to remember our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice while in the service of others. Thank you to all the members of the Fire Hogs organization that work so tirelessly to honor those who deserve our gratitude and respect. See the full story in the August edition of the Grapevine.

When I look at an event like Hope for Firefighters, I ask myself how can such a large event, with so many moving pieces, come together so flawlessly? The answer of course is our Event Coordinator, Juliet Brandolino and the Hope Committee, along with an amazing group of firefighters, their families, and a whole army of dedicated volunteers working long hours to make sure all runs smoothly. This year was one of the biggest crowds ever seen at the event, all wearing smiling faces and a little tighter belt line due to the fabulous food prepared by the participating stations, units, and corporate sponsors. Thank you to all involved. Simply put—A job well done!

I had the opportunity to attend the DROP seminar put on by the communications section of the Pension Department. This is a must for all members! They have three different seminars, depending on where you are in your career. Check out the LAFPP website for dates available for your specific needs. All your questions will be answered correctly! Don’t rely on the locker room attorneys or kitchen table financial advisors.

One last item. We have enhanced our New Wellness Program and it is now available to all active and retired members and their dependents over age 18 that are enrolled in the LAFRA PPO Medical Plan, as well as our Kaiser medical plan members. This new enhanced plan includes the free gym membership as well as new online features and resources. To use this new program, however, starting July 1, 2019, you must register. (Note: Even if you’ve previously registered online, you must re-register on July 1 to use the enhanced Sharecare online experience.) Once you register, you will be able to use current online features, such as the rewards program, as well as new features to better personalize your experience. So, whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, lower stress, or simply keep up your healthy lifestyle, we have the tools to help get you there. It’s easy to register. Go to and click Create My Account. Full instructions are on page 6 of this edition of the Grapevine.

• IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial – Sept 21
• LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament – Sept 23
• California Fallen Firefighter Memorial – Sept 28
• LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial – Oct 12

Be safe and kind to each other!

Robert D, “Steintalker” Steinbacher

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